NBC Nightly News First Network Evening News in HDTV

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams will become the first of the three network evening newscast available across the country in HDTV, beginning Monday, March 26th.  NBC News special reports and network political coverage will also be offered in high-def.

Nightly will originate from Control Room 1A, the same state-of-the-art HD control room used by the Today Show.  Williams will continue to anchor from Nightly's longtime home, Studio 3C in 30 Rock.  Working off the model established for Today has sped Nightly News transition into HDTV.

Brett Holey, director of Nightly News, says that the program's existing set was built with high definition in mind and looks even better in the new format.  The program's studio segments will be broadcast in 16:9, with stories appearing in 4:3. NBC News expects to begin using high definition gear for field reports later this year.