Graphics are an essential on-screen element for newscasts because of the vital information they quickly provide the viewer. They have also become a way for stations and networks to differentiate their on-air look and feel.
CGs are some of the most widely used graphics in television news. They generally appear in the lower third (referred to as “lower thirds”) of the television screen, most often to identify a location or a person talking. Other CGs may appear over a full-screen background, such as those for lists or statements. They are called “CGs” because of the computer that makes them, a character generator. They’re also called “Chyrons,” “fonts” or “supers,” because they superimpose text over video. The two most used CGs are “locators,” used to identify the location of where the video was shot, and, SOT CGS, used to identify the person speaking.
For the full ATVN CG style guide, see the ATVN broadcasting handbook.