Archives: November 2010
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The PIX News at Ten, which was totally overhauled last month, had a strong November sweeps period. The newscast, now led by Jodi Applegate in place of Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong, beat out its only news rival–WNYW.
In data released by Nielsen (and obtained by WPIX), Channel 11 saw double digit increases in all key demographics during the November sweeps period. However, that was as specific as the press release got.
Of note, though, the Cablevision/Fox fight did overlap into the start of sweeps. After two weeks, an agreement allowing Fox 5/WNYW on Cablevision happened October 30. The sweeps period began Oct. 28.
WPIX also points out that in year-to-year figures they made big gains over WNYW after the jump.
Chris Wragge, the personable WCBS evening news anchor, is joining CBS’ The Early Show full time.
As first reported by our own TVNewser (and the Associated Press) the network is removing its entire weekday on-air staff; co-anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez and weatherman Dave Price. Wragge, who had been Smith’s main back-up, takes over on a regular basis.
Wragge is currently the regular Saturday Early Show co-host with Erica Hill. The duo make the move together to weekdays.
Now with steady morning hours, FishbowlNY has learned that Wragge will leave the anchor desk permanently at WCBS.
Wragge is the WCBS anchor at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. with Kristine Johnson.
He joined Channel 2 in 2004 as the station’s main sports anchor. Wragge’s star took flight as he rose to news anchor two years later.
The Early Show changes are reportedly scheduled to begin on Jan. 3.
As the holiday season gets into full swing, WRKS 98.7 KISS FM is holding a coat drive this Friday, December 3 at the Regal Cinemas in Union Square.
The 8th Annual KISS Cares Coats Drive, in conjunction the New York Cares Coat Drive, invites listeners to donate new or gently used coats to help those less fortunate stay warm during the winter months.
Many KISS members, and special guest Kandi Burruss from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, will join in the live broadcast from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
As additional incentives, EZ Pawn Corp. will match 25 cents for every coat given in, and donors receive prizes while supplies last.
As their merger with Comcast looms, NBCU continues to concentrate on local initiatives within some of the country’s major markets. Paidcontent.org’s David Kaplan writes that NBCU local will introduce a Twitter-based TV program called The 20 which will showcase tweets from 20 major influencers in each of NBCU’s ten markets with a local television station. NBCU aims to appeal to audiences by providing “local celebrity” Twitter users with a broad platform to discuss local issues including culture, politics, sports as well as dining and fashion preferences.
The 20 will debut in January in New York, San Diego, and Washington, D.C. and will launch in NBCU’s seven other markets throughout the year. Each city’s exclusive list of 20 Twitter stars will change as an individual’s notoriety rises and falls. The program will appear on broadcast, on-air segments and packages, and across additional NBC local media platforms including city-specific web pages.
Shopping can be overwhelming during the holiday season; fortunately InStyle magazine is in the giving spirit and looking to lend a hand to fashion fans. Amy Wicks of WWD reports that InStyle rolled out StyleFind this morning and introduced consumers to the first-ever independent shopping site to branch off from a magazine. In addition to some of the newest clothing styles, StyleFind will feature fashion and beauty accessories from 150 retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Net-a-porter, Gap, J. Crew, Mulberry, Topshop, and Mango.
InStyle managing editor Ariel Foxman touted the user-friendliness of the magazine’s new companion site:
It will be like shopping with one of our magazine editors. The experience is edited and the search function actually works. If you search for bags with a chain, you will actually see that, but in different price points and brands.
Time Inc. plans to add complementary shopping sites for their other titles such as Real Simple, People, Essence, Entertainment Weekly, and People Stylewatch.
WABC/Channel 7 was the people choice for television station in the November sweeps period ended last Wednesday.
WABC beat out its competitors in every weekday newscast from early morning to late evening.
In figures from the Nielsen Company (obtained by WABC), Channel 7 was tops in Households and in a key demographic–Adults 25 to 54.
Starting with Eyewitness News This Morning with Lori Stokes, Ken Rosato, and Bill Evans, the newscast (after 5 a.m.) has a 25 percent advantage in Households, while more than double as many Adults 25 to 54.
At noon, the Stokes and Rosato return to the anchor desk with a 56 percent bulge over the closest competition in Households. That newscast was victorious with Women 25 to 54, winning by better than two to one.
WABC continues its ratings dominance in the evening after the jump.
- FishbowlLA: Thinkin’ positively — a remake of the “Charlie’s Angels” series can’t fare any worse than a remake of “Knight Rider.”
- FishbowlDC: Barack Obama’s injured lip seems to be the only thing to detract attention from Bristol Palin’s ill-fated Cha Cha Cha.
- NYT: Come, let’s spy on the government in a way that’s probably not illegal.
Mediabistro’s fearless leader and cyberhostess Laurel Touby will be recognized at tomorrow’s Women’s Leadership Exchange Conference in New York City. Laurel will receive the Compass Award for shifting the paradigm of how women are perceived in the world and be interviewed by acclaimed magazine writer and author Judith Newman.
The ceremony will take place at MetLife Building on Sixth Avenue (between 41st and 42nd Street) tomorrow from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. The conference will also feature presentations on social media marketing and networking as well as a panel discussion led by SheFinds Media founder/CEO Michelle Madhok and Thinkso founder Armanda Neville.
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