WUSA Anchor Shares How His Mother’s Funeral Became Superspreader Event


Nexstar’s Colorado Stations Broadcasting Coronavirus Vaccine Town Hall


NTF 2020 | Local TV News’ Longer-Term Future Needs More Relevance And Inclusion

Executives from NBCU Owned Stations, CBS Television Stations, Graham Media, SmithGeiger and the Local Media Association envision a future for TV news in two years’ time that is more inclusive in its coverage and among its decision makers, holding on to the heightened sense of relevance it struck with viewers in the pandemic. “It’s incumbent on news departments not just to serve facts, but relevance, perspective and helpfulness,” said CBS’s David Friend at last week’s NewsTECHForum.


NTF 2020 | Broadcasters Hold Firm On Remote Workflows

Tech leaders at E.W. Scripps, Meredith and Hubbard Broadcasting as well as at tech vendor Avid say that remote production workflows are getting more refined, while vaccine promises also have them hopeful of a return to newsrooms. “The adrenaline that goes through a newsroom is hard to duplicate at home,” said Scripps CTO Ray Thurber at last week’s NewsTECHForum.

Rupert Murdoch Receives Dose Of Coronavirus Vaccine

Production On Fox Dramedy Pilot ‘The Big Leap’ Paused After Positive COVID-19 Tests

MipTV 2021 Moves Online

MipTV in April is moving online as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc with the film and TV calendars. Organizer Reed Midem confirmed the news today. Sister events MipDoc and MipFormats will also be digital.

COVID Kills Maryland-Michigan State Game

The University of Maryland canceled its last football game of the regular season on Thursday after more than a dozen UMD players tested positive for COVID-19. The game, originally scheduled for Saturday against Michigan State, may not be Maryland’s last of the season if the team decides to compete in the postseason. Six members of the Terrapins’ coaching staff also tested positive, according to the school.

ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt Tests Positive For COVID

One of the most recognizable figures in sports news, ESPN anchor Scott Van Pelt announced on his Twitter account Thursday that he has contracted the coronavirus and will be taking some time off.


Collins | COVID-19 Effects Extend To Company Taxes

The disruption that defines 2020 seems to extend into every corner of our professional and personal lives. It’s even affecting the tax calculations and reporting responsibilities for media businesses’ accounting and financial professionals.


TVN Tech | Devoncroft Assesses A Disrupted Tech Market

This month’s virtual Devoncroft Executive Summit took the measure of a media technology market radically altered by COVID-19, from a 10% hit to its overall market size, a reassessment of how of it does business and a big potential shift in its sales and marketing efforts. Above, Devoncroft’s Josh Stinehour emphasized that technology investment by broadcasters is an opportunity to drive increased revenues, not simply a cost center.

ABC’s ‘The Rookie’ Adjusts Production Schedule

The Rookie is modifying its production schedule after a number of positive COVID-19 tests. The ABC cop drama is going to reduce the shooting schedule for the rest of December as a result of the new cases, which were discovered through its strict health and safety protocols.


NTF 2020 | News Storytelling Sees Creative Flourish In Pandemic Year

Journalists from AJ+, NBCLX, NBCU Owned Stations and Graham Media said 2020’s confluence of major stories prompted a surge of creativity and experimentation in video news storytelling. They told a NewsTECHForum panel that working conditions prompted the acquisition of new skills and more elasticity in their story length.

WFSB Anchor Duo Quarantines After Positive COVID-19 Test

Senator Asks Streamers To Make Content Free During Holidays

In a letter addressed to the leaders of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, Hulu and HBO Max, Sen. Angus King of Maine urged the platforms to make their content available to the masses for free during the holidays, which he believes could encourage Americans to stay home and therefore slow the spread of COVID-19.


NBC’s ‘Mr. Mayor’ Pauses Production Through 2020

Production on the upcoming NBC comedy series Mr. Mayor, starring Ted Danson, was shut down Monday following multiple positive COVID-19. On Tuesday, the shutdown was extended for the rest of this week, leading to the scheduled holiday break.

Sharon Osbourne Tests Positive For COVID-19, Reveals Brief Hospitalization

NFL Ratings Drop Leaves Networks Scrambling To Make Advertisers Whole

TV networks are feeling the strains of disappointing NFL ratings, as they are forced to restructure deals with advertisers to make up for the smaller audience, and their opportunity to make money off remaining games during the lucrative holiday season narrows.

NBCNews.com Dedicates Entire Homepage To Coronavirus Coverage

Today, Dec. 11, NBC News is dedicating the full NBCNews.com homepage to coverage of the most important topic on the planet: The coronavirus pandemic. This is the first time the site’s homepage will devote all of its content to a just one topic.

KARE’s Julie Nelson Tests Positive For COVID


TVN Tech | Tech Trends For ’21: COVID-Driven Shifts Extend

Trends driven by the pandemic are likely to persist into 2021 and beyond, while transitions to IP infrastructures will accelerate and aging on-prem infrastructure will give way to increased reliance on the cloud. NextGen TV will also likely pick up speed after COVID’s cooling effect on its rollout this year.

Ellen DeGeneres Says She Tested Positive for COVID-19

Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres revealed Thursday she tested positive for COVID-19. She said on Instagram she is “feeling fine” but will be following the CDC-approved guidelines and will see her audience “after the holidays.”

Latest Ad Council COVID Campaign Aimed At Black Americans

The Ad Council is orchestrating a new campaign to encourage Black Americans to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The organization is working with the Hearst and Verizon-owned Complex Networks on the effort.

News Media Groups Request Front-line Journalists Be Included in Early Vaccine Deployment

Fourteen organizations note the risks of COVID-19 exposure during necessary newsgathering.

Twitter Thread Imagines ‘Gilmore Girls’ Characters’ Responses To COVID-19

MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle & Family Contracted Coronavirus

COVID Shuts Down Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills’

Hartford Courant’s Newsroom Closing Down


TVN Focus | Stations, Vendors Meet Challenge Of Nonstop News

News and technology executives from Fox Television Stations, Graham Media, Gray Television, Avid and Latakoo have embraced new technologies and workflows in a year of huge stories and largely remote production. They’re going to need to maintain that embrace while producing even more content in 2021, they said at a TVNewsCheck webinar last week.

TV Production Endures Behind-The-Scenes Hit

Hollywood soldiers on, but the return to set has been fraught with shutdowns, positive tests and budget spikes. Above, ABC’s The Conners has been among a number of prime-time shows to shoot and return to the air during the pandemic.

Sports Rebates May Return $1.1B To Viewers

More than $1 billion will soon start to flow back to U.S. pay TV subscribers in the form of refunds and credits, compensating them for the year’s many pandemic-related sports cancellations.

Fox News’ ‘The Five’ Goes To Remote Format

The co-hosts on Fox News Channel’s The Five went to a remote format Thursday, with reports that Juan Williams tested positive for the coronavirus.

Four COVID-19 Cases Recorded At Netflix’s Epic Building Amid Construction

L.A. Mayor: ‘It’s Time To Cancel Everything’

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an emergency authority order to city residents on Wednesday evening, directing the community to “cancel everything” amid rising COVID-19 cases. The new order comes after Los Angeles County reported a total of 5,987 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, one day after a record high of 7,593 cases. Currently, 2,439 people are hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 40 additional deaths reported on Wednesday.

CBS Super Bowl Ads About 80% Sold

The eye network is about 75% to 80% sold out of commercial time in Super Bowl LV, with about eight to 10 spots left, according to media buyers and people familiar with negotiations. Buyers say there is a contingency plan in place to play the Super Bowl later in February if COVID complications make that necessary. While Super Bowl LV is slated to air on CBS on Feb. 7, there is a makeup date of Feb. 28, according to media buyers.

Verizon To Give Fios TV Customers Refunds For Lost Sports During COVID Shutdown

COVID Forces WTNH’s Mark Davis To Retire

WGAL Audio Engineer Chuck Clark Dies Of Coronavirus

WTXF Morning Anchor Mike Jerrick Quarantining

The host of the Fox Philadelphia O&O’s Good Day Philadelphia announced today on Facebook that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently quarantining.

Daytime Emmys And Other NATAS Awards Shows To Remain Virtual Through 2021

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said Tuesday that all of its awards shows will remain virtual through 2021. This includes the Daytime Emmys, Sports Emmys, News and Documentary Emmys and Technology and Engineering Emmys.