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Weta Equips Studio With Fujinon HD Lenses For HD Broadcast Of "Newshour With Jim Lehrer"


WAYNE, New Jersey – WETA, the public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital, serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, has installed six Fujinon HA27X6.5 ESM premium HD studio lenses. The lenses are mounted on Sony HDC-1000L cameras and are being used to produce the PBS signature nightly news program “NEWSHOUR with Jim Lehrer.” “NEWSHOUR” originates in HD from WETA studios in Washington DC.

To make the HD broadcast of “NEWSHOUR” possible, WETA worked with Newington, VA-based system integrator, Communications Engineering, Inc. (CEI) to build a new state-of-the-art control room and HD-optimized set. The construction, designed to enable the HD broadcast of “NEWSHOUR,” is serving other areas of WETA programming as well. The facility housed HD coverage of the Democrat and Republican national political conventions, as well as that of the 2008 Presidential Election.

According to Chris Lane, WETA Vice President of Technology and Engineering, the Fujinon lenses represented a fiscally responsible choice for HD lenses that provided the utmost in quality imaging. Lane said the response to the look of the show since the HD upgrade has been overwhelmingly positive: “Soon after we launched the show in HD, I had the opportunity to speak to my counterparts at other PBS stations receiving the NEWSHOUR feed. All parties were very impressed with how pristine the images are.”

Fujinon is a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema, and industrial markets. The company’s line of television zoom lenses are used in virtually every segment of the broadcast industry, including electronic newsgathering, studio and field production, and high definition television. For more information about Fujinon broadcast and communications products, call 1 (973) 633-5600 or visit our web site at


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