“Unscripted and as real as it gets, and even shot on their own iPhones,” said Scott Brady, WDRB Louisville’s creative service director. “We wanted the news personalities to drive the content, and share their unique perspective with detail from these past six weeks.”
News anchors, talk show hosts and reality stars now moonlight as their own camera operators and lighting technicians. Producers accustomed to reacting to footage in person must now jump through extra communication hoops. But even with the occasional error or sacrifice in camera quality, programs have largely been able to pull it off.
ABC affiliates KAPP and KVEW Yakima, Wash. (DMA 118) has appointed Alyssa Warner to produce evening newscasts. She joins from KCPQ Seattle, where she was also a producer. Warner attended Walla Walla University and began her broadcasting career at KXLY Spokane, Wash., before taking news jobs in Wausau, Wis., and Nashville. KXLY and KAPP-KVEW are […]
The pandemic puts a new ABC initiative to the test finding stories “hiding in plain sight” using data journalism. “We gather the data, we analyze the data and we put it in the hands of the local stations to go do a uniquely local story,” John Kelly says.
As TV meteorologists and reporters work from home, pets have become a part of their reports — often by accident, and always to delightful effect.
WTVR, WRIC, WWBT and WRLH decided to join together to send one message to Richmond, Va., viewers. The campaign features the main on-air talent from each station in every spot airing on all four stations. The campaign also showcases each station’s logos and news vans in every spot. “This was a true top-to-bottom team effort. It was a pleasure to work so closely with the creatives in this market, and I am extremely pleased with the results,” said Erik Candiani, WWBT’s marketing director.
Localish, the millennial-targeted project from ABC’s stations that jumped from digital beginnings to linear broadcast, has expanded its horizons in the wake of COVID-19. It’s using its signature approach to positive, community-oriented stories to circle back on past subjects in a virus-changed world and explore wider corners beyond the group’s markets. Above, Michael Koenigs, the executive producer of Localish.
Staffers at PBS affiliate WLVT and NPR affiliate, WLVR-FM in Lehigh Valley, Pa., feel the weight of the pandemic’s historic power in their everyday reporting. It’s keeping them motivated through an intensely difficult and uncertain time.
After more than 30 years as a television weatherman, Jeff Lyons was accustomed to people honking a horn or pulling a goofy face from time to time as they passed by his outdoor live shots. He thought unexpected guests were a thing of the past when he moved his nightly forecast for WFIE Evansville, Ind., into his dining room last month amid the coronavirus pandemic. Then, three weeks into his new routine, Lyons’s 11-year-old cat Betty showed up.
Nexstar Broadcasting will host an exclusive live virtual Town Hall meeting, IN Focus: A Coronavirus Town Hall, featuring both of Indiana’s U.S. Senators and eight members of Indiana’s delegation to the U.S. House Representatives on Thursday, April 30, at 7 p.m. ET. The Town Hall will include U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R), U.S. Sen. Mike […]
The Rebound is a companywide service-oriented content initiative that provides audiences with the information, tools and resources they need as the country moves forward during the pandemic.
Nexstar Broadcasting will host a live virtual Town Hall meeting with Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. CT. The governor will address the statewide response to the Covid-19 virus and detail the actions the state will take to reopen the economy. He will be joined by Tennessee State Health Commissioner, […]
Don’t underestimate the appeal to viewers of getting to know their favorite TV personalities in a more intimate way.
E.W. Scripps President and CEO Adam Symson feels the audience increase its stations have experienced since the pandemic will endure through to the other side of the crisis. For now, he says, the company is on a firm financial footing and jobs are secure, “but the real questions that we have to wait and see on are how deep this goes and how long it lasts.”
The 4-8-minute television segments will be aired live on Baltimore’s Fox affiliate WBFF and will be shared as potential news and digital content for use by 73 Sinclair television station newsrooms across the U.S.
Mark Farrell, news director of Lockwood Broadcasting’s NBC-ABC-CW affiliate KTEN Sherman-Ada, Okla. (DMA 158), died April 24 following a heart attack. He was 55.
COVID-19 has triggered an explosion of innovation among local station groups. Stations are also experimenting with content and creating new programs that could point the way to a more flexible and less formulaic approach to storytelling down the road, even when the worst of the crisis has passed. One impressive example: Field Notes, a new magazine show on Facebook Watch and other digital platforms produced by Hearst Television and based on the virus-related reporting of its local stations in all 26 of its markets.
If there ever was doubt employees are our strongest assets, that should be gone. Engineers, to cite only one example, have repurposed, reworked and scrounged everything from laptops to boom mikes. And that same creativity and positive attitude has been on display in every other department at TV operations.
Reporter/anchor Chris O’Connell feels a new relevance to his work at Philadelphia’s WTXF as he reports now as a one-man band from the field or his car. But through this “seismic shift,” he misses the camaraderie he used to share with the station’s videographers.
When surveyed, people’s top news coverage priorities were local health updates and information about local entities that provide critical services.
Graham Media’s NBC affiliate KPRC Houston (DMA 8) has hired Lisa Hernandez to co-anchor KPRC 2 News Today with Owen Conflenti. Current plans have Hernandez on the air in early June. Hernandez is a familiar face in Houston; she was a KHOU anchor for eight years. She recently took time off after the birth of […]
Sinclair ABC Affiliate WJLA Washington (DMA 7) has hired Olivia Garvey as sports anchor. Garvey is making the move across the country from working at her hometown NBC station KMIR Palm Springs, Calif., in June. Garvey will anchor and cover sports news of the day and the Washington region’s pro, college and high school sports […]
Over half of the members of the House (240) have signed on to a letter to the Trump Administration asking it to direct federal government advertising dollars to local news media. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Marc Veasey (D-Texas) and Bill Flores (R-Texas) had circulated the letter last week seeking their colleagues’ signatures,