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  1. As of today, WEAR has resumed normal operations from their studios in Pensacola. 

    They report that the two staffers of theirs who contracted COVID-19 are at home and are doing fine.

  2. WJTV in Jackson, MS is producing a Coronavirus town hall meeting that will be simulcast throughout Mississippi, as well as in neighboring markets that serve the state.



    To acheive full statewide coverage, Nexstar has partnered with Morris and WMDN-TV to broadcast the special in Columbus/Tupelo, Biloxi/Gulfport and Meridian.  WREG in Memphis is also carrying it, and the Nexstar stations in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Mobile will be streaming it online.


     It should be noted that WMDN is about to be sold to a subsidiary of Sheldon Galloway (a license-holder to which Nexstar has provided services to) and most of us have discussed the other company as an M&A target.

  3. While WPMI is still producing WEAR's newscasts and simulcasting their own when both are on the air, WEAR talent is more prevalent now, especially during their own newscasts.

    The shared ones are balancing content between Mobile and Pensacola.

  4. 4 minutes ago, oknewsguy said:

    Gray Television respectfully disagrees, in fact they have come out and essentially said no they're not going to do layoffs

    If anything, the news employees having to go to work in this situation should be exempted from these furloughs.  They are on the front lines and putting themselves on the line to inform the public.  Even those who are working from home are using personal resources that would normally be reimbursed under regular conditions.

  5. 1 minute ago, MidwestTV said:

    Furloughs are coming to Tegna. One week sometime in the next three months. Managerial positions are taking temporary pay cuts.

    Sadly, this could be the case for many more companies across the media industry.  Especially those who are highly leveraged and count on live sports programming to make them lots of money...

    Even worse are the retail workers who have been indefinitely sidelined by their own parent companies and government bodies shutting down "non-essential" business.

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  6. Checking back in with New Orleans and WGNO....News With A Twist appears to have been mothballed (for now) and (finally) replacing the news times with actual newscasts.


    I know they've been the cellar dweller, but this needed to happen LONG before the COVID-19 pandemic took over, and ravaged places like New Orleans.


    Over on WWL, Great Day Louisiana is still airing weekdays at 9, but shows are in repeats.

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  7. Here's the official word about WEAR having to suspend local operations and simulcast WPMI newscasts...



    UPDATE:  It appears WEAR is only simulcasting the newscasts that WPMI carries, so the 4:30 AM show was replaced with another half hour of America This Morning.

    They're currently running a presser from the state of Florida with no graphics at all, since their studio control room is off limits.


    We'll see what they do at 11am, 4pm 9pm on WFGX, and the extra half-hour at 10pm.  Could this mean that Nightline airs LIVE for the first time in a generation?

    (or they could do like they are allowed to do with NBC for now, and have BOTH WPMI and WEAR go for an hour...WPMI has not opted for this option)



    11am - Newscast from WPMI on WEAR. 


    4pm- Mobile-based newscast with Kelly Foster anchoring  AND doing weather with WEAR reporters live out in the field from Pensacola.


    5 & 6 - straight simulcast of WPMI newscasts -  Sue Straughn is live from the front yard of WEAR and co-anchors remotely.


    9pm- no newscast on WFGX, replaced by Inside Edition


    10pm - straight simulcast of WPMI with Bob Solarski in front of WEAR building co-anchoring with Greg Peterson in studio.  WEAR airs Inside Edition at 10:35 instead of taking ABC live.

  8. WEAR in Pensacola has suspended operations in their building for the time being due to two of their employees testing positive for COVID-19.  They are currently simulcasting WPMI's newscasts out of Mobile.

    Sue Straughn, their lead anchor did a live shot outside of their station on Mobile Highway in Pensacola during Sunday's 5pm show.  Steve Nissim, WEAR's weekend sports anchor provided a sportscast remotely from home.


    The interesting thing is that WPMI and WJTC's master control is inside WEAR's facility...so they HAVE to remain operational for the 4 stations in the market.

  9. Given the number of cases in New York and and the concentration of our media sources there, it's a very risky time for anyone living or working in that area.


    The way things are going, now would be the time for the network's to have their backup plans in place and deploy their facilities in less-affecfed areas (bureaus and O&O stations).  And of course CNN has a perfectly good facility in Atlanta they largely abandoned.....

  10. 22 minutes ago, jase said:

    I can’t imagine many on-air people would want to work from home unless they absolutely have to. While the setup is simple enough it seems, the disruption it brings to family life/time isn’t ideal. 

    Staying home with your own family is less risky than having to travel to and from work, where many others have to do the same, making it more risky for transmission.  If the family is homebound and healthy, this is what keeps them safe.

  11. On 3/26/2020 at 10:07 PM, TheRolyPoly said:


    Unless, if you look at Charlotte for example, it carries local news (I know, its CW is owned by Bahakel). So YouTube TV is carrying WCCB Charlotte and if that's the case, then it should also carry KPLR St. Louis, KTLA Los Angeles, KWGN Denver, WNLO Buffalo and WTVW Evansville because they all carry a significant amount of local news (especially KTLA).

    It was dropped because Nexstar does not have an agreement with YTTV to carry their MyNetworkTV affiliates, while Fox did while they were both O&Os.  Bahakel does with the CW, but Nexstar does not.


    On the other hand, virtually every market now has access to ABC affiliates since Stephen Marks allowed WBKP in Marquette and WBKB's subchannel in Alpena.  Every other market, including Cheyenne & Casper, WY (despite the presence of KTWO) and all the others that lack an ABC station of their own now have a special ABC network feed as part of their service.


    The only other major holes are in Zanesville, OH (with no CBS or FOX feeds) and Glendive, (lacking a FOX feed).   NBC fills in the holes in Alpena and Mankato with WMAQ, and Presque Isle gets WBTS.

  12. 2 hours ago, TSSZNews said:

    The same thing KUSA is doing with them - ensuring talent and photogs working in the field don't have to come inside to use the bathroom and potentially spread the coronavirus.


    Not a joke.


    That makes sense.  They're also good with keeping the sewer lines cleaner especially if people are resorting to less "flush-ready" methods of toilet paper.

  13. 11 minutes ago, TheRob said:

    Good luck starting April 1, unless you're doing it remotely.


    KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP; www.meredith.com ) announced today that it has named Charlie Henrich Jr. Vice President and General Manager of KCTV and KSMO, Meredith's CBS and MyNetwork TV stations in Kansas City, MO, effective April 1, 2020. Henrich replaces Chuck Poduska whose retirement is effective on March 31, 2020. Henrich currently serves as VP/General Manager at WHNS-TV, Meredith's FOX affiliate in Greenville, SC.

    "Charlie has more than 20 years of experience in local television management and operations and has done a tremendous job managing WHNS/FOX Carolina," said Meredith Local Media Group President Patrick McCreery. "Under his leadership, FOX Carolina now has the top-rated newscasts at 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., he also launched a new one-hour news and lifestyle program. We are excited to bring his energy and employee-first leadership to KCTV and KSMO."

    Prior to serving as VP/General Manager of WHNS-TV, Henrich spent five years in Kansas City as Vice President of Operations for Newport Television, overseeing multiple stations in Top 60 markets such as Jacksonville, FL, Memphis, TN and Mobile, AL. He also served as General Manager of KMEG-TV and KPTH-TV in Sioux City, IA; and VP and General Manager of WFTX-TV in Fort Myers, FL.

    "I am excited to be returning to Kansas City and to be joining the team at KCTV and KSMO," said Henrich. "I look forward to building on the station's legacy of trustworthy journalism and continuing to serve our community and our clients in new and innovative ways."

    Henrich earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from the University of Minnesota.

    Talk about full circle.  His home base was Kansas City when Newport Television was operated there.


    Going back a few KCTV GM's....Bobby Totsch was let go and ended up in Mobile after Sinclair took them over from Newport.  He's now in Des Moines at WHO.

  14. In the past, religious and secular broadcasting have gone from having working and dysfunctional relationships.


    On the working end are stations like KSL, even though they have exercised more liberty in pre-empting shows that do not meet their "moral standards"


    And then there's WBNX, which masqueraded as a very successful WB and CW affiliate (until 2018) all while being under the umbrella of Ernest Angley.  Before their affiliation days, they frequently censored "dirty" words from shows.  Ernest even objected to shows like Charmed, but the show aired, likely due to network contracts and "as-aired" clauses.


    And in cases where Daystar prevailed over stations they've either acquired or sold, they've settled for a subchannel perch so the main broadcaster can do their thing.


    On the dysfunctional?


    KNLC, when it picked up Fox Kids and later the UPN affiliation in St. Louis.  Both were very short lived due to the owner (New Life Evangelicalistic Center) frequently pre-empting programs they felt were offensive, and refusing to sell local ads, and replacing the airtime with sermons on controversial issues as the death penalty, same sex marriage, and abortion.  It limped on until 2017, until Weigel purchased the station.  They got the .2, but Weigel programmed the rest with their networks.


    Having TBN as a partner could be a major sticking point, especially if they exercise their "moral authority" over the networks.  That alone could kill the deal, and if it prevails, the networks could bolt when the contracts are up.  And the threats could de-value the stations.



  15. It seems at this point, stations are cutting out all of the "non-essential"-ness in their coverage. 

    Some stations have suspended their lifestyle programs outright, others have pushed them into reruns, and others have adjusted to the new reality we are all facing at this moment.


    There may be some tone-deafness in all of this, hopefully it's because the station just threw on a repeat episode.  And sometimes, they'll be promoting an event (in a pre-recorded segment long before the chaos) that's been LONG cancelled along with everything else in society these days...and if any station is just airing it to recoup some lost $$$$, SHAME ON THEM!



  16. "Churches" and private equity......


    Now I've seen everything......


    I know Tegna is screwed up, but are they betting on the rapture to save people's souls?  This is an EMF style move that's only recently began to hit the ranks of radio after Cumulus and others wanted some quick cash....


    Well at least T.D. Jakes could be safe.....

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  17. Just now, oknewsguy said:

    Even all of the Fort Smith stations used to be that way until in recent years when everybody moved to the NWA area.


    I wonder if they went back to that format now with this social distancing stuff

    WSAZ has always had a dual-market approach and is currently the only station based out of Huntington. 

    WCHS has always been Charleston based, but has attempted some coverage of Huntington over the years...mostly from their "Putnam County Newsroom"...aka the WVAH studios in Hurricane.

    WOWK was based out of Huntington for many years, and even copied WSAZ's "dual box" approach for a while, but ended up doing the whole show out of Huntington....until 2012 when the main studios moved to Downtown Charleston in a portion of the Charleston City Center Mall.

  18. WSAZ...

    Social distancing since 1956.

    Even Chet Huntley and David Brinkley copied it years later...decades before it became a necessity!


  19. It's happening in other places across the country, and in Mobile, WALA has suspended production of their Studio 10 lifestyle program in favor of another hour of news in the morning at 9 a.m.


    It wouldn't surprise me if WPMI did the same by putting Gulf Coast Today on hiatus and making their noon show a full hour again.  Due to their ownership situation, they are landlocked with the number of hours of news they can produce... Could the FCC make an emergency declaration to temporarily suspend this?

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