KRDO goes HD for local news
Can’t say that I’m surprised - it was the next natural step in the game of one-upsmanship the local stations have been engaging in with local news. And HD is still cheaper than a helicopter, right?
High def is a double-edged sword, however - it’s good enough to reveal the slightest little flaws with a news set, a story… or your anchor’s hair.
KRDO did a short behind-the-scenes story on the transition here.
Now the question is, who’ll jump next?
UPDATE: A few more details... the studio cameras are HD, but the news cameras are shooting 16X9 standard definition - that's pretty standard in local news, I believe. KRDO says they kept the move under wraps so the other stations couldn't steal their thunder. Although that makes me wonder why they led off with a noon newscast in mid-July. Why not a 10 p.m. in mid-May? They haven't changed the set yet, but they did have to tweak the lighting (HD cameras like less light than standard def cameras) and Jon Karroll has to put makeup on his neck. Really!