NEW YORK — Nobody’s hoping for clear skies in New York today more than the staff at “CBS This Morning,” which is broadcasting its entire two-hour show from the new 102nd floor observation deck at One World Trade Center.
It’s an important booking for the show hosted by Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose, where things are looking up in its competition with ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today” show.
The observation deck at the New York City skyscraper, the tallest in the United States, opens to the public May 29.
“I went up there last week for a set visit and it’s just spectacular,” said Chris Licht, executive producer of the CBS show.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and CNN’s Anderson Cooper are scheduled guests.
CBS ran some fiber optic line to ensure it can transmit a live broadcast signal from the space and will import a replica of the desk that the morning hosts sit at in their 57th Street studio, Licht said. Considering the location, it wasn’t otherwise a major technical challenge, he said.
Looking out from the observation deck, “it felt like the period at the end of the sentence of the rebuild of downtown” following the 2001 terrorist attack that destroyed the original World Trade Center towers, he said.