Starting Jan. 6, the ABC O&O will broadcast all its local news and programming in high-def.
On Jan. 6, 2007, ABC O&O WLS Chicago will begin broadcasting its entire local news and programming line-up in high-definition, it was announced today by Emily Barr, the station’s president and general manager.
According to Barr, “We are proud to once again lead the way in cutting edge technology by being the first station in town to broadcast local news and programming in high definition. Just like the transition from black and white to color, HD broadcasting infuses a sense of excitement for our viewers.”
The station’s conversion of 4:3 standard-definition television to 16:9 high definition includes 33 hours of weekly local news in addition to sports, entertainment and community focused programming and specials, combined with its network and syndication HD lineup.
WLS cited its other technological “firsts,” including having the only HD helicopter in the market as well as being the first station to provide video and audio podcasting as well as making up-to-the-minute election results available via web enabled cell phones and PDA’s.
Kal Hassan, WLS vice president of engineering, said: “ABC 7 has one of the most advanced, all digital facilities in the country, pioneering the way here with an all-HD infrastructure that includes HD control rooms, HD studio and remote cameras, HD graphics weather system and HD capable live trucks. Broadcasting from our Emmy Award winning news set, we will be providing 16: 9, pictures that will fill the screen with stunning clarity.”