Wary Journos Return To Charleston Newsroom

The Post and Courier, a Charleston daily, requires temperature checks at the door. An editor said she was fired after approving a reader’s comment criticizing the newspaper’s shift away from remote work.

Virus Takes A Bite Out Of Fee Growth

Pay TV video-subscriber losses, fueled in part by the economic uncertainties surrounding the pandemic, reached a record high in the first quarter and are expected to get bigger, leaving exposed two of the largest revenue segments for programmers —
retransmission consent and affiliate fees.

Pandemic Doesn’t Slow CBS’s Local OTT Rollout

CBS Local Digital has continued to spin up new OTT channels despite the coronavirus-prompted remote working shift. Executives say months of close collaboration between CBSN, the network’s streaming arm, and CBS Television Stations’ digital team allowed the group to stay on its charted course.

UK To Resume Film, High-End TV Production Under New COVID-19 Guidelines

The Upcoming Journalism School Overhaul

Fox O&Os Create ‘Pop-Up’ Pandemic Channel

TheCoronavirusNow website went live on March 10. It was a quick launch triggered by a brainstorming session among senior Fox Stations executives late in February. CoronavirusNow, a lesson in rapid innovation, is an online aggregation site that combines content from 18 owned stations and other company assets (such as Fox Business). But unusually, there are also multiple links to stories from other sources — not just agencies like the AP or Reuters but organizations like NPR and the BBC.

TV Commercials Suffer In The Pandemic

People are watching more television these days. But companies are spending less time, effort and money on TV ads.

Disney Gets Analyst Downgrade

Imperial’s David Miller cuts his rating to “underperform,” arguing stock gains have been “due simply to excitement around the prospects of the domestic theme parks re-opening.”

Digital Ad Prices Hurt By COVID-19 Pandemic

Digital ad revenue rose 12% to $31.4 billion in the first quarter, with revenue starting to decline in March because of the Coronavirus outbreak, according to the Internet Advertising Bureau. With businesses closed and demand down by the pandemic, publishers are getting lower digital ad prices with the biggest impact coming in display advertising, which is down 30% on a cost-per-thousand viewers basis, the IAB said based on a survey of digital ad sales executives.

Signs Of Stabilization In Local TV Use

Comscore research shows local TV consumption levels in markets with stay-at-home orders remain up between 13% and 15% year over year, while markets with lifted restrictions returned to near pre-pandemic levels.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | Pandemic Tees Up AI’s Role In Archives

Artificial intelligence has been touted for several years as a potential tool for cleaning up the metadata in broadcasters’ archives and making old clips more easily retrievable. COVID-19’s role in scuttling much live programming may finally push AI’s value for MAMs into the foreground.

What Media And Analysts Want From Tech Companies In The ‘New Normal’

Platform Communications, a media and technology marketing consultancy, today revealed what leading technology media and analysts think of communications during the COVID-19 pandemic and what they want moving forward. The “New World of Tech Communications” report is designed to help marketing and communications leaders at global technology companies plan their next steps. The virtual events […]

DirecTV Keeps Fox In Local Channel Fight

AT&T has reached a multi-year deal with Fox to allow DirecTV to offer the network’s programming in approximately 12 rural markets where the satcaster does not provide local channels.

Cable-Tec Expo 2020 In Denver Is A No-Go

SCTE/ISBE announced that its original plans for Cable-Tec Expo 2020 have been canceled and alternative arrangements are under consideration. The move came after the organization received notification that the designation of the Colorado Convention Center as a temporary medical facility has been extended through the rest of the year. Cable-Tec Expo 2020 was set to take place Oct. 13-16 in Denver.

OPEN MIKE FROM NICOLE BERGEN

Advertisers Need To Drop Togetherness Message

The latest consumer research shows Americans are fatigued with hearing “we’re all in this together” from advertisers. They want a deal, touchless buying and deferred payments, not empathy.

WGN To Host Statewide Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall

15%-25% Of 3Q Upfront Ad Buys Canceled

Disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, advertisers canceled 15% to 25% of the third-quarter advertising time bought during the 2019-20 upfront, according to sources familiar with the situation. Ad sales executives said the cancellations were “not as bad as expected,” after the networks saw ad revenue declines of from 30% to 59% in April, according to Standard Media Index.

THE PRICE POINT

The Price Point | Amid COVID-19, What Has TV Learned?

Some trends in local television are making themselves clear as the country slowly reopens, among them a growing pressure to consolidate, a need to find new revenue streams and greater workplace portability.

NHL Sets Return With 24-Team Playoff

The NHL still doesn’t know when it will return to the ice, but the league detailed its plan for how it will come back. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday said that when the NHL returns following its two-month hiatus amid the coronavirus pandemic, it will be via a 24-team playoff tournament. Bettman confirmed that the 2019-20 regular season is officially completed.

Nexstar Announces Virtual 2020 Annual Stockholders Meeting

Nexstar Media Group said it will hold its 2020 annual meeting of stockholders in a virtual-only format due to public health concerns relating to COVID-19 and to protect the health and well-being of its stockholders, directors, employees and the public. As previously announced, the 2020 annual meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 3, at […]

Broadcast Nets Bet On IP, EPs, Big Stars

The 2020 pilot season has remained unfinished business, with pilots ordered but not filmed. And yet, under most extraordinary circumstances, amid a global pandemic that has upended the lives of millions and thrown most industries, including Hollywood, into chaos, it was almost business as usual in the month of May, with three of the five broadcast networks picking up new series out of the pool of pilot orders.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH EMILY BARR

TVN Executive Session | Graham’s Barr: Pandemic Will Escalate ‘Flexible Work’

Emily Barr, president and CEO of Graham Media Group, is holding the line against layoffs, furloughs or salary cuts, but still sees a rocky second quarter unfolding. She says being communicative and honest with employees has been the most essential part of managing through an unprecedented crisis.

Barr Touts Stations’ Coronavirus Innovations

Graham Media Group President and CEO Emily Barr credits local GMs, news directors and sales leaders with spinning up creative and inspiring efforts to pull their markets through the crisis.

NBA Talking About Resuming Season In Orlando

The National Basketball Association is having what it terms “exploratory conversations” with the Walt Disney Co. about resuming its postponed season. The league issued a statement Saturday on its Twitter account. If the talks bear fruit, the season would resume in late July at Disney’s ESPN complex in Orlando, Fla., as a “single site for an NBA campus for games, practices, and housing,” the statement said.

Georgian, American Media Work Together

Although most international travel is on hold during the pandemic, Georgian and American media outlets have continued to work together by taking their partnerships online. Participants of the Georgian Media Partnership Program (GMPP) joined in a series of digital dialogues and virtual partnerships to help each other adapt during the crisis. TV stations collaborated to broadcast a message of hope and solidarity to viewers.

Facebook Starts Planning For Permanent Remote Workers

OPEN MIKE FROM ED GREBOW

Top 10 Effects Of Coronavirus On TV Trade Shows

The pandemic will affect the shows, attendees and exhibitors for years to come. Each of us now has a chance to think about where we as an industry go from here.

Scripps Family Fund Donation To Support Scripps Employees, Communities During Pandemic

Employees of The E.W. Scripps Co. and communities where it does business in more than 40 markets across the country will benefit from a gift from the Scripps Family Impact Fund. The fund is giving $1.6 million to three initiatives, including two related to the company and its foundation: Scripps COVID-19 Employee Relief Fund — The […]

Sinclair To Webcast 2020 Annual Meeting

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced today that its in-person annual stockholders meeting, scheduled for June 4, will also be webcast on its website, www.sbgi.net. The announcement said: “In accordance with an Executive Order issued by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, only 10 persons are permitted to physically attend the company’s annual meeting of stockholders, inclusive of members […]

U.S. Ad Market Plummets 35% In April

Ad demand fell 35% year-over-year in April, marking its lowest point since MediaPost and Standard Media Index began benchmarking the U.S. ad marketplace in 2012. Sequentially, total value of the U.S. Ad Market Tracker — an index representing total volume of advertising buys made in the U.S. — fell 30% from March, and 35% from February, which was the last “normal” month of U.S. ad demand prior to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on ad spending.

CBS’s Brennan: Working Is ‘A Constant Adjustment’

CBS’s Sunday morning news show Face the Nation is on a two-week winning streak and has seen a major boost in viewers amid coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s been heartening to see the choices that we’re making are resonating,” says host Margaret Brennan.

Tally: Newsroom Layoffs, Furloughs, Closures

It’s getting hard to keep track of the bad news about the news right now. But we have to. Here’s Poynter’s attempt to collect the layoffs, furloughs and closures caused by the coronavirus’ critical blow to the economy and journalism in the United States. It was last updated on May 18.

Anthony Fauci Stops Doing TV Interviews

The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been conspicuously absent from national television interviews over the last two weeks, as the White House moves ahead with reopening the economy. Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, last gave a television interview when he spoke to CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on May 4.

NAB: Virtual Show Attendance At 40,000+

The National Association of Broadcasters said that about 40,000 people have accessed its “inaugural” NAB Show Express online marketplace/event, which was the association’s effort to replicate, virtually, some of its canceled NAB Show. According to NAB, more than 1.6 million minutes of video has been consumed since the event launched May 13. NAB suggested it would be offering hybrid versions of physical and virtual events going forward.

BIA Lowers Station 2Q Ad Revenue Forecast

Its projection drops 5% to $18.5 billion, saying political, OTT and digital advertising will slightly balance the negative effect of the pandemic on local advertising.

Shut-In Stars Rally For Red Nose TV Show

Actors, musicians and comedians idled by social distancing proved eager to take part in NBC’s sixth annual Red Nose Day Special, which airs 9-11 p.m. ET today with songs, sketches and short films about the children and charities that will be aided by donations.

Newsom: Production Could Restart Next Week

California Gov. Gavin Newsom brought his Economic Recovery & Reinvention Listening Tour to Hollywood on Wednesday. He hosted a virtual roundtable with Californians who work in the film and television industry. “We’re in realtime drafting guidelines” for specific sectors, including the entertainment industry, he said. Those guidelines will be released on Monday and will allow some counties to move deeper into the governor’s four phase plan. Newsom made clear that this includes the entertainment industry.

TECH ONE-ON-ONE WITH TISH GRAHAM

Early Cloud Migration Helped ABC O&Os Pivot

ABC Owned Television Stations had begun moving many of its workflows into the cloud over a year before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, making for a faster and smoother transition once remote workflows became necessary. Tish Graham, the group’s VP of OTV technology, says the current crisis will “absolutely” speed up the industry’s transition to IP and the cloud.

How To Turn Off When The News Never Stops

Too much coronavirus news exposure may be bad for your health, according to the American Psychological Association. Practice self-care by limiting news consumption, says the World Health Organization. But how do you do that when your job is the news?

Virtual Daytime Emmy Awards Slotted For June

The 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air on CBS as a two-hour live show on Friday, June 26, returning the awards show to broadcast primetime for the first time since 2011. The ceremony, to run from 8 to 10 p.m. ET/PT, will air as a virtual event after organizers, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, were forced to cancel its planned, newly expanded three-night 2020 edition in Pasadena because of the COVID-19 shutdown. Nominations will be announced tomorrow (Thursday) during CBS’s The Talk and on ETOnline.com.