TV group selects Grass Valley to supply Ignite systems for stations in Portland, Ore.; Wichita, Kan.; and Honolulu.
To help with the DTV transition and improve the on-air look and market competitiveness, Montecito Broadcast Group is outfitting three stations it just purchased from Emmis with more than $1.6 million of Grass Valley Ignite automated production systems.
“The Grass Valley Ignite system gives us a lot of flexibility to build newscasts as we normally do across our other stations, but with less resources,” said Walt Ward, director of engineering at Montecito. “Fully automated production systems like the Ignite system enable new business models to be successful and that’s the value we see with this Grass Valley technology. Viewers will also benefit from more comprehensive coverage that looks better on screen.”
According to Grass Valley, with the automation system, a single operator at each station can take on sole responsibility for the production of several daily newscasts as well as other local programming. Because of this operational efficiency, it says, the stations can now add more news programming and real-time cut-ins and give consumers more local coverage throughout the day.
The stations scheduled to go online with the Ignite system: KOIN-TV Portland, Ore. (CBS); KHON-TV Honolulu (Fox); and KSNW-TV Wichita, Kan. (NBC).
The systems feature Grass Valley Kayak DD video production switcher, analog and digital audio mixing/processing gear and advanced automation control software.