On Monday, July 20, PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff unveiled a new look, including new set, graphics, and music during its nightly broadcast. The open, bright and modern concept incorporates the iconic and award-winning PBS logo and more closely aligns the NewsHour’s broadcast and online content visually. The new studio increases the NewsHour’s production flexibility with multiple arrangements for interviews, reports and discussions in studio and by remote, in a transparent and fresh setting.
For the redesign, NewsHour worked with 11-time Emmy Award winner Eric Siegel, a veteran television director, art director, and production designer, for creative direction and implementation, who in partnership with George Allison, sought to create a space that embodied the values of the program’s journalism.
NewsHour and the WETA production team have relocated the NewsHour into a larger studio space, providing depth and flexibility while modernizing the technical components of the production. In addition to all new energy-efficient lighting, viewers’ visual experience will be complemented by 90” and 65” monitors to display remote guests, video and graphics as well as video ribbons providing movement throughout the program.
Design of NewsHour comprehensive graphics was done by Troika, providing a bold and modern look that more closely aligns the broadcast graphics with the NewsHour’s recently redesigned website at pbs.org/newshour. The new broadcast musical package was composed by Emmy Award winning composer Edd Kalehoff and includes more than 180 variations on the new theme.
Below, watch a time lapse of the new set being constructed: