STATION ADVISORY

FCC Extends KidVid, Programs/Issues Deadlines

Friday afternoon, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing an extension of broadcasters’ deadlines for certain filings in light of the disruptions being caused by the coronavirus epidemic.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Wants You To Wake The F*ck Up

ViacomCBS Parent Amends Credit Deal

National Amusements, ViacomCBS Inc.’s parent company is losing some of its ability to borrow money at a time when its key revenue drivers — movie theaters, new film releases and live-sports broadcasts from the CBS network — have ground to a halt because of the coronavirus. The company has reached a deal with Wells Fargo & Co. to restructure its credit facilities.

Scripps Fund To Provide Virus Assistance

Qualified Scripps employees can apply for up to $1,000 for eligible expenses related to hardships caused by COVID-19.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season To End Early

Fifteen days ago, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy became one of the first series to suspend production as the U.S. and Hollywood were just starting to grasp the scope of the coronavirus health crisis. The decision was made after the medical drama had wrapped production on Episode 21 of its 25-episode 16th season. At the time, the hiatus was going to be for at least two weeks. Now it has been made permanent for Season 16.

House Passes $2.2T Rescue Package

The House approved the sweeping measure by a voice vote, as strong majorities of both parties lined up behind the most colossal economic relief bill in the nation’s history.

Meredith’s Phoenix Stations Host Virtual Job Fair To Help Unemployed

Television Academy Delays Emmy Voting

The Academy says it still plans to hold this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards on its originally scheduled date, Sept. 20.

ABC Shifts Schedule For ‘American Idol’

ABC has shifted scheduling for American Idol amidst of the coronavirus pandemic and is exploring “multiple” options for its live shows. The network is spreading its next two episodes, set in Aulani, Hawaii, across two weeks rather than one. The next two episodes will air on Sunday, March 29, between 8 and 10 p.m. and Sunday, April 5, in the same timeslot. It was previously planned to have the Hawaii showcase eps run on March 29 and March 30.

Sony Pictures Television Takes L.A. Screenings Online

‘Killing Eve’ Season 3 Premiere Moved Up

The acclaimed Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer AMC series will now debut its third season on Sunday, April 12. The move comes as networks, cablers and streamers all contend with the programming and scheduling nightmare being caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Kristen Bell Hosts Nick Pandemic Special For Kids, Families

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristen Bell is hosting a Nickelodeon special with a “kid’s-eye view” of the coronavirus pandemic to address youngsters’ concerns and help families weather the crisis, the channel said Friday. Bell and her guests practiced social distancing, using video to connect for the hourlong program airing 7 p.m. EDT Monday. Dr. Nadine […]

Major Brand Pulls Ads From Virus Content

The coronavirus pandemic has inspired an unprecedented surge in news readership. But it hasn’t created a concurrent surge in advertising revenue — starving news organizations of the resources they desperately need in a time of crisis. Advertisers are pulling back what they are spending, and refusing to allow their ads to be placed next to stories that report on the pandemic.

Grass Valley To Deliver Information, Updates Via GV LIVE Presents

Grass Valley is set to engage with customers and prospects virtually in a series of events branded GV LIVE Presents. Multiple events have already been scheduled to provide information to Grass Valley customers and prospects as they deal with the coronavirus pandemic and to enable a unique type of engagement with Grass Valley solutions in the absence […]

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How Local TV News Staffers Are Working From Home

NBC News Slots Live Primetime Virus Specials

NBC News Special Report: Coronavirus Pandemic to air Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning March 31 for three consecutive weeks.

NBCU Launches COVID-19 PSA Campaign

The series of spots will feature Kelly Clarkson, Andy Cohen, Savannah Guthrie, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen and many more, in partnership with the Ad Council, CDC, HHS and the White House.

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WNYW New York Suspends Normal Late News Open

News Leaders Find Common Ground In Virus

More than 40 news leaders took part in an unusual Zoom meeting this week organized by The Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism, a nonprofit organization that provides continuing education for TV and digital news managers. Amidst the extraordinary pressures on their newsrooms, the executives took an hour to compare problems, share solutions, and find solidarity in a common cause: serving their communities in a pandemic.

Relief Bill Includes $75M For Public Broadcasters

The coronavirus bill specifies that CPB spend the funds to maintain programming and services and to preserve small and rural stations.

KTRK Anchor Tests Positive For COVID-19

Chauncy Glover, 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. anchor for ABC O&O KTRK Houston, announced that he has tested positive for coronaviurs and is self-quarantining.

British PM Boris Johnson Tests Positive For COVID-19

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus. Johnson’s office says he was tested after showing mild symptoms, Downing St. says Johnson is self-isolating and continuing to lead the country’s response to COVID-19.

WGCL Atlanta Has 2 Employees With COVID-19

Two unnamed employees at Meredith’s Atlanta CBS affiliate have tested positive for the coronavirus. “Both individuals are doing well,” according to a station statement.

QVC: Quarantine, Value, Convenience

TV shopping remains an essential American service. In some respects, no network is better suited to see viewers through the unraveling global catastrophe. Even under normal conditions, the shopping channel’s hypnotic, sales pitch-style programming soothes like a balm.

The Bill For Canceling March Madness Arrives

The cancellation of March Madness because of the coronavirus pandemic has dealt a costly blow to college sports programs, the National Collegiate Athletic Association indicated on Thursday. The NCAA said that financial distributions to Division I member institutions at the end of the 2019-20 academic year would be $225 million — just 37.5% of the expected $600 million amount.

ESPN Fills Friday Sports Gap With Disney Films

GM Furloughs 6,500 In U.S.

The automaker is also suspending work on some vehicle programs and said salaried employees will recover lost earnings in a lump-sum payment within a year. Senior executives will see deeper pay cuts on top of the 20 percent deferment as the company scrambles to preserve cash.

CW Series Finalies Moved Due To Virus

Neither Supernatural, nor The Flash, nor Legacies will be able to finish their current seasons in the timeframe that was originally planned. All three CW series were among hundreds that were forced to shutdown production due to coronavirus, meaning that they were unable complete shooting and their season endings have now been pushed to an undetermined time later in 2020, according to a source close to the network.

Traditional Media Ad Sales Seen Falling 12%

Ad revenue for traditional “linear” media could fall as much as 12% in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, while digital media advertising could still rise more than 4%, according to a new forecast from Interpublic Group’s media-research unit Magna.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Jessell At Large | Spot TV Faces An Unprecedented Moment

The coronavirus has caused massive collateral damage to the economy, taking down with it initially rosy predictions for spot advertising in 2020. But one bright spot on the horizon is that political dollars still will come, and broadcasters have the solace of diversified revenue thanks to retransmission consent to spare them an even crueler blow.

EstrellaTV Expands Access To Its Content During COVID-19

Estrella Media announced Thursday that all DirecTV and U-verseTV subscribers will be provided free access to EstrellaTV for 60 days, effective immediately, if not already in their programming package. The company said: “EstrellaTV is an essential news and entertainment source for the U.S. Hispanic community. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, EstrellaTV recently expanded its news operations […]

COMMENTARY

Local News Needs Coronavirus Stimulus Plan, Too

In an apocalyptic advertising downturn, ideas that would have been unthinkable weeks ago deserve immediate consideration.

Upfront Timetable In Doubt

As buyers and media companies enact new strategies in the wake of COVID-19’s impact on the country and world, several are beginning to doubt whether upfront negotiations can be conducted in their usual late spring/summer timeframe.

Comcast Ends In-Home Installations

The nation’s largest cable operator has decided to end all in-home installations for new customers. Instead, the Comcast technician will perform the outside work required for a new installation, and then leave a package at your door with your equipment and detailed activation instructions on the scheduled installation day.

Indianapolis 500 Postponed Until August

IndyCar and IMS announced Thursday that the 2020 Indianapolis 500 will be postponed from its scheduled May 24 start date to Aug. 23, the first time the race has been completed later than May.

‘SVU’ Crew Member Dies From COVID-19

Josh Wallwork, a member of the costume and wardrobe department on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, has died from coronavirus complications. He was 45. The news was shared by SVU showrunner Warren Leight on Thursday. Wallwork had been employed on SVU since 2018, and he had also worked on Madam Secretary, The Get Down and Bull.

In TV Sports, Everything Old Is New Again

An old sports telecast used to have the same appeal as a stale pot of coffee. But with live sports telecasts knocked out by the global coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s biggest media companies are subsisting instead on broadcasts of older games. To get them, however, the networks need to gain approval from the various sports organizations.

ESPN, Fox Lead Sports Emmy Nominations

ESPN’s newsmagazine E: 60 led all nominations (with 10) for the 41st Annual Sports Emmy Awards, as announced on Thursday by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Sports Emmys, originally scheduled for April 28 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, with no replacement date yet announced. Nonetheless, NATAS has moved ahead with revealing this year’s nominees.

Free Spots Won’t Count Toward Lowest Unit Rate

The FCC has told broadcasters it doesn’t have to count free ads toward calculation of the lowest unit rate they are required to charge for political ads, but only if those are not “free spots” tied to an existing commercial contract.

How Big Is The Stay-At-Home TV Spike?

Audiences are returning to Friday and Saturday nights amid a crisis, while network staples lift across the board and broadcast news hits decade highs.