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WCBS/Channel 2 Declares Victory at 11 P.M.

WCBS/Channel 2 finished the just concluded the February sweeps as the most watched newscast in New York, and the country, among total viewers and households. This marks the second straight February win for WCBS at 11 p.m. anchored by Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson.

Overall, the 11 p.m. numbers for last month were a 5.5 rating a 10 share in homes, with an average of 517,000 viewers–the  highest total during a major sweeps period since May 2005.

Comparing the 11 p.m. newscast to a year ago, figures were up 10 percent in homes and six percent among viewers. The newscast was also on the rise 5 percent year-to-year in the key Adults 25 to 54 demographic.

“The only things better than winning are winning with consistency and delivering ratings growth and we’re extremely pleased to have won two of the last four major sweeps,” said Peter Dunn, president, CBS Television Stations, and president and general manager, WCBS.  “Thanks to our having a great team of employees, the backing of America’s most-watched network and the support of our CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor and CBS Local Media colleagues, we’re extremely well positioned to be even more successful in the months and years to come.”

Channel 2 also saw year-to-year growth at 6 a.m. with Rob Morrison and Mary Calvi, increasing 22 percent among Adults 25 to 54.  

MSG Network and WNBC Top the Nominees for New York Emmys

With 57 nominations, MSG Network leads the pack at the New York Emmy Awards. WNBC/Channel 4 tops the over-the-air outlets with 50 nods.

A look at some of the nominations for the April 1st gala:

For Best Morning Newscast, the nominees include WNYW/Channel 5′s Good Day New York, WNBC’s Today in New York, WABC/Channel 7, and WPIX/Channel 11, which had 36 nominations overall.

For newscast of 35 minutes or less, Spanish stations WXTV/41 notched four nominations, while Channel 47/WNJU had one. The other nomination goes to WNBC, for the death of Osama bin Laden.

In the longer newscast category, WPIX and WCBS had two nods each. WABC and WNYW also are recognized.

For breaking news, WCBS is nominated for the Yonkers scaffold rescue. WCBS was chosen for coverage of the Brooklyn boy’s murder. WNBC is showcased for Hurricane Irene, while WNYW gets the nod for reporting on a tornado touching down in New York.

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Changes at Channel 2/WCBS: Carolyn Gusoff Joins Long Island Bureau; Katie McGee Moves to Nights

WCBS/Channel 2 has hired Carolyn Gusoff to bolster the station’s Long Island bureau with veteran reporter Jennifer McLogan. Gusoff, a Queens native, who grew up in Woodmere, was the Long Island correspondent at WNBC for 15 years. Since 2009, Gusoff  has been a freelance reporter at WNYW/Channel 5.

The move is likely connected to WCBS’ acquisition of WLNY/Channel 55 in December. Viewers can anticipate seeing familiar faces from WCBS on the Long Island channel.  

But that wasn’t all for WCBS. Morning traffic reporter Katie McGee now gets to sleep in. She joins Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson as entertainment reporter for the 5 p.m. newscast.

Taking McGee’s traffic beat is Alex Denis. She comes to New York after a stint as a traffic reporter in Nashville, Tennessee. She also worked in Panama City, Florida, and as a political correspondent for a TV station in Tampa, according to her website.

 Photo courtesy of AlexDenis.net

Ringing in 2012 with Some New Year’s Resolutions

Countdown is on before 2012 arrives. But before we say so long to 2011, there’s just enough time to gather some new year’s resolutions. Several notable personalities provide their resolutions for 2012.

WNYW/Channel5 anchor Ernie Anastos:

I’ve always looked forward to starting a new year with a renewed sense of purpose.  

One of my personal resolutions for 2012 is to bring more positive and uplifting stories to the media by highlighting the good things happening in our world. We need it. Viewers have always been asking for it, which is why I hosted my first TV special on Fox 5, “Positively Ernie.” Now, I’m hoping to turn it into a regular weekly show to help make a difference. My wish is for good news for the new year! 
WNBC/Channel 4 sports anchor Bruce Beck:

  • I would like to lose 10 pounds to get down to old playing weight.
  • I would like not to choke on the 18th hole in the club championship.
  • I would like to cover a New York team winning a world title in all four major sports in 2012.

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FishbowlNY: Year in Review

As we get ready to usher in 2012, let’s take one more look at the biggest broadcasting stories that FishbowlNY covered in 2011.

In January, Scott Clark closes out a brilliant career at WABC, retiring after nearly a quarter-century at Channel 7.

Maurice DuBois makes his debut as WCBS/Channel 2 lead anchor when he is promoted to nights opposite Kristine Johnson. Chris Wragge shifts his energy to The Early Show, but that wasn’t the last we would hear from him.

Also as 2011 began, veteran radio talk host Curtis Sliwa adds an afternoon shift to his Apple/WNYM duties.

In February, among the notable events, WNBC/Channel 4 welcomes home Shiba Russell from Boston. She was named weekend anchor with David Ushery. Russell fueled speculation that she was Sue Simmons’ “heir apparent,” as the main (if not exclusive) fill-in for the legendary anchor, who started at Channel 4 in 1980.

On the radio, Craig Allen, a veteran in his own right, agrees to a three-year extension as WCBS 880’s chief meteorologist. Two months later, Allen marked 30 years at the station.

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Time to Handout 2nd Annual Barmash Awards for Excellence in TV News

It’s that time of the year—time for buying Christmas trees, and subsequently decorating them with all the trimmings. Our Jewish friends are digging out the menorahs, and making sure they have enough candles.

But it’s also the season for countless awards. FishbowlNY is no exception, as we present our 2nd annual Barmash Awards, honoring the local TV news scene here in New York.

As the title indicates, there is no committee making these decisions—just one co-editor.

While our intention isn’t to specifically balance the award winners, it does show the enormous talent we have to choose from across the dial.

Best Newscast (morning)

The chemistry works perfectly between WABC/Channel 7 veterans Lori Stokes and Ken Rosato. Stokes, though, brings that special connection to morning viewers. Stokes has a warm and friendly demeanor as she virtually “wakes” up people each day. Bill Evans is one of the best TV meteorogists, only falling short in the overall category to a colleague.

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Successful November Sweeps for WCBS/Channel 2

While WCBS/Channel 2 may not be ready to declare victory in the November sweeps (officially ending tomorrow), the station did register impressive year-to-year growth, based on figures obtained by FishbowlNY from WCBS.

Overall, WCBS saw huge increases in the morning. The 4:30 a.m. newscast, with anchors Rob Morrison and Mary Calvi rocketed 50 percent in Adults 25 to 54, 5:00 a.m. improved 17 percent in Households and 50 percent  in Adults 25 to 54,  while 6:00 a.m. was up 10 percent in Households and 29 percent in Adults 25 to 54.

The noon newscast also moved into positive territory, up 12 percent in Households and 20 percent in Adults 25 to 54. At 6 p.m. newscasts saw minimal gains from last year, up three percent in Households.

The good news continues for WCBS, which moves into a first-place tie at 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. in Households.

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WCBS/Channel 2 Ready to Lift Curtain on New Studio

It has been several months in the making. On Thursday, WCBS/Channel 2 debuts its brand new studio, beginning with the noon newscast with Rob Morrison and Mary Calvi. Plans began in January, with the WCBS anchors broadcasting from a temporary, smaller studio since last month.  

But that was then, and this is now.

“It’s a magnificent, state-of-the-art new studio that allows us to present the newscasts in a dynamic, interesting, and innovative way,” WCBS news director David Friend tells FishbowlNY.

The new West 57th Street studio means, of course,  sharper, vibrant shades, which Friend says will heighten the viewers experience.

“The design and the color palette of the studio were picked to enhance our anchors [and] to help us better report our stories,” Friend says. “The audience will be surprised at the way we’ll be able to utilize the studio to dramatically enhance our storytelling and our newscast presentation.”

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WNYW Drops 9/11 Memorial Coverage for NFL, While WCBS Stays ‘Overtime’

Ceremonies took place at ground zero yesterday, marking ten years since the horrific 9/11 attacks.

The day featured the traditional reading of the victim’s names, and six moments of silence marking the four plane crashes and when the Twin Towers collapsed.

But the special event included brief remarks interspersed with remarks from many dignitaries, including President Obama and former President George W. Bush.

WCBS/Channel 2 remained on the air until the final name was read. Only then, at approximately 1:15 p.m., did Channel 2 join in progress NFL action between the Ravens and Steelers.  WCBS opened their coverage at ground zero with Don Dahler and Cindy Hsu. The memorial ceremonies were anchored by Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson.

However, WNYW/Channel 5 did not follow the same plan.

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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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