KVUE took the wraps off its new set Sunday night.
The set, from Jack Morton Worldwide, replaces one that first debuted in 2001 and underwent a refresh in 2008.
Jack Morton Worldwide has designed similar sets for a number of KVUE’s sister stations across the country.
“We’re so thankful that our parent company Tegna believes deeply in quality, local journalism,” KVUE president and general manager Kristie Gonzales said. “Their investment in KVUE allowed us to build a state-of-the-art set, inspired by Austin.”
Construction on the set started in mid-2017 in a secondary studio, allowing the ABC affiliate to continue broadcasting from its old set without interruption.
The focal point of the new 360-degree set is an array of flat-screens that sits behind the news anchors. Aside from the main anchor desk, there’s also a weather center and an interview area.
“KVUE has always set the standard in Austin for innovation,” news director Tim Ryan said. “We’ve integrated all the tools at our disposal to tell Austin’s story in real time, help the KVUE Storm Team keep you on top of the ever-changing weather in Central Texas and have a little fun, too.”
Now that the new set has debuted, the studio where the old set is located will be converted into production space.