Broadcasters play a critical role in informing their viewers and listeners about COVID-19 and other matters of public safety. The GAB wants to make sure we help you fulfill this role in any way possible. This page is your go-to resource for broadcasters related to COVID-19 and we will update it continuously. The page includes information about preparing stations and employees, links to resources for newsrooms regarding coverage, links to critical information sources, and the NAB Coronavirus Response Tool Kit.
The National Association of Broadcasters has provided new COVID-19 PSA’s that the GAB encourages you to air on your stations. You may choose to replace the old PSA”s with these, or simply add the new ones into your rotation. Please click the links below to access the radio and/or TV PSA’s.
Local Broadcast Sales is offering FREE webinars for GAB members.
What’s Your COVID-19 Strategy?
How to Work From Home
COVID-19: Be the Best in Your Market (including LIVE Q&A from Broadcasters) – Parts 1-7
Broadcast Sellers Can Be Sales Leaders During an Unsettled Economy (including LIVE Q&A from Broadcasters) – Parts 1-11
The Survival Marketing Workshop (including LIVE Q&A from Broadcasters) – Parts 1-9
FREE to RAB members – New webinars are available this week!
RAB’s Professional Development team has prepared new useful and timely webinars to keep sellers and marketers as informed as possible during these unprecedented times. Click on the titles of each webinar to register.
Remember, if you cannot make any of the live webinars, you can always view them on demand for free. Stay tuned for more RAB webinars. Please click the link below for a full list of RAB webinars.
The FCC has developed a COVID-19 scams page that includes tips to assist consumers with protecting themselves and their loved ones. The guide includes scam audio and a sample text hoax that was circulating. The FCC will continue to update the page as we learn about new COVID-19 scams. Please click the button below to access this page.
The FCC released a Public Notice on Friday, March 27th announcing that they are giving stations more time in which to upload their Quarterly Issues Programs lists to their online public file and to file their first Annual Children’s Television Report. The Quarterly Issues Programs list are required to be uploaded to the online public inspection file of all full-power stations every quarter – and would normally be required to be in the public file by April 10. While urging stations to upload those lists as soon as possible, the Commission has given stations until July 10 (when the next quarter’s lists will be due) to upload this quarter’s report. So the two reports could be uploaded at the same time. Please click the button below to view the full Public Notice.
The DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has provided Access and Fuel letters regarding COVID-19. These may be used to help facilitate access to your studios and transmitters. On page 14 of the “Executive Order FAQ’s” pgae you can find information from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp about the communication and broadcast industry.
The National Association of Broadcasters has provided a Coronavirus Response Toolkit. Inside this kit you’ll find:
- Broadcast Ready PSA’s for TV and Radio
- Editorial Guidelines
- Station Operation Resources
The GAB encourages you to take full advantage of these resources and asks that you consider running these very important PSA’s on your stations. Click the button below to access this tool kit.
The CDC offers free resources including video, fact sheets, and posters. Click the button below to access current communication tools and resources available for use and distribution on your stations.
On Thursday, March 19, 2020 the Federal Communications Commission issued a Public Notice to provide television broadcast stations with guidance on shared news gathering related to coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. The notice contains important information about the filing requirements. Please click the button below to read the full Public Notice.
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The Georgia News Network (GNN) is providing hourly updates on the Corona Virus in Georgia. Given the nature of this crisis’ impact on the state, stations that are not GNN affiliates are allowed to carry these reports. Reports are available as follows:
M-F: 556a – 656p
Sat: 656a – 656p
Sun: 12:56p – 656p
Via XDS: on the usual GNN news channel (left channel)
Click the button below for the affiliate FTP download:
filename: Georgia Coronavirus Special Report
GNN OnDemand – www.frn.com/gnnondemand – in the “Newscasts” section