Facebook Extends Work-From-Home Policy Until July 2021

ABC’s ‘$100,000 Pyramid’ Going Back To Studio

ABC game show The $100,000 Pyramid is returning to the studio in the last week of August. The Michael Strahan-hosted series shoots in New York and it is thought that it is one of the first major non-scripted entertainment shows to return to the studio in New York, where Strahan shoots Good Morning America.

‘Friends’ Reunion Special Delayed Again At HBO Max

Fox Corp.: ‘Non Production’ Employees Likely To Stay Remote Through Yearend

New HBO Scripted Series Set During Covid-19

While a handful of scripted shows have remotely filmed single episodes set during Covid-19, HBO is upping the ante, scheduling the first scripted series shot and set entirely during the pandemic. Coastal Elites, initially planned as a theater project, will debut Sept. 12. HBO has lined up an all-star cast for the series, most of whom shot their scenes from their own homes. Among them are (l-r) Bette Midler, Dan Levy, Issa Rae, Kaitlyn Dever and Sarah Paulson.

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WPTV’s Live Coverage Of ‘Isaias’, Working Remotely

CBS’s ‘S.W.A.T.’ Returns To Production

After a five-month break, CBS drama S.W.A.T. on Tuesday started production on its upcoming fourth season. Like with everything else right now amid spiking COVID-19 infections, the situation remained fluid until the last minute but all preliminary testing was completed and shooting began yesterday morning as scheduled.

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Jessell | New Black News Channel CEO Princell Hair Faces COVID Headwinds

Princell Hair, newly-installed CEO off the fledging Black News Channel, brings a wealth of general management experience to a venture that had the bad luck to launch in the pandemic. One of his biggest challenges is the network’s COVID-stunted reach.

WBTV Anchor’s Entire Family Tests Positive For COVID-19

Dick Goddard, Legendary Cleveland TV Weatherman, Dies At 89

National TV Advertising Fell 9% In June, Down 19% Since Pandemic

More people continue to watch TV or other forms of video in the midst of the pandemic, but Madison Avenue is spending fewer dollars to dazzle them. National TV advertising fell 9% in June to $3.2 billion, according to Standard Media Index, a continuation of negative trends that have been in place since the coronavirus pandemic struck in March. But the June figures show losses narrowing: the 9% figures come after a 19% dip in May and a 28% tumble in April.

Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson Yests Positive For COVID-19

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The New Us: Local TV Marketing In 2020, Part 5

Local TV marketers are navigating new territory so far in 2020, one few could have seen coming.  How did they respond? Fourteen local TV creative services directors shared  their thoughts and 42 examples of their stations’ marketing in the five-part  series, The New Us: Local TV Marketing In 2020.

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How Media Could Get The Election Wrong

We may not know the results for days, and maybe weeks. So it’s time to rethink “election night.” The changes the media faces are profound, with technical and political dimensions.

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TVN Executive Session | Tegna: BLM Will Have Lasting Newsroom Impact

Ellen Crooke, Tegna’s VP of news, says the Black Lives Matter movement has promoted greater “intentionality” in the group’s efforts for diversity and inclusion in its news organizations and leadership. She adds that COVID-19 has also supercharged Tegna’s Verify fact-checking project and data visualization efforts.

Sinclair Stays In Line With Trump On COVID

Sinclair has repeatedly defended the independence and objectivity of the local news reporting that is carried on its many stations. But its nationally distributed news and commentary programs, produced in Washington has stayed largely faithful to President Trump’s pronouncements about the virus. Above, Sinclair TV hosts Sharyl Attkisson and Eric Bolling.

Bryan Cranston Says He’s Recovered From Coronavirus

KSAZ Phoenix Reporter Returns After Bout Of COVID

Journalists’ Guide To COVID Data

As coronavirus resurges across the country, medical data is no longer just the purview of epidemiologists (though a quick glance at any social media comments section shows an unlikely simultaneous surge in the number of virology experts and statisticians). Journalists reporting on COVID, however, have a particular obligation to understand the data, to add context and to acknowledge uncertainty when reporting the numbers. This guide to common COVID metrics is designed to help journalists know how each data point is calculated, what it means and, importantly, what it doesn’t mean.

WJXT Reporter Details His COVID-19 Struggle

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TVN Tech | Tech Vendors Face Uncharted Waters

COVID-19 has had numerous tectonic effects on broadcast technology vendors, from accelerating a move to IP- and cloud-based systems to making for much uncertainty and probable consolidations ahead.

WNBC Promotes Return To Rockefeller Plaza

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The New Us: Local TV Marketing In 2020, Part 3

Local TV news is where viewers are turning now because the COVID-19 pandemic is a neighborhood story. And it’s not going away any time soon, it appears. Creative services directors from markets in Florida, Virginia and Indiana share their most recent marketing messages. The phrase “information you need” is truer now than maybe it’s ever been.

GM Posts 2Q Loss Pegged To Pandemic

The Detroit automaker had to close its plants from March 18 to May 18 due to the coronavirus, but production didn’t resume fast enough to hold off a net loss.

‘Wheel,’ ‘Jeopardy’ Head Back To Studios

Two of America’s longest-running game shows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy are heading back to the studio. Both shows were hit by the COVID-19 production shutdown, but both syndicated shows, which come from Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Distribution, are set to start filming this week and next. There will, however, be a few adjustments.

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TVN Focus On Business | Diginets Weather COVID-19, Holding Their Viewers

Larger multicast networks are retaining their viewers while newer players have successfully rolled out distribution.

Pandemic Brings Change To ‘Bloated’ Ad Industry

The marketing business is going through a period of innovation as it sheds workers and tries to hold on to clients. Above:

Target For Premier League With Partial Crowds Is Oct. 1, Says Sports Minister

Baseball On TV Has Broadcast Workers Worried

Could changes to telecasts made during the coronavirus pandemic become permanent?

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Who Will Save Local Journalism?

One of the worst affected industries during the coronavirus outbreak has been, ironically, a profession that should have been reporting on it. The long-struggling industry faces an “extinction event” amid COVID-19, robbing large swathes of the U.S. of news coverage.

More Studios Pull Out Of Mipcom

Fremantle, ITV Studios and BBC Studios say they will not attend the Mipcom TV market in Cannes (Oct 12-15) amid coronavirus concerns. ITV will host the ITV Studios Fall Festival, a series of virtual content sessions for buyers held over three weeks from Sept. 14.

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WTOC Anchor Gets First Shot Of COVID Vaccine

On Monday, Dawn Baker, an anchor at Gray Television’s WTOC Savannah, Ga.,  became the first volunteer to receive an injection in the first Phase 3 clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine in the United States. She said the many lives lost and impacted by the coronavirus pandemic inspired her to volunteer.

Sinclair Kills Fauci Pandemic Story

Sinclair Broadcast Group will not air a report prepared for Eric Bolling’s America This Week that blames Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, for creating the COVID-19 pandemic. In a tweet late Monday, Sinclair said that given the nature of Judy Mikovits’ claims to  Bolling, the segment was “not appropriate” to air, adding: “We also reiterate our appreciation for all that Dr. Fauci and his team have accomplished for the health and wellbeing of Americans and people worldwide.”

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Every Sport Has A Coronavirus Plan. MLB’s Lasted Four Days

MLB Calls Emergency Meeting After 14+ Players Contract COVID In First 4 Days

Multiple outlets are reporting that Major League Baseball will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the remainder of the already-truncated 2020 season, after more than a dozen members of the Miami Marlins tested positive for COVID-19.

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The New Us: Local TV Marketing, Part 1

Marketing at TV stations across the country is undergoing a metamorphosis of sorts in 2020. In this first of a multi-part series, TVNewsCheck’s Paul Greeley shares the work — and the thinking behind it — of local TV marketing executives around the country to see how it’s changed to reflect the news events so far this year.

‘Access Hollywood’ Logs Positive COVID Case

An employee at daily entertainment newsmagazine Access Hollywood has tested positive for the coronavirus. The case was discovered through routine testing. According to a person familiar with the situation, the production has not shut down, and contact tracing has been implemented and completed.

Broadcasters Refine Remote Workflows

Broadcasters are prepared to stick with their remote production workflows for the long haul as the pandemic stretches on with no end in sight. A TVNewsCheck webinar last week found they’re continuing to try to bring as much of the studio into staffers’ homes as possible, not only for anchors and reporters but producers, director, editors and graphic artists, too.

Sinclair To Delay Airing Fauci Conspiracy Theory

Sinclair Broadcast Group has reversed course and has “decided to delay” a scheduled episode of America This Week with Eric Bolling reporting a discredited conspiracy theory that Dr. Anthony Fauci was responsible for creating the coronavirus. It said in a tweet: “We will spend the coming days bringing together other viewpoints and provide additional context. All stations have been notified not to air this and will instead be re-airing last week’s episode in its place.”

Judge Jerry Returns With ‘Quarantine Court’ Episodes

This week, NBCUniversal Television Distribution debuted all-new syndicated content with five episodes of Judge Jerry Quarantine Court. Through a partnership with independent studio Sneaky Big, the show was shot in three different states and merged to create a virtual courtroom. The producer said remote production and a virtual reality set “allowed every aspect of the show to […]