More stations join PBS/Sony HD production program

Three PBS member stations have confirmed plans for their transition to HD program production under the PBS/Sony High Definition Production Pilot Program.

The cooperative program, which was created by Sony and PBS to cultivate high-definition television production by public television stations, includes the HD production of "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" in HD and the construction of a state-of-the art educational facility in Chicago.

Three stations — WETA in Washington, DC; WQED in Pittsburgh; and WYCC in Chicago —recently confirmed that they are moving forward with their projects. KQED San Francisco contracted with Sony in December 2005 and is almost finished with their facility upgrade for HD production.

Each station is installing a range of Sony high-definition broadcast and production technology, including multiformat cameras, switchers, VTRs and displays.

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