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Mayor Bloomberg Terror Threat Briefing Only Covered Live By WCBS and WNBC

With the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sunday, there’s word of a credible, but unconfirmed threat that authorities were taking seriously. The threat, to coincide with this weekend’s memorial services, potentially involves New York and/or Washington.  

Moments before President Obama’s jobs address to Congress, came word of the threat. By 8:30 p.m., it was announced that Mayor Bloomberg would give a briefing. Just after 9:40 p.m., he spoke about the threat at One Police Plaza in Lower Manhattan. Bloomberg was flanked by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and the FBI New York chief Janet Fedarcyk.

WCBS/Channel 2, with Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson, broke into Big Brother to carry the Mayor’s remarks. 

WNBC/Channel 4, with Chuck Scarborough at the helm, shared the screen with the NFL opener. WNBC kept the football on most of the screen, while the news conference was relegated to a small box in the top right corner. No complaints, though. We could see it, and more important, we could hear it.

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Don Dahler Reworks Contract; Remains With WCBS as Weekend Anchor

Don Dahler is staying put at WCBS/Channel 2. Dahler, with WCBS since 2007, saw his role altered with the return of Chris Wragge to co-anchor at 6 p.m. with Dana Tyler. Wragge rejoined WCBS earlier this week.

Dahler has been shifted to weekend anchor and weekday reporter. Additionally, the veteran newsman will be a contributor for the 5 p.m. newscast with Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson.

Dahler’s bio has already been updated on the station’s website. FishbowlNY has learned that WCBS is expected to make the official announcement on Thursday.

Update: Dahler will anchor the weekend early morning and evening broadcasts.

Jersey Shore Remains Number One, While Hurricane Irene Brings in Strong Ratings

It’s another week with Jersey Shore taking hold of the top prime time spot in New York. The popular MTV reality show, now in its fourth season, had an estimated 1.1 million viewers and a 5.3 rating, according to the Nielsen Company.

While the Jersey Shore gang was hanging out in Italy, Hurricane Irene was bearing down on the Jersey Shore.

Every local TV station went non-stop throughout the weekend with storm coverage.

WNBC/Channel 4, had the highest rating (tied for second) among its competitors. A large reason for that can be attributed to three words–Chuck and Sue.

The long-running anchor team of Chuck Scarborough and Sue Simmons (more than 30 years) was at the helm for coverage Saturday night (596,000/3.0).

WABC/Channel 7, with veteran Bill Ritter and Sade Baderinwa, took fifth place (568,000/2.8) for the Saturday evening 4-segment of Irene.

WNYW/Channel 5, although not on the survey for Saturday coverage, did crack the Top 10 for its regular Ernie Anastos/Dari Alexander 10 p.m. newscast on Thursday (480,000/2.4) and Friday (510,000/2.5) as preparations got underway.

WCBS/Channel 2 anchored by Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson, landed at number 16 (405,000/2.0) for a one-hour portion Saturday night (9-10 p.m.)

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TV Stations Go Wall-to-Wall for Irene Coverage All Weekend

As Hurricane Irene churned in the Atlantic with a bulls-eye at New York City’s back, TV stations went into non-stop coverage throughout the weekend.

The category-one storm made her first landfall early Saturday morning in Cape Lookout, North Carolina as stations began their wall-to-wall mode.

Accentuating the serious nature of the story, virtually every anchor was on the air.

WNYW’s Dari Alexander was one of the few anchors not seen during the weekend coverage. She was last seen by viewers on Friday night. Her 10 p.m. colleague Ernie Anastos (above, center) made his first appearance at 3 p.m. Sunday with co-anchor Christina Park, as the storm weakened significantly.

But Channel 5 did have its Good Day team, Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly, in place. However, much of Scotto’s screen time during the weekend was with WNYW’s newest memberSteve Lacy, and not her “TV husband” Kelly.

Kelly and Scotto were together Saturday, helping provide of the special moments.

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Chris Wragge Returns to WCBS-TV as Anchor of 6 p.m. Newscast, Remains on Early Show

Chris Wragge is going to be sharing his time with WCBS/Channel 2. The New Jersey native has been tapped to co-anchor the 6 p.m. newscast with Dana Tyler starting September 6th.     

Wragge spent six years with Channel 2, before leaving for CBS’ The Early Show at the beginning of the year.

He replaces Don Dahler who co-anchors at 6 p.m.

“We are in discussions with Don regarding his future with us,” A WCBS spokesman says. “He continues to be a valued member of our team.”

Prior to leaving for the network, Wragge was Channel 2′s most visible talent, co-anchoring the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. with Kristine Johnson.

Maurice DuBois has since been promoted to that role.

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WCBS/Channel 2 Ends May Sweeps with Ratings Growth, Second Place at 11 p.m.

WABC/Channel 7 declared themselves the winner, day to night, in the just concluded May Sweeps period.  But, WCBS/Channel 2 saw nice personal improvements since May 2010.

The 11 p.m. newscast with Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson finished second in New York with an average of 427,000 viewers, a three percent jump from last May and the station’s biggest late news audience in a May Sweeps in three years. (Chris Wragge co-anchored the late news with Johnson until the end of 2010.)

Additionally, Channel 2 had the only 11 p.m. newscast that delivered year-to-year growth in the key Adults 25 to 54 demographic (1.7/5 – up five percent) as well as Adults 18-49 (1.2/4 – up nine percent). 

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Analyzing Second Day Coverage of Bin Laden Death on New York City Stations

As you undoubtedly know by now, Osama Bin Laden was killed Sunday in Pakistan. Yesterday, local stations were still focusing their energy and resources on the latest developments, especially at Ground Zero.

First, though, a couple of good moves by WPIX. They were the only over-the-air station to carry the White House press briefing at 2 p.m., where presidential advisor John Brennan gave details of the firefight.  Reporter Howard Thompson anchored the coverage from their New York studios.

For its 10 p.m. newscast, Jodi Applegate flanked by a  full compliment of (mostly live) reporters did away with their ”11 Stories in 11 Minutes” segment, and therefore the urgency (also variations on the same story) meant no rundown icons at the bottom of the screen.

Of course, Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander had their own full coverage at 10 p.m. with multiple reporters, including Harry Martin at Ground Zero.

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MSG Network and WPIX, Big Winners at 2011 New York Emmys

A packed ballroom gathered at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square last night for the 2011 New York Emmy Awards. Right from the outset, we knew this going to be a special night, as it was the largest crowd ever and most awards being handed out (123). FishbowlNY was on hand tweeting results and providing photos from the red carpet.

MSG Network took home the most Emmys with 11. WPIX got the most trophies (10) among over-the-air stations. WNBC had an eight-Emmy night, while WCBS garnered seven awards.

Among the winners:

Daytime Newscast —WABC Eyewitness News at Noon with anchors Lori Stokes and Ken Rosato, meterologist Bill Evans.

Evening Newscast Over 35 Minutes—
CBS 2 Winter Storm Coverage, March 15, 2010. Kristine Johnson and Chris Wragge anchors. Meteorologist Lonnie Quinn.

Quinn was also named the Top Weather Anchor, while his former WCBS colleague Wragge was named Top News Anchor and Live Reporter.

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As Drama Unfolds, Newscasts Focus In On Yonkers Scaffolding Rescue

For more than an hour late Friday afternoon, two workers dangled precariously 12 stories over the side of a Yonkers high rise.

The timing of the accident (just after 5 p.m.) made for instant drama: just add water and stir.

The men who had been out on the scaffolding were ultimately brought down to street level safely.

With choppers providing live video from the scene, viewers saw all the riveting images.

Although not all images were as riveting as others, Channel 4, for example, which shares the helicopter with Fox 5/WNYW, actually had a much grainier feed than their partner. Apparently, WNBC was overcompensating for the darker, albeit clearer, picture on WNYW.

WNYW, though, was late to get to the coverage, taking approximately 30 minutes longer than WCBS and WABC for their choppers to arrive.

Once all the stations were on air and up in the air, this played out right through the 6 p.m. newscasts.

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WCBS/Channel 2 ‘Sweeps’ Competition With Late Newscast

Update: Comments from Peter Dunn

On January 3, veteran anchor Maurice DuBois made the move from mornings to evenings (with the departure of Chris Wragge for The Early Show).

But for WCBS, this was no rearranging of the deck chairs on the Titanic.

DuBois, the consummate pro, appeared to have instant chemistry with his new on-air partner Kristine Johnson.

And now the ratings bear that out.

In the just released February sweeps, FishbowlNY has learned that WCBS has won the 11 p.m. newscast, which DuBois and Johnson c0-anchor.

This marks the first time Channel 2 has won the weeknight late news sweeps race since 1994. That ratings book was influenced by CBS’ coverage of the Winter Olympics in prime time.

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