Baltimore’s WBFF-TV News Goes HD
June 4, 2008
WBFF-TV, the Sinclair Fox affiliate in Baltimore (DMA No. 24), began airing its local newscasts in 720p on Monday, June 2. Its morning fare (“Fox45 Morning News”) made the transition a day later.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, based in Hunt Valley, Md., said its station is the first broadcaster in the market to convert to local HD. WBFF-TV’s new HD casts are originating on a new set designed to, among other things, take full advantage of the new 16:9 aspect ratio. It features a rotating desk with two different back drops, 35 HD monitors, fixed HD studio cameras, new HD graphics, a traffic monitoring system and an HD SkyWatch Weather Center.
“When they said that you’ll see every nook and cranny in HD, it made some of the ladies raise their eyebrows a little bit,” Patrice Harris, co-anchor of the morning news, told The Baltimore Sun. “It was a little scary to think, ‘Oh, wow, we’re going into this new realm of television, where people will see everything.’”
Baltimore and the Washington, D.C. market (DMA No. 9) share some of the same viewers.