Originally Posted by AndThenScottSays
Originally Posted by foxeng
I know this isn't a good angle, but for a full service TV station, that building looks pretty small or the vast majority of the building is studio with very few offices, or even a decent size newsroom. I guess the picture doesn't do it justice.
No, it is an extremely small building. Smaller than the one they're moving out of, I'd say. The lot is very smal though... I had assumed they were building 2 stories when they purchased a lot that size.
Then they may be keeping Chocowinity as their "main studio", as far as FCC is concerned and using it for sales and admin and moving news operations to Greenville for the visibility. That is what everyone sees and if most of the news comes out of Greenville area (New Bern isn't that hard to get to from Greenville) since it is larger of the metro areas, then yeah, I can see that. And maybe why they haven't filed for a change of main studio to the FCC. They don't intend to move the "control point" which must be on file with the Commission. To fiber between two buildings like that isn't uncommon. And some stations do have their news operations in one location for visibility while maintaining technical operations in another building to meet FCC requirements. It would be new to the area, but not new to the industry.
A somewhat similar example is WUTB Baltimore. It is owned by FOX, is a MY Network affiliate and is totally operated and controlled from FOX O & O My Net affiliate WWOR Secausus, NJ. There are two parallel fiber lines from WWOR to WUTB that all programming comes from. As a matter of fact, all engineering support comes from WWOR, not the much closer WTTG Washington, DC FOX O & O. That is an extreme example, but it does happen.
Another extreme example but a little closer to what may be happening here is Tribune owned WSFL-TV Miami (no relation to the areas WSFL-FM). Due to labor issues, WSFL has their main studio for news and control point in Miami, but all programming runs bidirectional fiber to a Master Control at Tribune owned sister station in Indianapolis, WXIN.
But then I could be completely wrong about all this.Edited by foxeng - 12/8/12 at 7:39am