KJCT News 8 debuts new set

KJCT News 8, the ABC affiliate serving Grand Junction, Montrose and Western Colorado, debuted a state-of-the-art news set in time for May sweeps. Along with being much more vibrant, the new set is designed for high-definition television broadcasts.

This was a big project that took several months of design, several weeks of construction and days of professional lighting.

KJCT commissioned local photographer Chad Mahlum to take photographs of the surrounding area. The best photos were then incorporated into the new set design, to highlight the area’s beauty.

In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, the new set is also designed to bring viewers the latest weather information as it happens. The new First Warn 8 Weather Center was built closer to the main anchor desk, and allows our meteorologist to break-in to programming at a moment’s notice.

“We were the first station on the Western Slope to bring viewers local news in high-definition, and this new set bolsters KJCT’s commitment to providing the best local news coverage to viewers across Western Colorado,” said General Manager Kristy Santiago.

“The design of the new set is bright and vibrant, while also incorporating the unique elements of this area such as the Bookcliffs and Colorado National Monument,” added News Director Chris Grogan.

The set and lighting elements were designed by Orlando, Florida-based FX Group, the leader in broadcast set design. KJCT hired local contractors to build the set.