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.
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.”
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.
David Zurawik: “Sounds of coughing and moaning throughout the room. Corridors overflowing with gurneys bearing COVID-19 patients, some in postures of distress. Sheets of plastic taped to walls, makeshift borders aimed at protection and some semblance of privacy. This is what ground zero looks like in the war on COVID-19, according to a CNN report that aired Monday. I believe we need to see more of these images from media outlets of the horrible truth shown here.”
Fox News Channel and Facebook will co-host a town hall on the global coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. ET, featuring a virtual audience using Portal from Facebook smart video calling devices for the first time. Moderated by The Story’s Martha MacCallum, the one-hour commercial-free town hall will feature medical and business experts, […]
Rashida Jones, an NBC News executive whose oversight of special programming has put her more in demand in recent months, has been placed in charge of MSNBC’s daytime schedule. Her appointment comes after she has organized several big-headline programs during a punishing news cycle that has included town-hall events, political debates and special reports centered on the 2020 election and the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo, who looked a little pale while doing his 9 p.m. ET CNN show remotely Monday, said he’s had fever, chills and shortness of breath.
With people staying home to avoid spreading the coronavirus, total TV viewing time is up 85% in late March, compared to a year ago, and daytime and cable news are the biggest beneficiaries, according to a new analysis of data from Samba TV.
Amy Listerman is stepping down as chief financial officer of Fox News Media and will be succeeded by Joe Dorrego, according to a company-wide memo
A cooped-up audience hungry for information on the coronavirus is driving up viewership of TV news to extraordinary levels. Cable and broadcast networks typically see a Nielsen ratings bump when the public is captivated by a major crisis. But the networks have rarely experienced anything quite like the viewership surge they are seeing at all hours of the day, as half the country is ordered to stay home in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The Hollywood Reporter reviewed more than 1,000 pages of emails between Fox employees and aides at the Departments of Homeland Security, Education and Agriculture. On Nov. 21, 2018, the producer wrote: “Ps remember any question [Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos] doesn’t feel comfortable answering — she can choose to not answer and pivot the topic — and Maria [Bartiromo] is seasoned enough to understand and move on. … So no worries on that front. This will be an easy interview and enjoyable.”
The coronavirus pandemic threatens to delay the launch of two ambitious new Chicago-based television news operations in the coming months. CBS-owned WBBM had announced plans to roll out CBSN Local, a 24/7 streaming news service, by the end of March. But in light of everything else going on, Officials said Monday they don’t know when the service will start. Questions also surround the launch of a live daily national newscast on WGN America, the Chicago-based cable network owned by Nexstar Media Group.
President Donald Trump and members of his coronavirus task force will headline a two-hour “virtual” Fox News town hall on Tuesday afternoon. The event will be co-anchored by Harris Faulkner and Bill Hemmer, with contributions from Dr. Nicole Saphier, Dr. Marc Siegel and Dr. Mehmet Oz. Faulker anchors Outnumbered Overtime and Hemmer anchors Bill Hemmer Reports.
ABC, CBS and NBC all covered Trump at the beginning of Monday’s briefing, which began about 6:10 p.m. ET. After 20 minutes, they switched to the network evening newscasts, never to return to Trump. The president spoke until shortly after 8 p.m. The cable news networks have given Trump blanket coverage for his briefings, but CNN cut away Monday at around 7:20 p.m. MSNBC followed within five minutes. Only Fox News stuck it out until the end.
Margaret Sullivan: “We live in stupid, scary times. And nothing illustrates this more vividly than one bizarre development among many others: That a Fox News host managed to get the president of the United States to take the coronavirus seriously when legions of public health experts around the world — and in his own administration — could not.”
Cable news and reruns of procedural dramas delivered big, but sports reruns also loomed large.
Fox News and Fox Television Stations will provide unlimited access to facilitate public availability of latest COVID-19 information.
With the country hunkering down to protect against the virus’ spread, talk of “hysteria” and “panic” was gone Monday from the cable news channel’s primetime opinion lineup that is the network’s engine. Sean Hannity promised “facts without fear” and said that “we are all Americans.” Laura Ingraham said federal guidelines restricting movement should be taken extremely seriously.
WarnerMedia, CNN’s parent company, identified this in an email Tuesday as “a second individual working at 30 Hudson Yards” who has tested positive.
The morning shows practiced social distancing today, with hosts sitting at least six feet away from one another, taking heed of the guidelines everyone across the U.S. is following to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, today.
For weeks, some of Fox News’s most popular hosts downplayed the threat of the coronavirus, characterizing it as a conspiracy by media organizations and Democrats to undermine President Trump. But that was then. With Trump’s declaration on Friday that the virus constitutes a national emergency, the tone on Fox News has quickly shifted.
CNN and Univision drew 10.8 million total average viewers for Sunday night’s Democratic debate between Sen. Bernie Sanders and former vice president Joe Biden, handing CNN its most-watched debate of the election cycle, according to Nielsen Fast National data.
Poynter’s Tom Jones: “Despite early claims that the media was overblowing this story, creating a narrative where there was none and fueling unnecessary panic, this week has turned out to be one of journalism’s finest hours. The journalism on display this week during an ever-shifting and rapidly-moving story has been nothing short of spectacular.”