WAYNE, NJ, April 9, 2008 â€” Belo Corpâ€™s NBC affiliate, KGW in Portland, Oregon, began broadcasting its daily news programming in HDTV earlier this year. For the HD transition, KGW selected six Fujinon XA22X7.5BES compact HD studio lenses. Three of those lenses are mounted on Grass Valley LDK-4000 studio cameras and are currently in use at KGW NewsChannel 8â€™s main studio in Portland to produce the studio portions of the stationâ€™s news broadcasts in HD.
Three additional XA22X7.5BES lenses will be used at KGWâ€™s planned remote studio located within Portlandâ€™s Pioneer Courthouse Square. Currently under construction, the remote studio will broadcast live morning and noon newscasts from that location. The remote studio is to begin operation in June.
According to KGW Director of Technology, Eric Dausman, Fujinon presented a perfect solution for the stationâ€™s conversion to HDTV. â€œIn the past, larger studio HDTV lenses have been extremely expensive. With the introduction of this new, more compact studio lens, we were able to achieve the high optical quality we needed at a reasonable price point.â€?
â€œThroughout the lens selection process, image quality was a top priority,â€? he added. â€œWeâ€™ve come to expect Fujinon lenses as the best glass in the industry.â€?
Fujinonâ€™s XA22X7.5BES lens was designed with an eye toward stations using ENG-type cameras for studio applications as well as those employing smaller field production units.
The XA22x7BES is a lightweight box lens that features higher optical quality than standard ENG-type lenses, combined with the zoom and focus performance of a larger studio lens. With a focal length starting at 7mm and ranging up to 154mm and superb F- stop ramping characteristics; itâ€™s well suited for shooting in tight locations and smaller studios.
The wide angle of 7mm (68 degrees 49 minutes) is the widest in its class, and the XA22X7BES will focus at a close 0.8m.
Fujinon is a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema and industrial markets. The companyâ€™s line of television zoom lenses are used in virtually every segment of the broadcast industry, including electronic newsgathering, studio and field production, and high definition television. For more information about Fujinon broadcast and communications products, call (973) 633-5600 or visit our web site at
About Belo Corp.
Belo Corp. is one of the nation’s largest pure-play publicly-traded television companies, with annual revenue of approximately $775 million. The Company owns and operates 20 television stations, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV affiliates, reaching more than 14 percent of U.S. television households, and their associated Web sites, in 15 highly-attractive markets across the United States. Belo stations consistently deliver distinguished journalism for which they have received significant industry recognition including nine Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Awards; eight George Foster Peabody Awards; and 19 national Edward R. Murrow Awards all since 2000, and in each case more than any other commercial station group in the nation. Nearly all Belo stations rank first or second in their local market. Belo owns stations in seven of the top 25 markets in the nation, with six stations located in the fast-growing, top-14 markets of Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Seattle/Tacoma and Phoenix. Additionally, the Company has leveraged its local television assets to create regional cable news channels in Texas and the Northwest increasing its impact in those regions. Additional information is available at
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