My point is that there's still a bunch of people crowded into galleries and edit suites and control rooms and so on to make these programmes happen. You're not reducing any travel by building a studio in some presenters front room. Setting a load of kit up, even if it's only for an hour, that's still a bunch of people who didn't otherwise need to travel around and go into peoples home's, and as for having a crew sitting in a truck outside, that's even worse.
This isn't being done because studios are closing, or because there's not enough staff to run a normal service. It's being done because the networks want the optics of "look, I'm staying at home". In itself, that's not necessarily a bad thing, but don't mistake it for a contingency plan. It's extra work and extra travel at a time when we're being told not to do that.
I don't work at NBC but another major broadcaster, and I'm surprised at how much we've been able to accomplish at home. Amazon WorkSpace has allowed us to set up any computer as a virtual company machine. It's a little sluggish, but it gets the job done.
Right now, almost all of our writers and web staff are at home. About half of our producers are at home, and the producers who are in the building just booth the newscast after them. Technical directors are coding from home, so there's only one director in the booth. Some editors are at home (and honestly their edit bays are probably safer places to be than most spots in the newsroom anyway). The only thing that we haven't been able to scale back is the photographers – they still have to go out and gather of what is still happening out in the streets. Also, everyone who is not working from home is getting a hazard pay differential, so it's not just for the on-air optics.
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