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Not Ready for Their Closeup

4/10/2007 9:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

High-definition television displays everything in stunning detail -- too much detail for some TV personalities.
Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Meredith Vieira, Brian Williams
A high-ranking ABC executive told the TV technology website TVPredictions.com that it's common practice for networks to soften their HD image (sometimes by using specially-made HD camera filters) to make their talent look better. "For years, we've softened the image for certain performers," the executive said in an e-mail to Phillip Swann, President and Publisher of TVPredictions.com. "To do so in HD is just a continuation of that."

Readers of TVPredictions.com complained on the site's message boards that shows like "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Good Morning America" and "Today" don't look as good as most HD programming -- presumably because of covering up the flaws of their hosts. "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" has yet to go the HD route. Swann has referred to her as "not HD-friendly." Ouch.

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Britney Spears Photos    

Just another day in Hollywood

2715 days ago
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Hedy    

Your pix are extremely sexist!!! The women look awful, but the pic of Brian W. looks normal!?!

You are losing credibility by the minute, TMZ!

2715 days ago
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studly    

cool,improved technology is lot's of these people in television land worst nightmare

2715 days ago
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Jennifer    

Is it just me or does Diane Sawyer look a little like Courtney Love in that pic?

2715 days ago
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Chris    

@Susan: No they're not! Brian's just gorgeous like that. Deal.

2715 days ago
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JW    

Yeah, What is the deal with that pic of Diane Sawyer? Come on TMZ. She looks great in person!

2715 days ago
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Sam    

If you think this is bad, you should see our local newscasters. Scary!

2715 days ago
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marge    

TMZ chose the least flattering pictures they could find to illustrate the "story"... except of Brian Williams. Come on... that's not fair, and yes, it's sexist.

No one over the age of 50 can be expected to still have the unlined glow of youth. However, men seemingly are allowed to have aging skin, women are denigrated.

2715 days ago
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dottie opera    

I don't mind the extra make-up. I just hate when it stops at the jaw line--tacky!

2715 days ago
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my opinion    

Having paid big bucks for all of this new technology I want to see wrinkles and warts. Thank fully the Discovery channel doesn't share this idiocy of ruining the definition of their pictures.

2715 days ago
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