Ch. 8 is first station in the market to air local news in high def.
KLAS Las Vegas began broadcasting all its local newscasts in digital 1080i high definition starting yesterday, Sept. 18, with its 5 a.m. Eyewitness News This Morning.
The station’s president and general manager, Emily Neilson, said: “We are proud to be the first to bring this innovation to Las Vegas. KLAS has made a long-standing commitment to quality and leadership in presenting state-of-the-art newscasts, and high definition is the next step in presenting the highest quality news to Southern Nevada.”
The station said it is only the 11th station in the nation to provide local news in HD, and the second station in the country to present weather in full high definition.
According to Neilson, “Las Vegans adopt high technology faster than most other cities. People in this part of the country are interested in trying new technology, and there is a higher percentage of people using digital television here than in most of the nation.” Nielsen ranks Las Vegas as second in the country with high-technology television sets. “With this dramatic local interest, we saw the importance of making the multi-million dollar investment to bring this cutting-edge technology to Las Vegas.”
Vice President of News Bob Stoldal said: “We’re all about accurate, quality storytelling. We work hard to deliver a newscast that has depth and clarity. Now we have the pictures to match. Our studio cameras, graphics, and weather are now all full, high definition.”
KLAS broadcasts a total of 58 hours of programming in HD. Neilson also commented, “Even if you’re a viewer with standard analog television, you’ll see a marked improvement in the quality of the pictures on Channel 8 Eyewitness News.”
KLAS can be received in HD over the air with standard antenna on digital channel 8.1 and on Cox Cable digital channel 730.