‘Today’ goes to tape for most of its 9 and 10 a.m. hours

NBC News‘ venerable “Today” switched to airing taped segments for its third and fourth hours amid coronavirus concerns.

The show was live from 7 to 9 a.m. eastern Tuesday, March 17, 2020 as normal.

Meanwhile, the start of the 10 and 11 a.m. eastern hours featured new opening segments before taking a break and cutting to taped segments with “previously recorded” bugs.

There was a big giveaway that the segments were taped — Craig Melvin, Al Roker and Jenna Bush Hager all appeared in the taped segments the network used.

Melvin and Roker are self isolating after a colleague tested positive for the virus — and Hager is out.

Like other networks, NBC is running “Today” with minimal staff in the studio, control room and newsroom while most other staffers are working remotely.