CLEVELAND - Big changes are happening at the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 30th Street. NewsChannel5 is moving -- but just for the summer.
We will broadcast out of a temporary studio beginning with the 6 p.m. newscast on Saturday, July 7 to make room for a brand new studio set.
All newscasts are moving from Studio C to Studio A. Studio A is where 'Academic Challenge' and the Ohio Lottery drawings are broadcast out of. We will move back into Studio C after Labor Day.
We will unveil our new anchor desk, weather center and expanded state-of-the-art set later this summer. We have been using the current anchor set and weather center since 1998. It kind of feels like when you move out of an old house with boxes scattered everywhere. In our case, it's cables. And lots of them.
Crews are busy renovating Studio C for the September launch. One of the biggest undertakings is changing out the electrical grid and lighting grid. They are the original grids, installed when WEWS-TV moved into its current location at 3001 Euclid Ave. in 1956.
The work crew has already installed roughly 7,000 feet of cable. The anchor desk was moved to the temporary studio following 'Good Morning Cleveland Saturday.' It's expected to take about 2,000 man hours to tear down the old set, move it and install the new set.
Viewers shouldn't notice a difference while we're broadcasting from the temporary studio, but they will notice a big change later this summer.
"The new set will be crisper because of all the LED lighting," said Berry Pinney, director of engineering and operations at NewsChannel5. Pinney is overseeing the studio project. "It will have more definition to it. It will look better on high definition."
When the 70 lights come on in the studio for our newscasts, the studio can get very warm very quickly. With the LED lighting, Pinney said the studio won't get nearly as hot -- good news for anchors and the weather department!
For the past week, the weather department has been working out of a make-shift weather center since the weather center was the first to be moved into Studio A.
We've linked pictures and videos of the set transformation so you can see what it looks like behind the scenes. We'll continue to update you on the progress of the new set, as construction continues.
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