The FCC says it won’t cancel the licenses of TV and radio stations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands that have not been able to get back on the air after the devastation of hurricane’s Irma and Maria.
After deciding it had to evacuate its Cape Coral station in advance of Hurricane Irma, Scripps’ Fox affiliate in a technical tour de force continued to provide full local coverage with an anchor desk in Tampa (above), news production in Detroit and master control in Indianapolis.
The two Fort Myers stations both insist they called it first that Hurricane Irma would hit Naples, Fla. directly, and WBBH has taken the dispute to Twitter with a smoking gun screen grab.
WBBH and WZVN, the NBC-ABC affiliate in Fort Meyers, Fl., became a shelter for 236 evacuees of Hurricane Irma ranging from two-weeks-old to 87. While the storm’s eye passed over both stations’ studios, they suffered only minor damage.
Bob Longo, news director of Cox Media’s CBS-Fox (WJAX-WFOX) duopoly in Jacksonville, Fla., explains the challenges his station faced, and overcame, while covering the powerful hurricane.
Due to disruptions caused by Hurricane Irma in the homes of panelists located in the affected areas, Nielsen has informed clients that ratings for some metered markets will be excluded from release because they failed to meet Nielsen’s “in-tabulation thresholds” for reporting data.
TVB today released “Hurricane Irma Media Usage” survey results. The survey was conducted by Research Now and showed residents overwhelmingly chose their local TV stations over all other media for storm coverage, with 85% of respondents using local TV news for critical information. On a daily average, Floridians spent the most time with local TV news during the weather emergency, with over five hours of viewing, while Hispanic viewers spent nearly six hours.
Originally conceived as a benefit for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the Hand in Hand telethon was expanded to help people in Florida and the Caribbean devastated in recent days by Irma. The star-studded telethon that took place in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and San Antonio raised $14.5 million by the time cameras were turned off.
Nielsen said today that its ratings information from this past weekend is delayed because the company’s processing center in Tampa, Fla., was shut down because of Irma. The company’s weekly list of top television programs is usually released Tuesdays, and it’s unclear when it will be ready. It also hasn’t produced overnight ratings this week.
The big three broadcast networks offered up special and expanded editions of their morning news broadcasts Monday morning with a focus on Hurricane Irma.
That was the case throughout Sunday’s gripping coverage of Hurricane Irma’s assault on Florida. Journalists were the shock troops allowing the nation to experience the storm from the comfort of their living rooms. Networks all brought their top teams in on the weekend for special coverage, non-stop on the news channels. Yet when a huge tree limb crashed to the ground behind NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez, forcing him to scurry away during a live shot, it illustrated the danger many journalists faced.
With a killer hurricane approaching fast, the right-wing provocateur chose to bash TV stations for their weather coverage and suggest to his listeners that the threat of Irma was being overblown. This was right before he fled his Florida studio. You would think the man never sat in front of a live microphone before.
The FCC has issued a series of public notices to broadcasters and other FCC regulated entities in the path of Hurricane Irma. General guidance was issued by the FCC, here, discussing how stations can get special temporary authority to operate with facilities different than those specified in their licenses by email or even by telephone during the emergency. This may be particularly important if stations towers or antennas are damaged by the storm and, to continue service, stations need to use alternate facilities.
Network and cable news channels are planning full-force coverage of Hurricane Irma, the massive Category 4 storm already described as a “nuclear hurricane” by one Florida mayor — a description quickly seized by cable anchors.
Organizers of Hand in Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Harvey Relief, scheduled to be broadcast simultaneously on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CMT on Sept. 12, are extending a helping hand to those who may be affected by Hurricane Irma.