CBS is once again tapping anchors from its local station across the country to help out WCBS in New York.
It’s been determined that the CBS Broadcast Center on the West Side of Manhattan, which houses CBS News, WCBS, CBS Sports and other entities, is not yet safe to work from. Six CBS employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
In a memo to staff this morning, obtained by TVNewser, CBS News president Susan Zirinsky wrote, “In an abundance of caution, ViacomCBS is temporarily moving operations out of the Broadcast Center/555 Building and diversifying locations.”
The station’s 5 p.m. news is being anchored by DeMarco Morgan, the morning anchor at KCBS. WCBS’s 5 and 11 p.m. anchor Kristine Johnson had returned to the anchor the news Sunday night, but tweeted a short time ago that colleagues from the across the country will again be filling in.
For our health and safety, our @CBSLA friends will anchor our broadcasts for the next few days. We are all still here, still working, still your @CBSNewYork family. We appreciate your understanding and loyalty. @mauriceduboistv @DanaTylerTV pic.twitter.com/mIxzBIxy8u
— Kristine Johnson (@kjohnsononair) March 18, 2020
WCBS reporters are still in the field covering the increase of infections, and what’s being done about it, in the nation’s largest TV market which includes New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.