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.
Local Broadcast Sales is offering FREE webinars for GAB members.
April 14th- Noon ET
“Broadcasters Can Be Sales Leaders During an Unsettled Economy”
Local broadcast sellers nationwide have a chance to be recognized for their leadership, outstanding achievements, and nobility in the midst of economic chaos. Local stations need productive sellers now more than ever. This session will cover some steps that you’ve likely been doing and will add a few additional thoughts to help you navigate and be the consummate professional for your station and clients. Don’t miss this one!
Presented by: Mark Levy, LBS Broadcast Selling Expert and President of Revenue Development Resources
Excellence in Adversity
LBS Creative Expert Tim Burt addresses the uncertainty that abounds as our local markets deal with the sudden onset of COVID-19 and what broadcast sellers can do to excel in the midst of it!
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.
On Thursday, April 2, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed an executive order for a statewide shelter in place. Governor Kemp also released a frequently asked questions document that Georgia broadcasters and their audiences might find helpful. Please click the buttons below to access them.
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.
Here at the GAB, we are a broadcasting association of all shapes and sizes. Even if your business has the comfort of financial security right now, you undoubtedly work with many small business advertisers in Arizona that may be in need of urgent help to stay afloat. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. Click the button below for more information and to apply.
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.
Need help with crisis coverage? Sign up for free, real-time chats with Poynter experts. They are available to help in 3o-minute video sessions covering the topics you need help with now. The training sessions are free but attendance is limited. Click the button below for more information and to sign up.
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