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KTRK weekday 3:00 and 6:30 p.m. anchor Chauncy Glover announced Thursday that he has tested positive for coronavirus and is under self-quarantine.

 

The disclosure from his Facebook account:

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For days I anchored the news telling viewers about Coronavirus, also known as Covid19. I talked about new cases and gave viewers detailed info on how to stay safe. Last week I had to take my own advice after waking up in the middle of the night disoriented, in a horrible sweat. I had a tightening in my chest, was hot with a temp of 101 and had horrible body aches. I called my doctor. I did a virtual visit with a specialist. That doctor referred me to get tested for Covid19. I self quarantined as I awaited my results. A week later, I got the call saying I tested positive for the Coronavirus. I’m now home recovering. Thankfully, I’m feeling better, and through the worst part. I’m so blessed. God was with me. He always is! Please take this seriously friends. Stay home, take care of yourselves and if you’re showing symptoms—CALL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY.

Love y’all.

 

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Houston's NBC 2 (KPRC) has hired NBC 5 (KXAS) Anchor/Report Kris Gutierrez to succeed the now retired Bill Balleza as the main anchor for The Channel 2 News at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00pm. Kris is no stranger to KPRC, he worked at the NBC station from 2003-07. His first day as the new anchor is next week (March 30th).

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Random question, not sure if this is the right place to post. When it comes to 30 Rock's NBC operations, I noticed there's no satellite dishes on the top of the building, just the doppler. Is everything fibered or microwaved in from another location? I noticed CNBC in New Jersey has quite the dish farm at their facilities, maybe microwaved in from there? Many thanks. 

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FBN has terminated Trish Regan after her comments that the coronavirus was an attempt to impeach the president. What a full from grace for her.

 

 

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19 hours ago, froyo49 said:

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.  

 

When I saw the listings, it was on those four plus WATL, WUPA and GPB Radio.

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Longtime reporter Bob Allen retired from KDKA-TV 2 today at the end of the 6:00 newscast.

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2 hours ago, MorningNews said:

FBN has terminated Trish Regan after her comments that the coronavirus was an attempt to impeach the president. What a full from grace for her.

 

At the risk of sounding speculative, bank on Newsmax to almost certainly pick her up.

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52 minutes ago, TSSZNews said:

 

At the risk of sounding speculative, bank on Newsmax to almost certainly pick her up.

Only if One America doesn't snatch her up first!

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2 hours ago, TSSZNews said:

 

At the risk of sounding speculative, bank on Newsmax to almost certainly pick her up.

I’ve always been skeptical that someone like that really believe 100% of what they say...
 

Is she really Actually that much of a conservative that she believes in virus as impeachment ploy Or could she have been faking it because that’s where she was and what that audience wants to hear?

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1 hour ago, ns8401 said:

I’ve always been skeptical that someone like that really believe 100% of what they say...
 

Is she really Actually that much of a conservative that she believes in virus as impeachment ploy Or could she have been faking it because that’s where she was and what that audience wants to hear?

My thoughts as well. She was a perfectly competent anchor at CNBC and Bloomberg so I'm not sure where she went off the deep end.

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6 hours ago, TheRolyPoly said:

When I saw the listings, it was on those four plus WATL, WUPA and GPB Radio.

Yeah. It aired live at 8pm on every commercial and public station in the whole state of Georgia, according to WSB. 

 

I wonder if other states would be willing to copy this format. Apparently according to FTV, Oklahoma had a televised statewide prayer session, but I'm not sure if that counts. I could see New York doing this, considering they have about half the cases in the US. Then again, I don't think the networks are keen on preempting an hour of primetime in the largest market with no ads, but maybe I'm just being cynical.

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There's a surprise in the Univision sale filing: because some of the owners have attributable interests in WAPA, they are divesting third-rated WLII and not ninth-rated WSTE.

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Searchlight, which will hold an attributable interest in Univision after consummation of the Transaction, and funds affiliated with Searchlight and ultimately controlled by Eric Zinterhofer and Andrew Frey have an attributable interest in Hemisphere, parent entity of the licensee of WAPA-TV.  WAPA-TV is the top-rated station in Puerto Rico. Univision currently owns WLII-DT, which is ranked third, and WSTE-DT, which is ranked ninth.  Purchasers intend to divest WLII-DT and its two satellite stations, WSUR-DT and WOLE-DT. An application effectuating that divestiture will be filed promptly once divestiture plans are finalized. Accordingly, as discussed in Sections I and III above, following consummation of the Transaction, for purposes of the local television ownership rule, there would be overlapping attributable ownership interests in WAPA-TV (the top-rated station) and WSTE-DT (the ninth-rated station).  According to the attached BIA Puerto Rico Market Report, there are 18 independently owned and operating, full-power commercial and noncommercial TV stations in the Puerto Rico DMA.  Accordingly, Purchasers can hold attributable ownership interests in WSTE-DT consistent with the local television ownership rule.

 

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Happy Birthday to Demetrius Obilor former KLAS and WFAA traffic reporter turns 29 today.

 

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On 3/28/2020 at 10:47 AM, Samantha said:

There's a surprise in the Univision sale filing: because some of the owners have attributable interests in WAPA, they are divesting third-rated WLII and not ninth-rated WSTE.

 

I wonder if the sale includes the Uni affiliation, or will they just move it to WSTE.

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I have a strong feeling one of the Wgcl employees that tested positive for Covid 19 is Rick Folbaum, he hasn't been on TV in quite some time. 

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Circle City Broadcasting has struck an agreement with the Family Broadcasting Corporation (the former LeSEA Broadcasting) to simulcast WISH-TV’s newscasts on religious-secular independent WHME/South Bend starting April 6. Family Broadcasting’s flagship station will carry around 60 hours per week of WISH’s newscasts, though exactly which ones will be carried and which ones will be exempted have not been immediately specified.

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4 hours ago, T.L. Hughes said:

Circle City Broadcasting has struck an agreement with the Family Broadcasting Corporation (the former LeSEA Broadcasting) to simulcast WISH-TV’s newscasts on religious-secular independent WHME/South Bend starting April 6. Family Broadcasting’s flagship station will carry around 60 hours per week of WISH’s newscasts, though exactly which ones will be carried and which ones will be exempted have not been immediately specified.

 

Thanks for letting me know, T.L. but I'll be waiting for which ones hit the airvwaves before I report anything on it. Its critical to get it right.

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Expanding news in KC. WDAF is adding a half hour at 5 p.m. Saturdays because of no sports, and KSHB is adding a 3 p.m. newscast. They recently made their 10 p.m. an hour too.

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32 minutes ago, MidwestTV said:

Expanding news in KC. WDAF is adding a half hour at 5 p.m. Saturdays because of no sports, and KSHB is adding a 3 p.m. newscast. They recently made their 10 p.m. an hour too.

WDAF already had a Saturday 5:00 p.m. newscast; the more frequent sports preemptions on Saturdays caused by Fox in the past few years effectively placed it on an inconsistent hiatus (I believed it still aired on the few recent occasions when Fox didn’t have a sports event running in early access; previously, it would be delayed to 6:00 if there was no sports scheduled during that hour).

 

Also, TV listings I looked at for WDAF (including its Zap2It-powered listings on the station’s website) show it as running for one hour, the length its 5:00 p.m. news had been airing on all seven days of the week since the 1994 NBC-to-Fox switch.

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We tacked on a half-hour to the already hour-long 5:00 Saturday news, so it's 90 minutes now.

 

I think you'll see a lot of stretching of the news with syndication drying up and sports on hiatus and companies looking for every possible point to insert political ads.

 

We went through furloughs in 2009, and I wouldn't be surprised if the TV companies issued furloughs later this year too.

 

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Ginger Zee seems to indicate she has mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19, but can't get a test.

 

https://twitter.com/Ginger_Zee/status/1244945406599053317

 

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On 3/27/2020 at 10:40 PM, RGSJenkins said:

Well whatever the case is or was, FOX told to her to...

 

"Guess, what, Trish? YOU'RE THE M*********N IMPROPER INFLUENCE!" 😂😂😂

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