Television Broadcast HD Article Features WRAL-TV

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Television Broadcast HD Article Features WRAL-TV

Capitol Broadcasting Company & WRAL-TV made headlines around the country when WRAL launched the nation’s first all-HD newscast in January 2001.   Now about 100 stations have followed suit before the digital transition takes place in 2009. 

Recently, WRAL-TV got a mention, and front page photo, in the June 2008 issue of TVB – Television Broadcast magazine.  WRAL-TV Anchors Lynda Loveland & Valonda Calloway sit at the newsdesk on the cover, over the headline “Local Stations Make Major HD Contribution.” 

Inside the magazine, writer James Careless mentions WRAL and quotes WRAL-TV Chief Engineer Pete Sockett in his article “Achieving a Full HD Newscast.”

The coverage of WRAL focuses on their news operation being tape-based at first, because of the technology available at the time of the 2001 conversion. 

 “At the time we went to HD news, it had never been done before, so we had to work with what was available,” Careless quoted Sockett as saying.

WRAL upgraded to a file-based infrastructure over two years ago and is working on upgrading field acquisition now.

  • Read the entire article “Achieving a Full HD Newscast” here.


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