Scripps Taps Monica Dias To Support Local TV Newsrooms’ Public Access Efforts

Building on its commitment to advance public records access for TV stations, E.W. Scripps appointed Monica Dias as senior counsel of content and intellectual property, effective Monday, April 6. In this role, Dias will manage Scripps’ copyright and trademark portfolio and will work directly with Scripps journalists on newsgathering issues related to public records access. She […]

CNN Buys Canopy To Build Aggregation Platform

CNN said Tuesday that it has acquired the assets and hired the development team of Canopy, a Brooklyn- and Boston-based private firm that will help speed the development of NewsCo, an upcoming news and information platform. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Ellison Barber Jumps To NBC News From Fox News Channel

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WRC Washington To Debut Pandemic-Focused ‘News 4 Kids’

NBC O&O WRC Washington (DMA 7) is launching News 4 Kids, a 30-minute weekly newscast aimed at helping children through the coronavirus pandemic. News 4 Kids will debut Saturday, April 11, at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 a.m. and will run through April and most likely beyond. The series, which will tell stories and providing […]

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Remotely, WEAU Celebrates Judy Clark’s 30th Anniversary

Photojournalists Risk Lives To Capture Pandemic

Newsrooms across the U.S. have closed their offices in the wake of coronavirus outbreak to create the social distancing needed to slow the spread of the deadly illness. But while many journalists can do their jobs remotely — through phone calls, video calls and Slack messages — photographers continue to put themselves in harm’s way to capture the pandemic from the front lines.

How TV Newsers Are Upgrading Home Studios

Television news professionals were asked last week about upgrades they’ve made to their respective home studios since they started broadcasting from home last month. What equipment have you received that you didn’t have at the outset? Is broadcasting from home getting easier? Harder? Here are their responses.

Trump Scolds Reporters For ‘Horrid’ Questions

President Donald Trump spent the Q&A portion of his daily coronavirus press briefing on Monday by attacking reporters not for their recent stories but for the way that they are asking their questions. ““You should say, ‘Congratulations, great job,’ instead of being so horrid in the way you ask a question,” he told Fox News’ Kristin Fisher, who had asked about testing shortages.

DMA 1: NEW YORK

Freddy Oldenburg New WNJU VP Of News

Telemundo is moving him from its KXTX Dallas where he has headed news operations since 2017.

For Newsy, Digital Nativity Aided Its Virus Pivot

As a digital-centric news organization, Newsy was better prepared than many to shift to remote working conditions. What’s changed is a tighter collaborative relationship with other E.W. Scripps-owned sister companies, including Court TV and TV stations.

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Roanoke Broadcasters Airing Live Coronavirus Special Tonight

Hollywood Reporter Editor Belloni Steps Down

Four years after Matthew Belloni ostensibly took over from Janice Min at The Hollywood Reporter, the long time writer for the Tinseltown trade is exiting in the middle of the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Though stressing in a memo to staff that the move is “100% amicable,” Belloni also reveals some serious tension at the top of the Valence Media-owned magazine may render things untenable

KPRC Adds Anavid Reyes To News Today Team

Graham Media’s NBC affiliate KPRC Houston (DAM 8) has hired Houston-native Anavid Reyes to the KPRC 2 News Today team as traffic reporter/investigator. She will also be spearheading KPRC’s What’s Driving Houston mobility initiative. Reyes comes to KPRC from KVUE Austin, Texas, where she helped launch the traffic department and served as the station’s Daybreak morning […]

WJW Cleveland Reminds Viewers What Day It Is During Lockdown

COMMENTARY

Have The Cuomos Crossed An Ethical Line?

Margaret Sullivan: “A month ago, it would have seemed unlikely — ridiculous, even — that the most riveting duo in America would be the Empire State’s combative governor and his kid brother, the wide-eyed cable-news host. But here we are. Sometimes comical, sometimes somber, sometimes emotional, their joint TV appearances have become one of the strangest outgrowths of the coronavirus pandemic.”

DMA 57: MOBILE, AL-PENSACOLA, FL

Two WEAR Employees Test Positive For Virus

According to the Sinclair ABC affiliate in Pensacora, Fla., on Sunday: “Out of an abundance of caution, we have suspended production in our newsroom starting Sunday for the next several days. We will be working with our sister station WPMI in Mobile to bring you coverage all along the Gulf Coast.”

Former Dallas Anchors Join KDAF To Host Digital Coronavirus Show

NBC News’s Kate Snow Says Husband Is Sick With Coronavirus Symptoms

Craig Melvin To Anchor Special MSNBC Daytime Coronavirus Series

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Jessell | Local TV Won’t Be Felled By Coronavirus

A barrage of recent headlines has bemoaned the coronavirus-induced death of local news. But let’s not conflate newspapers’ endangerment with the robust television stations tirelessly tackling the pandemic.

DMA 58: TULSA, OK

KOTV Studios Reopen After Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

Houston Hunt, VP of marketing for Griffin Communications, said the building that houses its CBS affiliate in Tulsa, Okla., was to reopen at noon Sunday and broadcasts were to resume as normal. On Saturday, an employee tested positive for COVID-19 and the building was closed. The station carried newcasts Saturday simulcast from Griffin’s KWTV Oklahoma City.

Biden Proposes Holding Online Dem Convention

The party “may have to do a virtual convention,” the former vice president said Sunday. “The idea of holding the convention is going to be necessary. We may not be able to put 10, 20, 30,000 people in one place,” he told ABC’s This Week, calling an online convention “very possible.”

How Philly News Teams Keeping It Together

Just as it has for many viewers, the coronavirus pandemic has transformed the work lives of TV newspeople in Philadelphia. As news operations continue to evolve their approach to social distancing in an effort to keep their workers safe, jobs that once seemed impossible to do outside a studio are getting done from home.

Fox News Sued Over Coronavirus Updates

Fox News is facing intense scrutiny for its initial coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and a lawsuit filed in Washington is asking a state court to bar the network from sharing false information about the pandemic. The top-rated network was sued Thursday by the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics.

STIRR Launches COVID-19 News Channel

As people turn to local news stations for critical updates amidst the crisis, the free streaming platform is experiencing a record number of users and sessions.

Fox News Is Targeting May 4 As A Return To Office Date

Gray To Launch Latenight Virus Newscast

Gray Television is launching a late night newscast focusing on the coronavirus pandemic, with Greta Van Susteren and Lee Zurik hosting. Full Court Press Now will launch on Monday across Gray’s stations in 93 markets. The show will draw on reporting from Gray’s newsrooms in local markets.

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Tests Positive For Coronavirus

ABC News Live, O&Os Set New Streaming Apps

New apps from ABC News Live debut on Fire TV and Android TV platforms with an update coming to the Roku platform and Apple TV apps. The ABC Owned Television Stations are also introducing market-specific apps on Fire TV, Android TV, the Roku platform and Apple TV.

DMA 2: LOS ANGELES

Virus Upended Local L.A. TV News Overnight

TV stations, including those in Los Angeles, have had to adapt quickly to the new normal of programming news while adhering to government mandates designed to stop the spread of the virus. While TV audiences continue to tune in to CNN and MSNBC for the latest national updates, they are also relying on broadcasters closer to home to apprise them of what’s going on specifically in their communities.