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post #31 of 326
Blitzer has been in NY for The Situation Room over the last week, and will be there at least through Wednesday (and probably all this week as well). I doubt they're using this time to upgrade DC though.

The only thing we know about Atlanta publically is that the tornado a few months ago delayed the transition.
post #32 of 326
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Originally Posted by URFloorMatt View Post

The only thing we know about Atlanta publically is that the tornado a few months ago delayed the transition.

Has this been confirmed?
post #33 of 326
After some internet searching, it does not appear to be confirmed. All I could find was this regarding damage to CNN Center:

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Inside CNN Center, water poured through damage in the ceiling into the building's atrium. Glass shattered, and parts of the building filled with dust.

Virtually all of the windows facing Centennial Olympic Park on the Omni Hotel, which is attached to CNN Center, were shattered, leaving curtains flapping in the darkened windows. Visitors to the hotel were evacuated to the facility's exhibition hall at street level. Watch survey of damage to Omni Hotel »

Windows also were shattered in the CNN.com newsroom, with staffers saying that there was a computer missing -- apparently sucked through one of the windows. CNN's library was also damaged.

The extent of damage to the CNN archives was never revealed.
post #34 of 326
Thread Starter 
Blitzer is in Washington and I see HD...Did the studio get upgraded while he was in NYC doing election coverage?
post #35 of 326
Thread Starter 
Never mind. back in SD
post #36 of 326
Thread Starter 
Ok, It looks like if the transition of DC is not underway, they are putting more emphasis on HD. Single shots of Wolf in the DC studio are HD. Jack Cafferty from NYC is now in HD, was not before. And Candy doing a live remote from Chicago in HD. And now Kelly is in the Washngton newsroom doing a report also in HD.

Perhaps they might be gearing up to equal MSNBC HD when it comes on early '09. They are reported to be 100% HD when they go up. Not Half-a$$ed like FNC HD and CNN HD.

This is the most HD on the Situation Room I've seen while Wolf is in DC.
post #37 of 326
Per the FNC HD thread, FNC will be upping its HD presence significantly in the coming weeks. They lit up two new control rooms for election night and are planning to have all their primetime shows in HD by the end of the year.

So CNN is about to get plenty of HD competition. I hope this means the death of FNC's sidebar in primetime.
post #38 of 326
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Originally Posted by mp3trojan View Post

Perhaps they might be gearing up to equal MSNBC HD when it comes on early '09. They are reported to be 100% HD when they go up. Not Half-a$$ed like FNC HD and CNN HD.

Or CNBC, which only has HD graphics.
post #39 of 326
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by URFloorMatt View Post

Per the FNC HD thread, FNC will be upping its HD presence significantly in the coming weeks. They lit up two new control rooms for election night and are planning to have all their primetime shows in HD by the end of the year.

So CNN is about to get plenty of HD competition. I hope this means the death of FNC's sidebar in primetime.

The bloviator in HD. I can hardly wait.
post #40 of 326
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Originally Posted by mp3trojan View Post

The bloviator in HD. I can hardly wait.

Me either!
post #41 of 326
Yep, the remotes were in HD with the sidebars still up.
post #42 of 326
Yep, everything for New York is coming in HD but the sidebars are still up. Ditto the Election Express. It looks like at least one camera (which they use for remotes to NY) in the studio might be HD, but sidebars there too.

Just take them down. So what if other cameras are SD.
post #43 of 326
CNN Gets New Graphic Look

News "flipper" replaces scrolling ticker, CNN logo to appear in bottom right of screen

By Glen Dickson -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/15/2008 12:01:00 AM

CNN is revamping its graphic look in an effort to makes its news updates easier for viewers to read and understand. The biggest change to CNN’s previous graphic presentation, which has been in place since 2004, is to replace the narrow scrolling news ticker that runs along the bottom of the screen with a wider “flipper” graphic that presents information one item at a time.

The flipper, which has been created with CNN’s existing Vizrt graphics technology, will make its debut on Monday morning at 6 a.m. ET with American Morning. A flipper will also be introduced Monday on sister network CNN Headline News.

Presenting static headlines one at a time will make the news more digestible for viewers than a moving ticker, says Bart Feder, SVP of current programming for CNN.

“It’s easier to read, understand and absorb the information,” says Feder.

As part of the flipper switch, CNN is also getting rid of the horizontal banner graphic that was placed above the scrolling ticker and indicated which story was being presented in the main video part of the TV screen, such as “Senate Kills Auto Bailout.” Those headlines, as well as the CNN logo and associated branding, such as “CNN=Politics,” will now be presented as small graphic overlays over the video. The main CNN logo will also now appear in the right bottom portion of the screen to both HD and SD viewers.

The information presented in the flipper graphic will alternate between the type of news headlines traditionally presented in the crawl and information related to the main story being presented on-screen. Headlines will be presented in the “update flipper” with white text on a black background, and they will refresh every five seconds. The “topical flipper” will present several lines of information related to the main video story with black text on a white background, and will cycle every 10 seconds.

The information presented in the flipper can either be driven by producers through their Avid iNews newsroom computer system or delivered in automated fashion using RSS feeds. The same type of flipper graphic has already been used successfully by CNN International since February 2006, and won’t require any changes to producers’ workflow.

The flipper will free up more space for the main video and will require less bandwidth in the transmission path than the scrolling ticker. And while CNN producers have been able to present a line of story-related information within the banner, the flipper will allow for more information and will allow it to be refreshed more quickly.

“We can present more real-time text related to the story, and it’s very clean and uncluttered,” says Feder.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/art...dustryid=47171

post #44 of 326
Wait, CNN? Giving the screen back to the viewer? Well wonders never cease...

Less HD related, from Fred's thread:

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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

TV Notes
CNN shuffles on-air news staff
Prepping Washington bureau for new administration
By Paul J. Gough, Hollywood Reporter - December 14, 2008

CNN is saying goodbye to several longtime correspondents and promoting others in a reorganization of the Washington, D.C., bureau of the news network.

Washington-based correspondents Jamie McIntyre, Kathleen Koch and Kelli Arena will be leaving the channel, according to reports. All are longtime employees of CNN, with McIntyre beginning as a freelance reporter in 1988 and replacing Wolf Blitzer as the Pentagon correspondent in 1992. Arena, the justice correspondent, joined CNN in 1984 as an intern. Koch has worked for CNN, WRC-TV in Washington and other stations.

It's part of CNN's runup to coverage of the Obama administration. CNN named Ed Henry as senior White House correspondent.

Other moves include: Dana Bash, chief Congressional correspondent; Brianna Keilar will also cover Congress; Jessica Yellin, national political correspondent; Jill Dougherty, foreign affairs correspondent; Chris Lawrence, Pentagon correspondent; Zain Verjee, news anchor for "The Situation Room"; Elaine Quijano, general assignment reporter and White House correspondent; Dan Lothian, White House correspondent; and Kate Bolduan moves from CNN Newsource to correspondent. Suzanne Malveaux will also return to White House coverage.

In an e-mail to employees Friday, McIntyre said he left with no regrets.

"Although I was never bored, CNN and I both agreed it was time for a change," he said.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...768c7df16c318f

CNN already does remotes from the Pentagon, the White House, and Congress in HD, as well as two of their in-bureau analyst cameras (one overlooking the actual Capitol; the other a mural of it). The Situation Room studio is the only missing link. Inauguration Day would be a convenient day to finish the transition. Here's hoping.
post #45 of 326
Ahhh, I see!^^^

I was about to comment about the graphics(on the SD side). Looks like HD got the new graphics too. This looks worse. I don't like all the little "boxes" with the lower third and the bug. Plus now they're showing a little picture above the bug of an upcoming press conference. But still, CNN has to be congratulated for NOT crapping the screen or having ugly, obnoxious, flashy, huge graphics like FNC.
post #46 of 326
Now that I see it... Not a fan of the white. I like the graphics, though sticking a big Situation Room graphic next to the CNN seems unnecessary.

It looks like we'll have a lot of screen back on the HD feed. It's not much of a change for the 4:3 picture most of the time.
post #47 of 326
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Originally Posted by URFloorMatt View Post

The Situation Room studio is the only missing link.

And the Atlanta studio.
post #48 of 326
I meant the only missing link in Washington, since the article is about the Washington bureau.

Also, Lou Dobbs show looked great with the new graphics from what I saw. You can actually see the studio, and he barely used the new lower third/ticker thing at all. The screen was very clean. It doesn't look like his show will be the template unfortunately.

I'm also confused why sometimes the ticker is black and sometimes white. White is a very, very poor choice.
post #49 of 326
The new graphics remind me of CNN International.
post #50 of 326
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Originally Posted by URFloorMatt View Post

I'm also confused why sometimes the ticker is black and sometimes white.

Black is regular news, white is related to the program you're watching.
post #51 of 326
If they would broadcast Wolfe's show in HD, it might make more sense for him to be saying:

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You are in the Situation Room.



Anyone have any insight into when that might happen ??
post #52 of 326
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Originally Posted by A_Dude View Post

If they would broadcast Wolfe's show in HD
Anyone have any insight into when that might happen ??

Not sure but that show has more issues than HD. They need to figure out how to make that silly video wall work. It's gotten better but the monitors still don't match, and it always seems like a free-for-all with putting video where. Sound bite in a small window, useless shot of the floor of the CIA in a big window, half covered up by Wolf. B-roll full screen, camera shot of same b-roll on the wall with empty desk in front of it (why???). The concept of wanting to demonstrate being connected to a multitude of locations and sources is a sound one, but it still has to be deliberately conveyed to the viewer. The viewer can't just be left to decide what to look at in this cacophony of stuff especially when much of it is support for the story.
post #53 of 326
CNN broadcasts a total of 20 hours from Washington now. Three hours of The Situation Room Monday through Friday from 4pm-7pm, one hour of The Situation Room on Saturday at 6pm, and four hours of John King's new morning show on Sunday from 9am-1pm.

How much HD does CNN currently broadcast per week? About the same amount, I would think. American Morning is three hours, and Lou Dobbs, Campbell Brown, and Anderson Cooper are one hour each Monday through Friday (with a repeat hour of Cooper every night). So that's 30 hours plus five hours of replay.

Not sure about their weekend programming. I know Fareed Zakaria is HD, not sure about the rest.
post #54 of 326
Your $$$ and D.L. Hughley are in HD. Anderson Cooper repeats the same hour four times a day. Lou Dobbs is also repeated.
post #55 of 326
Where are Blitzer and Cafferty today? In New York? Usually when they're in NY they use the HD studio, but they're tucked in a corner of some large workspace/studio with which I'm not familiar. In Atlanta? Anyone know why? Cafferty's rarely not in NY, that's why I'm assuming NY.

Probably not HD related for the Washington studio since they're still using the big screen there, just curious. Separately, I have noticed that they've torn down what looks to be all the CNN=Politics branding in (what was formerly) the CNN Election Center. Work going on in NY?
post #56 of 326
What exactly is taking CNN so long to complete this HD transition?
It kind of bugs me when networks launch these big ambitious HD networks and then don't do anything different with them for two years. I wish at least we could get more of a dynamic flow of HD/SD content rather than "if the show is SD, everything else must be SD". Why can't we treat the Atlanta/Sit Room as SD camera shots rather than shows? That way, you could implement HD video coming from DC/NY/other places into a programme like Sit Room or NewsRoom.
post #57 of 326
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Originally Posted by URFloorMatt View Post

Where are Blitzer and Cafferty today? In New York? Usually when they're in NY they use the HD studio, but they're tucked in a corner of some large workspace/studio with which I'm not familiar. In Atlanta? Anyone know why? Cafferty's rarely not in NY, that's why I'm assuming NY.

Probably not HD related for the Washington studio since they're still using the big screen there, just curious. Separately, I have noticed that they've torn down what looks to be all the CNN=Politics branding in (what was formerly) the CNN Election Center. Work going on in NY?

Hmm...well if it's blue with what looks to be a large newsroom behind it, that's an offset that they occasionally use for interviews and such in NY (and that specific location IS HD-capable). If it's a plasma screen and some dreary grey backdrop with a window, that's where they sometimes do NewsRoom in Atlanta (which is SD-only for now).
post #58 of 326
Yes, Betty Nguyen is hot, mp3trojan, super hot. That's one great small package there.

There's something about Kiran Chetry too, in my opinion. I know she recently had a baby but she shook it off real fast.

I love when they tell her to go for a walk around the studio, lol.
post #59 of 326
Situation Room was in HD today !

Of course, like most 2009 news programs, lots of reports from outside the room (no pun intended) are still in SD...

But it's still a good step.
post #60 of 326
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Originally Posted by A_Dude View Post

Situation Room was in HD today !

Of course, like most 2009 news programs, lots of reports from outside the room (no pun intended) are still in SD...

But it's still a good step.

It's been in HD before, then back to SD.
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