Although City TV is a general channel, which has a concession for open TV in Bogotá, its main focus has always been local news, highlighting news that happen in Bogota and have no place in national news.
Walter Gómez, manager of operations and engineering of City TV, said it is a program that is broadcast and it does not make sense to repeat it. That is why all of its infrastructure is news oriented. Another feature is that they do a lot of production live and in the field, for this they have reporting equipment that allows them to go on the air from anywhere.
To support live production in the field they use the reporting cameras. Still have not wanted to migrate to low-cost cameras, still using the shoulder cameras with multipurpose broadcast lenses that work very well for the news environment. They are large cameras with large sensors and good sensitivity, which allow to capture good image quality.
Walter Gómez recalled that they were the first in Colombia to adopt P2, came from tapes and migrated to a solid state and adapted the internal production flows to handle this type of media that is not permanent, it is transient while moving to another type of storage. .
A second channel
City TV is part of the Casa Editorial El Tiempo, a group of media that includes newspapers, magazines and television channels. In addition to City TV, they have El Tiempo Televisión, a news channel with a national focus that is linked to the newspaper El Tiempo.
The operation of the two channels is supported in two locations. The studies of the news and the master of El Tiempo Television share the building with the newspaper El Tiempo. In the second location, located in the Center of Bogotá, there is the City TV master, and the transmission is coordinated, both to satellite and to analog and digital transmitters.
The engineering team for both channels is composed of seven professionals, each one has a specialty in the different areas of the channel, in order to address any failure or situation that may arise. They rotate in all operational shifts because they are in charge of technicians and live transmissions. All technical staff depends on engineering.
Modernization of studies
According to Walter Gómez, technological evolution has benefited the channels. "If one compares what cost the professional technical equipment of good level does 15 or 20 years to what it costs today, it realizes that it is much cheaper, thanks to the technological development. Technology has cheapened the costs of acquiring infrastructure and makes work more efficient for production costs. "
The Canal has always strived to have good quality equipment, first line of the most important manufacturers. The renewal of technology in City TV is done in two moments: first, when the teams, due to their time of use, are affecting issues of reliability and service levels, or it is becoming difficult to support and maintain a team in operation. Second, when there are capacity increases.
For choosing a brand, they take into account the technical qualities of their equipment and the needs of the Canal. They also look at the experience with the teams that have worked and take into account the replacement cost to another brand, so that the initial cost of the product is lower.
Today, the entire base broadcast infrastructure is in HD several years ago, but there are still some very small investments in news studios, more specifically in matrix, switcher, distribution, which have been postponed several times.
This is due to the uncertainty of the business as such, with the third channel, then the tender of Channel One, in which the owners of the channel were interested in participating. Today they are waiting for the renewal of the concession, which must be given at the beginning of 2019. Until this issue is resolved, the update will not be completed.