March 22, 2010
WEIU-TV Converts to High Definition Broadcasting.
WEIU-TV has become the first station in its market to broadcast its local newscast in high definition.
WEIU began broadcasting its 5:30 p.m. newscast in high definition on March 22. The change means shaper images and more vivid colors for viewers, and enhanced learning opportunities for EIU students.
In order to move to high definition, WEIU had to upgrade much of its studio and production control equipment, as well as acquiring new field cameras and improved editing systems. The upgrade was funded by a $685,000 grant from the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program. PTFP awarded the station $514,000, and WEIU committed $171,000 in matching funds. There was also a major effort to train staff and students on how to operate the new equipment.
The HD upgrade gives students at WEIU the opportunity to enhance their skills by working with the latest television production technology. It also provides a great opportunity to other Communication Studies students, who use the HD cameras for television production class.
More information about WEIU’s HD upgrade is available at the station’s website: www.weiu.net.