Houston First and KHOU Partner to Launch City’s First Network Satellite Studio
Houston First Corporation and CBS-affiliated television station, KHOU 11, have formed a partnership to deliver the first network satellite studio in downtown Houston.
The new studio will be located along the city’s expanding entertainment district, Avenida Houston, with construction expected to begin in the next few months and slated for completion in late summer, according to Houston First officials.
“Since the development of Avenida Houston, we have witnessed downtown transform into a local destination,” said Dawn Ullrich, president and CEO of Houston First Corporation, which manages the George R. Brown Convention Center and 10 city-owned properties, and is a driving force in the development of Avenida Houston.
She continued, “From chef-driven restaurants and luxury hospitality, the new Avenida Studio will be another great addition to this expanding entertainment district.”
Situated across from Bud’s Pitmaster BBQ and the central plaza, the approximately 780 square foot studio and will boast the most scenic views in the convention district and will have the flexibility to open on to the plaza, enabling reporters to directly engage with the public and be at the center of major downtown events.
“Our partnership with Houston First has been years in the making,” said Susan McEldoon, General Manager of KHOU. “The Avenida Houston location will put us at the center of downtown activity, enabling anchors and reporters to live out our brand of ‘Standing for Houston’ by providing us with a closer connection to the community we serve.”
She added, “As the only station with a downtown studio, we will use the Avenida Houston studio as our second home to produce big, bold, original content on all of our platforms.”
KHOU will use the Avenida Houston studio multiple times per week to broadcast across all dayparts, including KHOU 11 News, Great Day Houston and other KHOU-produced programming and specials.