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RIP: John Slattery - Posted 5 days, 8 hours ago
Some terrible news. Just hours after filing a story for last night's WCBS-TV Channel 2 broadcasts, the station's veteran news reporter John Slattery passed away. From Larry McShane's ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

RIP: John Slattery - Posted 5 days, 8 hours ago
Some terrible news. Just hours after filing a story for last night's WCBS-TV Channel 2 broadcasts, the station's veteran news reporter John Slattery passed away. From Larry McShane's ... [FishbowlNY]

Joan Hamburg Returns to New York Radio Airwaves - Posted September 19, 2014
Fans of Joan Hamburg were very unhappy with WOR 710 AM when the station unceremoniously dumped her earlier this year, without the chance to do a farewell show. But after a summer recharging, the veteran radio personality has returned. ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Joan Hamburg Returns to New York Radio Airwaves - Posted September 19, 2014
Fans of Joan Hamburg were very unhappy with WOR 710 AM when the station unceremoniously dumped her earlier this year, without the chance to do a farewell show. But after a summer recharging, the veteran radio personality has returned. ... [FishbowlNY]

WABC Colleagues Will #NeverForget Engineer Donald DiFranco - Posted September 11, 2014
There remains a prominent place in the 9/11 anniversary thoughts of ABC 7 anchor Bill Ritter and station colleagues for the late Donald DiFranco. Here for example is how Ritter remembered DiFranco in a 2010 anniversary essay, re-published this week on the station's website: ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

WABC Colleagues Will #NeverForget Engineer Donald DiFranco - Posted September 11, 2014
There remains a prominent place in the 9/11 anniversary thoughts of ABC 7 anchor Bill Ritter and station colleagues for the late Donald DiFranco. Here for example is how Ritter remembered DiFranco in a 2010 anniversary essay, re-published this week on the station's website: ... [FishbowlNY]

Larry Mendte Returns to New York Airwaves, This Time on Radio - Posted July 23, 2014
Larry Mendte, who was last seen doing commentary on New York CW affiliate WPIX, has a new show on WABC radio. "The Larry Mendte Show... [SocialTimes.com]

Larry Mendte Returns to New York Airwaves, This Time on Radio - Posted July 23, 2014
Larry Mendte, who was last seen doing commentary on New York CW affiliate WPIX, has a new show on WABC radio. "The Larry Mendte Show... [TVSpy]

ABC News on Apple TV Goes Local - Posted June 24, 2014
Lost Remote reports on ABC News' Apple TV launch this morning, which in addition to a variety of national and global news content, offers some local news flavor. The new Apple TV product, which launched this morning at 10amET, offers a local news section, which showcases top video-on-demand clips from some of... [TVSpy]

WABC Salutes Retiring Reporter Art McFarland - Posted May 21, 2014
Art McFarland is retiring from New York ABC owned station WABC after 31 years there and the station posted pictures of a celebration it had in his honor on its facebook page. "Celebrati... [SocialTimes.com]

WABC Salutes Retiring Reporter Art McFarland - Posted May 21, 2014
Art McFarland is retiring from New York ABC owned station WABC after 31 years there and the station posted pictures of a celebration it had in his honor on its facebook page. "Celebrati... [TVSpy]

NYC Stations Cover 9/11 Museum Dedication - Posted May 15, 2014
President Barack Obama, survivors and victims' families gathered this morning at the site of the 9/11 attacks for the dedication of the National September 11 Museum. With the exception of Fox-owned WNYW, stations in New York City provided special coverage of the dedication ceremony, which began shortly after 10 a.m. Bill Ritter... [TVSpy]

How Stations in NYC and DC Reported on the Aereo Supreme Court Arguments - Posted April 23, 2014
Stations around the country reported last night on the Aereo Supreme Court case, which has the potential to drastically upend the television industry. Broadcasters -- including NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS and Univision, which own many local stations -- faced off against the streaming TV service yesterday in oral arguments in front... [TVSpy]

After Climbing Mount Everest, WABC's Diana Williams Reports on Avalanche From Katmandu - Posted April 18, 2014
After climbing Mount Everest earlier this week, WABC anchor Diana Williams -- who is now in Katmandu -- is reporting on the massive avalanche for the ABC-owned station. The avalanche that swept the slopes has left 12 Sherpa guides dead and four more missing. "It's a terrible tragedy and I just feel... [TVSpy]

NYC Stations Cover East Harlem Explosion - Posted March 12, 2014
Stations in New York City spent several hours this morning covering a building explosion in East Harlem that caused the death of at least two people. ABC-owned WABC was the first to report the news, breaking in to "Live! With Kelly and Michael" at 9:43 a.m. Ken Rosato and ... [SocialTimes.com]

NYC Stations Cover East Harlem Explosion - Posted March 12, 2014
Stations in New York City spent several hours this morning covering a building explosion in East Harlem that caused the death of at least two people. ABC-owned WABC was the first to report the news, breaking in to "Live! With Kelly and Michael" at 9:43 a.m. Ken Rosato and ... [TVSpy]

WABC Anchor Uses Dying Cat to Promote Show - Posted March 7, 2014
WABC anchor Bill Ritter does an instagram video everyday to promote the New York ABC owned station's newscast. He and his co-anchor ... [TVSpy]

What Are Local Stations Covering? - Posted February 18, 2014
This week we took a look at the nation's #1 market, New York, where the talk was all about, you guessed it, snow. ... [TVSpy]

WABC Misspells Philip Seymour Hoffman's Name in Tweet - Posted February 7, 2014
Small spelling error on the WABC Twitter feed this afternoon: The tweet has since been deleted. ... [TVSpy]

WABC Reporter Nearly Run Over by Truck During Live Shot - Posted February 4, 2014
WABC reporter Kristin Thorne was just about to start her live report as part of the New York ABC owned station's team coverage of the most recent snowfall to hit the area when she was almost hit by a large truck. The driver honked his/her horn b... [TVSpy]

Four ABC Owned Stations Pick Up Rachael Ray Show - Posted February 3, 2014
Starting this Fall, CBS Television Distribution's Rachael Ray show will air on seven of eight ABC owned stations. The show will make the switch from CBS owned stations in Los Angeles (... [TVSpy]

Debra O'Connell Promoted to President of ABC National Sales for Owned Stations - Posted January 23, 2014
Debra O'Connell has been promoted to president of ABC National Sales, succeeding John Watkins who ... [TVSpy]

Air Guitarist Videobombs WABC Live Shot - Posted January 22, 2014
Tuesday night was cold and snowy in New York City, but that didn't stop a dedicated air guitarist from videobombing a WABC live shot during the storm (watch above).... [TVSpy]

Pat Kiernan to Host WABC Radio Show - Posted January 2, 2014
Pat Kiernan, on our shortlist of Best New Yorkers Ever (also included: ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Pat Kiernan to Host WABC Radio Show - Posted January 2, 2014
Pat Kiernan, on our shortlist of Best New Yorkers Ever (also included: ... [FishbowlNY]

Morning Media Newsfeed: Re/code Launches | MSNBC Host Apologizes | WABC Shifts Format - Posted January 2, 2014
[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly] Click here to receive Mediabistro's Morning Media Newsfeed via email. ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Morning Media Newsfeed: Re/code Launches | MSNBC Host Apologizes | WABC Shifts Format - Posted January 2, 2014
[emailonly]{{{ sbox300x250 }}}[/emailonly] Click here to receive Mediabistro's Morning Media Newsfeed via email. ... [FishbowlNY]

ABC News' Rob Nelson Joining WABC as Weekend Morning Anchor - Posted November 26, 2013
ABC News correspondent Rob Nelson is joining WABC, the ABC owned station in New York City, TVSpy has confirmed. According to a memo from WABC news director ... [SocialTimes.com]

ABC News' Rob Nelson Joining WABC as Weekend Morning Anchor - Posted November 26, 2013
ABC News correspondent Rob Nelson is joining WABC, the ABC owned station in New York City, TVSpy has confirmed. According to a memo from WABC news director ... [TVSpy]

Phil Lipof Joins WCVB From WABC - Posted October 29, 2013
Phil Lipof is joining WCVB, Hearst's ABC affiliate in Boston, as an anchor and reporter. The Boston native comes from WA... [TVSpy]

New York Stations Cover One-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy - Posted October 25, 2013
With the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy around the corner, local stations in New York are producing special coverage looking back at the storm and its aftermath. NY1 has been covering the upcoming anniversary throughout the week with a series of special reports. The channel will air hourlong specials on both Saturda... [TVSpy]

Disney Reportedly Thinking About Selling Local Stations - Posted October 18, 2013
The New York Post is reporting the Walt Disney Company is looking into selling its eight owned and operated stations. With station groups like Sinclair Broadcasting buying up local stations left and... [TVSpy]

Disney Reportedly Thinking About Selling Local Stations - Posted October 18, 2013
The New York Post is reporting the Walt Disney Company is looking into selling its eight owned and operated stations. With station groups like Sinclair Broadcasting buying up local stations left and... [SocialTimes.com]

Chicago Station Plans Return to 'Eyewitness News' Brand - Posted October 17, 2013
Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports ABC owned Chicago station WLS will once again brand itself as "Eyewitness News." Feder said the "Eyewi... [TVSpy]

WABC Meteorologist, Wife Have Conflicting Versions of Domestic Dispute - Posted June 19, 2013
WABC meteorologist Bill Evans and his wife, Dana Evans, have conflicting versions of the ev... [TVSpy]

WABC Meteorologist and Wife Charged with Assault and Disorderly Conduct - Posted June 17, 2013
Our sister site FishbowlNY reports Bill Evans, meteorologist for the New York ... [TVSpy]

Bill Evans and Wife Charged with Assault and Disorderly Conduct - Posted June 17, 2013
Bill Evans and his wife -- Dana Evans -- are both being charged with assault and disorderly conduct. Patch ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Bill Evans and Wife Charged with Assault and Disorderly Conduct - Posted June 17, 2013
Bill Evans and his wife -- Dana Evans -- are both being charged with assault and disorderly conduct. Patch ... [FishbowlNY]

New York City Stations Cover High-Rise Rescue at Hearst Tower - Posted June 12, 2013
New York City stations broke into afternoon programming this afternoon with dramatic pictures of two window washers stranded on a scaffolding near the top of the Hearst Tower. NBC O&O WNBC was first to report the news at 2:58 p.m., breaking into the tail end of ... [TVSpy]

WABC Reporter Moving to CBS News - Posted May 27, 2013
WABC reporter Jeff Pegues is moving to CBS News. "Sometimes life is bittersweet. This is one of those moments," said the news director for the New ... [AllFacebook]

WABC Reporter Moving to CBS News - Posted May 27, 2013
WABC reporter Jeff Pegues is moving to CBS News. "Sometimes life is bittersweet. This is one of those moments," said the news director for the New ... [TVSpy]

ABC Set to Launch Live-Streaming App - Posted May 13, 2013
This week, ABC will become the first major broadcaster unveil an app that allows users in New York and Philadelphia to live-stream local programming. Content from WABC and WPVI will be available first, with plans to... [TVSpy]

NABET-CWA and ABC Reach Tentative Agreement - Posted March 26, 2013
The National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians has announced it has reached a tentative four year labor agreement with ABC, inc. "I am pleased to announce that at the culmination of a marathon bargaining s... [TVSpy]

Katie Couric Talks Te'o Interview on WABC - Posted January 24, 2013
After Katie Couric's much-anticipated interview with Manti Te'o aired in New York this afternoon, the "Katie" host dropped by ABC O&O ... [TVSpy]

WABC's Marci Gonzalez Joins ABC News - Posted January 18, 2013
WABC reporter Marci Gonzalez is joining ABC News as a New York-based correspondent for NewsOne. Gonzalez joined the New York City ABC O&O as a reporter in 2011. She h... [TVSpy]

NYC Stations Cover Manhattan Ferry Accident - Posted January 9, 2013
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Cable Networks Rely on Affiliate Coverage of Connecticut School Shooting - Posted December 14, 2012
Fox News, CNN and MSNBC have all been in breaking news coverage of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. since shortly before 11 a.m. Friday morning. The early coverage provided by FNC, CNN and MSNBC relied heavily on affiliates from Hartford and New York City as the cable networks rushed... [TVSpy]

Lohan Arrest Dominates NYC's Morning Newscasts - Posted November 29, 2012
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New WABC News Director Welcomed by Back-to-Back-to-Back Big Stories - Posted November 13, 2012
The first few months of a new job can be difficult for anyone. But in Camille Edwards' first three months as vice president of news for WABC, she was faced with covering a hu... [TVSpy]

Oops: WABC Accidentally Airs Parts of WNBC Newscast - Posted November 8, 2012
During his weather forecast at the top of the 4 a.m. newscast Monday morning, WABC meteorologist Bill Evans did a double take at what was airing in one of the screens behind him (a... [TVSpy]

NYC Stations Return to Regular Programming After Extended Coverage of Hurricane Sandy - Posted October 31, 2012
Stations in New York City have partially returned to regular programming today after several days of breaking news coverage of Hurricane Sandy. The five major local stations in New York City -- ABC O&O WABC, NBC O&O WNBC, CBS O&O WCBS, Fox O&O WNYW a... [TVSpy]

Streaming Sandy Coverage Drives Record Traffic for Local TV Websites - Posted October 30, 2012
Stations who streamed their live coverage of Hurricane Sandy on their websites and mobile apps are reporting record traffic according to Broadcasting & Cable. The ABC O&O, WPVI in Philadelphia, hit a single day record of 13.1 million page views across mobile and desktop on Monday October ... [TVSpy]

Hurricane Winds Cause Crane Collapse in NYC - Posted October 29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy is approaching the Tri-State area at this hour, and the high winds are already wreaking havoc on New York City. Shortly before 3pmET, stations reported on a cra... [TVSpy]

East Coast Stations Deliver Extended Hurricane Coverage as Sandy Marches On - Posted October 29, 2012
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Michael Goldrick Named VP of News at WRC - Posted October 19, 2012
Michael Goldrick is joining WRC, the NBC O&O in Washington, DC as vice president of news. Since 2009, Goldrick has been news director at WPXI... [TVSpy]

Cablevision and Disney Make a Deal - Posted October 4, 2012
Cablevision customers get to watch their favorite Disney programming without interruption. The two companies reached a deal covering approximately 70 services including retransmission consent for WABC in New York and ... [TVSpy]

Katie Couric Makes Her Daytime Debut - Posted September 10, 2012
After more than a year of planning and promoting, ... [TVSpy]

Bill McFarland Named News Director at WFTS - Posted September 5, 2012
Bill McFarland is stepping into the role of news director at WFTS, the ABC affiliate in Tampa Bay. McFarland comes from WABC, the ABC O&O in New York City, where he is the assistant news d... [SocialTimes.com]

Several Shot Near NYC's Empire State Building - Posted August 24, 2012
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WABC Operations Manager Dies Suddenly - Posted August 14, 2012
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Cubes: Tour of ABC News Headquarters - Posted July 12, 2012
Here's an inside look at ABC News. In this episode of mediabistroTV's "Cubes," David Muir, weekend anchor of "World News," gives us a behind-t... [TVSpy]

Oprah's Departure Leads to Tighter Ratings Races - Posted June 11, 2012
The departure of Oprah Winfrey from daytime television last summer has resulted in more competitive ratings battles in top markets across the U.S., Brian Stelter of the New York Times ... [TVSpy]

WABC Confused About What Local Team Is In Stanley Cup Finals - Posted June 1, 2012
The NHL playoffs have been wreaking havoc on graphics departments across the country. Following hockey-related graphics flubs from WSVN in Miami and ... [TVSpy]

NYC One-Ups LA Media with Latest Hockey Blunder - Posted May 31, 2012
Well, it looks like Los Angeles isn't the only media market that's having trouble with the NHL playoffs. According to WABC in New York City, the Los Angeles Kings are playing ... [FishbowlLA]

WABC News Director Stepping Down - Posted May 29, 2012
In a staff email with the subject "A New Chapter," Kenny Plotnik announced this morning that he would be stepping down as news director at WABC, a position he has held for the pa... [TVSpy]

Chad Matthews Joining Miami's WTVJ as Assistant News Director - Posted May 24, 2012
Chad Matthews has been hired as assistant news director at WTVJ, a spokesperson for the station confirmed to TVSpy today. Matthews joins the Miami NBC O&O from ... [TVSpy]

Obama Endorses Gay Marriage in Special Report on ABC Affiliates - Posted May 9, 2012
ABC News offered its affiliates a special report at 3pmET/2pmCT this afternoon with the news President Obama endorsed gay marriage in an interview with "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts. ABC has eigh... [TVSpy]

New York Stations Go Live for Shuttle Landing - Posted April 27, 2012
As a jet carrying the space shuttle Enterprise touched down today at JFK airport around 11:21 a.m. ET, every major news station in New York was carrying live coverage of its arrival. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., WABC, ... [TVSpy]

Gil Noble, Host of WABC's 'Like It Is,' Dies at 80 - Posted April 5, 2012
Longtime WABC host Gil Noble has died, the ABC O&O announced today. He was 80. Noble was the host of WABC's "Like It Is," a weekly public affairs program created by the station 196... [TVSpy]

WABC Dancing Again to Number One in Weekly Ratings - Posted April 5, 2012
Unlike in past seasons, ABC's Dancing With The Stars has found a way to edge rival American Idol in the New York-based weekly prime time ratings. Last week's Dancing results show had the best result of them all--number one. The show generated an estimated 1.35 million WABC viewers with a 6.9 rating,... [morningmedianewsfeed]

WABC Dancing Again to Number One in Weekly Ratings - Posted April 5, 2012
Unlike in past seasons, ABC's Dancing With The Stars has found a way to edge rival American Idol in the New York-based weekly prime time ratings. Last week's Dancing results show had the best result of them all--number one. The show generated an estimated 1.35 million WABC viewers with a 6.9 rating,... [FishbowlNY]

WABC/Channel 7 Wins February Sweeps in All Time Slots - Posted March 2, 2012
The February sweeps came and went, but the results are the same for WABC/Channel 7. The station was tops among total viewers for the sweeps period that concluded Wednesday. Starting before dawn, WABC maintained its success with Eyewitness News This Morning. Led by anchors ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

WABC/Channel 7 Wins February Sweeps in All Time Slots - Posted March 2, 2012
The February sweeps came and went, but the results are the same for WABC/Channel 7. The station was tops among total viewers for the sweeps period that concluded Wednesday. Starting before dawn, WABC maintained its success with Eyewitness News This Morning. Led by anchors ... [FishbowlNY]

Report: WNBC Scraps New Set, Starts From Scratch - Posted February 15, 2012
WNBC's much-anticipated new 30 Rock studio has suffered a major setback as it appears station management has decided to scrap the new set. NewscastStudio ... [TVSpy]

NYC Stations Cover New York Giants' Victory Parade - Posted February 7, 2012
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NYC Stations Among Media Coalition Protesting NYPD's Treatment of Reporters - Posted February 2, 2012
A coalition of media organizations -- including WABC, WNBC and WCBS -- sent a letter y... [TVSpy]

WABC Seeks Morning News Executive Producer - Posted January 6, 2012
Listen up, early birds. WABC is looking for a new ... [SocialTimes.com]

Do Mobile TV Cameras Help or Hurt Local News? - Posted November 4, 2011
Richard Huff takes an interesting look at the use of mobile cameras at New York's local stations in the ... [TVSpy]

WABC Live Truck Flips Over on Icy New Jersey Turnpike - Posted October 31, 2011
A live truck belonging to WABC, the ABC owned-and-operated station in New York City, flipped over on the icy New Jersey Turnpike early Sunday morning. "The accident was most likely caused by black ice," WABC anchor ... [TVSpy]

Former WABC Weathercaster Heidi Jones Sentenced to 350 Hours of Community Service - Posted October 26, 2011
Heidi Jones, the former WABC weathercaster who pleaded guilty ... [TVSpy]

WCBS to Debut Brand-New Studio This Week - Posted October 18, 2011
WCBS is set to debut a brand-new studio on Thursday, beginning with the noon newscast anchored by Mary Calvi and ... [TVSpy]

WABC's Stacey Sager Speaks Out on Cancer Diagnosis - Posted October 14, 2011
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First on the Scene, WCBS Shoots Exclusive Footage of Helicopter Crash Rescue - Posted October 5, 2011
As we ... [TVSpy]

Helicopter Crashes Into The East River, and NYC Local Stations Go Back On the Air - Posted October 4, 2011
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Local NYC Stations Carry Christie Announcement Live - Posted October 4, 2011
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Heidi Jones Pleads Guilty To Faking Assault Claim - Posted September 14, 2011
Heidi Jones, a former weathercaster for WABC, pleaded guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday to faking claims she was assaulted in Central Park in 2010. Following her gui... [TVSpy]

Diane Sawyer Talks Hurricane Irene on WABC - Posted August 28, 2011
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This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: WABC, KRON, Weigel Broadcasting - Posted August 26, 2011
This week, WABC has posted a new opening for an Ignite director, while KRON is on the hunt for a ... [SocialTimes.com]

NY Stations Get Into Hurricane Mode, Airing Special Reports This Morning - Posted August 25, 2011
As Hurricane Irene moved closer to the East Coast this morning, New York stations brought live coverage of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's press conference on emergency preparedness, preempting regularly scheduled programming and giving viewers a glimpse of the type... [TVSpy]

Veteran NYC Anchors Ernie Anastos, Bill Ritter and Chuck Scarborough Recall 9/11 Memories - Posted August 19, 2011
With the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01 just three weeks away, FishbowlNY interviewed three veteran anchors in New York City -- ... [TVSpy]

Marvell Scott Sentenced to Community Service After Entering Guilty Plea - Posted August 17, 2011
Marvell Scott, the former WABC sports reporter who was charged wi... [TVSpy]

Ex-WABC Sports Anchor Pleads Guilty, Avoids Jail Time - Posted August 16, 2011
Marvell Scott pleaded guilty Tuesday to child endangerment and will get 20 days ... [UnBeige]

WABC Outsources Sports on Morning Show to ESPN - Posted August 11, 2011
WABC -- the flagship owned-and-operated station of ABC in New York City -- is giving sportscasts from ESPN radio a trial run as part of its morning news. ESPN and ABC are both owned by Walt Disney Corporation, making the partnership an easy opportunity for... [TVSpy]

WPIX Will Add a 5 p.m. Newscast To Fall Lineup - Posted July 28, 2011
WPIX will add an extra hour of news to their programming lineup this fall, according to our sister site, FishbowlNY. The new broadcast will air at 5 ... [TVSpy]

Attorney For Heidi Jones Files Motion to Dismiss Trial of Former WABC Weathercaster - Posted July 22, 2011
An attorney for former WABC weathercaster Heidi Jones has filed a motion with the state of New York asking for a dismissal of her trial on a technicality -- that too much time has el... [TVSpy]

Anchor Steve Bartelstein Cut Loose at WBBM - Posted July 5, 2011
Steve Bartelstein, a veteran anchor in major markets like New York and Chicago, has been suddenly released from his contract after 10 months at WBBM. Bartelstein's l... [TVSpy]

Heidi Jones Case Takes Unexpected Turn - Posted June 20, 2011
The strange case of former WABC weathercaster Heidi Jones, who has ... [TVSpy]

Longtime CNBC Anchor Mark Haines, Formerly of KYW, WABC, and WPRI, Passes Away - Posted May 25, 2011
CNBC anchor Mark Haines died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday night. The founding anchor of CNBC's "Squawk Box" and longtime co-anchor of the network's "Squawk on the Street" show, Haines worked for Philadelphia's KYW, New York's WABC, and P... [TVSpy]

Stations Look Toward Local News Profitability in a Post-'Oprah' World - Posted May 24, 2011
As stations around the country prepare to launch newscasts in Oprah's long-held time slot, many are questioning the thinking behind replacing a syndicated juggernaut with an expansion of local news. Pointing to WABC, a ... [TVSpy]

Editor Sues WABC, Accuses Reporters of Racial Abuse - Posted May 9, 2011
Gerardo Lago, a longtime WABC editor and photographer, has filed an $18 million lawsuit against ABC and Disney, alleging that he suffered repeated ve... [TVSpy]

New York Stations Provide Live Coverage of Obama's Visit to Ground Zero - Posted May 5, 2011
New York stations preempted regularly scheduled programming this afternoon to bring live coverage of President Obama's visit to Ground Zero, which occurred around 1:00 p.m. today. Bill Ritter... [SocialTimes.com]

In Fort Myers, WINK Replacing 'Oprah' with Newscast - Posted April 29, 2011
WINK, a CBS-affiliate in southwest Florida, is preparing a new 4 p.m. newscast to replace "Oprah" when the show leaves syndication at the end of May. WINK is the latest station to announce that it would replace "Oprah" with local news. Earlier ... [TVSpy]

Anchor Shakeup at WABC, as Station Launches Post-'Oprah' 4pm Newscast - Posted April 22, 2011
As WABC prepares for its post-Oprah life, the ABC flagship is making anchor changes to its late night newscast as well. In an email obtained by TVSpy, VP & news director Kenny P... [SocialTimes.com]

5 Tips for Developing News Stories Via Social Media - Posted April 11, 2011
As WABC found out last night in trying to glean information on Facebook about a plane's apparent technical malfunction, social media can be a tricky place to develop news stories. Thankfully, RTDNA blogger ... [TVSpy]

WABC Causes Facebook Scare Over Reported Plane Malfunction - Posted April 11, 2011
WABC provided a lesson on how not to use social media on Sunday evening, as the ABC flagship began asking viewers on its Facebook page if they knew anyone on a Ft. Myers to JFK JetBlue flight, while providing few details on what was actually happening. With the news o... [TVSpy]

Returning to Her Roots, Lara Spencer Joins 'GMA' - Posted March 17, 2011
Lara Spencer is returning to her roots. The former WABC reporter and one-time "Good Morning America" correspondent is joining "GMA" as a "lifestyle anchor." In an email to staff, ABC News pre... [TVSpy]

Weathercaster Heidi Jones Considers Plea Deal - Posted March 16, 2011
Troubled weathercaster Heidi Jones is reportedly nearing a plea deal in her case, as she faces charges of filing a f... [TVSpy]

Covering Nuclear Threat in Japan, Veteran WABC Reporter Calls Conditions 'Extremely Complicated' - Posted March 15, 2011
"I have always been willing to take risks to cover major events, but the risks here are extremely complicated to manage," WABC reporter N.J. Burkett ... [TVSpy]

Catching Up with TV News Trailblazer Al Primo, the Inventor of 'Eyewitness News' - Posted March 14, 2011
TVSpy sister site FishbowlNY caught up with TV news visionary Al Primo (far right) recently and ... [TVSpy]

Stations Across the Country Run the Same Unclaimed Cash Story During Sweeps - Posted February 28, 2011
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WABC Plans New Street-Level Studio - Posted February 18, 2011
WABC is set to open up its newscasts to the streets of Manhattan. The ABC flagship is currently working on a brand-new street-level studio that would include large windows onto the sidewalks of New York's upper west side. Construction is expected to start soon... [TVSpy]

'Gay Anchorman' Charles Perez Continues to Rip WABC - Posted February 15, 2011
Unable to speak about his time with Miami's WPLG due to an ongoing legal battle, Char... [TVSpy]

WABC to Launch 1-Hour Newscast in 'Oprah' Timeslot - Posted February 7, 2011
As stations around the country plan for an "Oprah"-less lineup, New York's WABC has announced that it will use the soon-to-be-vacant 4 p.m. timeslot to launch a new, 1-hour newscast. In doing so, the ABC flagship will become the first New York station to have a 4 o'c... [TVSpy]

Sports Anchor Rob Powers Has Big Shoes to Fill at ABC Flagship - Posted February 3, 2011
Scott Clark is a tough act to follow. And Rob Powers, Clark's successor at WABC, knows it. "Scott was Scott, and I'll never be able to get up to that level, and the goal right now is to try... [TVSpy]

'Confessions of a Gay Anchorman': Former Anchor Charles Perez Rips WABC - Posted January 28, 2011
Locked in a legal battle with Miami's WPLG, Charles Perez is causing a stir with a new book in which he criticizes another former employer: ... [TVSpy]

New York Stations Carry Mayor Bloomberg Snow Response - Posted January 27, 2011
From the "Here We Go Again Department," several more than 10 inches of snow fell in Central Park through the overnight. As familiar as the snow falling has been this season, so are the reporters gathered throughout the tri-state to assess the situation. Another mainstay of the winter weather has been M... [morningmedianewsfeed]

New York Stations Carry Mayor Bloomberg Snow Response - Posted January 27, 2011
From the "Here We Go Again Department," several more than 10 inches of snow fell in Central Park through the overnight. As familiar as the snow falling has been this season, so are the reporters gathered throughout the tri-state to assess the situation. Another mainstay of the winter weather has been M... [FishbowlNY]

As Rivals Go to Regular Programming, WCBS Sticks with Local Snow Coverage - Posted January 27, 2011
"Stay at home if you can and watch channel 7 all day long," advised WABC reporter Anthony Johnson as he covered the aftermath of a storm that dumped over a foot of snow on the... [TVSpy]

WABC News Van Burglarized as Crew Covers Stabbings in Jersey City - Posted January 21, 2011
A WABC crew covering multiple stabbings in Jersey City became the victims of an attempted burglary. A station news van was parked outside of the Jersey City Medical Center as reporter Phil Lipof and a photographer ... [TVSpy]

Jets Playoff Stunner Tops Weekly Ratings - Posted January 20, 2011
As the New York Jets held on Sunday night for a riveting victory against their long-standing rival Patriots, fans flocked to WCBS in tremendous numbers. As expected, the game was number one for the week, according to the Nielsen Company, with an estimated 3.7 million and 18.5 rating. Viewers stuck around for the... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Jets Playoff Stunner Tops Weekly Ratings - Posted January 20, 2011
As the New York Jets held on Sunday night for a riveting victory against their long-standing rival Patriots, fans flocked to WCBS in tremendous numbers. As expected, the game was number one for the week, according to the Nielsen Company, with an estimated 3.7 million and 18.5 rating. Viewers stuck around for the... [FishbowlNY]

More Storm Coverage Ratings Analysis: WNYW and WABC Beat Competition - Posted January 14, 2011
As the latest snowstorm began to churn its way into New York Tuesday night, WNYW and WABC were winning their respective newscasts with Adults 25-54. First at 10 pm., the anchor team of Ernie Anastos, ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

More Storm Coverage Ratings Analysis: WNYW and WABC Beat Competition - Posted January 14, 2011
As the latest snowstorm began to churn its way into New York Tuesday night, WNYW and WABC were winning their respective newscasts with Adults 25-54. First at 10 pm., the anchor team of Ernie Anastos, ... [FishbowlNY]

WCBS-TV Wallops Competition in Morning Storm Coverage - Posted January 13, 2011
With the snowstorm barreling down on New York Wednesday, WCBS-TV was besting the other early morning news programs. From 4 to 7 a.m. Channel 2, with Rob Morrison, Mary Calvi, and ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

WCBS-TV Wallops Competition in Morning Storm Coverage - Posted January 13, 2011
With the snowstorm barreling down on New York Wednesday, WCBS-TV was besting the other early morning news programs. From 4 to 7 a.m. Channel 2, with Rob Morrison, Mary Calvi, and ... [FishbowlNY]

TV Stations Cover Bloomberg Snow Prep - Posted January 11, 2011
Normally, a Mayor Bloomberg press briefing 12 hours before a potential snowstorm might not make for necessary live coverage. However, this impending storm comes two weeks after the infamous blizzard. The mayor and other city officials were widely criticized for the snow removal, or lack of. Therefore, the majority of city stations... [morningmedianewsfeed]

TV Stations Cover Bloomberg Snow Prep - Posted January 11, 2011
Normally, a Mayor Bloomberg press briefing 12 hours before a potential snowstorm might not make for necessary live coverage. However, this impending storm comes two weeks after the infamous blizzard. The mayor and other city officials were widely criticized for the snow removal, or lack of. Therefore, the majority of city stations... [FishbowlNY]

Court Documents Reveal that Heidi Jones Told Police 'I Made It Up For Attention' - Posted January 6, 2011
Heidi Jones, the WABC meteorologist accused of lying to New York City police about an attempted sexual assault, appeared in court on Wednesday to face two misdemeanor charges. According to court documents released on Wednesday, Jones admitted to poli... [TVSpy]

From Morning to Night, A Successful 2010 for WABC-TV - Posted January 3, 2011
WABC-TV/Channel 7 is probably sorry to usher in the New Year. In figures released by the Nielsen Company (and obtained by WABC), the station topped all competitors for weekday newscasts in 2010. Starting out in mornings, WABC expanded Eyewitness News to 4:30 a.m. during the week. Led by ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

From Morning to Night, A Successful 2010 for WABC-TV - Posted January 3, 2011
WABC-TV/Channel 7 is probably sorry to usher in the New Year. In figures released by the Nielsen Company (and obtained by WABC), the station topped all competitors for weekday newscasts in 2010. Starting out in mornings, WABC expanded Eyewitness News to 4:30 a.m. during the week. Led by ... [FishbowlNY]

Veteran Sportscaster Scott Clark Leaves WABC Tonight - Posted January 3, 2011
New York's longest current sports anchor Scott Clark steps away from the daily grind tonight. He'll handle his usual 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. duties one more time. You can be sure there will be an on-air tribute waiting for Clark. In June, Clark announ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Veteran Sportscaster Scott Clark Leaves WABC Tonight - Posted January 3, 2011
New York's longest current sports anchor Scott Clark steps away from the daily grind tonight. He'll handle his usual 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. duties one more time. You can be sure there will be an on-air tribute waiting for Clark. In June, Clark announ... [FishbowlNY]

Jets Nailbiter Against Steelers Number One For Week - Posted December 23, 2010
The Jets holding on against the Steelers Sunday night was the number one prime time show in New York. The 4:15 p.m. game crossed into evening by 15 minutes. Solidifying the top spot, according to the Nielsen Company, there were 1.8 million viewers on WCBS and a 9.1 rating. The Jets finish gave 60... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Jets Nailbiter Against Steelers Number One For Week - Posted December 23, 2010
The Jets holding on against the Steelers Sunday night was the number one prime time show in New York. The 4:15 p.m. game crossed into evening by 15 minutes. Solidifying the top spot, according to the Nielsen Company, there were 1.8 million viewers on WCBS and a 9.1 rating. The Jets finish gave 60... [FishbowlNY]

Heidi Jones' Attorney Says She Never Said 'Rape' as New Details Emerge in Case - Posted December 20, 2010
A lawyer representing Heidi Jones says that the WABC weathercaster never told police that she was the victim of attempted rape. Paul Callan released a statement on Friday saying that the press co... [TVSpy]

Rivals Aggressively Cover Misfortunes of WABC's Heidi Jones - Posted December 16, 2010
Viewers are used to seeing personal swipes coming from cable news competitors like Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly but it's rare that network and local news outlets will trump up the misfortunes of their rivals. But that's what appears to be happening in the case of WABC's Heidi Jones. Jones, a weekend... [TVSpy]

Reporter David Novarro Returning to WABC - Posted December 1, 2010
Veteran reporter David Novarro is heading back home to WABC. The Chicago Tribune says Novarro is making a return engagement at Channel 7 where he spent 19 years. In 2000, Novarro left New... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Reporter David Novarro Returning to WABC - Posted December 1, 2010
Veteran reporter David Novarro is heading back home to WABC. The Chicago Tribune says Novarro is making a return engagement at Channel 7 where he spent 19 years. In 2000, Novarro left New... [FishbowlNY]

Giants Loss to the Cowboys Gets Most Eyes - Posted November 18, 2010
The weekly prime time ratings are out, and in the top spot--the Giants getting manhandled by the lowly Cowboys. For the week ending November 14, the game, which had a longer window in prime time thanks to a 12-minute power outage, had 1.8 million Fox 5/WNYW viewers and an 8.9 rating, according... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Giants Loss to the Cowboys Gets Most Eyes - Posted November 18, 2010
The weekly prime time ratings are out, and in the top spot--the Giants getting manhandled by the lowly Cowboys. For the week ending November 14, the game, which had a longer window in prime time thanks to a 12-minute power outage, had 1.8 million Fox 5/WNYW viewers and an 8.9 rating, according... [FishbowlNY]

Dancing With The Stars Tops Weekly Ratings - Posted November 3, 2010
The two-hour performance of Dancing With The Stars on Monday, Oct. 25 was the number one prime time show in New York. The celebrity competition seen on WABC, pulled in 1.4 million viewers with a 7.2 rating., according to the Nielsen Company. The Dancing results show tied for fifth best (1... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Dancing With The Stars Tops Weekly Ratings - Posted November 3, 2010
The two-hour performance of Dancing With The Stars on Monday, Oct. 25 was the number one prime time show in New York. The celebrity competition seen on WABC, pulled in 1.4 million viewers with a 7.2 rating., according to the Nielsen Company. The Dancing results show tied for fifth best (1... [FishbowlNY]

Yankees Propel TBS to Weekly Top Spot - Posted October 13, 2010
As the New York Yankees were methodically moving into the second round of the post-season, their first round scored big numbers on TBS. The Yankees earned a sweep, but the three ALDS victories last week cracked the Top 10, according to the Nielsen Company. The playoff opener, Wednesday night against Minnesota, had the... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Yankees Propel TBS to Weekly Top Spot - Posted October 13, 2010
As the New York Yankees were methodically moving into the second round of the post-season, their first round scored big numbers on TBS. The Yankees earned a sweep, but the three ALDS victories last week cracked the Top 10, according to the Nielsen Company. The playoff opener, Wednesday night against Minnesota, had the... [FishbowlNY]

Giants Settle for Number Two in Weekly Ratings - Posted October 6, 2010
The New York Giants upended the Chicago Bears on NBC's Sunday Night Football. It was the Bears first loss of the season. The game, on WNBC, took number two for the week, according to the Nielsen Company. It had 1.6 million watchers with an 8.0 rating. Leading up to the Giants game,... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Giants Settle for Number Two in Weekly Ratings - Posted October 6, 2010
The New York Giants upended the Chicago Bears on NBC's Sunday Night Football. It was the Bears first loss of the season. The game, on WNBC, took number two for the week, according to the Nielsen Company. It had 1.6 million watchers with an 8.0 rating. Leading up to the Giants game,... [FishbowlNY]

Jets, Sunday Night Football Take Number Two for Week - Posted October 1, 2010
On Sunday night, the Jets played their third game of the season against their division rival Dolphins. The game was opposite the Yankees and Red Sox on ESPN. But the night belonged to the Jets and WNBC. The Nielsen Company reports an estimated 1.5 million people stayed with the tight game,... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Jets, Sunday Night Football Take Number Two for Week - Posted October 1, 2010
On Sunday night, the Jets played their third game of the season against their division rival Dolphins. The game was opposite the Yankees and Red Sox on ESPN. But the night belonged to the Jets and WNBC. The Nielsen Company reports an estimated 1.5 million people stayed with the tight game,... [FishbowlNY]

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