Following the lead of KCRA Sacramento, network affiliates in Boston and Orlando will soon make the move to high-def newscasts.
Hearst-Argyle’s WCVB Boston and WESH Orlando, Fla., will begin offering local newscasts in HD within the next several weeks, according to station group spokesman Tom Campo.
KCRA Sacramento, Calif., became the first station in the Hearst-Argyle group and the first in its market to offer HD news on Feb. 12, Campo said.
KCRA, an NBC affiliate, is now airing all its newscasts in HD except for the noon news, which originates from a remote studio in Sacramento’s Arden Fair Mall.
KCRA has also equipped its helicopter to provide live HD shots.
It’s “an important step for us in that market,” Hearst-Argyle CEO David Barrett told security analysts during a conference call today.
During that same call, Hearst-Argyle EVP Terry Mackin noted that the KCRA helicopter can not only deliver live HD shots to the newscasts, but to the station’s Web site.