Sandra Smith, co-anchor of America’s Newsroom on Fox News Channel, has been working remotely from home since last week with what she said was a minimal staff — all using Clorox wipes and disinfectant pumps. While the experience has been different without the flurry of activity in studio, “what’s not different is we are three hours of breaking news in the middle of a pandemic. … I’ve been very thankful that we’ve been able to continue anchoring in this way, because it keeps everybody safe, not just me but my crew and my team,” she said.
Dokoupil’s co-anchoring of CBS This Morning still requires a camera operator and sound technician, who wear booties, masks and gloves, but Tur is solo in her afternoon setup.
When they started with the arrangement this week, they very quickly began ribbing each other over the experience on Twitter and in a joint interview.
“I get to enjoy the princely sensation of being like ‘Honey, can you bring me this? Honey can you bring me that?’ ” Dokoupil said as Tur took on some of the chores of a producer and production assistant, like printing scripts and making coffee. But several hours later, the roles were reversed — and Dokoupil says he learned that his wife likes her studio water at room temperature.
Right before Dokoupil goes live, he said he’s been singing from the Wayne’s World soundtrack.
The network had moved production CBS This Morning to the Ed Sullivan Theater on March 19, after employees tested positive for coronavirus. Then, on Monday, the anchors announced that they were separating into different locations.
It’s made some difference.
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