Category: March 2020

Essential Planning for Broadcasters Facing Coronavirus Restrictions on Access to Facilities and News Events

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP With more and more states, municipalities, and other authorities issuing shelter-in-place warnings or other restrictions on travel, and with more station facilities likely to be closed temporarily because of exposure to the COVID-19 virus, broadcasters need to be planning on how to continue to operate their facilities in the… read more

Station Operations During Stay at Home

On March 23, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a Stay-At-Home order for our state due to the coronavirus emergency.  The Stay-At-Home order does not affect those deemed “critical infrastructure workers,” who may continue working – and that includes “communications and information technology” – under which is listed news media. Many stations having non-essential employees work… read more

Governor Whitmer Issues Stay Home Order

In response to the current COVID-19 emergency, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer today (3/23) issued Executive Order #2020-21, which orders a temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.  This order takes effect on March 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., and continues through April 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The… read more

Michigan Public TV Stations Offer Help to Kids and Families

Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) television stations are offering up their 24-hour PBS KIDS channels and have special tips for parents about how to keep children learning while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fun and educational K-12 content is offered on-air and on-line for through local Public Television stations. Programs are… read more

DHS Site Access Letters for Michigan Broadcasters

On March 19, the MAB distributed letters to stations from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber-Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).  The letters are a precaution with the current COVID-19 emergency and grants broadcasters access to studio and transmitter facilities in the event of a shelter-in-place order or road closures.  One letter addresses access, the… read more