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.


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


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.


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.

At Fox News, Mixed Message On Malaria Drug

Detroit TV News Adapts To Pandemic

Huel Perkins (front) still heads into the newsroom and works from 3 p.m. to midnight, five days a week. Aside from that, “everything is dramatically different,” the WJBK news anchor says of working during the COVID-19 pandemic.


WJXT Makes 42 Graduations A TV Event

High school seniors graduating in 2020 and excited for their moment on stage got their dreams dashed when the coronavirus crisis forced schools to delay, cancel or postpone graduation ceremonies. In Jacksonville, Fla., Bob Ellis, the general manager of Graham Media’s independent WJXT, said he felt compelled to do something to help “fill the emptiness so many people felt at having to stay home and have those graduations cancelled. It seemed a natural to go and figure out how to make it happen.”

Reality, Doc Writers, Producers Seek Relief

As people binge on documentaries during the pandemic, filmmakers are seeking help. The Writers Guild of America, East, is petitioning studios for relief.

CBS Courts Advertisers Virtually

Every spring CBS parades its stars and executives across the Carnegie Hall stage to try to persuade advertisers to buy commercial time during an event filled with scripted banter and sizzle reels. This year, ad buyers working from home clicked on a link that led them to a cartoon of Stephen Colbert interviewing a dog.

How To Build A Station Recovery Plan

TV stations have seen their ad revenues take a sharp hit in the pandemic. Now is the time to be proactive about shoring up their morning newscasts, working closely with wary advertisers and vying for localized national ad dollars to chart a path through the crisis.

Strong Sports Showing For Networks

Network executives knew the first weekend with multiple live events would draw good numbers but for the most part they exceeded expectations. The Bundesliga’s return drew record numbers on Fox Sports 1, Saturday night’s UFC card on ESPN was one of the top shows on cable television and Sunday’s NASCAR race on Fox was the most-viewed non-Daytona race in three years.

CBS Sets Business As Usual Fall Sked — For Now

While fellow broadcast networks Fox and The CW have found creative ways to “corona-proof” their fall schedules, CBS opted for a more optimistic view as its slate is a return to stability as it holds out hope that production on new and returning shows can resume this summer and make their fall debut. CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl did, however, admit that it’s “highly unlikely” that 90% of the network’s schedule will launch during the traditional Premiere Week in late September.

Facebook Unveils Small Business Retail Effort

Facebook announced a new online retail initiative on Tuesday, aimed at spurring digital commerce as small businesses and retailers grapple with the economic devastation from the coronavirus crisis. Facebook Shops lets users sell goods and services online through storefronts hosted by Facebook and Instagram.

U.S. Auto Industry Returns To Life

The Detroit 3 automakers and their suppliers began restarting assembly lines on Monday after a two-month coronavirus lockdown in a slow revival of a sector that employs nearly 1 million people in the United States. The companies said there were no issues with absenteeism as the plants reopened. Staffing levels met or exceeded original expectations, the UAW said.

ViacomCBS Upfront Touts Power Of Merger

In the first part of its virtual upfront presentation Monday, the media company employed its on-air talent to make the point that the merger that combined Viacom with CBS late last year made the company “simply stronger” together.

Fox’s Cavuto: Don’t Take Drug Like Trump

President Trump said yesterday he has been taking the drug hydroxychloroquine for about a week and a half. Fox News Channel anchor Neil Cavuto, who has multiple sclerosis and other health issues, called Trump’s admission stunning. He warned viewers in vulnerable health that they could face serious consequences if they followed the president’s example.

TV Nets Up On-Air Promos During Pandemic

TV networks are dramatically increasing the number of on-air promo messages for their programs and brands during the current pandemic — while paid advertising has dropped. U.S. TV networks, broadcast and cable, have aired 32% more promos — 533,779 airings, in the period from April 18 through May 17, and 23% higher to 511,655 the previous 30 days (March 18-April 17), according to iSpot.tv.

Fox News Seeks Dismissal Of COVID-19-Related Speech Complaint

ViacomCBS Faces Tricky Path To Super Bowl

In the early moments of the annual game to lure advertisers to the Super Bowl, ViacomCBS is first and long.

Signing 60 to 70 automakers, snack manufacturers and tech marketers to sponsor the biggest TV event of the year is never an easy task. But doing so will be tougher for the newly-merged media conglomerate, owing to a coronavirus pandemic that has thrown the sports business into disarray and forced advertisers to tighten their purse strings. ViacomCBS, which has the rights to broadcast the extravaganza in 2021, will have to reassure would-be Big Game sponsors about the NFL’s ability to mount a new season even as it tries to get the best prices possible.

NASCAR Returns To Big Ratings On Fox

The first live sports events on network TV in more than two months delivered strong ratings Sunday. Fox’s telecast of a NASCAR race in Darlington, S.C., delivered 6.32 million viewers, a 38 percent jump over the previous race on March 8. Like other major pro sports leagues, NASCAR shut down in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. NBC also brought back live sports Sunday with a golf event, TaylorMade Driving Relief. Numbers for the four-man skins match, featuring Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff, weren’t available at publication time.

Station Groups See Big Early 2Q Ad Declines

A month and a half into the second quarter, major TV station groups are witnessing sharp advertising declines of around 35% to 40% so far due to COVID-19, according to recent earnings calls with analysts.

IBC 2020 Canceled, Victim Of COVID-19

The speculation is over. IBC has officially been canceled. After several weeks of exhibitors backing out — including Panasonic and Ross last week — the organization that sponsors the world’s second largest broadcast trade show finally threw in the towel today. The show was scheduled to take place in Amsterdam Sept. 11-14. The official announcment said, in part: “Whilst this is hugely disappointing for us all, IBC will continue to play a vital role in supporting the industry to get back on track wherever we are able. Over the coming months IBC will continue to engage with the industry through its digital platform IBC365. Details of our plans will follow soon.”