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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. New York Times reporter Leaks Maureen Dowd Column to CIA, August 28
  2. Cover Battle: The New Yorker or Vice, August 30
  3. New York Live Makes Another Programming Switch to 12:30 p.m.; Jane Hanson (left) to Exit Show Friday, August 27
  4. News Corp. Either Loves Obama or Really Hates Romney, August 23
  5. Bloomberg Insider Calls Reagan a ‘Socialist,’ Waits for Republicans to Burn Convention to the Ground, August 28
  6. Weekend Weathercaster Domenica Davis Out at WNBC; Steve Villaneuva Bolts WPIX to Fill Slot, August 24
  7. Howard Stern Marks 30th Anniversary of New York Debut at WNBC, August 30

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New York Live Makes Another Programming Switch to 12:30 P.M.; Jane Hanson to Exit Show Friday

New York Live and its predecessor LX New York have made more changes on the WNBC schedule than a game of three card monte. The latest switcheroo may be a surprise to many. As we reported in March, WNBC announced that New York Live would be canceled in time for fall programming. True to their word, Steve Harvey takes the 3 p.m. slot with the debut of his new syndicated talk show September 4.

And that would be the end of the line for New York Live.

Quietly, however, in just the last few weeks, the show has apparently been given another life. New York Live is making the move to 12:30 p.m., immediately after the noon newscast.

Some changes are coming to the program, though. Most notably, the time has been trimmed to just 30 minutes. Lead host Jane Hanson will not be part of the shorter entertainment/lifestyle broadcast.

“It just didn’t work for me for a number of different reasons,” Hanson tells FishbowlNY. “One of them is financially. There wasn’t the same kind of pay involved… I just could not afford to take that job.”

In the end, it wasn’t a tough decision to walk away, but Hanson still has fond memories of New York Live.

“We were really gaining momentum too. We had great [fan] response… we interacted the audience in unusual ways because we always had that chat at the bottom of the page,” Hanson says. “That part I’ll miss.”

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End of the Line for WNBC’s New York Live

It’s been a tumultous run for New York Live. The lifestyle and fashion-heavy show is being canceled in the fall, a WNBC spokeswoman confirms to FishbowlNY.

New York Live, originally called LX New York, debuted to much criticism in September 2009 when it replaced news at 5 p.m.  

But audiences never fully latched on.

By February 2010, Jane Hanson, a Channel 4 veteran anchor and recent cast off, was brought on board for stability to the sinking ship with co-anchor Sara Gore. Jacque Reid was added as a third host in September 2011.

But the die was cast in May 2011, when the LX TV-produced program opted for the name change from LX New York. Four months later, WNBC did an about-face–reinstating news at 5 p.m. and moving New York Live to 3 p.m.  

The spokeswoman says no decision has been made “as to what programming will take that time slot,” but the Daily News speculates that syndicated talk shows hosted by Jeff Probst and Steve Harvey are both likely candidates to grab the 3 p.m. time slot.

WNBC Seeing Green, Provides Coverage of Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

WNBC is set for live coverage of the 251st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Channel 4 has four hours of parade festivities Saturday, as participants travel along Fifth Avenue to 86th Street.

This year’s hosts include Tommy Smyth, ESPN’s renowned soccer analyst and commentator, Treasa Smyth, host of Ireland Calls and Chris Cahill, executive director/Institute of American Irish Studies at Pace University, and New York Live‘s Jane HansonTom Llamas, who co-anchors the noon and 5 p.m. newscasts, will interview dignitaries along the parade route.

Serving as Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Francis X. Comerford, chief revenue officer and president of commercial operations for the NBC Owned Television Stations.

WNBC will stream the parade live , and it will also be available on mobile devices at nbcnewyork.com.

Stuck in Europe Following Honeymoon, WCBS Anchor Maurice DuBois Was ‘Desperate for any Shred of Information’ During 9/11

For several days, we’ve been offering you some insight as to how some well-known reporters and anchors covered the horrific day 10 years ago when our city, world, and life would change forever.

We conclude our special coverage–9/11: New York Remembers.

For WCBS-TV main anchor Maurice DuBois it was, perhaps, even more difficult. DuBois, at the time, a co-anchor on WNBC’s Today in New York, was returning from his honeymoon in Southern France on September 11.

“Not quite halfway through the flight the pilot gets on the public address and says, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, this is an unusual situation, but we’ve been advised that U.S. airspace is closed and we are returning to Paris.’”

DuBois recalls passengers letting out a gasp on the plane as they remained in the dark about the details stateside.

An hour after, as they were turned back for France, DuBois tells FishbowlNY, the pilot gave one final much grimmer update, telling passengers that there were “massive explosions in Lower Manhattan.”

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Jacque Reid Added as Host to WNBC’s New York Live Lineup

Last week, New York Live (formerly LX New York) made the switch to 3 p.m. and now has a third host, joining Jane Hanson and Sara Gore.

Jacque Reid is familiar to BET viewers where she was that network’s lead news anchor on the Nightly News from 2001 to 2005.

Now as a trio, New York Live offers viewers a heavy daily dose of celebrity news and interviews, lifestyle choices, and the latest fashion trends.

”We are more than thrilled to have Jacque as part of our team,” says Amy Rosenblum, New York Live executive producer. “Jacque brings a great spark to the show with her outspoken commentary and great personality. She is a terrific new addition and will make the show even better than ever.”

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WNBC/Channel 4 Makes Scheduling Switches Early, Thanks to Irene

WNBC/Channel 4 already had plans to bring news back at 5 p.m.  That’s not new. But given the necessary saturation of news late last week as Hurricane Irene had New York City in its crosshairs, WNBC decided to debut its reconstituted 5 p.m. broadcast without fanfare.  

A WNBC spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that the station wanted to keep the momentum going with their new anchor team, Shiba Russell and Tom Llamas.

WNBC had previously announced that the 5 p.m. newscast would start September 12th.

New York Live, hosted by Jane Hanson and Sara Gore, made its leap to 3 p.m. on Monday.

WNBC Names Shiba Russell and Tom Llamas as 5 p.m. Anchor Team

WNBC/Channel 4, which previously decided to bring back its 5 p.m. newscast, has named its anchor team. 

Shiba Russell (right), a weekend co-anchor with David Ushery, joins Tom Llamas for the new one-hour newscast, beginning September 12th.

“A new, one hour newscast at 5 p.m. will offer viewers a compelling choice for local news,” said Susan Sullivan, WNBC, Vice President of News. ”The selection as anchors of Shiba Russell and Tom Llamas, two award-winning journalists, is essential to ensuring the effective delivery of the critical local news and information that is so vital to our viewers.”

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Reporter Ann Mercogliano Jumps Ship From WNBC to WCBS

Ann Mercogliano, who joined WNBC/Channel 4 in 2010 as reporter for New York Live (formerly LX New York ), is headed for WCBS/Channel 2.

Although Mercogliano did focus on entertainment and lifestyle stories for LX, anchored by Jane Hanson and Sara Gore, she occasionally would file harder pieces for the station’s weekend newscasts.

Mercogliano begins at WCBS as a per diem general assignment reporter on August 1. She got her start in the business at Channel 2 as a desk assistant.

5 p.m. News Returns to WNBC, as New York Live Moves to 3 p.m.

How will WNBC mark two years on the air for lifestyle and entertainment show New York Live (formerly LX New York)?

WNBC/Channel 4 has announced that they will bring news back to viewers at the, once coveted, 5 p.m. slot.

“We’re excited to announce the launch of a 5 p.m. newscast on NBC 4 in September,” says general manager Michael Jack. ”We are dedicated to being the leader in local news in the Tri-State area and this additional newscast is the next building block to help us achieve that goal.”

A WNBC spokeswoman says the 5 p.m. anchors will be named later this summer.

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