Beginning October 17th on NBC 13 News at Ten, Alabama will receive high-definition local news, sports and weather, brought to the community by WVTM-TV.
Accuracy matters in everything we do at NBC 13 News, said Vice President & General Manager Gene Kirkconnell. High definition is the most precise and pristine format for the presentation of entertainment, news, sports, and weather programming. We're proud to be the first station in Alabama to bring high-def to our local news viewers.
In fact, central Alabama viewers will experience the clearest, sharpest picture with enhanced audio available, no matter what type of TV set they have.
The picture quality is stunning, with beautifully accurate and detailed rendering of color, action, and important information, said the station's Chief Engineer Chuck Blackwood. We've already tested some news and weather in high definition. Viewers will be amazed when the new technology is fully rolled out during the next few weeks.
In addition, WVTM will be using high definition weather technology not available at any other Alabama station. In fact, few stations in the world offer these advancements.
With one million watts, NBC 13 forecasters already operate the most powerful weather radar in Alabama, said Chief Meteorologist Jerry Tracey. As we combine the radar power with cutting edge digital display and broadcast technology, viewers will see the clearest, most detailed weather information. During severe events, our exclusive high definition Doppler radar will show unequaled clarity and accuracy.
The station is also bringing these systems online with the latest digital video and editing technology, including an HD video switcher and graphics, and special studio lighting presented from two new sets.
One of those news sets debuted last month. On October 17th, NBC 13 will unveil Alabama's first set built especially for high definition broadcasts. The old studio was gutted to make way for the new presentation areas, including a dramatic anchor desk, high-definition reporter presentation area, panoramic guest and interview area, traffic presentation area, and a High Definition Weather Forecast Center.
WVTM-TV NBC 13 has always been at the forefront of innovations in broadcasting, said Kirkconnell, recalling historical innovations made by Channel 13. NBC 13 was Alabama's first TV station, the state's first news team and was the first with live and live remote broadcasting. It was also Birmingham's first station to broadcast in color, Kirkconnell noted. Now we are excited to bring Alabama its first high definition broadcasts of local news, sports, and weather.