Took them long enough, but NBCU finally figured out what to do with Conan O’Brien’s old “Tonight Show” Stage One studio. The 60,000 ft. space will now house both KNBC’s local news team and the LA Bureau of NBC News under the same roof–although the revamping won’t be completed until 2012.
Our sister site TV Newser has the press release, which is posted after the jump.
NEW YORK â€“ September 16, 2010 â€“ NBC Universal will construct a state of the art West Coast newsroom and production center, combining under one roof the LA Bureau of NBC News and KNBC, the local media station in Los Angeles. Located in the epicenter of the Universal Lot in Los Angeles, Stage One will be an all high-definition facility, incorporating the latest technology to create a world-class home of digital journalism and content production. Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2012.
Jeff Zucker, President and CEO of NBC Universal, said, “This is a significant investment in our West Coast news operations and ensures that the incredibly talented teams at KNBC and LA’s NBC News Bureau will have the latest technologies and journalistic tools to continue doing what they do best. It also further consolidates the locations of our businesses, making the Universal Lot the center of our operations on the West Coast.”
Designs for the new 60,000 square foot facility are currently underway. It will feature a two-story studio and newsroom housing both news operations, allowing them to tap into the vast resources of both groups and foster an even greater degree of collaboration between the organizations. The entire workflow of the newsroom will be file-based, and feature the latest technologies and enhancements in keeping with a full-service multi-platform production facility. A new five-story office building will also be retrofitted to house the technical support and executive offices, among other departments.
“The Universal facility will be top notch — consisting of the best technology, infrastructure and people in the business,” said Steve Capus, President of NBC News. “This move represents an extraordinary investment in KNBC and NBC News LA – two of the greatest franchises in broadcast history — soon to have a home befitting their extraordinary work.”
John Wallace, President of NBC Local Media added, “This is an exciting move for KNBC. This state-of-the-art facility will enhance their ability to create and produce quality local news and information across all of the station’s media platforms, expanding their content production and further serving the LA community. It’s an appropriate new home for a world-class local media team, and facilitates even greater collaboration with the phenomenal team at NBC News LA.”