WBAL-TV transitions local newscasts to HD

WBAL director of engineering Jeff Halapin discusses what it took to make the transition to HD newscasts at the Hearst-Argyle-owned station in Baltimore
WBAL-TV’s new HD control room features a Sony MVS8000G production switcher and Evertz routing system, MVP video controller system and monitoring equipment.

WBAL-TV, the Hearst-Argyle-owned NBC affiliate in Baltimore, launched local HD newscasts Jan. 3 after an extensive modernization and upgrade of its control room and news set.

Unlike many other Hearst-Argyle stations making the transition, WBAL bit off the whole HD project at once. Rather than taking a phased approach to the upgrade, the station replaced its news set, studio technology, control room and audio board all at the same time.

While WBAL director of engineering Jeff Halapin took a different approach to the project, he did benefit from the experience and advice of his peers in the broadcast group. This week, Halapin discusses the project.

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