WETA is the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital and the third-largest producing station in the public television system. It was one of the first stations in the country to broadcast high definition in 1999, and four-channel multicast digital broadcast in 2002.
The HD facility at WETA was designed, planned and integrated by CEI. The project, featuring new HD control rooms and edit suites, was begun in the second quarter of this year with a target date of Dec. 17 for the first live HD broadcast of “NewsHour,” which has been produced at WETA for many years. “NewsHour,” seen five nights a week on more than 315 PBS stations across the country, is the first live, regularly scheduled PBS program to be broadcast in HD. Careful planning and coordination with WETA allowed CEI to complete this phase of an extensive upgrade for the WETA Production Center, as well as conduct testing and training, in time for the first scheduled live broadcast.The state-of-the-art production facility includes many upgrades: a new HD video control room featuring a Sony MVS8000A switcher; a new digital audio control room featuring an SSL C100 5.1 surround sound console; six new Sony HDC1000LW HD studio cameras; Fujinon lenses; three upgraded Avid HD edit suites; an expanded Avid Unitystorage system; four Sony XD-Cam HD field camera systems; two Sony XD-Cam HD studio decks; expanded Grass Valley HD routers; a Barco multiple rear projection display wall; and QC/QA workstations.