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06/11/2012

KXAS to begin construction on new FW studios by end of June

Television station KXAS/Channel 5 said Monday it will begin construction by the end of June on a 75,000-square-foot state-of-the-art broadcast facility in the CentrePort Business Park south of Dallas-Fort Worth Airport where it will move to from Broadcast Hill in east Fort Worth.

The 8-acre site, at 4805 Amon Carter Blvd., is being developed by KDC real estate company and is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, the station said.

KXAS, owned and operated by NBC, announced a year ago it wanted to move to a location that would help it better cover the news throughout the region and announced plans for a $16 million studio. In addition to NBC 5, the new facility will house Telemundo, which broadcasts in Spanish, and several other smaller businesses associated with NBC Universal, the parent company of NBC 5. About 300 people will work at the new building.

NBC has broadcast from east Fort Worth for 64 years and later added a Dallas studio.

Tom Ehlmann, NBC 5 president and general manager, called the new facility a "first-class operation that will better serve viewers and advertisers via television, the internet, mobile and still developing technologies."

KXAS signed-on as WBAP in 1948 and was owned by Amon G. Carter Sr., longtime publisher of the Star-Telegram.
"It’s fitting that the facility will be located on a street named in honor of our founder, Amon Carter," Ehlmann said in a statement. "We worked closely with the city of Fort Worth to remain in Fort Worth, yet locate in a more centralized location to better serve all the communities of North Texas."

 _ Sandra Baker

 

 

 

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