The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing networks to reinvent TV election coverage, Chicago Tribune

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing networks to reinvent TV election coverage

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing networks to reinvent TV election coverage

In the 72 years that television has covered national elections, there has been one constant on the screen — wall-to-wall people. Jammed nominating convention halls and flesh-pressing rallies are the signature images of every presidential campaign. Election night — the Super Bowl for TV news organizations — is a marathon vote-counting jam session where anchors, reporters and commentators flow through the studios into the wee hours of the But those scenes familiar to political junkies will be obliterated by the coronavirus crisis that has upended every aspect of American life. Social distancing has already changed the look of TV news, as many journalists have been broadcasting from their homes since mid-March, and it will drastically alter how viewers experience coverage of the 2020 race for the White House as it heads into the home stretch. “It’s all going to look a lot different without us even knowing what different is going to look like,” said Rick Klein, political director for ABC News. Calibrating the number of personnel needed to cover events while being mindful of health protocols has become the focus of TV news executives as they try to plan for what they consider the most consequential presidential election in

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