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Camille Edwards Named WABC-TV VP of News

WABC/Channel 7 has appointed Camille Edwards to oversee the more than 40 hours of live news programming. As VP of News, Edwards is also in charge of the station’s content on all platforms, including online and Taxi TV.  She succeeds news director Kenny Plotnik, who left WABC June 1 after 25 years.

Edwards has more than 20 years of journalism and management experience, including major market stops in Washington, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

“Camille Edwards’s proven commitment to excellence in local TV news, along with her innovative work expanding news content to new-media platforms, made her the ideal choice for the top news post at WABC-TV,” Dave Davis, WABC president and general manager, says. “We’re all proud to welcome Camille back to the ABC Owned Television Stations Group and look forward to her continuing success ahead at WABC-TV.”

 

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WABC News Director Kenny Plotnik Exiting

It’s the end of an era on Lincoln Square.

News director Kenny Plotnik is leaving WABC/Channel 7. He has held the position since August 2002.

Our sister site TVSpy first reported Plotnik sent an email to staffers where he says in part, “WABC…I have been honored and proud to have led our news department to countless ratings victories and recognition as an example of the highest standards of journalism in the business.”

Channel 7 has been a ratings grabber throughout Plotnik’s tenure. The station just concluded a successful May sweeps, winning virtually all dayparts.

“Kenny bleeds Eyewitness News blue, 24/7,” Veteran WABC anchor Bill Ritter tells FishbowlNY. “His stamp on the newsroom is huge and everlasting – as managing editor, then as assistant news director and, for the last decade, as news director.”

While there is no word on his future plans, Plotnik added in the email that he has decided to look “elsewhere for career challenges.”

Plotnik’s final day is Friday.

“He has been my boss and my friend,” Ritter says. “And I will miss him.”

TVSpy has more details on Plotnik’s decision.

WABC/Channel 7 Joining Forces with ESPN for Morning Sports

ESPN and WABC/Channel 7, properties of the Walt Disney Corporation, are taking synergy to the next level. The Daily News reports WABC will outsource morning sports reports to ESPN.

That means, gone are the sportscasts by evening anchor Rob Powers that at times were outdated. Also, it means Powers doesn’t have to wait for late games to finish before recording the morning sportscasts.

Our sister site TVSpy has more on the deal, including comments from Channel 7 news director Kenny Plotnik.

On Saturday, FishbowlNY told you first that Bloomberg Radio/WBBR is now using ESPN anchors during morning drive.

WABC Reveals Post-Oprah Anchor Lineup; New 4 p.m. Newscast

Whether WABC is ready for Oprah Winfrey to leave the air next month after 25 top-rated seasons doesn’t matter now. The eventual 4 p.m. change is about to happen. Today, WABC took the first step— making its own changes. First off, the station finally announced the anchors to helm the new 4 p.m. newscast that will replace Oprah’s time slot. Our sister station TVSpy details the changes in the air at WABC.

While no on-air talent is leaving, WABC is playing a bit of anchor roulette.

Liz Cho and David Navarro will anchor at 4. Cho remains at 6 p.m. with Bill Ritter.

The day, arguably, means the most for Navarro, who had a homecoming at WABC in December after a 10-year absence in Chicago.

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WABC-TV Hires Chicago Meteorologist Amy Freeze for Weekend Mornings

WABC-TV/Channel 7 has turned the corner from the ugly situation involving Heidi Jones.

The station has hired Amy Freeze, yes Freeze, as their new weekend morning meteorologist.

Freeze, 36, had been the former chief meteorologist at the Fox affiliate in Chicago. 

TimeOutChicago.com reports that Freeze was bounced out of her job unceremoniously on February 20 after four years, as her contract wasn’t renewed. 

Now in New York, though, WABC news director Kenny Plotnik tells FishbowlNY that Freeze will be an asset to the station. 

“She brings a wealth of knowledge that will mix in very well with our three people, in terms of understanding the weather, explaining it to our audience, and strong forecasting.”

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One-time WABC-TV Anchor Charles Perez Blasts Former Colleagues In New Book

Charles Perez, who only spent two years at WABC/Channel 7, was believed to be groomed for the main anchor gig.

In his new book, Confessions of a Gay Anchorman, Perez discusses his coming out and how his TV gigs were affected by it.

For the chapter on his stint at WABC, (lasting all of 12 pages), however, Perez’s focus was not on his sexuality, at least not on the surface.

But Perez, hardly a memorable name in the annals of Eyewitness News history, took one jab after another at his former colleagues.

“To me it’s not about any of the people I mentioned,” Perez tells FishbowlNY. “It was about how shocked I was to get to a place that I thought was going to be about professionalism and journalism. In my experience, it was about ego more than anything. It was a culture of inflated egos and inefficiency,”

In the book, Perez calls WABC’s shop “by far the most overstaffed facility I’d ever worked in.”

In response, Perez joked, “How many people does it take to put in a light bulb?”

Faced with breaking news, Perez says he was forced to be at the cameraman’s beck and call.

“I could sit down there waiting for a photographer for a freaking hour and a half before he would actually get in the truck and pull out,” Perez alleges. “Everybody was moving like snails.”

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