SAG-AFTRA Foundation Passes $6M In COVID-19 Relief Aid To Members

WBRC Anchor Talks About Getting COVID-19

Black News Channel Chooses Clear-Com IP-Based Communications System

Debuting in February 2020 during Black History Month, Black News Channel (BNC) operates out of its brand new headquarters facility based in Tallahassee, Fla. BNC is an independent network that is minority-owned and operated, whose mission is to provide intelligent programming dedicated to the unique perspective of African American communities. Almost immediately after bringing their new purpose-built […]

Fox Corp. Delays Return To Office Until April

Employees at Fox Corp. had been told to get ready for a return to their offices as soon as January. Now they will wait until at least April. In a memo sent to staffers, Lachlan Murdoch, the company’s executive chairman and CEO, said Fox Corp. will push back a full re-opening of its facilities due to the rise of coronavirus cases around the nation.

Talking TV | TV’s Pandemic Recruiting Hurdles

TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp and writer Paige Albiniak discuss challenges broadcasters have faced in the COVID-era, where station visits and job interviews are virtualized and TV has had to work harder to sell itself to younger prospects. 

D.C. Stations Get Creative During Pandemic

For radio and TV stations, operating throughout the pandemic and bringing us news and entertainment day in and day out required so much more than a floor lamp, some well-curated books in the background and a working Zoom link. Let’s go behind the scenes of how several stations pulled it off.

How Steve Bannon And A Chinese Billionaire Created A Right-Wing Coronavirus Media Sensation

Increasingly allied, the American far right and members of the Chinese diaspora tapped into social media to give a Hong Kong researcher a vast audience for peddling unsubstantiated pandemic claims. Above, Steve Bannon and Guo Wengui in 2017.

ViacomCBS Unveils Post-COVID Work Model

ViacomCBS is looking ahead to a post-coronavirus world, one in which approximately 70% of its more-than-20,000 employees will work at least partly from home, according to an internal memo from CEO Bob Bakish.

Rachel Maddow Returns To Air, Describes Partner’s Virus Bout

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rachel Maddow made an emotional return Thursday to her MSNBC show, saying her partner’s bout with COVID-19 was so serious they thought it might kill her. Maddow has been off the air for roughly two weeks since disclosing she had been in close contact with someone who tested positive for the […]

NFL Beefs Up Its Coronavirus Protocols

The NFL toughened its coronavirus protocols Wednesday, as it attempts to complete its season amid deteriorating conditions nationally. The announcement came as the Las Vegas Raiders continued to experience coronavirus-related issues, with a significant number of defensive players being placed on five-day quarantines that will keep them off the practice field this week in advance of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

News Storytelling Under Stress To Be Examined At NewsTECHForum

Journalists from NBCLX, AJ+ and NBCU- and Graham-owned stations will share their novel approaches to news and weather storytelling in a remarkable year at TVNewsCheck’s virtual NewsTECHForum event in December. Register here.

How Broadcast Series Are Responding To Black Lives Matter Protests And Calls For Police Reform

A number of returning network series have made decisions to incorporate a near-real time response to the summer’s resurgence of Black Lives Matter protests, cries for police reform and general social activism into their formats. But doing so has not come without challenges and narrative changes for these already-established series, especially as production was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TVN Focus On Business | TV Recruiting Faces Pandemic Challenges

TV stations are still hiring during the pandemic, but HR executives say they’ve had to get creative in their largely virtual environments, turning to social media and marketing tools to fill key positions, particularly account executives, producers and executive producers.

‘Good Doctor’s Schiff Hospitalized With COVID

Richard Schiff, star of ABC’s The Good Doctor, and his wife, actress Sheila Kelley, who recurs on the ABC medical drama, provided an update Monday about their ongoing COVID-19 fight. The two had tested positive Nov. 3. The Good Doctor remained in production in Vancouver following Schiff’s and Kelley’s COVID diagnosis. Shooting is continuing, with the filming schedule reshuffled to accommodate the duo’s temporary absence.

FCC Extends COVID-19 Lifeline Waivers

The FCC has extended its existing COVID-19-related waivers related to the Lifeline phone/broadband communications subsidy through Feb. 28, 2021. The waivers deal with the program’s “recertification, reverification, general de-enrollment, usage and income documentation requirements.” Without the extensions, those waivers would have expired Nov. 30.

NCAA To Hold Basketball Tourney In One City

After the timing of the coronavirus pandemic upended the NCAA tournament last season, the NCAA is taking steps to make sure it will be played in 2021. The NCAA is moving its men’s basketball tournament from the usual multi-city format to a single-site location in an effort to safely conduct the event that crowns the season’s Division I national champion, the organization said Monday.

Netflix’s ‘Dear White People’ On COVID Hiatus

Netflix comedy Dear White People is the latest high-profile series to halt production as a result of COVID-19. The series, which is produced by Lionsgate, has paused filming for two weeks after several team members tested positive for the virus. The show has been filming its fourth and final season in Los Angeles.

WKBN Anchor Stan Boney Home With COVID-19

Ivy League Cancels Winter Sports

The Ivy League canceled winter sports for the 2020-21 season, the conference announced Thursday. The conference also postponed spring sports until at least the end of February and won’t conduct competition for fall sports during the spring semester.

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As COVID Information Became Politicized, Cable Doctors Stepped Up In Major Way

David Zurawik: Confusion over statements from the current administration “is why I have come to so value the medical doctors and public health experts like Dr. Vin Gupta on MSNBC and Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Leana Wen on CNN. I have watched hundreds of appearances by them on cable TV the last eight months and have found their analyses and advice consistently informed by science and always easy to understand.”

College Football Reeling As Maryland-Ohio State Game Is Latest Cancellation

The Big Ten’s Maryland-Ohio State matchup this weekend has been canceled, joining a slate of SEC games already on the sidelines because of COVID-19 positive tests. Maryland-Ohio State was nixed after the Terrapins paused team activities Wednesday while announcing that eight players had tested positive. The game will not be made up, which could have crucial implications for major power Ohio State’s national championship aspirations in an already-shortened season.

‘Chicago Fire’ Suspends Production For 2 Weeks

NBC’s Chicago Fire has paused filming its ninth season for two weeks due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests. The Chicago-based firefighter drama shut down production on Sunday, Nov. 8. Several individuals on the Chicago Fire production team, believed to be in Zone 1, produced positive results when tested as part of the show’s COVID safety protocols.

KRDO Anchor Heather Skold Contracts Covid-19

‘The Good Doctor’ Star Richard Schiff Reveals Positive COVID-19 Test; Series Production Not Affected

NBC Buys Canadian Medical Drama ‘Nurses’

The Canadian import boom continues after NBC picked up medical drama Nurses. The network acquired the U.S. rights to the hospital drama from eOne and ICF Films. It will add the show, which features Riverdale’s Tiera Skovbye, to its primetime lineup in December.

WNKY Suspends Newscasts After Possible Covid-19 Exposure

The Marquee Broadcasting NBC-CBS affiliate in Bowling Green posted on its website: “Out of an overabundance of caution, WNKY 40 Television is choosing to send our employees home who may have come into contact with someone from outside the company who has tested positive for COVID.”

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Quarantines At Home

Rachel Maddow said today that she is quarantining at home and will not be in studio for tonight’s MSNBC coverage of the vote count in the 2020 presidential race. Maddow said on Twitter that she tested negative for COVID-19 after a close contact tested positive. She said that she will be at home “’til it’s safe for me to be back at work without putting anyone at risk.”

Clorox Ups Ad Budget To Prepare For New Virus Wave

‘Claws’ Suspends Production For 2 Weeks

TNT dramedy Claws has paused filming its fourth and final season for the next 14 days due to a team member testing positive for COVID-19. According to sources, the asymptomatic diagnosis was confirmed as a result of required and ongoing testing for all employees on productions of Warner Bros. TV, the studio behind Claws.

NFL Down 8% In Average Game Viewership

Halfway through the season, through eight weekends so far, the NFL has seen an 8% decline in Nielsen-measured viewership versus a year ago to 14.5 million viewers per game. Analysts and network executives attribute the decline to an overload of sports TV competition due to the end-of-the-season NBA playoffs and finals and Major League Baseball’s World Series TV games.

‘Charmed’ Production Paused For A Day

Charmed is the latest scripted series whose restarted production has been disrupted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Filming on the CW drama has been paused for a day Wednesday as an individual from the production has tested positive for COVID-19, Deadline has learned. CBS Studios, which is behind Charmed, is following COVID protocols and conducting contact tracing, sources said.

KOKH Anchor Wendy Suares Tests Positive For COVID

Pew: Retrans Boost More Than Covers Local TV COVID-19 Revenue Hit

The rise in retransmission fees has more than compensated for the COVID-19 hit on TV station revenue, at least in the early months of the pandemic. That is according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. The report also found that ad revenue for network news–ABC, CBS, and NBC–were actually up in 2Q 2020, while cable news revenue held steady, though only thanks to Fox, whose large increases covered declines at CNN and MSNBC.

Super Bowl Ad Talks Heat Up, With Big Decisions Looming For Marketers

The NFL tells Adweek it is “exploring” having a Super Bowl with around 20% capacity at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Broadcasters, Studios Back Pandemic Insurance

The NAB, Independent Film & Television Alliance, Fox Corp., Sony Pictures Entertainment, ViacomCBS, the MPAA and the NCTA have boarded a broad new coalition to tackle public-private business continuity insurance, the latest push to offset the financial devastation of COVID-19 and future pandemics.

CW Sets Winter Premiere Dates For 12 Shows

The network has scheduled winter premiere dates for a dozen shows, including network cornerstones The Flash and Riverdale. Newcomers Walker, starring Jared Padalecki, and Superman & Lois will join the lineup alongside returning shows All American, Batwoman (with new lead Javicia Leslie), Black Lightning, Charmed, Legacies and Nancy Drew.

‘The Rookie’ Continues Production As Five Crew Members Test Positive For COVID-19

A total of five production crew members on the ABC drama have tested positive for coronavirus, Variety has confirmed with sources. Despite the outbreak, the show’s producer Entertainment One has made the decision to continue production, stopping briefly for a “deep cleaning” of the set.

‘Rachael Ray’ Crew Demands Pay After Being Cut Loose During Coronavirus Pandemic

The relationship between the show and the folks who make it began to shift in March, when the latter were informed that Ray would, in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19, shoot the remainder of the 2019-20 season remotely from her house in upstate New York without on-site assistance from anyone beside her husband — and that displaced crew members would not be paid for the five scheduled shoot days remaining in the season. That move prompted a dispute by IATSE, which claimed that its contract with the show covering 18 union camera operators, audio engineers and other technical crew requires producers to pay those furloughed workers for all remote shoot days that had originally been planned for the studio.

L.A. County Daily Coronavirus Cases Up 50% Since Early October

‘Ellen’ Brings Back Live Studio Audience

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is bringing back its live studio audience for the first time since the pandemic began. The daytime host is welcoming a limited amount of people for her tapings, starting with her Wednesday, Oct. 28, episode of the show.