Things are changing at Boston’s WFXT FOX 25, and for the first time since 2003 the stations iconic newsroom will no longer be the primary focus during newscasts.
The station started producing newscasts in front of a green screen in studio B during the 4pm newscast on Thursday.
In 2000, when owned by Fox Television Stations, the station spent three years expanding into an old car dealership located next door to the station. In a multimillion dollar renovation, the station tripled its size to 90,000 square feet, and moved their newscasts to the new working newsroom studio.
The newsroom has received some updates over the years, but has mostly stayed the same. When Cox Media Group took over the station in 2014 and changed the format of the newscasts, they started using less of the standup and interview locations that were previously used in the newsroom.
The new set will be build in the middle of the newsroom, with the newsroom itself getting new configuration and furnature. The main anchor position will be open to the newsroom, but the rest of the set will be closed in more in line with a traditional news set.
A “massive” television wall will also be built alongside the wall to the right of the weather center, facing the main anchor position.
Station staff were shown renderings of the new set in an all-hands meeting last week, but New England One has not seen the drawings.
Go Pro Construction of Maryland is the contractor for this project and they’re doing an amazing job! Way ahead of schedule!
The set is expected to take 6 weeks to build before it debuts.