DMA 80

WHAM To Debut Local HD Newscasts

Beginning Sept. 13, Newport Television's ABC affiliate WHAM Rochester, N.Y., will begin broadcasting all its newscasts in high definition.

On Monday, Sept. 13, Newport Television’s ABC affiliate WHAM Rochester, N.Y. (DMA 80), will make local history as the first Rochester TV station to broadcast all its newscasts in high definition, according to the station.

WHAM is also unveiling a state-of-the-art studio with new HD cameras, graphics and an updated station logo.

“This is a groundbreaking day for Rochester-area television,” said Chuck Samuels, VP-GM of WHAM. “We are incredibly proud and excited to be leading the way in high-definition local news. The difference viewers will see is simply incredible.”

Even viewers who do not own a high definition set will see a difference in clarity, color contrast and sharpness, the station says.

Every newscast will be broadcast in high definition: 13WHAM News This Morning
(5-7 a.m., then 7-9 a.m. on Rochester’s CW); 13WHAM News Midday, 13WHAM News at 5:00 p.m.; 13WHAM News at 5:30 p.m.; 13WHAM News at 6 p.m.; and 13WHAM News at 11 p.m.

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Hope Yen and Charles Babington says:

September 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Local HD is imperative now that there is no longer any analog TV. More people than ever are obtaining at least one HD receiver, and the expectations that their local stations will air studio and tape material in HD, as well as network are certainly understandable! I would not want to be the GM or GSM of stations in a market where just ONE of the OTHER stations is rolling out HD!

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