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Emily Chang: What It’s Like to Film a TV Show During a Pandemic

Coming to you live in sweatpants and slippers. 

Emily Chang, left, with Bloomberg Technology studio producer Mallory Abelhouzen.
Emily Chang, left, with Bloomberg Technology studio producer Mallory Abelhouzen.Source: Emily Chang/Bloomberg

Hi friends, it’s Emily Chang, your Bloomberg Technology anchor who’s six months into hosting a live daily show from home, with four kids and remote school. This has been the most frustrating, challenging, but also rewarding time. I want it to end immediately and go on forever. Where do I start?

The pandemic has upended television production as we know it, taking swathes of shows off the air indefinitely, forcing hosts to beam in from living room studios and raising the stakes for working from home. Like many working parents, I know there’s nothing more ominous than the soft “tap, tap, tap” of a small child on the door in the middle of an important call or presentation. But for me, there’s the added anxiety that it’s happening during live television, and maybe in an interview with Bill Gates or Sheryl Sandberg.