TV networks prepare for tentpole programs to go ahead without live audiences

Network Ten programs including Dancing With The Stars, Studio 10, Australian Survivor: All Stars Reunion and The Project will go ahead without an audience as TV networks take precautionary measures in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Seven programs, including the upcoming Australia’s Got Talent, will also proceed without crowds, however smaller formats, such as AFL panel program The Front Bar is planning to go ahead with an audience.

A number of programs will record without live audiences over the coming months

“In terms of live studio audiences, it’s case by case. AGT will not have a live studio audience, while the Front Bar has a more modest sized audience (not comprising general public). On Sunrise, there’s a small number of regulars who will be in studio, but all other guests will be remote,” a Seven spokesperson told Mumbrella.

Mumbrella understands Nine’s pre-recorded shows which feature audience members, including Millionaire Hot Seat and The Voice, have been communicating with crowds about symptoms and recent travel to flagged countries.

Nine acknowledged it was a fast-moving situation and it, like all businesses, will continue to be guided by government and health authorities.

In addition, Network Ten has asked employees to work from home from Monday as a precautionary measure, however a spokesperson clarified some staff will need to come in so productions can continue.

“As a precautionary measure, Viacom CBS has asked that all employees work from home until further notice,” the spokesperson said.

“To ensure our broadcast and critical commercial activities remain unaffected, a minimal number of Network Ten employees will continue to come into the office.

“There have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases at any Network 10 office.

“By enabling our employees to work at home, it reduces their risk of exposure and contributes to the overall safety of the broader community by reducing the number of people commuting and travelling.

“The safety and well-being of our employees continues to be our number one priority.”


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