By Lauren Maxwell

9:47 PM December 2, 2013 Email

Millions of dollars invested in state-of-the-art facility

ANCHORAGE – The new KTVA is different in many ways, but perhaps most striking is the new media center the station inhabits. KTVA now shares its home with the Anchorage Daily News in East Anchorage. But getting the building ready to house a state-of-the-art television station took some work.

Demolition started last January. Crews cleared 17-thousand-square-feet of office space on the building’s second floor. Next door, crews began constructing the largest television studio complex in Alaska.

With the stage set, work could commence on filling the new KTVA with the most advanced high-definition technology available. A modern newsroom began to take shape with workstations for a staff more than double the size of the original station.

There’s also a dazzling 3,000-square-foot studio, custom-made for the new KTVA by the country’s premier set design team. Engineers from around the country also contributed.

The building houses more than 100 computers, close to 300 HD monitors and 46 high-definition cameras. Seventeen are for the field and nine are for the studio, all of them robotic. It’s technology that makes it possible to run up to three separate television stations at a time, and to deliver a new kind of KTVA news in high definition.