WPXI, PCNC to get new studios and digital media center

Cox Broadcasting Company, an owner of several major television and radio stations throughout the country, is building an entirely new studio facility and digital media center for two of its Pittsburgh, PA-based programming channels — WPXI and Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (PCNC).

AZCAR, a systems integration and consulting firm that specializes in the television industry, is responsible for the design, equipment procurement and technical construction of the new station. The firm is also working with Cox engineers at their other stations to help develop an overall technology plan for the group's 15 stations. The company will likely pattern upgrades on the methods that will be used in the WPXI revamp.

WPXI broadcasts on channel 11 and is an affiliate of the NBC network. PCNC is a news channel produced by WPXI staff for cable-only distribution in the Pittsburgh area. The WPXI studio facilities will move from the Television Hill transmitter site, which is several decades old, to a new building in the fall of 2007. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new building were held in March. The television production facilities will incorporate the latest digital software and hardware innovations for television origination and distribution.

The new broadcast studios will be housed in a 70,000 sq ft building on a 14-acre tract of land in Pittsburgh. The transmitter and tower will remain on Television Hill.

For more information, visit www.azcar.com.