Signs of the deepening recession are everywhere at the summer 2009 Television Critics Association tour, which began yesterday.
Many long-time members aren't here because they have lost their newspaper jobs during the last few months. Others are missing because, although they are still employed, the TCA trip has been cut from their budgets. Among the former, several are here only because they have generated enough freelance income to cover the expense of the tour. Among the latter, some have chosen to foot the bill out of their own pockets so as not to miss this all-important event.
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