KCET, a local independent television station serving Southern and Central California, recently won the 2012 Excellence Award from the publication Broadcast Engineering for the station’s new state-of-the-art facility in Burbank.

In April 2012, KCET relocated from its historic Sunset Blvd. lot to The Pointe, a new LEED GOLD-certified building in Burbank’s famed Media District.

The station’s studios are equipped with the latest technologies with all new equipment and resources designed for optimal broadcast transmission and production efficiency.

One of its two production studios is equipped with three robotic cameras and a green-screen, virtual-reality set.

"This was a fantastic opportunity to conceive, design and build a media facility from the ground up,” said Gordon Bell, KCET’s senior vice president of engineering and operations.  “It was a privilege to head up a team of so many talented individuals and work with some of the most respected companies in the broadcast technology industry.”

Now in its 13th year, the Excellence Awards honor new broadcast engineering facilities for innovation, high-quality design and construction. This year's contest opened last December when 31 entries were presented in the Broadcast Engineering Digital Reference Guide.

Readers then cast ballots online and votes were tallied.

The Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards will be presented at this year's National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas on  April 8 at the Broadcast Engineering booth.

-- Mark Kellam, Times Community News

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