Cleveland Leads Nation in HDTV

Mon, January 08, 2007 by John Butte

On Sunday night, January 7th, legendary WEWS NewsChannel 5 made Cleveland the nation’s most advanced high definition (HD) television city in America. Cleveland is the first city where its top three television stations broadcast their local news in HD. NewsChannel 5’s launch includes exclusively HD weather and expands the station’s HD programming to more than 12 hours each day. 
            “Our leadership in high definition programming is remarkable and consistent with the legacy of our On Your Side station,” states John Butte, Vice President & General Manager. “WEWS was first on the air in Ohio in 1947, and we’re first again in 2007 with high definition weather.”
Exclusive HD Weather
            Early in 2006, NewsChannel 5 introduced the most powerful radar system in Cleveland television – the Power of 5 Doppler Network. Now the station is taking weather coverage to another new level with high definition weather. “The Power of 5 HD will not only deliver wide screen weather forecasts but also give viewers the most crisp and clear pictures of radar and maps that they’ve ever seen,” explains News Director Steve Hyvonen. “Our priority is keeping viewers safe and we continue to invest in weather technology that helps us explain and show Cleveland’s weather clearly and accurately, now more than ever.”
HD Programs
            With more than 12 hours of high definition programming each day on NewsChannel 5, viewers can now watch their favorite shows in HD:
  • All of NewsChannel 5’s newscasts
    • Good Morning Cleveland (5AM-7AM)
    • NewsChannel 5 at Noon (12PM-1PM)
    • Live On Five (5PM-6PM)
    • NewsChannel 5 at 6 (6PM-6:30PM)
    • NewsChannel 5 at 11 (11PM-11:30PM; rebroadcast at 1AM)
  • ABC’s Good Morning America (7AM-9AM)
  • The View (11AM-12PM)
  • Wheel of Fortune (7PM-7:30PM)
  • Jeopardy (7:30PM-8PM)
  • All of ABC’s Primetime programs (8PM-11PM)
NewsChannel 5’s “first” with HD weather is the latest for the station known for several historic “firsts”:
  • First television station on the air in Ohio (December 17th, 1947)
  • First to transmit an HD signal (1999)
  • First station with a website, (1997)
  • First station to execute a live, remote broadcast
  • First station in Cleveland to broadcast professional sports (Cleveland Indians baseball game during the 1948 World Series)
  • First station to offer a full college credit course taught on air
  • First station to televise a live cooking show
  • First station to receive the distinguished George Foster Peabody Award for local public service
  • Dorothy Fuldheim – America’s first female news commentator, breaking barriers and opening doors for women in the news media