CBS News getting NYC broadcast center back up and running
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The network closed most of the facility after four employees tested positive for coronavirus earlier in the week.
During that time, CBS had cleaning crews working to sanitize the workspaces and studios.
The building was somewhat reopened over the weekend for people who are essential to broadcast operations (a job that likely can’t be done from home).
“CBS This Morning Saturday” was produced from Studio 57 in NYC after the network moved its weekday editions to Washington, D.C. March 12 and 13.
However, as co-anchors Jeff Glor, Michelle Miller and Dana Jacobson, noted at the top of March 14’s broadcast, the broadcast was being produced with a “limited” crew and many editorial staffers were still working remotely.
Like many networks, weekend editions tend to be pared back a bit from a production value standpoint, so it’s a bit tricky to distinguish what elements were a result of reduced staffing due to the virus versus a weekend crew.
However, “CBS This Morning Saturday” did not appear to have any handheld camera shots, for example, and also eliminated the use of “walk and wander” and “video on video” shots using Studio 57’s video walls, using fullscreen graphics instead.
Meanwhile, NBC News opted to originate its March 14 edition from Washington because two of its three named co-anchors are based there (and the third is out).
Miller did have to travel between D.C. and NYC as she anchored weekday “CBS This Morning” March 12 and 13 from Washington, filling in for Gayle King, as well as March 14.