WarnerMedia Sets Up $100M Relief Fund

WarnerMedia has pledged to give $100 million in relief to workers affected by production shutdowns forced by the coronavirus pandemic, CEO John Stankey said in an internal memo on Friday.

Trump Signs $2.2T Stimulus Legislation

Acting with unity and resolve unseen since the 9/11 attacks, Washington moved urgently to stem an economic free fall caused by widespread restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus that have shuttered schools, closed businesses and brought American life in many places to a virtual standstill.

CLOSING BELL

Dow Slides 915, Nasdaq Loses 295

Stocks dropped Friday, but held on to weekly gains after a big rally. Stocks had soared over the previous three days as the relief bill moved closer to becoming law. It passed the House Friday afternoon and President Donald Trump signed it later in the day.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

House Passes $2.2T Rescue Package

The House approved the sweeping measure by a voice vote, as strong majorities of both parties lined up behind the most colossal economic relief bill in the nation's history.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Million Little Things’ Finale Hits 4-Month High

The season finale of A Million Little Things on Thursday brought in the ABC show's largest total audience since November. It helped ABC lead every hour of primetime in total viewers and score the top spot in adults 18-49.
  1. 1.
    ABC:
    1.1
    5
  2. 2.
    CBS:
    0.6
    3
  3. 3.
    FOX:
    0.6
    3
  4. 4.
    NBC:
    0.6
    3
  5. 5.
    UNI:
    0.5
    2
  6. 6.
    TELEMUNDO:
    0.4
    2
  7. 7.
    CW:
    0.2
    1
  8. Source: Nielsen

ViacomCBS Parent Amends Credit Deal

National Amusements, ViacomCBS Inc.’s parent company is losing some of its ability to borrow money at a time when its key revenue drivers — movie theaters, new film releases and live-sports broadcasts from the CBS network — have ground to a halt because of the coronavirus. The company has reached a deal with Wells Fargo & Co. to restructure its credit facilities.

DMA 27: RALEIGH-DURHAM, NC

Shuneca Harrington Named WRAL Sales Director

TV Sales veteran Shuneca Harrington has been named director of sales at Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate WRAL Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville (DMA 27), effective April 20. She is joining from WRBL Columbus, Ga., where she led the sales team. Harrington started her career as an account executive in Raleigh and quickly became digital sales manager before being promoted […]

STATION ADVISORY

FCC Extends KidVid, Programs/Issues Deadlines

Friday afternoon, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing an extension of broadcasters’ deadlines for certain filings in light of the disruptions being caused by the coronavirus epidemic.

Amazon Surprisingly Lags Competitors

Web trackers see Amazon flat or trailing rivals as a survey data show sales declines in many categories — and yet, an influx of direct-to-consumer brands is driving up ad costs.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season To End Early

Fifteen days ago, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy became one of the first series to suspend production as the U.S. and Hollywood were just starting to grasp the scope of the coronavirus health crisis. The decision was made after the medical drama had wrapped production on Episode 21 of its 25-episode 16th season. At the time, the hiatus was going to be for at least two weeks. Now it has been made permanent for Season 16.

ABC Shifts Schedule For ‘American Idol’

ABC has shifted scheduling for American Idol amidst of the coronavirus pandemic and is exploring “multiple” options for its live shows. The network is spreading its next two episodes, set in Aulani, Hawaii, across two weeks rather than one. The next two episodes will air on Sunday, March 29, between 8 and 10 p.m. and Sunday, April 5, in the same timeslot. It was previously planned to have the Hawaii showcase eps run on March 29 and March 30.

Television Academy Delays Emmy Voting

The Academy says it still plans to hold this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards on its originally scheduled date, Sept. 20.

‘Killing Eve’ Season 3 Premiere Moved Up

The acclaimed Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer AMC series will now debut its third season on Sunday, April 12. The move comes as networks, cablers and streamers all contend with the programming and scheduling nightmare being caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Major Brand Pulls Ads From Virus Content

The coronavirus pandemic has inspired an unprecedented surge in news readership. But it hasn't created a concurrent surge in advertising revenue — starving news organizations of the resources they desperately need in a time of crisis. Advertisers are pulling back what they are spending, and refusing to allow their ads to be placed next to stories that report on the pandemic.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Spot TV Faces An Unprecedented Moment

The coronavirus has caused massive collateral damage to the economy, taking down with it initially rosy predictions for spot advertising in 2020. But one bright spot on the horizon is that political dollars still will come, and broadcasters have the solace of diversified revenue thanks to retransmission consent to spare them an even crueler blow.

GM Furloughs 6,500 In U.S.

The automaker is also suspending work on some vehicle programs and said salaried employees will recover lost earnings in a lump-sum payment within a year. Senior executives will see deeper pay cuts on top of the 20 percent deferment as the company scrambles to preserve cash.

The Bill For Canceling March Madness Arrives

The cancellation of March Madness because of the coronavirus pandemic has dealt a costly blow to college sports programs, the National Collegiate Athletic Association indicated on Thursday. The NCAA said that financial distributions to Division I member institutions at the end of the 2019-20 academic year would be $225 million — just 37.5% of the expected $600 million amount.

WGCL Atlanta Has 2 Employees With COVID-19

Two unnamed employees at Meredith's Atlanta CBS affiliate have tested positive for the coronavirus. “Both individuals are doing well,” according to a station statement.

KTRK Anchor Tests Positive For COVID-19

Chauncy Glover, 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. anchor for ABC O&O KTRK Houston, announced that he has tested positive for coronaviurs and is self-quarantining.

Traditional Media Ad Sales Seen Falling 12%

Ad revenue for traditional “linear” media could fall as much as 12% in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, while digital media advertising could still rise more than 4%, according to a new forecast from Interpublic Group’s media-research unit Magna.

News Leaders Find Common Ground In Virus

More than 40 news leaders took part in an unusual Zoom meeting this week organized by The Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism, a nonprofit organization that provides continuing education for TV and digital news managers. Amidst the extraordinary pressures on their newsrooms, the executives took an hour to compare problems, share solutions, and find solidarity in a common cause: serving their communities in a pandemic.

QVC: Quarantine, Value, Convenience

TV shopping remains an essential American service. In some respects, no network is better suited to see viewers through the unraveling global catastrophe. Even under normal conditions, the shopping channel’s hypnotic, sales pitch-style programming soothes like a balm.

CW Series Finalies Moved Due To Virus

Neither Supernatural, nor The Flash, nor Legacies will be able to finish their current seasons in the timeframe that was originally planned. All three CW series were among hundreds that were forced to shutdown production due to coronavirus, meaning that they were unable complete shooting and their season endings have now been pushed to an undetermined time later in 2020, according to a source close to the network.

LPTVs To Get Most Repack Money Up Front

The FCC's Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau have determined the amount of relocation funds they will give to qualified low-power TV stations and translators impacted by the broadcast incentive auction repack and said they will get 85% of that money out ASAP.

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

News Producer Opening At Fox’s WTTG In D.C.

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include an opening for a seasoned news producer at WTTG, the Fox O&O in Washington, D.C. WTTG’s studio is located in the Friendship Heights neighborhood, just a few miles from Chevy Chase and the Maryland state line.

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