Texas Broadcasters Launch HD News

Two leading broadcasters in Texas' biggest cities debuted their HD news programs last week.

WFAA-TV in Dallas began airing its local news in HD last Friday, Feb. 2, following six months of studio and equipment modifications, as well as practice by anchors, camera operators and other staff.

A new control room was built and now "there's a whole new workflow for [news] production," said WFAA-TV Technical Operations Manager Tommy Baugh.

In addition to the station's daily local newscasts ("News 8" on Channel WFAA-DT 8.1) starting at 5 a.m., WFAA-TV also multicasts two channels for news, sports, weather and alternative programming. The ABC station said it's the first in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex to make the HD transition for local news.

A bit further south in the Lone Star State, KHOU-TV in Houston began airing its local newscasts ("11News") in HD on Super Bowl Sunday. Besides the news, some additional local programming such as "Great Day Houston" at 9 a.m. also is being aired in 1080i on the CBS affiliate, according to the Houston Chronicle.