HOUSTON – In 2020, breaking news can be accessed practically anywhere at any time. With today’s technology, reporters and journalists can go live from a scene in a matter of seconds thanks to technology such as our smartphones.
However, that wasn’t the case before the mid-1970s. In fact, it would take hours for newscasts to showcase their footage. It wasn’t until 1974 when KPRC 2 introduced a new piece of equipment that would change its news coverage forever.
#Houston's @KPRC2 introduced the Big 2 Instant News Camera on #ElectionDay 1974, reporting from multiple candidate HQs simultaneously. Unlike film or in-studio cameras, the Ikegami HL-33 camera provided optimum flexibility for breaking news. https://t.co/HKDIZNPAIp— TAMI (@texasarchive) November 3, 2020
Prior to 1974, ‘Big 2 News’ had to do a variety of steps to get footage on air for its newscasts. In a news story produced by Larry Weidman and narrated by KPRC 2 Anchor Larry Rasco, they showcase what it was like to get film footage on air.
In the news story below, Rasco explains how KPRC had to shoot the film footage, transport it to the station, process the footage in its development room, edit it, send it to a projector and finally broadcast it.
As for live shots, a television remote unit had to be used, requiring numerous people to set up the event and use expensive equipment that would take a whole day to set up.