Wednesday, October 15, 2014

KHOU 11 debuts new Gannett ticker

KHOU 11 last of old Texas Belo stations to get new graphical ticker

KHOU graphic ticker Lisa Hernandez
KHOU anchor Lisa Hernandez breaks down new USA Today inspired ticker.

KHOU 11 is debuting its new Gannett-USA Today inspired colorized ticker at the bottom of the screen and boy is the station excited about it! I've received reports from viewers the station is even promoting the change.

Usually stations just turn on a new ticker and its business as usual, but KHOU even put out an informative video with anchor Lisa Hernandez to explain all elements of the change (watch below).

 I think it's the equivalent of Gannett tagging a wall to mark its territory, but instead of gang symbols you might see in parts of Houston, it's a green money and orange tech section.  If KPRC or KTRK abc13 staffers dare to wander over to Allen Parkway, where KHOU's studios are located, they will see the yellow weather tab and know to get out of Gannett territory or else!

Although KHOU is celebrating the new ticker, it's actually the last old Belo station in Texas to adopt the new look. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure sister stations KENS San Antonio, KVUE Austin and Dallas WFAA already have it.




17 comments:

  1. All the former Belo stations put out a similar video detailing what each color tab means

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  2. I want to go back to the old days when there was nothing at the bottom of the screen. It's really annoying when we are watching a sitcom, or drama and they are promoting something at the bottom, or to the side.

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  3. The new graphics look sharp, but I noticed every time they went to a reporter for a story, this whooshing sound would sound. It got annoying after the 1st couple of times.

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    1. Shaun, Ch. 13 used to do the whooshing sound with their Circle 13 logo back in 1986.

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  4. Great.... a stupid design which will make us dump our still usable tube tvs.... thanks Gannett. I wish Belo wasn't acquired by Gannett.

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    1. At least KVUE has an excuse because it used to be owned by Gannett from 1986 to 1999 and got bought back

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  5. Now if only they can get a new studio set with better skyline graphics.

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  6. It appears that KREM Spokane and the former London stations have yet to roll out Gannett graphics and music. Gannett isn't the only TV station group into the standardized approach. Scripps, Hearst, Media General, Sinclair, CBS O&O, Fox O&O, and NBC O&O groups are among several station groups that do standardized approach. WJZ is the only CBS O&O not using CBS O&O graphics. I would say the current Gannett graphics and music are better than their previous graphics and music. I live in Atlanta, where Gannett owns WXIA. ABC O&O, Cox, Hubbard, and Meredith groups don't do the standardized approach, and most likely recognize that one size doesn't fit all.

    Some of the Gannett stations are due for news set makeovers, especially WUSA, WKYC, and KUSA. I'm aware of KING working on moving out of its long time broadcast home sometime in 2015, if not 2016. Not sure if Gannett is mulling over new broadcast home for WWL either.

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  7. I think the new graphics are ugly and distracting. And if you're watching on an old TV, the edges are cut off, including the time and temperature.

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    1. They must have heard some complaints. I noticed this evening that the standard-def version of KHOU on Comcast is now letterboxed, so no more cropping issues.

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  8. WGRZ in Buffalo has had it for more than a year I believe. The only knock I have is that it's not transparent enough and at times blocks important parts of the video beneath.

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  9. Anyone who reads USA Today is already familiar with the color codes. It's ok, but it can be distracting.

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  10. Anon, in their 6pm and 10pm newscasts, KHOU should have their set with a purple background with the skyline in front of it.

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  11. CBS should demand that their affiliates use their O&O graphics regardless of ownership. Gannett's graphics look too NBC-like for a CBS station.

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  12. The worst part of that ticker is that it covers up some of Lisa Hernandez's best assets!

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  13. The whole Gannett takeover/makeover sucks. Plus, the automated switching frequently cuts off stories before they're finished.

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  14. KHOU's new graphics were very forward looking...in 1980. Now, they just look extremely dated. And depressing. All of the black boxes and repetitive whooshing sounds make it look like an extremely low-budget production. Definitely not worthy of a top-10 market. I think that the darkness of it all has an unconscious effect on people's moods. It's depressing. Heck, the news itself is depressing enough. Why not make the delivery a little more uplifting?? I predict a ratings plunge.

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