In designing and outfitting the ABC Philadelphia O&O’s new building, the station’s chief tech Hank Volpe says the goal was to do more — much more — with about the same staffing the station currently has. He thinks they have met that goal by putting together an integrated, file-based distribution system within the building for handling all the video imported or produced by the station.
Many TV station groups are implementing — or at least talking about — centralization, stripping individual stations of master control, graphics production and other functions and providing them from another station or hub, all for the sake of improving efficiency and lowering costs.
Some stations would lose their independence and the ability to function fully on a stand-alone basis. In extreme cases, stations would be reduced to a sales office and possibly a news studio.
But none of that is to be the fate of WPVI.
No slave to technological fashion, the ABC O&O in Philadelphia is in the process of moving into a brand-new 110,000-square-foot building where it will retain all the capability and all the autonomy that it has enjoyed for decades — and earned by dominating the local news ratings in the nation’s fourth largest TV market.
That’s not to say that the new WPVI will not be more efficient.