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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.

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MSG Network Tops the List for New York Emmy Award Nominations

MSG Network received a whopping 60 nominations Thursday for the 54th Annual New York Emmy Awards.

Among the other regional sports networks, the YES Network notched 46 nominations, while MSG Varsity picked up 32 nods.

SNY was recognized 23 times.

Breaking it down further, in the category Sports Coverage: Series, MSG was bookended by News 12 Westchester (twice), News 12 New Jersey, and News 12 Connecticut.  

The odds may be against MSG in that category, but not so for Sports Programming: Regularly Scheduled Program. MSG took five nominations (MLB Productions for the YES Network with the other – Yankeeography: George Steinbrenner ).  

YES’ other signature original program CenterStage, hosted by Michael Kay, is nominated for Best Interview/Discussion for the edition with Mike Tyson.

The show goes against two WNBC/NYNonstop shows–The Debrief with David Ushery and Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf.

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‘Worth It’ For Shiba Russell; Joining WNBC as Anchor/Reporter Starting Today

As we reported last week, there’s a new face at WNBC. Fittingly, Shiba Russell, a New Jersey native, starts as the station’s new weekend anchor (alongside David Ushery) and weekday reporter today– Valentine’s Day.

“Family and friends are very important to me, especially when you have a child,” Russell says. “Moving to a market where you don’t know anyone doesn’t sound like a happy life to me.”

Some people may remember Russell, who cut her TV news chops in New York, at Cablevision’s Neighborhood News 12 in 1998. Staying in the company, she moved to News 12 The Bronx, where she worked from 1999 to 2002. During that time, she gained invaluable experience reporting on one of the nation’s most devastating days—September 11, 2001.

“The cops just let us go through; we were amazed we got so far. We were right there, just a few blocks down,” Russell recalls. “The city was just so quiet…It was such a long day. By the time the day was over, I drove home and I cried.”

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Shiba Russell Joins WNBC/Channel 4 as Weekend Anchor/Weekday Reporter

As we first reported in December, the rumors have come true–Shiba Russell is now a member of NBC 4 New York/WNBC.

Russell will co-anchor the weekend newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m. with David Ushery. Viewers will also see Russell put on her reporting hat Monday-Wednesday. 

“I am thrilled to be back home and feeling the pulse of NYC once again,” says Russell.  “I have missed the people of New York because they tell you like it is.  Since I landed my first paid gig in New York and grew up in New Jersey, this is really like a homecoming.”

That “first paid gig” was at Cablevision’s Neighborhoood News 12. Early on, she also worked for News 12 The Bronx. 

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David Ushery Guides Viewers Through The Debrief

Since 2009, WNBC has given viewers a behind-the-scenes pass to their studios and newsroom with The Debrief.

The program is a high-energy, no-script combination week-in-review and look-ahead with the reporters locked in on those specific stories.

But, what makes the show work best is its host—David Ushery.

He is tailored perfectly for the “no time to waste” mentality that the show offers. It is easy to see that Ushery enjoys “winging it” without a teleprompter. 

“Timing is so important with this, because the whole idea behind The Debrief is actually the pacing of it,” Ushery tells FishbowlNY. “…Our reporter who covered [a particular story] is just going to give you the nuts and bolts—here’s what you need to know,” Ushery says, snapping his fingers. “And then we’re going to move on.”

To that end, on one recent episode, Ushery guided viewers through seven different short bursts of interviews with colleagues or guests in the first 14-minute segment.

“I think it’s new for us in local news. If you look at some of the other national shows they’ve done movement around the newsroom and a different way of storytelling.” Ushery says. “But I think in local it’s kind of a new arena for the market.” (In October, WPIX started doing nightly newscasts without a desk in the newsroom.) 

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A Blizzard of Coverage by Local Stations

As the blizzard began to barrel down on New York yesterday with varying intensity, stations gave viewers information on the storm ending their Christmas holiday with varying results.

The best of the bunch was WABC, which provided top-of-the-hour updates until 3 p.m. with meteorologist Bill Evans. After that WABC, which had no sports commitments, went full throttle with complete c0verage. The seriousness of the impending storm was shown when Bill Ritter was brought in to co-anchor coverage. Ritter was joined by weekend anchor Sandra Bookman. For the next four hours, Ritter and Bookman took viewers on a tour of the snow with reporters stationed throughout the region. The meteorologists’ hands were all on deck as well, with Lee Goldberg and Jeff Smith as part of the special broadcast.

Part of WABC’s coverage was to take Mayor Bloomberg’s press conference live. Another feather in their cap—they would be the only station to carry it in its entirety. Ritter and Bookman, along with seven live reporters and Goldberg and Smith returned for an expanded 11 p.m. newscast.

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WNBC Discovers Blogs

A funny thing happened at 30 Rock last night.

The Conan O’Brien studio audience seats were filled with about 130 bloggers as local news anchors, correspondents, the news director and other NBC brass stood on the show’s set and soaked up the bloggers’ wisdom and perspective, acknowledged ignorance about the most basic of Web concepts, and encouraged — no, entreated — the bloggers to send every little tip and scooplet and news break they had.

NBC feted the bloggers — everyone from former city parks commissioner Henry Stern and Wall Street Journal “Opinion” editor James Taranto to Red Gallery‘s Brian Van Nieuwenhoven and Sean Risley of My Body Story (who said he makes a living from his body art blog by getting speaking gigs and other assignments) — to a gnoshfest of pastries, sandwiches, cheese, nuts and soda (no liquor — FCC rules, they said), and seemed, in our estimation, surprisingly open to this whole Web 2.0 thing, while acknowledging that while they were the first in New York to reach out to bloggers like this, other cities such as Nashville and San Francisco have already done the same.

There was more than a whiff of skepticism. A lot of the bloggers scoffed at local TV news’ penchant for “if it bleeds it leads” stories about fires and muggings and robberies.

“How many people here have WNBC on your lists” when sending emails about scoops asked Sree Sreenivasan, newly minted tech guru for NBC’s local news shows after jumping from ABC. No one raised a hand. News director Dan Forman asked how many in the room wanted TV local news to go completely off the tube and for the company to spend all those millions putting it on the Web. About half the audience raised their hands. It would have been more, but a significant portion of the attendees were NBC people. Forman also acknowledged complete ignorance of what blogging software is, even as Six Apart founder Anil Dash sort of tried to explain.

Continued below: “MSM doesn’t mean metrosexual male.” Pictures, names, blog links and more quotes.

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