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By Chris Conte

KTTC begins broadcasting in high definition

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- KTTC Television began broadcasting all of our newscasts in high-definition on Sunday night, a switch that will mean added picture clarity and quality to viewers watching at home.

KTTC first went on the air as a radio station, known as KROC until July of 1953 when KTTC-TV was born and while a lot has changed over the years this is one of the most noticeable changes the station has ever made to it's on-air newscasts.

"To see the quality of the picture and the graphics now match the quality of our journalism is really rewarding," says KTTC General Manager Jerry Watson.

This change required a lot of sleepless nights, extra rehearsals and construction but the end result is a higher quality picture for everyone watching at home.

"We've got some very talented people here that are pros and our transition here went very smoothly," Watson adds.

The first thing you'll notice about the new KTTC studios is that we have a lot of TV's and they're not just television monitors, they're high definition flat screens. Over 40 of them were purchased for our upgrade to high-definition.

One big changes you won't see at home are the studio lights, KTTC is now usingLED and fluorescent lights which saves about 30,000 watts of electricity each time they're turned on.

One thing that hasn't changed though, our commitment high quality journalism and bringing you the most accurate, up to date information on news you need to know and stories that matter the most. We hope you'll continue to watch us grow as we start this new, more clearer chapter in KTTC's long history.

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