It’s the beginning of a new era for local TV news in Kentucky.
Today, Lexington CBS affiliate WKYT-TV 27 NEWSFIRST broadcast the market’s first locally produced newscast in true high definition. Not only is WKYT the first station in the market to accomplish the feat, it’s also first in the state of Kentucky- and one of only a handful of stations across the country to broadcast locally in high definition.
“As WKYT celebrates its 50th year of serving Kentucky, it’s fitting for us to lead our market’s transition to HDTV,” says WKYT President and General Manager Wayne Martin.” 27 NEWSFIRST has a long tradition of innovation in local news. We believe our viewers will be very impressed by what they see. It is the biggest thing for our viewers since the conversion from black-and-white to color.”
“If you watch color TV all day,” adds Gray Television Preisdent /COO Bob Prather, “you don’t want to see the local news in black and white. Once people get used to seeing high definition programming, they will expect to see the news in HD.”
HD is a digital television format with much more resolution and color than standard television. And while other Lexington stations are gearing up for their own version of local high-definition, WKYT is unique in that its cameras- both studio and in the field- are
“True HD,” and not just an enhanced digital format.
“Since last fall, we’ve been working toward going to full coverage HD,” says 27 NEWSFIRST News Director Robert Thomas. “We have all new high definition cameras out in the field covering the news every day. And that was just the beginning. Our engineers have spent countless hours installing new HD cameras in our studio, revamped our control room, and improved our weather technology to allow viewers to watch the weather is HD as well. The end result is a newscast that’s visually stunning and showcases the leadership of WKYT. But seeing is believing. Watch our news in HD, and I know you will be impressed.”
WKYT will offer nearly 30 hours of local news each week in True HD, in addition to the strong HD lineup offered by CBS. Also, over 50 hours of local sports programming, including coach shows for the University of Kentucky, will be produced in HD as well.
A complete listing of the station’s HD programming is available online at wkyt.com.
WKYT-TV is owned and operated by Gray Television, Inc., a television broadcast company headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Gray currently operates 36 television stations serving 30 markets. Each of the stations are affiliated with either CBS (17 stations), NBC (10 stations), ABC (8 stations) or FOX (1 station). In addition, Gray currently operates 36 digital second channels including CWkyt in Lexington.