After nearly two months of construction, and a very hyped up promotion, the renovated Newsplex made its debut at 10pm tonight. And of course it is slick, and very busy looking. Overall, in my opinion, it looks much better than what they did at WHDH in Boston. WSVN’s version looks and feels so much more coherent and well executed than at WHDH where not much really changed save for the LED video strip.

We also like their decision to go with a wide video wall on the second floor. Even better, they avoided those over used thin bezel LCD panels used that many stations including WFOR, WTVJ and WPLG use nowadays in favor of a massive, seamless LED array.

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Ever since they introduced the projector screen I’ve thought this would be the way to go, as it gives a much bigger and wider rather than boxier feel.

The news desk also received some much needed attention, they did a good job reducing the tin can vibe it gave off before by adding a bigger monitor, and a big lit circle seven logo – you know, just in case you forget which station you’re watching. vlcsnap-2015-03-09-04h03m50s177vlcsnap-2015-03-09-04h09m08s229

Speaking of big logos, the Satellite Center counter also has a giant circle seven on it. Gotta get that branding burned into our brains.vlcsnap-2015-03-09-04h23m26s116

And while the biggest change is the newsplex itself, something it desperately needed six years ago, we felt the graphics a little on the meh side. A lot of the elements haven’t been changed although the open isn’t too bad and the new transitions are pretty cool. And you’d be forgiven if you thought the red and black look seen in the recent promos would be what WSVN planned to roll out.

Of interesting note is that Paul Turner continues to be the voice over considering that former WSVN voice over Scott Chapin unretired and came back as the voice of WHDH late last year.

So what do you think? Was it worth the wait and the hype?

Here’s 19:50 minutes from the live broadcast, including the promos that ran during the show.

[MP4 video – 2.12GB]

5 COMMENTS

  1. Have you noticed that the glass wall is now gone? It’s much better than what they did at WHDH in Boston. WHDH is like Sunbeam’s “watered-down” version because WSVN is the flagship after all. The music should have been changed entirely and Scott Chapin should have came back. Other than that, it’s amazing.

    Have you noticed that the Newsplex showcases West Palm Beach channels? I spotted WPTV 5, WPEC 12.1 and 12.2 and WFLX 29. Not sure about WPBF 25. Except for WFLX 29, none of them are seen on over-the-air TV here.

  2. Maybe his contract isnt up yet but paul turner needs to go…like 5 years ago. No body can touch scott chapin. Also some of the reporting is a bit dry. Bring back some of the enrgetic vets like derrick, charles and reed who actually keep you glued to your seat.

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