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WABC-TV and WCBS-TV Sending Reporters to Royal Wedding

Get the strawberries and cream ready, or perhaps the shepherds pie.  

Showing that the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton isn’t just a worldwide affair, but also a “local” event, several New York reporters and anchors are off to London to provide coverage.

WABC/Channel 7 is sending Liz Cho and Kemberly Richardson. They will start filing reports across the Atlantic on Easter Sunday.

WCBS/Channel 2 is assigning veteran Dana Tyler to Westminster Abbey. She’ll also begin her live reports on Easter Sunday.

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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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WABC/Channel 7 Wins Feb. Sweeps in Key Demographic

As we reported earlier, WCBS-TV has reason to celebrate, winning their first sweeps at 11 p.m. in 17 years.

But, it is “steady as she goes” at WABC/Channel 7.

WABC won the key demographic Adults 25-54 in most dayparts throughout the day.

Starting in the predawn hours, Eyewitness News This Morning with Lori Stokes, Ken Rosato and Bill Evans, the station edged the competition at 4:30 a.m. In the 5 a.m. hour, however, Channel 7 had a whopping 67 percent lead.

The advantage, according to the Nielsen figures released by WABC and obtained by FishbowlNY, was maintained in the second full hour, with a 42 percent lead in the pivotal Adults 25-54 demo.

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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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More Storm Coverage Ratings Analysis: WNYW and WABC Beat Competition

As the latest snowstorm began to churn its way into New York Tuesday night, WNYW and WABC were winning their respective newscasts with Adults 25-54.

First at 10 pm., the anchor team of Ernie Anastos, Dari Alexander, and meteorologist Nick Gregory gave WNYW a 3.4 rating and 297,000 viewers among the key demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research (and obtained by WNYW).  

By contrast, WPIX, with Jodi Applegate and weatherman Mr. G, only mustered a scant .8 and 73,000 viewers.

At 11 p.m., WABC (3.1/271,000) won the night among Adults 25-54 with accurate forecasting from Lee Goldberg (pressed into duty during his vacation), while Bill Ritter and Liz Cho manned the anchor desk.

WNBC (Chuck Scarborough, Sue Simmons, and meteorologist Janice Huff) was second with a 3.0 and 264,000.

WCBS took third (2.4/209,000) as Maurice DuBois, Kristine Johnson, and Lonnie Quinn worked the storm.

Welcome to the First ‘Barmash’ Awards for Best in Local News

There are a zillion different year-end countdowns and awards. Well, before too many days go by, here’s one more.

These are the “Barmash Awards” given for the best talent and newscasts in New York TV news. This is by a committee of one—me.

Best Newscast (early morning)

Today in New York (WNBC): Darlene Rodriguez and Michael Gargiulo, Chris Cimino (weather), and Megan Meany (traffic)

Despite only being together for a couple of years, this is well-oiled machine. They have a terrific balance of good personality and good news sense. The Rodriguez and Gargiulo anchor team took some time to establish their chemistry—but by 2010 became the gold standard for dawn patrol. Another important plus is Cimino, doing that shift for more than a decade. He is one the best forecasters, not just at the station, but could easily hold is own among the “prime timers” as well.

Many more “awards” after the jump.

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From Morning to Night, A Successful 2010 for WABC-TV

WABC-TV/Channel 7 is probably sorry to usher in the New Year. In figures released by the Nielsen Company (and obtained by WABC), the station topped all competitors for weekday newscasts in 2010.

Starting out in mornings, WABC expanded Eyewitness News to 4:30 a.m. during the week. Led by Lori Stokes, Ken Rosato, and Bill Evans, the additional 30 minutes beat all rivals in Household (HH) rating and doubled the amount of Adults 25 to 54.

In the 5 a.m. hour, WABC maintained its lead over all other stations, with a full year HH rating that was at least 36 percent larger than any other channel. Among the key demographic Adults 25 to 54, Eyewitness News This Morning at least doubled the closest rival.

At 6 a.m., good fortunes continued, as Channel 7 held a 27 percent advantage over its closest competitor.  WABC surged to a 45 percent lead in the Adults 25 to 54 demo.

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WABC Wins Big During November Sweeps

WABC/Channel 7 was the people choice for television station in the November sweeps period ended last Wednesday.

WABC beat out its competitors in every weekday newscast from early morning to late evening.

In figures from the Nielsen Company (obtained by WABC), Channel 7 was tops in Households and in a key demographic–Adults 25 to 54.

Starting with Eyewitness News This Morning with Lori Stokes, Ken Rosato, and Bill Evans, the newscast (after 5 a.m.) has a 25 percent advantage in Households, while more than double as many Adults 25 to 54.

At noon, the Stokes and Rosato return to the anchor desk with a 56 percent bulge over the closest competition in Households. That newscast was victorious with Women 25 to 54, winning by better than two to one.

WABC continues its ratings dominance in the evening after the jump.

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Stations Plan for 9/11 Anniversary Coverage

As the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, TV stations are ready to commemorate the tragedy.

WCBS

Channel 2 will show the events, live from Ground Zero, beginning at 8:27 a.m. The station will remain on the air, commercial-free, until the start of the U.S. Open.

WNBC

Channel 4 is airing the complete list of the names of those who died.

WNYW/WWOR

Led by anchors Greg Kelly, Rosanna Scotto and Harry Martin, they will be reporting live from Ground Zero starting at 8 a.m.

The ceremony will be simulcast on WWOR/My9.

Both channels will take the full coverage, followed by a wrap-up.

Update:During tomorrow’s special coverage, WNYW will have interviews with Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and several victims’ families.

WABC and WPIX schedule follows the jump.

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