In what may have been the most peripatetic week in broadcast news history, CBS This Morning was likely the nation’s most dramatically displaced production with three moves in one week. Its executive producer shares details of the numerous challenges the show faced working with a skeleton crew under exhausting conditions, ultimately finding a home at the Ed Sullivan Theater.
Last Wednesday, CBS News president Susan Zirinsky announced the temporary closure and cleaning of two network buildings in New York City due to an outbreak of the novel coronavirus. But she said that she expected both buildings to reopen Monday of this week. In a new memo Wednesday morning, however, Zirinsky told staffers that the buildings will not be opening. Instead, starting Thursday, the network’s morning show — CBS This Morning — will broadcast from The Ed Sullivan Theater, home of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.