CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Monday was a big day at FOX19 as the ribbon was cut to unveil a brand-new, state-of-the-art newsroom.
Construction began on the project in June of 2013. After months of hard work, finishing touches were completed in January of 2014. Also involved in the renovation was the relocation of FOX19's control room, installing a new entrance and a brand new lobby.
"This room was designed to make our news gathering machine more efficient and more competitive," says FOX19 General Manager Bill Lanesey. "This is a very competitive market with four big affiliate news operations backed by some very strong broadcasters. We feel this space will give us a leg up as we compete and navigate the increasingly important digital space."
Lanesey also announced big plans for FOX19's future.
"I'm proud to announce publicly today that by early April, right through these doors we will have a brand new set that will really separate us from the competition," declared Lanesey.
Also on hand Monday was Raycom Media President and CEO Paul McTear. McTear recounted his years with Raycom and how changes were needed to stay competitive in an ever-changing news environment.
"Over the last four years is when we really began re-doing all of our newsrooms. We've been doing about three a year and it is a significant investment as you can imagine," says McTear. "But it's absolutely necessary because the workflow of the newsroom has changed so dramatically."
Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell and Mayor John Cranley joined the FOX19 team in the ribbon cutting ceremony.