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MSG Network Tops the List with 2013 Emmy Nominations

Looking to add to their totals: WCBS colleagues Lonnie Quinn and Chris Wragge show off Emmy gold at 2012 event

Award season is in full swing! It culminates with the Oscars later this month. But not so fast. The New York Emmy Awards announced its nominations today.

MSG Network leads the pack with 67 nominations. WNBC has the most among over-the-air outlets with 58 nominations.

There are dozens of award categories and here’s a brief rundown…

WCBS’ Chris Wragge, a multiple winner, has been nominated for Best Evening Newscast (under 35 minutes). He was tapped for anchoring the East River helicopter crash in October, 2011. He also received three other nominations, including coverage of a sportscast/series for the Giants Road to Super Bowl 46. He is also a nominee for the prestigious Best Anchor.

Among those joining Wragge in that category are WABC weekend morning anchor Phil Lipof, Tom Llamas of WNBC, and Sukanya Krishnan from WPIX.

Veteran WNBC anchor Chuck Scarborough is in the running for the News Special category, hosting a 9/11 10th anniversary broadcast.

Scarborough’s new nighttime partner, Shiba Russell got a couple of nominations for her 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. anchoring.

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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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Larry Mendte Takes WPIX Viewers to Libya, May Have Sit Down With Qaddafi

On the heels of his double Emmy-winning night on Sunday, Larry Mendte began as series of exclusive reports from Libya last night for the PIX 11 News at Ten.

Mendte is the lone reporter accompanying former U.S. Representative Curt Weldon to Libya to document the negotiations.

Our sister site TVSpy reports Mendte may strike gold by interviewing the embattled Libya’s leader Muammar Qaddafi.

WPIX News Director Bill Carey Says Station ‘Blew Through Our Own Estimates’ With Transformation at 10 p.m.

After recently reporting changes to the WPIX sports department and other measures, FishbowlNY now sheds light on what news director Bill Carey sees as important innovative steps to improve the standing of his operation.

 As you’ll recall, Channel 11 underwent a new 10 p.m. look on October 11, bringing in Jodi Applegate, late from News 12 Long Island.

The tandem of Kaity Tong and Jim Watkins was relocated. Tong still has roots on the weeknight newscast, but “anchoring” portions from remote locations in Brooklyn or Queens. Watkins anchors four newscasts, but he has been relegated to weekends.

As we told you last week, the sports section of WPIX is no more, other than Applegate reading a few scores (the no-frills graphic is a throwback to the Jerry Girard days).

With the station about to mark the pivotal six-month period, FishbowlNY spoke to Carey for his examination of the product and the all-important ratings.

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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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WPIX’s Larry Mendte Speaks Out for First Responders

It’s more than nine years since that horrific day left thousands of people dead at the World Trade Center.

But in the ensuing years, the tragedy has taken on a larger significance. Nearly 1,000 First Responders, the heroes of the day, who risked their lives to save as many lives as possible, have died. And thousands of others are up against the clock for their own survival.

Congress has been hard pressed to pass legislation to help the Ground Zero rescue workers, until now.

For the past month, as the House has wrestled with the hot-bed issue, Larry Mendte, who does his “take no prisoners” style commentaries weeknights on the PIX News at Ten, championed their cause.

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WPIX, Jodi Applegate Create New Look at Ten

If you haven’t seen the PIX News at Ten in the past two weeks, what’s staring back at you might be surprising.  

Gone are the desks and chairs.

Gone is the familiar studio set.  Yet another staple of the TV news biz–the two anchor format with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong at the helm–has been uprooted in favor of Jodi Applegate flying solo, something she has rarely done throughout her career.

The station built the new look in the newsroom, allowing Applegate to be free of the usual TV news constraints. If nothing else, WPIX management, led by news director Bill Carey, should be recognized for trying to break with the norm. Unfortunately, there’s not much else.

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Jodi Applegate Leaving News 12 for WPIX

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It appears Jodi Applegate is on a collision course with Tribune-owned WPIX.

As we previously told you, reports have said that Applegate and PIX were in talks. Now, the New York Daily News has advanced the story further.

The paper reported today that Applegate was released from her contract with Cablevision. Her final day working with Ron Corning at News 12 Long Island is expected to be October 1.

That clears the way for her arrival at Channel 11, and solo anchoring of the station’s signature newscast–10 p.m.

Reportedly, veteran anchor team Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong will remain at the station but in other, undefined (not necessarily together) roles.

The duo has been anchoring the weeknight newscast since 1998.

While WPIX had no comment, they are doing a relaunch on October 4 with a new 10 p.m. set, likely centered around Applegate at the helm.

If true, Applegate would be returning to a New York station for the first time since 2008. She had been co-anchor of Fox5/WNYW’s Good Day New York for three years.

Applegate also had no comment to FishbowlNY.

WPIX news director Bill Carey has made several staffing changes (including bringing Larry Mendte and Lionel on to offer commentaries), since being hired in November 2009.