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If I recall correctly, the current facility is a bunch of separate buildings of various ages connected together. Unless the developer sees some kind of market for the separate buildings and the studio spaces, I would imagine they'll just be demolished and replaced with a new development.

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That area around Central Park is a hotbed of real estate development, with billions in leases/mortages on the table, as 60/70/80-story buildings are now lining the perimeter of the park.

 

That whole block is toast,

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On 12/21/2019 at 11:11 AM, CircleSeven said:

I see Weekend GMA is at the Times Square Studios this morning. I wonder if its because of the continued maintenance work at TV3.

 

 

On 12/21/2019 at 1:07 PM, Eat News said:

I would expect all kinds of strange "musical chairs" at all the ABC production/ news studios in the NYC area.

The reason is the upcoming move at Columbus square and all the tech craziness that will be part of it.

 

ABC and WABC will need to improvise over the course of the move.

 

IE: EWN being able to work out of Times Square if needed for an hour, week or month. There will need to be some redundancy practiced "just in case"...

 

You plan for the worst, and hope for the best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 12/21/2019 at 8:08 PM, Eat News said:

 

Plans, Permits etc...

 

It's NYC for God sake.

Yup I would actually say 5-6 years given the process and delays that will be involved.

 

Make NO mistake, the planning has already begun.

 

Of course ABC could take a quicker route...

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

TV3, the studio space that GMA Weekend and WNT broadcasts from, is undergoing a renovation. That’s why last weekend’s Good Morning America aired from Times Square and it’s why WNT has been in a small, temporary set the last few days. This has nothing to do with ABC’s move downtown in 4 years.

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22 minutes ago, wabceyewitness said:

TV3, the studio space that GMA Weekend and WNT broadcasts from, is undergoing a renovation. That’s why last weekend’s Good Morning America aired from Times Square and it’s why WNT has been in a small, temporary set the last few days. This has nothing to do with ABC’s move downtown in 4 years.

 

This was also the reason why George anchored the Impeachment coverage from the GMA set at TSS (instead of TV3) last week too.

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On 9/27/2019 at 2:59 PM, CircleSeven said:

I guess they're taking advantage of the new kidvid rules.

 

From Variety, GMA Saturday is expanding to two hours for a good chunk of its affiliates beginning next week.

 

Looking at the guides, the two hours won't be together. For example:

  • WABC will air the first hour at 8am, then the second hour at 10am/ET.
  • WLS will air the first hour at 7am, then the second hour at 10am/CT.

 

Small follow-up. Looks like some of the other stations that haven't carried the second hour, will carry it beginning January 4th.

  • KABC will air the second hour at 9am (the first hour is aired twice at 4am (LIVE) & 7am/PT).
  • KGO will carry the full two hours straight through from 7-9am (they're bumping the 8am local news to 9am/PT).
  • WSB will carry the two hours from 9-11am (right after their 6-9am/ET local news).
  • WFAA will carry the two hours from 6-8am (LIVE) (bumping the local news by one hour from 8-10am).
  • WISN will carry the second hour at 9am (they already carry the first hour at 6am/CT (LIVE)).

 

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Hope they keep GMA weekend in Times Square. Never understood why they broadcast from the WNT studio. They did the weekend show from Times Square for years (Namely the Bill Weir/Kate Snow era)

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IIRC the weekend shows were moved back to the 66th St studios because of the costs to rent out Times Square.

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This morning, GMA celebrated Robin's 30th anniversary with ESPN/ABC (they grouped it as Disney, which is untrue), and while I love me some Robin Roberts, the special guests were the highlights.

 

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1 hour ago, 24994J said:

This morning, GMA celebrated Robin's 30th anniversary with ESPN/ABC (they grouped it as Disney, which is untrue), and while I love me some Robin Roberts, the special guests were the highlights.

 

 

 

It's Disney's policy to count years of service to an acquired company as Disney service -- Bob Iger for instance celebrated 45 years at "Disney" last year even though the first ~20 years were at ABC/Cap Cities ABC.

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9 minutes ago, mountainave said:

Strahan spoke to NYT about, among other things, his botched exit from LIVE.  He clearly thinks Kelly was out of line.

 

https://pagesix.com/2020/01/29/michael-strahan-on-past-tv-gigs-i-didnt-know-i-was-supposed-to-be-a-sidekick/

 

Michael surely made some mistakes, but so much of this is rooted in Kelly's insecurities. Almost a decade later, she's still convinced that Regis left the show, in some part, because of her. He was 80 years old, at the time. He was just ready to go.

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What is ABC’s position of ownership over LIVE? That Ben Sheerwood was making and in discussions on decisions for LIVE would make me believe that ABC has some ownership of the show but I know that’s not the case.

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Disney owns the show outright. It's distributed by Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution.

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Oh damn guess I was wrong. So then all the talk about ABC making LIVE part of the GMA family at some point is not completely outlandish.

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On 1/30/2020 at 11:04 PM, MorningNews said:

Oh damn guess I was wrong. So then all the talk about ABC making LIVE part of the GMA family at some point is not completely outlandish.

Not completely outlandish, no. Only ALMOST completely outlandish.

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Ha. Not necessarily saying I agree with it but that it has been speculated as ABC’s long term plan to potentially expand GMA in a continuous block.

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The Good Morning America road trip desk was repurposed for this weekend’s “This Week” desk as the Sunday morning show broadcasted from New Hampshire. 
 

 

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Wasn't sure whether to put this here or in Out & About, but ABC has suspended another correspondent, in another incident where Disney effectively cowed to bad actors on the right. David Wright has been suspended for comments he made criticizing ABC's incorporation of promotions for Disney's movies and TV shows in some of its news programs (notably citing Good Morning America, though this is also used to a point on World News Now, America This Morning, Nightline and occasionally on WNT) as well as how ABC covers politics in a superficial way. Project Veritas, a right-wing group known for "undercover" videos trying to expose alleged liberal bias in media, filmed Wright making these comments, in which he also identified as a socialist.

 

There are two issues: one, Veritas has been discredited for use of unsubstantiated claims, "gotcha" journalism and selective editing, therefore, suspending Wright effectively gives them legitimacy; two, it appears this was a case of Disney not respecting Wright's opinions of how news should be done. And, he has a point about the promotion blending thing. NBC and CBS don't do that to the level ABC does, and both those networks are also owned by major media conglomerates (NBCUniversal/Comcast and ViacomCBS). I've been an ABC News viewer for years, but they clearly blundered here.

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16 minutes ago, T.L. Hughes said:

Wasn't sure whether to put this here or in Out & About, but ABC has suspended another correspondent, in another incident where Disney effectively cowed to bad actors on the right. David Wright has been suspended for comments he made criticizing ABC's incorporation of promotions for Disney's movies and TV shows in some of its news programs (notably citing Good Morning America, though this is also used to a point on World News Now, America This Morning, Nightline and occasionally on WNT) as well as how ABC covers politics in a superficial way. Project Veritas, a right-wing group known for "undercover" videos trying to expose alleged liberal bias in media, filmed Wright making these comments, in which he also identified as a socialist.

 

There are two issues: one, Veritas has been discredited for use of unsubstantiated claims, "gotcha" journalism and selective editing, therefore, suspending Wright effectively gives them legitimacy; two, it appears this was a case of Disney not respecting Wright's opinions of how news should be done. And, he has a point about the promotion blending thing. NBC and CBS don't do that to the level ABC does, and both those networks are also owned by major media conglomerates (NBCUniversal/Comcast and ViacomCBS). I've been an ABC News viewer for years, but they clearly blundered here.

 

 

Yikes, I can't see David Wright returning to ABC. Those were damaging comments, you don't bite from the hand that feeds you, even if it's coming from a Mouse feeding you cheese.  Sorry, but if you want to stick with hardcore citizen journalism and truly make a difference, make your own YouTube channel and podcast. The current media landscape is all about synergy, you drink the Kool-Ade that they give you, if you don't like it and don't want to share airtime with The Bachelor and shopping deals and steals, it's time to move on.  At the same time, off the record comments from those in the journalism community should be kept to a minimum in this day and age, you will be recorded for juicy soundbites. You're a journalist, don't talk about your personal life and ideologies. 

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1 hour ago, T.L. Hughes said:

ABC has suspended another correspondent, in another incident where Disney effectively cowed to bad actors on the right. David Wright has been suspended for comments he made criticizing ABC's incorporation of promotions for Disney's movies and TV shows in some of its news programs (notably citing Good Morning America, though this is also used to a point on World News Now, America This Morning, Nightline and occasionally on WNT) as well as how ABC covers politics in a superficial way.

Even if it was against his employer, Wright had every right to speak his mind on how news and synergy should be done these days. And his opinion is right on the money. ABC is always promoting their reality shows on GMA and the overnight shows to a near extreme and - to be honest in my opinion - annoying extent. Yes, GMA is a morning show but when people want the hard news straight for an hour - and not after a live tease of DWTS or The Bachelor/Bachelorette or five, I think they should tone it down a bit.

 

I don't think Wright will be back on ABC soon after his suspension. If so, he deserves better elsewhere. If they take him back, that'll be a shock - but great all the same.

 

1 hour ago, T.L. Hughes said:

There are two issues: one, Veritas has been discredited for use of unsubstantiated claims, "gotcha" journalism and selective editing, therefore, suspending Wright effectively gives them legitimacy; two, it appears this was a case of Disney not respecting Wright's opinions of how news should be done. And, he has a point about the promotion blending thing. NBC and CBS don't do that to the level ABC does, and both those networks are also owned by major media conglomerates (NBCUniversal/Comcast and ViacomCBS). I've been an ABC News viewer for years, but they clearly blundered here.

I'm open to criticizing the other Big 3 networks for this too. They do this a lot too, but their cross-promoting is normal In comparison. ABC has lost its mind if they put their promotion practices over their journalists, and them giving Veritas a easy win is utterly embarrassing twofold.

 

Project Veritas is a joke. Simply put. Everything they do ruins journalists at the wrong times with the hidden camera/gotcha crap, when they could've caught journalism at its worst and received genuine praise for their efforts if their political bias wasn't on their sleeves.

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It’s hard to disagree with much of anything that Wright said. This is an overreaction by Disney and reeks of egotism. 
 

Like others have said, synergies is a reality of every professional industry but ABC News goes way over the top. 

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BTW, for those not familiar with the other “bad actor” incident referred to in the post, James Gunn was fired by Disney from his role as director of the Guardians of the Galaxy films in 2018 for past tweets that joked about things such as rape, paedophilia and child abuse, uncovered by Mike Cernovich, an alt-righter who tried to paint several Trump critics as “pedophiles,” even though he was charged (though not convicted) of sexual assault himself years prior. Gunn was reinstated by Disney a year later.

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The stripped down GMA of this week so far has been quite nice. No studio audience and less focus on pop culture crap.

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