CHUM Television to launch daily HD newscasts

Toronto-based CHUM Television plans to offer its morning news show, and newscasts at noon, 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. in HD. The HD news offerings will include "Breakfast Television," "CityLine" and "CityNews."

An important component of the transition is an order announced last week with Harris for SD and HD conversion, processing, and control and monitoring equipment to support the HD initiative.

CHUM will acquire X75HD M-Path Multiple-Path Converter/Synchronizers, NEO XHD broadcast-quality, modular HDTV converters and the 6800+ modular downconverters for utility applications. Also included are CCS Pilot control and monitoring software and NUCLEUS network control panels, which support centralized operational control of all the conversion, processing and routing equipment.

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Note: Check out next week’s edition of "HD Technology Update" for a Sound Off interview with CHUM director of broadcast technology Bruce Cowan to learn more about the project.