ABC 36 anchors to follow social distancing standards


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Don’t adjust the television if it appears Tom Kenny, Veronica Jean Seltzer, Justin Roth, Erica Bivens, Cody Adams, Alyssa Andrews and other WTVQ news, sports and weather anchors aren’t as close as they used to be on the set.

TV stations, including WTVQ, are starting to get creative to encourage “social distancing” among their own teams — though some of these tweaks are more noticeable than others.

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“We started it this morning with Cody and Erica and Alyssa and it is continuing throughout the day,” WTVQ news director Sara Howard said.

“We are committed to the safety of our staff and want to do our part to demonstrate to the community some simple steps they can take to help prevent to spread of the coronavirus,” Howard continued.

“We don’t think our viewers will notice that much, but it is part of our commitment to the community. We want our staff on-air and healthy bringing our viewers all the news they need to protect themselves and their families,” Howard added.

That means crews are spacing themselves more and using different techniques to stand apart while delivering the news as smoothly as possible to viewers.

The changes are happening throughout the industry.

Monday morning, ABC’s “Good Morning America” sat anchors farther apart. “GMA” also used an augmented reality globe during its “headlines” segment at the top of the broadcast.