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WNYW’s Dari Alexander and the Rotating Anchor Chairs

Call it musical chairs without the music! WNYW/Channel 5 anchor Dari Alexander is part of the station’s 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. She co-anchors the early broadcast with market veteran Ernie Anastos, and the late news with Greg Kelly.

That part is known since the major anchor shifts in July. But more subtle is where Alexander places herself, and why.

Viewers of the 5 p.m. see no changes–Alexander in her familiar spot next to Anastos on her (TV) right. However, take a look at the 10 p.m., where Kelly replaced Anastos. Instead of seeing Kelly taking Anastos’ seat, it’s Alexander who’s jumping into her on-air partner’s spot.

Two factors could be at play here. First, it would appear that Fox management is trying in subliminal fashion to take “pressure” off Kelly. Grabbing Anastos’ seat, still used at 5 p.m., could be viewed as “stealing” his job.

But now we’re faced with an TV news anomaly. When was the last time an anchor sat in different positions for multiple newscasts? It’s a rare occurrence, if it happens at all.

Another point to note: on all of the major newscasts the male anchor is sitting on the left, whether it be Maurice DuBois, Chuck Scarborough, or Bill Ritter. (One exception: WNBC’s Today in New York has Darlene Rodriguez on the left, alongside Michael Gargiulo.)

A WNYW spokesperson had no comment to FishbowlNY on the record.

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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FishbowlNY Poll: Readers Emphatically Want Greg Kelly Back on Good Day New York

Kelly at 10 p.m. with back-up anchor Sharon Crowley

The ballots are in, although the voting never officially ended. And it’s bad news for Greg Kelly, but worse news for WNYW.

Our FishbowlNY poll posted two weeks ago allowed readers and viewers to tell it to us straight–What do you think of Kelly as an evening anchor?

Presumably you know that Kelly started in July as Channel 5′s lead anchor. It was the final piece of a major swarm of activity that included Dave Price returning to WNYW as Good Day New York anchor, and Ernie Anastos being bounced from the 10 p.m. (He remains on the 5 p.m. with Dari Alexander).

By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, our respondents want Kelly back where he “belongs”: mornings. A whopping 45 percent of poll takers want the Kelly and Rosanna Scotto as a team again on Good Day. This month would have been their fourth anniversary as on-air “husband and wife.”

But those who responded to the poll were split on “Kelly After Dark,” as 24 percent chose, “He’s Great!” Another 20 percent clicked on the “Bring Back Ernie!” option. We’re not certain, though, how many of the 45 percent wanting Kelly switched to his original “home base” would in fact like Anastos to reclaim is previous 10 p.m. duties.

Now it’s time to take our poll about Dave Price, after the jump.
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WNYW Keeps its Distance at 10 P.M., as Greg Kelly Marks One-Month

Today is the one-month milestone for Greg Kelly as WNYW/Channel 5 lead anchor. To paraphrase, former Mayor Koch, “How’s he doing?” You’ll get a chance to vote after the jump.

But a slightly more scientific “poll,” the Nielsen ratings for July, show WNYW in front at night. In the Household breakdown, Channel 5 averaged a 2.4 to WPIX/Channel 11′s 1.6. While WPIX saw no gain, the 2012 July sweeps marked a .3 drop for WNYW from last year.

Among the key Adults 25 to 54 demographic, WNYW saw no improvement at 10 p.m. with Kelly and Dari Alexander, although WPIX slipped .1. Of course, WNYW has the established Fox prime time lead-in, even in the summer. Channel 11 has the weaker CW lineup.

Last week, we reported WPIX edged WNYW in the morning race.

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WNYW Makes a 10 P.M. Newscast Sports Switcheroo

Change has come to the Fox 5 News at Ten. No, we’re not talking about the anchors. This is about the sports, and the fact that WNYW has at long last given sports its proper placement.

Since March 2011, WNYW made the wacky decision to deliver sports at the end of the newscast. If you hadn’t seen this, it meant the anchors, Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander (until July 2, when Greg Kelly replaced Anastos) did their sign off as they threw it to the sports anchor, usually Russ Salzberg at the WWOR studios in Seacaucus.

It also meant, inexplicably, that the sports anchor was the person charged with saying good night to viewers and telling them what program is coming on next.

On Monday, July 9, the change was complete. There is only a subtle difference , throwing it back to Kelly and Alexander, who quickly say their closing pleasantries. Of course, as the lead anchors that was supposed to be their job all along.

Likely the tweaking was connected to Kelly, who moved over to the 10 p.m. desk only a week earlier. But we’re left to speculate, as WNYW isn’t giving FishbowlNY any reason for the incidental change.

While Channel 5 refuses to tell this reporter, “You were right,” it won’t even acknowlege the change that puts sports back within the newscast, instead of as a separate entity.

At the time of the newscast nuance last year, a WNYW spokeswoman told FishbowlNY that it was ”just one of several new things the station is doing to shake things up and evolve, while remaining committed to give sports to viewers.”

(VIDEO) Dari Alexander’s iPhone Goes Off During 10 O’Clock News

It was a night for recapping the horrific events from Aurora, Colorado. Greg Kelly was co-anchoring his first 10 p.m. newscast with extensive breaking news.

The unfortunate story that captivated New Yorkers involved the alleged gunmen who fired at least 70 times at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. WNYW/Channel 5 opened the broadcast with a live shot from the Denver surburb, although it featured a typo on the screen for the location: “Colorodo.”

Kelly did drop the ad-libbing quality during the coverage, a mainstay of the NYPD commissioner’s son. But unlike his counterparts at other stations, Kelly laid the emotion on too thick, seeming insincere.

However, it was his on-air partner who fell victim to an embarrassing moment. At 10:47, as the newscast returned from a commercial break, Dari Alexander was flustered by her iPhone starting to play music or a musical ringtone.

Adding to the unprofessionalism, Alexander, it appears, was in the midst of a conversation with Kelly when the red light went on. (See video below)

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Breaking: WNYW Brass Meet for Greg Kelly Damage Control

It’s just over two weeks since WNYW/Channel 5 made wholesale changes to its on-air product. Front and center was the promotion of Greg Kelly from Good Day New York to evening anchor. His move to 10 p.m. with Dari Alexander sent market icon Ernie Anastos to the sidelines. He remains on the 5 p.m. broadcast.

Multiple sources close to the situation say three high-ranking Fox executives met yesterday with WNYW VP/GM Lew Leone for “damage control.”

FishbowlNY has learned that Jack Abernathy, Dennis Swanson, and Sharri Berg met with Leone, although news director Dianne Doctor was a no-show.

One source says the trio came to 67th Street to “figure out how to handle Greg in the 10 o’clock news.”

With Kelly at night, Dave Price stepped into Good Day with Rosanna Scotto. FishbowlNY readers have given mixed reviews, to be kind, about Price’s performance and his chemistry with Scotto.

Our readers also offered strong opinions about Kelly’s transformation to night time. Most prefer Kelly on mornings, where he spent four years, bouncing off Scotto. One reason is because Kelly brings much of his daytime style to the more subdued evening broadcast.

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Greg Kelly Slides Into Prime Time as WNYW Main Anchor

After a four-year stint in mornings, an eternity in TV news, Greg Kelly left Rosanna Scotto behind. His cache is being enhanced as the lead anchor at WNYW/Channel 5. Last night, Kelly assumed his new role at 6 p.m. and co-anchor with Dari Alexander at 10 p.m.

But as we reported yesterday about the new look in the mornings, a July 2 television debut can be considered a “soft launch” as many viewers are on vacation. Curious, though, Kelly’s new partner, Alexander, was also off last night for his first night. Instead, back-up anchor Sharon Crowley was in her seat.

Kelly, who had a great chemistry with Scotto on Good Day New York, has the makings of a top-flight evening anchorman. He did hard news for Fox News Channel prior to his daytime assignment on WNYW.

From the start, it was serious business for Kelly, reporting on the Con Ed situation. There was clearly some nervous energy that will settle down in due time.

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(VIDEO) Anchor Upheaval Reaction: WNYW Entertainment Reporter Jill Nicolini is ‘Not Sure Why’

Greg Kelly held court on his final morning at Good Day New York with Rosanna Scotto.

On Monday, Kelly’s star ascends to prime time. But it’s not all excitement for the NYPD commissioner’s son. A source with knowledge of the information tells FishbowlNY that “Greg is very unhappy with the Fox changes.” The source adds: “Obviously, there’s more to this story than meets the press.”

As we reported yesterday, Kelly’s alarm clock will no longer be needed, as he’ll anchor the 6 p.m. and co-anchor at 10.

Last night, FishbowlNY caught up with Good Day entertainment reporter Jill Nicolini (above) at an event on Long Island. She was delighted for her colleague, albeit, like the rest of us “outsiders,” was surprised by the rapid nature to yesterday’s news.

“Nobody knew about this,” Nicolini admits. “Everyone I’ve talked to so far doesn’t know anything. It’s been a shocker.”

 

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Weighing Some Options for Sue Simmons

In light of Sue Simmons saying she wants to work again in her farewell broadcast at Channel 4, the question becomes, where might we see her next?

Simmons ended her incredible run at WNBC on June 15 announcing that she would like to be “employed elsewhere at some point.” The longtime anchor added that she’d be interested even if it’s once a week.

The viewing public, by and large, has opposed WNBC’s decision to terminate the veteran anchor. Just look at any of the comments from our FishbowlNY stories, and you’ll see overwhelming support for Sue.

While FishbowlNY is not acting as her agent in the process, let’s evaluate the possible suitors for Simmons.

WCBS/Channel 2, it would appear, has the no vacancy sign flashing at the Inn weeknights. However, if Simmons would double her once a week request, a weekend slot with veteran newsman Don Dahler could prove beneficial for all parties.

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