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Former Staffer Alleges a String of Poor Decisions Made By Fox 5 Management

The changes at WNYW/Channel 5 since last July could fill a book. While it has become a revolving door in the evening, one constant has been the “other anchor.”

That would be Dari Alexander, who remains on set at 5 and 10 p.m., no matter if it’s with Ernie Anastos, Greg Kelly, or Steve Lacy. Readers of FishbowlNY have been leaving comments since the summertime anchor debacle about her ability.

Related: FishbowlNY, Major Anchor Changes Come to Fox 5

For example, last week, Alexander was caught inadvertently calling “sitting shiva” for Mayor Ed Koch as “shitting” shiva.

That led to these remarks on the posting:

Dari seems like a nice person, but speaking strictly on her work, she is easily the worst anchor in NYC. Completely [miscast].

Sad to say, she is horrible!

The sentiment about Alexander extends well beyond a handful of disgruntled viewers.

A former colleague who worked with Alexander tells FishbowlNY that her work ethic was non-existent.

“I’ve never worked with anybody who does less preparation before she gets on the air.” [She] seems to not really care where the show is going next or what’s really happening. [Alexander] just seems to be absolutely unaffected and oblivious to the consequences of that,” the former colleague says. “It was so strange. I had never worked with anybody like that.”

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Breaking: WNYW Brass Meet for Greg Kelly Damage Control

It’s just over two weeks since WNYW/Channel 5 made wholesale changes to its on-air product. Front and center was the promotion of Greg Kelly from Good Day New York to evening anchor. His move to 10 p.m. with Dari Alexander sent market icon Ernie Anastos to the sidelines. He remains on the 5 p.m. broadcast.

Multiple sources close to the situation say three high-ranking Fox executives met yesterday with WNYW VP/GM Lew Leone for “damage control.”

FishbowlNY has learned that Jack Abernathy, Dennis Swanson, and Sharri Berg met with Leone, although news director Dianne Doctor was a no-show.

One source says the trio came to 67th Street to “figure out how to handle Greg in the 10 o’clock news.”

With Kelly at night, Dave Price stepped into Good Day with Rosanna Scotto. FishbowlNY readers have given mixed reviews, to be kind, about Price’s performance and his chemistry with Scotto.

Our readers also offered strong opinions about Kelly’s transformation to night time. Most prefer Kelly on mornings, where he spent four years, bouncing off Scotto. One reason is because Kelly brings much of his daytime style to the more subdued evening broadcast.

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Wondering Why WNYW/Channel 5 Made Those Anchor Changes?

It’s been 10 days since WNYW/Channel 5 sent shockwaves through the local news landscape: Greg Kelly promoted to nights, Dave Price hired for Good Day New York, and most stunning of all, Ernie Anastos bounced from the 10 p.m. He remains on the 5 p.m. newscast.

But, in a word– why?

FishbowlNY has attempted to interview station VP/GM Lew Leone regarding the dramatic June 28th decision. But a station spokesperson says there is no talking–yet. We’re told that because of vacation time at the start of last week’s changes, more time was needed for Kelly and Alexander to gel before going on the record.

Of course, the story is not, “How’s their chemistry?” FishbowlNY, like millions of others, simply wants to understand “Why?”

It’s our contention that any other story of this magnitude would have been cause for immediate interview requests with talent and management, but the Anastos wrinkle seemingly torpedoes that. Instead, Channel 5 officials, who made this carefully crafted decision, have elected to stay below the radar until they deem the time is right.

Fox 5/WNYW Rocked by a Major Anchor Shakeup

Earlier this week, Alexander and Anastos, in one of Ernie's final 10 p.m. broadcasts.

Channel 5 news viewers take note:  get out your programs and some pencils with erasers, there are changes-a-plenty coming Monday in the anchor pool.

While no one is leaving the station, there’s significant movement. The falling dominos start with Ernie Anastos, who’s losing his prominent 10 o’clock news. Anastos, who turns 69 July 12, remains on the 5 p.m. with Dari Alexander and will continue to host Positively Ernie specials. Anastos, who joined WNYW in 2005.  has worked steadily in New York television news since his WABC days in the late 1970s.

Greg Kelly, 43, shifts from mornings to nights. He’ll assume Anastos’ 10 p.m. seat next to Alexander. In addition, he’ll anchor the 6 p.m. solo, replacing Harry Martin, who remains on sister station WWOR/Channel 9 for the 10 o’clock news alongside Brenda Blackmon.

Filling Kelly’s void on Good Day New York is Dave Price. The one-time Good Day weatherman, Price joins Rosanna Scotto for the 7 to 10 a.m. program.

“Dave Price is an extremely talented and experienced morning news personality. The moment he became available it was clear to me that he would be a great addition to our team, WNYW VP and general manager Lew Leone says in a statement. The Good Day New York viewers will appreciate his charm, sense of humor and intelligence as they start their day with FOX 5.”

These anchor changes at WNYW come just two weeks after WNBC ended its 32-year association with Sue Simmons.

Celebrate Israel Parade is Back on WWOR/Channel 9

The Celebrate Israel parade makes it annual march along Fifth Avenue, Sunday, June 3.

And WWOR/Channel 9 calls the parade home for a second straight year.

Harry Martin and Israeli TV’s Becky Griffin get the hosting duties, with live reports from WNYW/Channel 5 reporter Robert Moses. The noon to 2 p.m. broadcast will feature two hours of parade festivities, including dozens of colorful floats; rock, reggae, folk and a cappella groups; marching bands; stilt-walkers; motorcycle riders; dancing rollerbladers; and juggling clowns.

In making the announcement Lew Leone, WWOR VP and general manager, said, “My9 is proud to be the exclusive broadcaster of this annual event. We look forward to providing our viewers with coverage of this joyous celebration, which honors Israel’s rich history and vibrant heritage.”

Channel 9 will also stream the parade for the second year from noon until its conclusion at approximately 4 p.m. on its website, www.my9tv.com.  Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to gather this year to celebrate Israel, joined by a record 35,000 marchers.

WNYW Names New Senior Executive Producer

WNYW/Channel 5 has hired veteran producer Byron Harmon as the new senior executive producer of the Fox 5 News at Ten.

Harmon, who begins at the East 67th Street studios tonight, most recently held the same title at CNN International. While there he oversaw productions in Atlanta, London, Abu Dhabi, and Hong Kong, broadcasting more than 19 live hours a day and reaching more than 220 million people worldwide.

Harmon is reunited with WNYW general manager Lew Leone and news director Dianne Doctor, both of whom were his bosses at WCBS/Channel 2. Harmon was an executive producer and 5 p.m. line producer at WCBS. Earlier in his career, he was a line producer at WNBC/Channel 4.

Harmon replaces David Hatcher.

The Yankees Return to WWOR/Channel 9 in 2012

For the eighth consecutive year, the New York Yankees are calling WWOR/Channel 9 their over-the-air home. Yankee fans will see 21 games during the season on the Fox-owned station.

In making the announcement, WWOR general manager Lew Leone said, “We are proud to continue our partnership with the YES Network as we work together to deliver another exciting broadcast season of Yankees baseball to tri-state viewers.”

Among the highlights of the 2012 Channel 9 schedule:

  • The first broadcast is April 10 at the Baltimore Orioles
  • The first home game is May 18 against the Cincinnati Reds
  • Two Mets games: June 8— at Yankee Stadium; June 22 at CitiField
  • Two Red Sox games: August 17 at Yankee Stadium; September 11 at Fenway Park
  • Final broadcast: September 25 at Minnesota Twins

“YES has enjoyed a very productive relationship with WWOR over the years, and Yankees fans will benefit from the continuity this deal brings,” said John J. Filippelli, president of production and programming at the YES Network.

WNYW Anchor Greg Kelly, Son of NYPD Commissioner, Accused of Rape

Greg Kelly, the co-anchor of the WNYW/Channel 5 morning newscast Good Day New York, has been accused of rape. Kelly is the son of New York City Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly.

According to the Daily News, Kelly’s accuser told police that she met the anchorman October 8 for drinks at the South Street Seaport before Kelly, 43, assaulted her at the law firm where she works.

The Daily News says the woman, who is around 30 years old, waited to report the allegations until Tuesday night at the 13th Precinct.

Kelly’s lawyer, Andrew M. Lankler vehemently denied the accusation in a statement last night:

Mr. Kelly is aware that the New York County district attorney’s office is conducting an investigation. Mr. Kelly strenuously denies any wrongdoing of any kind, and is cooperating fully with the district attorney’s investigation. We know the district attorney’s investigation will prove Mr. Kelly’s innocence.

Former WNYW/Channel 5 Reporter Andrea Day ‘Excited’ to Take Career in ‘Different Direction’

Andrea Day, the high-energy 14-year WNYW/Channel 5 reporter, left the station last Wednesday, after failing to have her contract renewed.

But Day tells FishbowlNY that it was her decision to leave—looking to spread her wings in a new venture.

“It was time, as a person, to do more than that,” Day admits. “I wanted to move in a different direction.”

However, Day, isn’t ready to offer any specifics about her next move. 

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WWOR Set to Cover Celebrate Israel Parade Sunday

It’s an annual tradition marching up Fifth Avenue. The Salute to Israel (now called Celebrate Israel) Parade on Sunday marks the nation’s 63rd year of independence.

WWOR/Channel 9 will cover the festivities from noon to 2 p.m. led by sister station WNYW/Channel 5 anchor John Huddy as the host. He’ll be joined by MTV Europe VJ Becky Griffin, who will interview guests and those in attendance.

The broadcast features 30,000 marchers from 160 participating organizations, 40 bands and floats, and notable Israeli and American talent.

The parade’s website says hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to line the streets.  

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