Cerro de Punta, Puerto Rico's highest peak, and its TV transmission towers
Harris automation system used at the former WWJQ (now WPNW) in 1993.
Solidyne GMS200 tape recorder with computer self-adjustment. Argentina 1980-1990
Solidyne 922: The first bit compression card for PC, 1990

Used either at a broadcast network, radio station or a television station, it can run a facility in the absence of a human operator.

- Broadcast automation

To keep pace with technology United States television stations have been replacing operators with broadcast automation systems to increase profits in recent years.

- Television station
Cerro de Punta, Puerto Rico's highest peak, and its TV transmission towers

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Fox Business Network's Master Control

Master control

Fox Business Network's Master Control
One of ESPN's new digital master control rooms, MCR-D1, in Bristol, Connecticut.
Fox Business Network's Master Control with lights off
Fox Business Network's Master Control room with lights on.

Master control is the technical hub of a broadcast operation common among most over-the-air television stations and television networks.

Television master control rooms include banks of video monitors, satellite receivers, videotape machines, video servers, transmission equipment, and, more recently, computer broadcast automation equipment for recording and playback of television programming.

A broadcasting antenna in Stuttgart

Network affiliate

Local broadcaster, owned by a company other than the owner of the network, which carries some or all of the lineup of television programs or radio programs of a television or radio network.

Local broadcaster, owned by a company other than the owner of the network, which carries some or all of the lineup of television programs or radio programs of a television or radio network.

A broadcasting antenna in Stuttgart

This distinguishes such a television or radio station from an owned-and-operated station (O&O), which is owned by the parent network.

In larger markets, multiple full-service channels may be operated by the same broadcaster using broadcast automation, either openly as duopoly or twinstick operations, or through the use of local marketing agreements and shared services agreements to operate a second station nominally owned by another broadcaster.