Virus Tests Power Of Unionized Newsrooms

Over the last few years, a wave of unionization has swept local newsrooms and digital media outlets. As the coronavirus sweeps the country, forcing media companies to enact drastic cost-cutting plans, unionized newsrooms are putting the power of collective bargaining to the test.

WGCL’s Rick Folbaum Talks About His Experience With Coronavirus

Vancouver Shows Likely To Be Delayed

Not only are many broadcast TV series seeing their current runs end abruptly, they may need to start production on their next seasons later than usual. In Vancouver, which is home to nearly 20 TV productions, government officials do not foresee life returning to any semblance of normal until the summer, meaning that the shows that traditionally start back up production in late June/early July would have to cool their heels for at least a little bit (if not longer).

Gray To Distribute Reusable Masks To Employees

The masks will be available for free to all Gray employees, but the company wants the first delivery of cloth masks reserved for those full-time and part-time employees who continue to work in a Gray facility or out in the field.

Coronavirus Kills Wimbledon 2020

The Championships 2020 at Wimbledon has been canceled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. The Grand Slam tennis tournament was scheduled to be held from Monday, June 29 through Sunday, July 12. The 134th tournament will now be held June 28-July 11, 2021.

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WLOX To Broadcast Lessons For Mississippi K-12 Students

Local TV News May Never Be The Same

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has universally disrupted newsrooms, and most local TV news directors expect the disruption to be long-lasting. A special edition of the RTDNA/Newhouse School at Syracuse University Survey details the impacts of COVID-19 on local TV news stations throughout the country as they strive to provide their communities the best coverage possible, but struggle with production challenges and potential economic effects.

75% Of Cable News Appearances By Members Of Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force Have Been On Fox News

The Coronavirus Ended The Screen-Time Debate. The Screens Won.

We’ve tried all sorts of things to stop us from staring at our devices. Digital detoxes. Abstinence. Now? Bring on the Zoom cocktail hour.

Anchors At Home: A Lot Can Go Wrong

Coronavirus lockouts turns slick glamour to amateur hour as broadcasters and show hosts migrate to basements and guest bedrooms.

First MPTF Nursing Home Retiree Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Fox Sets Early Series Finale For ‘Empire’

Empire‘s sixth and final season will end sooner than originally planned due to the coronavirus pandemic. As revealed at the very end of Tuesday’s betrayal and crashed wedding filled “Love Me Still” broadcast, the 18th episode of Taraji P. Henson and Terrance Howard-led hip hop drama’s final season will now serve as the finale. “Get ready for the shocking final three episodes of Empire,” a voiceover declared over a promo for next week’s 16th episode of the Fox series’ current sixth season.

‘General Hospital’ Shifts To Four Days A Week

Iconic daytime medical drama General Hospital is being forced to switch up its schedule, joining a growing list of shows that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

CBS Studios Says It Is Not Retroactively Cutting Assistant Pay

Q&A WITH DAVID MUIR

ABC’s Muir Trying To Stay ‘Calm And Steady’

David Muir’s World News Tonight has been the top-rated show in all of American television for three weeks this month, averaging nearly 11 million viewers per night. Amid the devastation in New York City, Muir is still anchoring the show every night from an almost-empty ABC newsroom. He’s hosted three primetime specials on the pandemic, including one on Monday night that featured an interview with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

KPRC A Disaster Expert, But Pandemic’s Different

Jerry Martin, Graham Media-owned KPRC’s wry VP and GM in Houston, has a reluctant pragmatist’s approach to his station’s coronavirus pivot: “Keep playing the game like it’s going to get worse.” (Al Torres Photography)

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The Price Point | Now More Than Ever, We Are Broadcasters

General managers are showing their true quality in these extraordinary times, putting public service and concern for their staffs above all other considerations.

Fox Corp. Selling $1.2 Billion In Debt

Fox Corp. said it is selling $1.2 billion worth of notes and will use net proceeds for general corporate purposes. Companies are raising cash at a rapid pace as a nest egg against the harsh economic impact and unknown duration of the coronvirus. Earlier Tuesday Fox said the the COVID-19 spread could have an adverse material impact on its business. It’s the latest in a stream of companies to both officially declare the risk the economic shutdown poses to their business and raise cash to see it through hard times.

What TV Means To A Critic During Coronavirus

The Medical News Site That Saw The Coronavirus Coming Months Ago

WABC Reporter Derick Waller Self-Isolating After Presumptive COVID-19 Diagnosis

Streaming To TVs Soared 85% March 1-21

U.S. consumers’ viewing of streaming has continued to increase through March. Over the first three weeks of March 2020, the total estimated number of minutes streamed to the TV was 400 billion, up 85% compared with the comparable three-week period in 2019, according to a Nielsen analysis.

New Daytime Viewing Patterns Emerging

A Comscore analysis of preliminary data from five of the top 25 markets, show that viewing levels are up nearly 10% at 6 a.m. this year compared to a year ago, and that growth continues as the day progresses.

Original Song Available For Free for Coronavirus PSAs, Promos

In an effort to help the broadcast industry impart a message of hope and cheer to their viewers during the unprecedent COVID-19 pandemic, Megatrax has teamed up with Nashville-based songwriter Gary Burr to create a new song, Far Apart Together. The original song is intended for use in PSAs, promos or other coronavirus news-related programming. […]

IAB Moves 2020 NewFronts To June

The Interactive Advertising Bureau, organizer of the NewFronts, is moving the annual pitchfest to June to give presenters more time to prep their virtual showcases.

Fox Corp.: Virus To Affect Business Results

Fox Corp. has joined the chorus of media companies publicly acknowledging the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its business, noting canceled sports events and postponed production. The COVID-19 outbreak “could have a material adverse effect on the company’s business, financial condition or results of operations over the near to medium term,” Fox said in an SEC filing Monday.

Voice Of America Moves Global Newsrooms Remotely Into Journalists’ Homes

As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to spread, Voice of America has moved its entire global newsroom remotely into the homes of hundreds of its journalists around the world in order to continue coverage of this historic moment. VOA is the nation’s largest international broadcaster, providing news and information in more than 40 languages to an estimated […]

The Three Best Things Local Newsrooms Can Do

Covering coronavirus is a nearly overwhelming challenge for newsrooms: too much news to cover; so many operational logistics to overcome due to social distancing; so many ways in which we are not just reporting on the story but also personally impacted by it, like juggling home-schooling of our kids while working from home, dealing with the challenges of isolation, or caring for (or just worrying about) older loved ones. In times of crisis, keeping focus is key.

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Stations Get Creative To Help Local Advertisers

Some TV stations are helping their local advertisers with deeply discounted or free — yes, free — advertising to keep their clients top of mind in their market.

Ad Giant WPP Pulls Dividend, Buyback, Outlook

The world’s biggest advertising company WPP has pulled its dividend and share buyback and withdrawn its 2020 guidance after the coronavirus pandemic sparked the most uncertain time in its 35-year history.

TV Newsers Explain What They’re Doing To Stay Safe In The Office

ABC Nixes ‘Bachelor Summer Games’

The Bachelor Summer Games, ABC’s planned counterprogramming to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, is not going forward as the television industry continues to hit the pause button amid the coronavirus pandemic, sources confirm.

Daytime, Cable News Get Viewing Boost

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.

ABC’s Karl Calls Rubio’s Tweet On Media Outrageous, Hurtful

NEW YORK (AP) — The president of the White House Correspondents’ Association on Monday called on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to apologize for a tweet saying some media members “can’t contain their delight” at reports of Americans getting the coronavirus. Jonathan Karl, who is ABC News’ White House correspondent, said Rubio’s tweet was outrageous, wrong […]

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH CATHERINE BADALAMENTE

TVN Executive Session | Graham Keeps Faith In Digital, NextGen TV

Graham Media’s SVP and Chief Innovation Officer Catherine Badalamente is pivoting quickly to deal with the new realities of coronavirus-era broadcasting, but she saw disruption on the horizon before that. She says digital platforms like OTT and NextGen TV offer some of the best hedges against future disruption, if only legacy salespeople can finally get on side.

IATSE Launches Mutual Aid Program As Over 90% of Members Have Lost Jobs To Pandemic

WPIX To Air Palm Sunday, Easter Masses From St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The Archdiocese of New York and Scripps CW affiliate WPIX will partner to broadcast Mass on both Palm Sunday, April 5, and Easter Sunday, April 12, live from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, will celebrate both Masses, although without a congregation present due to the coronavirus outbreak. Each Mass will […]

InfoComm 2020 Canceled In Light Of Coronavirus

The News In The Age Of The Coronavirus

Can a fragile media ecosystem survive the pandemic? With the misinformation emanating from the Trump White House, the need for reliable, widely-accessible information and facts is more urgent than ever. Yet the economic shutdown created by the spread of COVID-19 promises to decimate advertising revenue, which could doom more digital news outlets and local newspapers.

Gannett To Furlough Workers At 100+ Papers

Certain employees making more than $38,000 must take one week of unpaid leave in April, May and June.