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Former Staffer Alleges a String of Poor Decisions Made By Fox 5 Management

The changes at WNYW/Channel 5 since last July could fill a book. While it has become a revolving door in the evening, one constant has been the “other anchor.”

That would be Dari Alexander, who remains on set at 5 and 10 p.m., no matter if it’s with Ernie Anastos, Greg Kelly, or Steve Lacy. Readers of FishbowlNY have been leaving comments since the summertime anchor debacle about her ability.

Related: FishbowlNY, Major Anchor Changes Come to Fox 5

For example, last week, Alexander was caught inadvertently calling “sitting shiva” for Mayor Ed Koch as “shitting” shiva.

That led to these remarks on the posting:

Dari seems like a nice person, but speaking strictly on her work, she is easily the worst anchor in NYC. Completely [miscast].

Sad to say, she is horrible!

The sentiment about Alexander extends well beyond a handful of disgruntled viewers.

A former colleague who worked with Alexander tells FishbowlNY that her work ethic was non-existent.

“I’ve never worked with anybody who does less preparation before she gets on the air.” [She] seems to not really care where the show is going next or what’s really happening. [Alexander] just seems to be absolutely unaffected and oblivious to the consequences of that,” the former colleague says. “It was so strange. I had never worked with anybody like that.”

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Heather Nauert and Juliet Huddy Swap Roles with Fox

It’s not exactly Freaky Friday, but a pair of anchors within the Fox family are switching roles. First off, WNYW/Channel 5 early morning anchor Heather Nauert is heading back to Fox News. The Good Day Early Call and Good Day New York Wake Up co-anchor is rejoining the news network for a third time as part of Fox and Friends. Nauert worked for Fox News from 1998 to 2005, and returned in 2007.

Neuert tweeted yesterday:
returning to my roots @ Fox News Channel. Love it but always missing @StevenLacy @InesRosales @mikewoodsfox5 @rosannascotto

While she heads back to Fox News, her successor alongside Steve Lacy is Juliet Huddy, a tipster tells FishbowlNY. Viewers will recall Huddy as co-host of the Fox syndicated Mike and Juliet show. It aired on from 2007 to 2009 on Channel 5. Juliet’s younger brother is WNYW reporter John Huddy.

A WNYW spokesperson couldn’t confirm Huddy’s status at Channel 5 except that she has been doing several fill-in shifts.

Stations Travel to Rome for Archbishop Dolan’s Elevation Next Week

He’s been on the job for less than three years, but next weekend New York’s Archbishop, Timothy Dolan, enjoys the biggest moment of his ecumenical career.

Last month, Dolan was chosen by the Vatican to become a Cardinal. His elevation is scheduled for Saturday, February 18 in Rome.

Dolan won’t be making the trip alone. A contingent of TV and radio reporters is headed to Italy to cover the elevation.

  • WCBS/Channel 2: Anchor Maurice DuBois and reporter Tony Aiello will be in Rome starting at mid-week. Aiello files reports on Wednesday, while DuBois begins on Thurs. Channel 2 covers the elevation ceremony live at 4:30 a.m.
  • WNBC/Channel 4: Weekend anchor David Ushery leaves for Rome on Sunday to take part in the station’s coverage next week.

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WNYW/Channel 5 Brings in New Good Day Wake Up Anchor

WNYW/Channel 5 has hired New England TV news veteran Steve Lacy to join Good Day Wake Up. He’ll team with co-anchor Heather Nauert for the early morning newscast starting the week of August 15.

Lacy comes to New York from WCVB in Boston, where he worked as weekend morning anchor and general assignnment reporter since 2006.

The Bay State native, Lacy also worked in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Bangor, Maine.

Lacy fills the void created by Reid Lamberty who left Channel 5 last  year to be closer to his family in Miami.

Good Day Wake Up airs from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., ahead of Good Day New York with Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto.

Good Day Wake Up Still Looking for Anchor

Fox5/WNYW is still seeking an anchor for their early morning newscast Good Day Wake Up.

David Navarro, who recently left the Fox affiliate in Chicago, was set to take over the Good Day Wake Up duties.

However, a deal to bring Navarro, a former WABC-TV reporter, on board at WNYW fell through.

Nauert_9.22.jpgFor now, a WNYW spokeswoman says Heather Nauert remains co-anchor as the station ramps up their search for her on-air partner.

The station says there is no timetable for adding that new anchor.

At times, Nauert has filled in solo, while on other mornings she has been joined by various members of the Fox5 staff.

Good Day Wake Up, along with Good Day Early Call runs weekday mornings from 4:30-7 a.m.

It’s the precursor to Good Day New York with Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto, airing from 7-10 a.m.