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Please keep all COVID-19 contingency speculation in the speculation board thread on the matter.

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2 minutes ago, tyrannical bastard said:

WSAZ...

Social distancing since 1956.

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

 

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

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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.

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4 minutes ago, tyrannical bastard said:

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.

Pretty much WSAZ doesn't have to worry about social distancing that their competitors have to worry about.

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5 minutes ago, oknewsguy said:

Pretty much WSAZ doesn't have to worry about social distancing that their competitors have to worry about.

Since they debuted the news set in January of 2019, all the shows have been anchored out of the Huntington studios. However, they have brought back the “dual box” during this pandemic.

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16 minutes ago, 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

They should put Barren's background as a live shot of Charleston just for keeps! Lmao.

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2 minutes ago, TheRolyPoly said:

They should put Barren's background as a live shot of Charleston just for keeps! Lmao.

That may not be that bad of an idea at all

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1 hour ago, TheRolyPoly said:

They should put Barren's background as a live shot of Charleston just for keeps! Lmao.

 

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Here is an example and explanation of KGW's "social distancing" at the start of their 5pm show Monday. They have also ditched their usual 7pm entertainment show for a half hour of responding to viewer questions. They have this new thing as well where people can text in questions to their newsroom phone number.

 

 

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Here in Savannah, they’re not even bothering with spacing anchors all over the set. All 3 stations only have 1 news anchor per newscast. The only exception is WTOC’s local talk show Morning Break, which had 2 hosts at the main desk and one at a stand up area.
 

As for expanding newscasts, WTOC has expanded their existing half-hour 4pm news to a full hour, bumping Right This Minute to 1:30am. Further down Chatham Parkway, WJCL is not adding any news to their schedule. WSAV is following WNBC’s lead and they are live from 11pm-midnight. Unfortunately, their advertorial at 11:30am is still in place. They already have midday news at 11a, so they should expand it to a full hour.
 

Also, yesterday SAV rebroadcast last year’s St Pattys Day Parade since this year’s was cancelled for obvious reasons. I guess they didn’t want to give refunds to advertisers or something.

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Surprised no one mentioned this, but there is now a case of COVID-19 involving a network news personality. ABC News correspondent Kaylee Hartung revealed Wednesday that she is recovering in self-quarantine after contracting the illness while reporting on its effects in Washington State, one of the coronavirus’ early hotspots.

 

Good news is her symptoms—which she originally thought were allergies, given she didn’t experience shortness of breath, dry cough or chest tightness, the primary symptoms associated with the coronavirus—aren’t as severe as they were early on, stating that at its worst, “I was fatigued. I was not looking forward to getting out of bed. I had a headache right between the eyes. I was congested. I had body aches. My lower back was really hurting.” She is worried about having spread the illness to others when she was asymptomatic.

 

Also, the coronavirus is affecting the family of NBC/Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart, as his brother, U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) was one of two Congressmen to be diagnosed (along with Ben McAdams [D-UT]) in an announcement Wednesday, resulting in other Congressional members who had contact with the two House Reps. to self-quarantine. I don’t know if Jose decided to take time off from his anchoring duties at Telemundo in light of his brother’s diagnosis, but it would seem difficult to report on your own brother having been afflicted with a respiratory disease you have been reporting on for a few weeks.

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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!

 

 

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On 3/18/2020 at 12:38 PM, froyo49 said:

Here in Savannah, they’re not even bothering with spacing anchors all over the set. All 3 stations only have 1 news anchor per newscast. The only exception is WTOC’s local talk show Morning Break, which had 2 hosts at the main desk and one at a stand up area.
 

As for expanding newscasts, WTOC has expanded their existing half-hour 4pm news to a full hour, bumping Right This Minute to 1:30am. Further down Chatham Parkway, WJCL is not adding any news to their schedule. WSAV is following WNBC’s lead and they are live from 11pm-midnight. Unfortunately, their advertorial at 11:30am is still in place. They already have midday news at 11a, so they should expand it to a full hour.
 

Also, yesterday SAV rebroadcast last year’s St Pattys Day Parade since this year’s was cancelled for obvious reasons. I guess they didn’t want to give refunds to advertisers or something.

For the record, WTOC expanded their 4PM news to an hour like a month or so before this so the expansion is NOT related to COVID-19.

 

This is the report I put out about that back on February 15th: https://changingnewscasts.wordpress.com/2020/02/15/small-minor-newscast-changes-321/

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On 3/12/2020 at 4:04 PM, TheRolyPoly said:

Are channels changing too?

From this RBR article last Friday: 

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When the deal is done, KNSO-51 and KGMC-43 will still hold their virtual channels. But, KNSO’s digital channel will be the UHF facility as KGMC takes the VHF signal.

So that means after closing of the deal, callsigns, virtual channels and intellectual properties will be swapped. Both are basically switching sticks. 


Currently:

  • Telemundo - KNSO - Virtual Ch. 51 - RF 11 - Fac. ID 58608
  • Cocola - KGMC - Virtual Ch. 43 - RF 27 - Fac. ID 23302

Post-closing:

  • Cocola - KGMC - VC 43 - RF 11 - Fac. ID 58608
  • Telemundo - KNSO - VC 51 - RF 27 - Fac. ID 23302

OTA viewers would have to rescan their TVs to get Telemundo 51 on a superior UHF signal. And Estrella 43 will be on the VHF allotment.

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

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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.

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11 minutes ago, TheRob said:

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

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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.

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1 hour ago, TheRob said:

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

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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.

Wait, are you saying that Henrich can't come into the building on April 1 to start his new job?

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KGO is debuting ABC7 NEWS at 3 in a few minutes just like it’s sister station KABC which has already been having a 3pm newscast followed by World News Tonight and ABC7 NEWS at 4.

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On 3/17/2020 at 9:13 AM, tyrannical bastard said:

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?

The FCC appears to be going down this route. They have issued guidance opening up waivers of the 15% weekly programming time limit for stations operated under brokerage agreements to offer additional news programming they couldn’t run otherwise under current rules for as long as the pandemic is considered a national emergency.

 

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As a result, it said individual licensees can request a waiver if such added coverage could run afoul of ownership rules, and can even do so by email to expedite the process, the bureau said, a break with traditional process and a clear indication it is inclined to grant the waiver during the pandemic, though the bureau said it is still a fact-specific, case-by-case process. 

 

It also pointed out that the waivers would only last as long as the pandemic "remains a national emergency."

 

The bureau also said that licensees seeking a waiver "should describe how additional coverage would assist in providing community-specific information regarding COVID-19 and how such needs would be better met by allowing for the production of additional news and/or informational programming by the brokering station."

 

Also of note, WMC-TV has formed a partnership with Shelby County Schools (the district encompassing Memphis and its suburbs within the county to offer distance education telecourses for language arts/English, science and math for students from pre-K to 12th Grade on its 5.2 subchannel (relegating Bounce TV programming on that subchannel to nights and weekends mainly) starting today. This lasts likely until the district is able to either resume in-person classes or the calendar school year ends.

 

It’s interesting that the school district approached WMC to do this, since telecourses have historically been broadcast on PBS stations (like Memphis’ local PBS member station WKNO and nearby Mississippi Public Broadcasting and Arkansas PBS [fka Arkansas Educational Television Network]) and other non-commercial educational stations.

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1 hour ago, T.L. Hughes said:

It’s interesting that the school district approached WMC to do this

 

I thought the same thing... my opinion is that SCS's deputy chief of communications, former WMC reporter Jerica Phillips, may have played a role. Just a thought.

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Another programming note from Georgia. WSB produced a one hour town hall featuring the state's governor. All the stations in Atlanta teamed up to conduct interviews for the program. WSB talked with the governor first, WAGA spoke with a medical expert, WXIA had Atlanta's mayor, and WGCL interviewed the state's emergency management director. Univision's O&O and Georgia Public Broadcasting also participated. Near the end of the special, each interviewer asked the governor one question. The town hall was simulcast across the state on all commercial and public stations.  

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Two employees at CBS 46 (WGCL) tested positive for Covid 19

 

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Two unnamed CBS46 employees have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“Both individuals are doing well,” according to a CBS46 (WGCL-TV) statement released today. 

This past Saturday, the station broadcast its 6 p.m. newscast outside the building while “our cleaning crew deep cleaned the facility with CDC recommended cleaning products.” The CBS46 offices are on 14th Street just east of I-85 not far from Georgia Public Broadcasting. 

CBS46 declined to say who specifically has the virus, citing privacy issues. 

“We had already taken measures to operate with as few employees as possible onsite and the station and studio are cleaned twice daily per CDC guidelines,” the statement said. “Given our civic responsibility to the citizens of the Atlanta metropolitan area, WGCL CBS 46 will continue to provide news and information to the community.”

 

https://www.ajc.com/blog/radiotvtalk/cbs46-wgcl-has-two-employees-with-covid/rZZLzxfTs1NP1zRw90SifL/

 

 

 

 

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