PBS NewsHour to Unveil New Set, Graphics, and Music on Monday, July 20 Broadcast

Washington, DC (July 20, 2015) — PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will unveil a new look, including new set, graphics, and music during its broadcast on Monday, July 20, 2015. The open, bright and modern concept incorporates the iconic PBS logo and more closely aligns the NewsHour’s broadcast and online content visually. The new studio increases the NewsHour’s production flexibility with multiple arrangements for interviews, reports and discussions in studio and by remote, in a transparent and fresh setting.

“We have made many changes and updates to our broadcast and digital presence this year while remaining committed to credible and independent reporting and in depth, thoughtful analysis,” said PBS NewsHour SVP and Executive Producer Sara Just. “With this beautiful new set, modern graphics, and theme music, we will be able to grow even more and signal to our audience that this is indeed a new chapter in the NewsHour’s distinguished history.”

The redesign to NewsHour’s broadcast comes one year after WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in Washington, D.C., took over production and ownership of the program and nearly one year after Just came on board to lead the nightly broadcast, named the most credible television show in broadcast news, according to the 2014 Erdos & Morgan study of opinion leaders.

For the redesign, NewsHour turned to 11-time Emmy Award winner Eric Siegel, a veteran television director, art director, and production designer, for creative direction and implementation.

In partnership with George Allison – a scenic designer with over 30 years of credits in television, film, and theatre – the pair sought to create a space that embodied the values of the program’s journalism.

“It was my belief that PBS NewsHour and its viewers deserved a look, a sound, and a space that were as bright, as strong, and with as much depth as their unmatched editorial content,” said Siegel. “The journalism of the program always comes first. In my experience, no matter how handsome the redesign may be, the set must foremost provide the broadcast with more and better and more flexible tools specifically designed to serve its editorial needs.”

NewsHour’s longtime director Joe Camp and the WETA production team have relocated the NewsHour into a larger studio space, providing depth and flexibility while modernizing the technical components of the production. In addition to all new energy-efficient lighting, viewers’ visual experience will be complemented by 90” and 65” monitors to display remote guests, video and graphics as well as video ribbons providing movement throughout the program.

Design of NewsHour comprehensive graphics was done by Troika, providing a bold and modern look that more closely aligns the broadcast graphics with the NewsHour’s recently redesigned website at pbs.org/newshour. The new broadcast musical package was composed by Emmy Award winning composer Edd Kalehoff. The musical options include more than 180 variations on the new theme.

“Edd has managed to maintain PBS NewsHour’s iconic musical signature, while creating an all new, modern and fresh sound,” Just said. “The new music will enhance our broadcast with variation and tone to fit the wide range of stories the NewsHour covers, from the urgent and sober matters of our day, to the more lighthearted and thought provoking features.”

About PBS NewsHour                                                                                                 

PBS NewsHour is seen by over four million weekly viewers and is also available online, via public radio in select markets, and via podcast. PBS NewsHour is a production of NewsHour Productions LLC, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA Washington, D.C., in association with WNET in New York. Major funding for PBS NewsHour is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers. Major corporate funding is provided by BAE Systems, BNSF and Lincoln Financial Group with additional support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Lemelson Foundation, National Science Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Friends of the NewsHour and others. More information on PBS NewsHour is available at www.pbs.org/newshour. On social media, visit www.facebook.com/newshour on Facebook or follow @NewsHour on Twitter.

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