the right side of the screen. Weather information appears along
the bottom. WRAL-TV's channel 5 newscasts are simulcast and then
replayed until the next live newscast. Programming also includes
locally produced public affairs programs like "30 Minutes" & "NC
Spin" and syndicated shows like "CBS MarketWatch" & "First Business."
been the digital television leader of our industry, and the WRAL
NewsChannel is a logical extension of that strategy," said
WRAL Vice President & General Manager Bill Peterson. "It
allows us to combine the strengths and resources of WRAL News and
WRAL.com and use the unique capability of WRAL-DT (Channel 53) to
provide a new service to our viewers."
News To You
Behind-The-Scenes Making Things Happen
of WRAL NewsChannel took more than compiling news information.
The station had to come up with a way to get the information
to the screen. Former WRAL OnLine Web Programmer John Clark
worked to transfer the news to the audience.
Basic and then found a way to get requested information from
WRAL.com to the TV screen. He explained, "We just took it
one challenge at a time. Of course, some challenges were more
difficult than others, but I suppose that is just a part of
dealing with new technology. There are basically two systems
running the automation of the news channel. I have several
processes running a Linux machine at the station that periodically
retrieves data from WRAL.com and passes it along to the Duet
machine. The Duet machine reads in all that information a
certain intervals and displays it on screen."
now an independent contractor for WRAL.com administrator,
Internet Broadcast Systems (IBS), has worked countless
hours on the project since mid-spring. He learned a new
programming language, Visual Basic, then learned how to
use Chryron's programming
Control works with broadcasting the video that appears in
the central window of the screen. Clark said, "I was just
responsible for putting the video that master control sends
to the box together with data from WRAL.com in what you see
Clark's programming skills are at the heart of this new service,"
said WRAL Director of Special Projects John Harris. "He has
essentially figured out how to put information that appears
on WRAL.com on the NewsChannel--in an automated fashion. He's
a brilliant programmer who has done some fine work on this."