KTVZ Bend, Ore., To Unveil New Studio, Weather Center

After months of design, planning, and construction, News-Press & Gazette’s NewsChannel 21 in Bend, Ore., is set to broadcast from an entirely rebuilt news set and weather center, its first major upgrade in 15 years. Viewers will get to see the new-look studio on air on Monday, Nov. 20, for the NewsChannel 21 Fox at 4 pm newscast. 

NewsChannel 21 comprises KTVZ (Fox), KFXO-LD (Fox) and KQRE (Telemundo).It said: “The ambitious project brings the latest technology to the space for delivering the High Desert’s news to the community with impressive visual impact.”  

Features include a 13-foot screen to display images related to news content or stunning scenic images of Central Oregon. An additional 9-foot wall of monitors will serve as a reporter presentation area, providing the opportunity to showcase related videos.    

The upgraded, cutting-edge weather center features its own set of monitors “for delivering the most accurate, understandable, and visually complete forecasts.”

The set includes wood accents and an earthy color palette, as a nod to Central Oregon’s vibrant outdoors.  

Veteran evening news anchor Lee Anderson says: “In my more than two decades at KTVZ, I have never seen this type of transformation to the studio space. Our ability to deliver comprehensive local news, sports, and weather across multiple newscasts will only be enhanced by the new surroundings.”  


News Director Cathy Marshall says: “This new set provides the perfect backdrop for continuing our commitment to the community as the market’s news leader.”  

General Manager Ron Parodi adds: “The entire team at NewsChannel 21 is so proud of this new studio and production facility. This significant investment toward how we serve Central Oregon is a statement of our commitment to the important role that we perform each day. We are the market leader in news, thanks to our viewers, and we hope you will agree that our new presentation will reflect such an honor.”

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