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If you thought being a multimedia journalist was a tough enough juggling act, try spending a few hours at the anchor’s desk of Fox’s LiveNOW streaming channel.
In addition to anchoring, LiveNOW’s hosts serve as their own producer and director, teeing up the next story while they’re still reporting the first one, steadily operating a tricaster just below the camera’s eye like a musician all the while.
In this Talking TV conversation, Andrew Craft, a senior digital journalist with LiveNOW out of its Phoenix hub at Fox’s KSAZ, explains how he’s honed his news DJing skills over the past two years. He shares how he’s become hooked on the rush of live news multitasking and the skills he’s found necessary to pull it off.
Episode transcript below, edited for clarity.
Michael Depp: LiveNOW is Fox Television Stations’ 24/7 digital streaming news channel run out of Fox’s newsrooms in Phoenix and Orlando. It essentially DJs news content from across the group continuously with over 100 hours of live programing a week.
In just a few years, LiveNOW has picked up a long and growing list of FAST distribution partners including Tubi, Samsung TV+, Roku Channel, Amazon News, Freevee, Vizio, Xumo, Fubo, YouTube and Fox Nation. Fox is not hiding this channel from viewers, lord knows.
I’m Michael Depp, editor of TVNewsCheck, and this is Talking TV. My guest today is Andrew Craft, a senior digital journalist with LiveNOW out of Phoenix. Andrew’s job is to anchor, produce and