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A New Pope Elected; WPIX Breaks In for Special Report

The bulletin that the world has been waiting for is here! White smoke pouring from the Sistine Chapel chimney and Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina has been named the new pope. While all the local stations in New York broke in with network coverage shortly after 2 p.m. (although WNYW was delayed in picking up Fox News Channel’s feed), it was truly a New York experience on WPIX.

Channel 11 did their own reporting with Mary Murphy and Dan Mannarino at The Vatican. Tamsen Fadal anchored from the PIX studios.

Fadal spoke on the phone with several experts and theologians.

There was a live glitch with one of those interviews, Maureen Tilley of Fordham University, when the call dropped and dial tone was heard. They reestablished the line a few minutes later.

Murphy and Mannarino also found people in the Rome crowd. The duo under umbrellas talked to a New Yorker draped in an American flag who has Cardinal Dolan on his wish list.

Waiting for the new pope to emerge, WPIX added a live report from Ann Mercogliano, stationed at Dolan’s “home,” St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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