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  1. With COVID-19 dominating the news cycle. WNYW Fox 5 NY appears to have made a change to its 10PM opening. Instead of the standard "It's 10PM do you know where your children are?", NYC viewers will be seeing... "It's 10PM, stay home, stay safe, stay strong, we're all in this together." Video:
  2. Not sure what the morning newscasts are looking like for Atlanta, as I'm not really an early riser. WSB, if they have Fred Blankenshipb Linda Stouffer, Carol Sbarge, Brian Monahan, and Mark Arum spread out or in separate studios or home. 2 nights ago, with WSB weather, I saw where Brad Nitz was home and Glenn Burns in studio at chromakey wall. WAGA, not sure what Good Day Atlanta team's social diatancing looks like. Not sure of WXIA's Morning Rush team social distancing set-up, and whether Atlanta & Company show is still doing shows or is on hiatus. WGCL, if they have Karyn Greer and Gurvir Dhindsa spread out or home. AJC Radio & TV Talk reported of 2 WGCL employees (no names released) getting the virus... https://www.ajc.com/blog/radiotvtalk/cbs46-wgcl-has-two-employees-with-covid/rZZLzxfTs1NP1zRw90SifL/, and hopefully their facility hasn't had to shutdown, and their newscasts relocate. WUPA is still showing WBZ simulcast.
  3. I'm very pleased CBS was able to find a temporary home for WCBS till the CBS Broadcast Center can safely reopen. Yes Network set looks very nice I must say.
  4. Atlanta... WSB 2: separated. As of tonight's 11PM news, Jovita Moore at main anchor desk. Jorge Estevez in the stage right story presentation area. Zach Klein was in sports bunker area of WSB-TV building, not in actual news studio. Didn't catch weather to see if Brad Nitz was in weather area. WAGA 5: 10PM had Russ Spencer and Courtney Bryant in separate parts of the studio. 11PM had Tom Haynes solo. Chief meteorologist David Chandley doing weather at chromakey wall. Not sure if Ken Rodriguez is doing sports segment in studio or the sports bunker area of WAGA-TV building. WXIA 11 & WATL 36: prime-time newscast anchors looked to be separated. 11PM anchors separated. Didn't catch the weather, to see whether Chris Holcomb was in studio. I'm thinking sports segments to be on hiatus. WGCL 46 & WPCH 17: meteorologist at home. 11PM, Ella Dorsey presenting weather from what looks to be her residence. Brittany Murphy and Shon Gables separated. Rick Folbaum was off. Fred Kalil on opposite side of the studio. WUPA 69: WCBS-produced CW 69 News at 10 has been on hiatus for over a week, and is showing WBZ 4 out of Boston, which is also doing CBSN National as regular CBSN National broadcast is still on hiatus. Have no vids or screencap pics to show. These are observations I've made by surfing channels.
  5. I doubt NBC would return 2 hours of daytime programming back to its affiliates. My thinking would be... Why not bring back the soaps? I miss seeing the soaps, especially Another World. At least NBC still has Days of our Lives, which got renewed for its 56th season.
  6. With WCBS producing new nightly 10PM newscast for WUPA (CW 69 in Atlanta), I saw where that newscast was placed on temporary hiatus. With CBSN Boston temporarily taking the reigns of CBSN New York and CBSN National... The show must go on.
  7. I could see WNT returning to the 1996-2012 Edd Kalehoff theme with a few updates amd remastering working. We'll see what ABC has planned when newly updated studio debuts.
  8. I agree that the 4th hour would work well with live studio audience. I'd imagine NBC may be testing the waters on having Hoda and Jenna in studio 6A on Thursdays and Fridays to see whether they'd want to do studio audience shows 5 days a week. I'd also imagine NBC continuing to tinker with 4th hour. I could see 4th hour getting renamed to "Later Today", and maybe adding 2 or 3 additional female co-hosts to the panel if they decide to go studio 6A permanently. 4th hour doing Today's Talk discussion (equivalent of Hot Topics) at the start of the show. Keeping segments, like Ambush Makeovers with Louis Laqueri, and usual celebrity guests, DIY segments, etc.
  9. I'm kind of thinking that too. Even FTVLive reported that this stunt CBS has opted for is a "money grab". WCBS 2 NYC producing WUPA 69 Atlanta newscast, KTVT 11 DFW producing WKBD 50 Detroit newscast, and WFOR 4 Miami producing WTOG 44 Tampa Bay newscast. (1) Better scenario would've been having a competing station produce newscasts. Atlanta, having WSB 2 do WUPA newscast. Tampa Bay having WTSP 10 or WFTS 28 do WTOG newscast. Detroit, having WDIV 4 do WKBD newscast, if WWJ 62 relaunching news department isn't on CBS' agenda. (2) Another thing worth pointing out, CBS may not be exactly alone. Scripps is looking to start a WSFL 39 Miami newscast this year. And I'm kind of thinking that too is another money grab. It'll be interesting to see whether WSFL newscast will be produced by WPTV 5 WPB or WFTS 28 Tampa Bay.
  10. I saw where AJC Radio and TV Talk picked up the story about CBS looking for to do local CW affiliate 10PM newscasts. https://www.ajc.com/blog/radiotvtalk/the-starting-hybrid-local-cbs-national-news-program-february/9ZyHFtJP9nOeDtCBfsL6YO/ I'd agree with others about Detroit that it wouldn't hurt CBS to restart WWJ news department from scratch. Stations doing local news is cheaper to produce and more profitable, even if the ratings aren't the absolute best. I also noticed Seattle being missing. I have yet to see on-air promos on WUPA promoting new nightly 10PM newscast.
  11. NBC did a good job on its NBCU Boston Media Center project, along with investments made in other NBC O&O properties in the past decade (including Philly, San Diego, LA, and Dallas). NBC Boston News set looks good. I'd be interested in seeing NBC investing in new state-of-the-art digs for DC, and closing longtime Nebraska Ave location.
  12. That has me wondering, and I'd imagine others could easily be wondering the same thing about whether TEGNA's upper management is losing their minds. Better idea would be to The Story with Dan Haggerty in 7PM hour to keep traditional 6PM newscast in place. I would think TEGNA needs to wipe the slate clean and focus on doing real, substantive journalism at its stations, and not pawning off fancy names for newscasus (seen in Sacramento, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, etc.) as news. If Eyewitness News/Action News names and concept worked on their stations, I'd welcome a return to that.
  13. Besides Cox grounding WFOX-WJAX chopper, Scripps is also moving in the direction of grounding WCPO chopper. It's possible that miz-sized to smaller markets may not be able to fly news choppers long-term, and that trend could eventually find its way to larger markets. Plus flying drones looks to be more economically viable. Or stations doing like a decade ago of sharing news chopper to focus other resources on other things, if they wish to fly news choppers a little while longer. I'm also thinking along the lines that Durden's departure wasn't voluntary. I liked hearing his traffic reports on WSB radio (AM-750/95.5-FM and B-98.5) during the late 1990s and early 2000s, and his time on WSB 2. Hopefully Durden may find work elsewhere... Perhaps another Atlanta TV station would be smart to hire him.
  14. Besides WITI's recent refresh and WDJT, I think WISN got its new set not too long ago. I'd certainly agree with WTMJ needing a major upgrade... Assuming Scripps has plans to invest in Milwaukee.
  15. It'll be interested to see whether the new WCNC set will be Joe Lamberta design with Innovative Environments fabrications, similar to what KHOU and KTHV got in 2019... Assuming they don't go with Jack Morton PDG design (seen on KING, KUSA, WUSA, WHAS, etc.). If WCNC is exploring adopting a new on-air name, I could easily see "NBC 36 News" or "WCNC 36 News" name replacing "NBC Charlotte", assuming TEGNA doesn't damage them like it did WKYC, WXIA, and other stations. It'd also be interesting to see if TEGNA plans to invest in a new set for WKYC, and any other stations that have dated looking sets.
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