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Stations Rush to Cover Firing of Cathie Black Special Report

It was a tumultous time from day one for Cathie Black as the New York City Schools Chancellor. Today, after brief rumbling of rumors, Mayor Bloomberg took to the City Hall podium to announce Black was out after just three months on the job. He called it a mutual decision between the two, and appointed Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott as chancellor.

The city stations were there to carry the breaking news just after 11:35 a.m. WCBS-TV, WNBC, WNYW, and WABC broke into regular coverage. WPIX was noticably absent from the proceedings.

WNYW, led by Good Day anchors Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto, did a very short recap (with no correspondents or guests) and left the air by noon.

WNBC, with David Ushery, stayed on for an additional 12 minutes, using their reporters (Melissa Russo and John Noel on the phone) and in-studio guest Elinor Tatum, publisher and editor in chief of New York Amsterdam News.

Another bright spot for WNBC, it was 12 minutes less of The Rundown, which was joined in progress today.

As for WCBS and WABC, with the press conference concluded just moments before noon, they transitioned directly into their newscasts. Channel 2 had stellar reporting from veteran City Hall reporter Marcia Kramer, while Channel 7 had longtime education reporter Art McFarlane adding insight.

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