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Mitt Romney Convention Displaces 10 O’Clock Newscasts

The major networks were ready to go with the closing of the Republican National Convention. The main attraction of the night, and the week, was Mitt Romney‘s acceptance speech to the nation.

Romney hit the podium just after 10:30, as WNYW/Channel 5 and WPIX/Channel 11 were well into their 10 p.m. broadcasts. WWOR/Channel 9 typically ends its newscast at 10:35.

Even though Romney was live over the air at NBC, CBS, and ABC, there were other outlets that carried Romney’s big moment.

Starting on Channel 5, anchors Greg Kelly and Dari Alexander, using the Fox News feed, suspended regular news programming for Romney. When the GOP nominee concluded at 11:15 p.m., Kelly and Alexander stuck around for an additional 15 minutes to give viewers sports (with Ryan Asselta) and weather (with Nick Gregory).

“11:27, a little bit late for the 10 o’clock news,” Kelly says. “But it was a lot of fun.”
“It certainly was,” Alexander added. “An eventful night. So have a great night, and we’ll see you tomorrow.”

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Kyra Time | Katie at Twitter | bin Laden Book

TVNewser: After 14 years at CNN, Kyra Phillips has moved down the hall to HLN. She’ll anchor the cable channel’s convention coverage starting next week.

FishbowlLA: The Katie Couric World Tour continues with a trip to Twitter’s new headquarters in San Francisco. Her new daytime talk show debuts next month.

GalleyCat: A new book (left) exploring the Osama bin Laden raid from the first-hand perspective of a Navy SEAL on the mission,  has topped Amazon’s best-seller list. The book will be published on 9/11.

 

 

Stations Make Plans as Republicans and Democrats Get Ready to Nominate at National Conventions

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The battle between Mitt Romney and President Obama moves to the convention floor next week for the nominating process, and TV and radio stations are ready for extra coverage of the key moments.

The Republicans lead off in Tampa, with Romney awaiting his party’s endorsement next week.

WABC/Channel 7 is sending anchor Bill Ritter to the GOP convention, along with political reporter Dave Evans.  Reports begin Sunday night at 11.

One week later, the Democrats convene in Charlotte, with morning anchor Lori Stokes joining Evans on scene.

As for WCBS/Channel 2, veteran political reporter Marcia Kramer is the station’s lone representative at the conventions.

A spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that Kramer will cover the national news in addition to the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut state delegations.

WNBC/Channel 4 will also not have an anchor presence. Only reporter Melissa Russo is covering both events live.

A WNYW/WWOR spokesperson did not respond to our request prior to the deadline.

WPIX/Channel 11 is not sending any on-air talent to either convention. The station says without any mystery surrounding the nominees, WPIX will likely just cover it as a news story.

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Petition Started Against Mayor Bloomberg’s Treatment of WPIX Reporter Mary Murphy

A force sympathetic to Channel 11′s Mary Murphy comes out swinging.

As we reported yesterday, an angered Mayor Bloomberg lost his cool for the City to see, when he didn’t like a question by the seasoned WPIX reporter.

Well, one viewer objected to Hizzoner’s less-than-professional meltdown at the press conference.

The outraged individual, who goes by the handle, TheNews Diva, started a petition simply seeking an apology from Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Bloomberg has made gun control one of his key initiatives, and has gone so far as to have ads running during the Olympics. However, the controversial matter of discarded shell casings got under Bloomberg’s skin yesterday.

When pressed by Murphy asking if the city would change its policy, as we reported yesterday, the Mayor would have none of it.

“Either you want to ask a question and I give you an answer, or please come to the next press conference and stand in the back,” Bloomberg told Murphy. “I’m happy to answer your question, thank you very much. But I’ve given you the courtesy and I expect the same courtesy. Thank you very much.”

The petition on change.org is titled, Mayor of New York City: Apologize to Mary Murphy, WPIX News Reporter.

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Five Reasons Why Mitt Romney’s Camp Doesn’t Want BuzzFeed in Press Pool

Mitt Romney is apparently not a fan of BuzzFeed. The site’s Editor-in-Chief, Ben Smith, tweeted yesterday that Romney’s camp was “attempting to exclude BuzzFeed from the media pool.” As The Huffington Post reports, traditionally, the camp doesn’t select the pool reporters, the rotating news organizations do, and the latter supports BuzzFeed being part of the team.

A Romney spokesperson told the HuffPo, “We do not have a separate blogger pool report,” suggesting that they don’t view BuzzFeed as a news organization. Here, in the spirit of BuzzFeed, are five reasons why his camp might think that. These are all actual BuzzFeed headlines.

  1. The Answer to Your Grilled Cheese Dilemma
  2. 16 Gross Pizzas from International Pizza Huts
  3. 20 Rules for Dating Zac Efron
  4. A Dog on a Camel in a Park
  5. 25 Photos of George Takei Doing The Vulcan Salute

Not exactly heavy hitting journalism. However, a quick glance at HuffPo this morning and what do we see? “Lady Gaga Turns Her Wig Into a Dress (PHOTOS).” Maybe they should both be banned?

Former WPIX Reporter Peter Thorne Joins Comptroller John Liu’s Staff

Peter Thorne was a ten-year veteran of WPIX/Channel 11 before leaving in December.

John Liu is the embattled New York City Comptroller who’s been locked in a fundraising scandal.

The two minds are now uniting, as Liu, the hopeful mayoral candidate in 2013, has hired Thorne as his new communications director.

Thorne began his new position yesterday.

The spotlight has been squarely on Liu since his 25-year-old campaign manager was arrested last month in connection with a fraud scheme.

Now comes Thorne to rescue and to help resurrect Liu’s image.

“Peter is an award-winning, veteran journalist with a deep understanding of New York City and its many diverse communities,” Liu said in a statement. “The energy and insight he brings from his two decades in broadcast journalism will be enormous assets to this office.”

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Student Called ‘Idiot’ By Governor Christie Speaks to Channel 5/Channel 9

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made unwanted headlines, calling a former Navy Seal an “idiot” during a town hall meeting 

The media has gravitated to the story. On yesterday’s Good Day New York, anchors Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly discussed the incident at the start of the 9 o’clock hour.

Last night, WNYW/Channel 5 and WWOR/Channel 9 reporter JoAnn Pileggi interviewed the Rutgers-Camden second-year law student Bill Brown, who walked into the crosshairs of conflict. The piece aired on both station’s 10 p.m. newscasts.

Brown tells Pileggi that the spotlight casts a negative light on himself.

“I’m not too thrilled about being known as an idiot or being known as a jerk,” Brown says in the interview. “That’s not what I want to be known for. I don’t want to be known as ‘that guy.’”

Brown, who interrupted Christie during a town hall last week, never expected this.

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Trump to Endorse/Ruin a Republican Candidate Soon

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On “Good Morning America” this morning, Donald Trump told George Stephanopoulos that he wasn’t quite ready to endorse — and therefore destroy — a Republican candidate just yet. “I’m friendly with both,” said Trump. “I respect both. I like both… They both want my endorsement. We’ll see what happens but, in a very short time I’ll be making an endorsement.” Trump added that he didn’t think Newt Gingrich would drop out anytime soon, even if Mitt Romney wins Florida, as is expected.

Since Trump decided to leave the nation in suspense, Stephanopoulos pressed him on the Buffett Tax, proposed by President Obama. Shockingly enough, Trump said he needs to know more about it before supporting the idea, then admitted that he didn’t even know his own tax rate.

Sounds like just the kind of man a candidate wants supporting him.

Former New York Times Associate Editor, Columnist Tom Wicker Dies

Tom Wicker, who enjoyed a four-decade association with The New York Times, died Friday of an apparent heart attack. He was 85.

Wicker, who joined The New York Times in 1960 as a political correspondent in the Washington bureau, had a career turn three years later as a result of a tragic moment.

He was the only Times reporter to accompany President Kennedy on his fateful trip to Dallas November 22, 1963.

Gay Talese  who penned the major history of The New York Times, described Wicker’s coverage: “It was a remarkable achievement in reporting and writing, in collecting facts out of confusion, in restructuring the most deranged day in his life, the despair and bitterness and disbelief, and then getting on a telephone to New York and dictating the story in a voice that only rarely cracked with emotion.”

The Associated Press reports Wicker was in the first press bus after the Kennedy motorcade when the assassination occurred. In his memoir years later, Wicker recounted the day.

“The shots ringing out in Dealey Plaza marked the beginning of the end of innocence.”  

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Former NY1 Reporter Adele Sammarco Loses Mayoral Bid

Adele Sammarco, the one-time  NY1 reporter, was unsuccessful in her attempt at public office. Sammarco fell short in last night’s general election for Mayor of Matawan, New Jersey.

With all precincts reporting, according to visitmonmouth.com, Sammarco, the Democrat, had 852 votes for 44 percent. Republian incumbent Mayor John Buccellato, keeps his job, registering 1,089 votes or 56 percent.

Sammarco, who left on-air work since her firing in 2001 and subsequent sexual harassment suit, is a licensed real estate broker in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

She was a charter member of Time Warner Cable’s NY1, beginning at the news station in 1992.

Photo courtesy of adelesammarco.com

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