WAYNE, N.J. – U-TV TV, the in-house television station for U-T San Diego, the newspaper previously known as TheSan Diego Union-Tribune, is using six GY-HM790 ProHD cameras for ENG and studio work, according to the vendor.
Manchester Lynch Integrated Media, which purchased the Tribune in late 2011, built the U-T TV operation from scratch earlier this year. Housed on an upper floor of the U-T San Diego facility, the studio houses three sets and is used to produce 12 hours of live programming each day.
“Our studio was built with an open floor plan and actually is in the middle of the U-T San Diego news floor,” said Paul Forgét, U-T TV production supervisor. “Part of our morning set looks directly into that newsroom as the background. It’s an appropriate backdrop for the blending of print, television, and Web, which exemplifies the new strategy of an integrated media platform.”
The station covers news from all of San Diego County, DMA No. 28. Programming is available on the Web at utsandiego.com, and is also available to AT&T U-verse and Cox Cable subscribers.
Five of the GY-HM790 cameras are used for ENG coverage, while one is used in the studio as a handheld unit during broadcasts.
U-T TV embraced file recording to non-proprietary SDHC media cards. “I could not imagine ever using tape as media again,” Forgét said. “Working with SDHC cards gives U-T TV the ability to acquire and manage media quickly and efficiently. The .MOV file format is a no-brainer. It simply allows us to operate at max efficiency with our NLE.”