Tegna teams with Facebook, Weather Channel for solar eclipse coverage


With the nation in the grips of solar eclipse fever, Tegna is teaming with The Weather Channel’s digital properties to provide nationwide coverage of the event on Aug. 21.

Tegna is also partnering with Facebook to provide a live stream of the eclipse on Facebook Live, as well as coverage from WBIR, Tegna’s station in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Tegna said seven of its stations are well positioned to view the eclipse: KGW in Portland, Oregon; KTVB in Boise, Idaho; KUSA in Denver, Colorado; KSDK in St. Louis, Missouri; WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee; and WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina. Special coverage from those stations will be featured on weather.com, on The Weather Channel app and across social media.

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Among the coverage plans, KGW intends to have a crew on a plane over the Pacific Ocean to film views of the eclipse; KTVB will produce a 2-hour television special; and KSDK will be live in Carbondale, Illinois, at a NASA official viewing location.

“We are thrilled to be working with The Weather Channel to bring Tegna’s compelling and unique eclipse content to a worldwide audience across platforms,” said Ellen Crooke, vice president of news at Tegna, in a statement. “The eclipse will directly pass through several Tegna communities, from Oregon to South Carolina, and we will be there every step of the way, offering our audiences insightful, meaningful and innovative coverage of this once-in-a-lifetime event like no other local broadcaster can.”

Tegna is planning to offer “dedicated, relevant and enhanced coverage on-air, on their website and mobile apps” from all its stations on Aug. 21.