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NBC News has decided to shelve live content for the 9 and 10 a.m. hours of Today show going forward. The 10 a.m. hour suspended its live studio audience beginning last Thursday, and the network announced early Monday morning that a staffer from the preceding hour had tested positive for the virus.
According to Variety, the 9-11 a.m. time period will feature taped taped segments, while co-anchors Al Roker and Craig Melvin remain at home.
Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will continue to anchor the flagship’s 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. newscast, and then provide a live news update at 9 a.m. before the program moves into taped content.
Roker and Melvin, who are key members in both the 7 a.m . and 9 a.m. broadcasts, will not return to NBC News’ New York headquarters for the foreseeable future.