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NBC4 Launching New Weekly News Series

Starting Tuesday night, NBC4 will air a new weekly news series entitled “Life Connected,” celebrating the diversity of communities and individuals that have come together to enhance the quality of life of others in their community.

“Life Connected is a long-term station initiative that will celebrate different communities and cultures and demonstrate the human spirit and triumphs throughout Southern California,” said Steve Carlston, president and general manager of NBC4 Southern California. “So often we focus on the differences within society; Life Connected will highlight the similarities and connections that we all share. Whether in the workplace, in our neighborhoods, at our places of worship, or in any part of our daily lives, we are indeed all connected.”

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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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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Occupy Wall Street Protestors are Not Geraldo or Fox News Fans, October 10
  2. The Atlantic‘s November Cover is a Rarity, October 12
  3. Longtime WCBS-FM Midday Jock, ‘Consummate Pro’ Bill Brown Dies at 69, October 12
  4. Spin Adds to Team, October 11
  5. Meredith Acquires Every Day with Rachael Ray, October 12
  6. ‘New York Not Gone Forever’ as Former WPIX Talent Lolita Lopez Starts as KNBC Reporter, October 10 
  7. The New York Times’ Editors Don’t Care About Salad Dressing, October 11
  8. Meteorologist Craig Allen Increases Workload at WPIX, October 11
  9. Taking Taxi to the Top at WEMP, October 10

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‘New York Not Gone Forever’ as Former WPIX Talent Lolita Lopez Starts as KNBC Reporter Today

While we await the resolution of Jim Watkins‘ fate at WPIX, Lolita Lopez takes matters into her own hands!

The versatile Channel 11 air talent bolted for KNBC in Los Angeles where she starts on Monday as a general assignment reporter.

Lopez began at WPIX in 2001 in that same role. But she added weekend sports anchor to her resume. Eventually, when top sportscaster Sal Marchiano was dumped in 2008, Lopez was promoted.

However, when news director Bill Carey (who joined WPIX in 2009), dropped sports from the newscasts earlier this year to make his station stand out, Lopez’s trip at Channel 11 went full circle to street reporter.

Lopez, the highly visible sports anchor at the time of the unprecedented move, isn’t sure how it will affect viewers in the long term.

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Welcome to Los Angeles, Lolita Lopez

FishbowlNY’s Jerry Barmash spoke exclusively to anchor Lolita Lopez, who starts Monday as a general assignment reporter for NBC4:

Once KNBC offered Lopez a full-time reporter position, she discussed it with her husband and young daughter, but was a no brainer.

“Let’s do it,” Lopez recalls. “I’m 35, still relatively young… I just thought it was a good opportunity if I was going to try something new and completely different to do it now.”

In the end, Lopez and KNBC had a marriage, but not before feelers went out to many other stations, including several in New York. Lopez also had possible opportunities at networks.

“When I sat down and thought of what I wanted to do, I liked the fact of being in a city,” Lopez says. “I like what I was able to do in New York, I hope, which was be a part of the city.”

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Former WPIX Reporter Lolita Lopez Joins KNBC

We have more details on the West Coast plans for Lolita Lopez. The WPIX/Channel 11 veteran has been named a general assignment reporter with KNBC in Los Angeles. Our sister site TVSpy reports that Lopez’s first day is October 10.

Lopez, as we reported earlier this week, was relieved of her WPIX contract for the KNBC opportunity.

TVSpy has more on the story, including comments from Lopez’s new boss, Vickie Burns, KNBC VP of News.

Lolita Lopez Heading to NBC4 From NYC

NBC4 has hired Lolita Lopez as a general assignment reporter. Lopez, who starts her new role on Oct. 10, comes to NBC4 from WPIX-TV where she worked for a decade. During her time in New York City, Lopez was a general assignment reporter and weekend sports anchor.

“Lolita is a reporter with great versatility and passion,” Vickie Burns, vice president of news for NBC4 Los Angeles said in a statement. “From immigration issues and politics, to sports and lifestyle stories, Lolita is a skilled journalist who effectively can cover a broad spectrum of news beats.”

TVSpy points out that Lopez’s hiring comes on the heels of NBC4 receiving flack from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists for the recent demotion or termination of their top Hispanic on-air talent.

Lolita Lopez Leaves WPIX, New York for California

Versatile WPIX on-air talent Lolita Lopez has left Channel 11. She told her Facebook followers this morning: “As you might have guessed after 10+ years I have left PIX and NY for sunny CA. My heart is heavy but full and excited for a new adventure!”

A WPIX spokeswoman confirms that Lopez is moving to Los Angeles for a “job opportunity.”

Lopez joined WPIX in 2001 as a general assignment reporter. Her biggest splash came in 2005 when she moved to the sports division, initially as weekend anchor. Ultimately, Lopez would be named the main sports anchor, giving viewers “Lolita’s Lineup” nightly.

By March 2011, though, Lopez’s career at WPIX had come full circle, with the station’s decision to dismantle the entire sports department, she again became a news reporter.

A two-time Emmy winner for her sports work, Lopez sought to be released early from her contract, according to the Daily News.

FishbowlNY attempted to reach Lopez for comment.

Sports Changes Come to WNYW and WPIX 10 p.m. Newscasts

The changes are subtle, but if you look carefully they scream at you. In recent weeks, WPIX and WNYW viewers have noticed something different when it comes to how the sports portion of the newscast is produced.

On the PIX News at 10, the latest in a series of changes has news director Bill Carey dropping its sports department.

Instead, news anchor Jodi Applegate (Jim Watkins on weekends) spends a minute in the control room reading the scores and narrating a few highlights.

Carey says PIX (which carries Mets’ games) has never been a destination for viewers seeking sports information.

“Our station doesn’t have a sports profile … We never did a sportscast in the 6:30 news while it was on the air,” Carey tells FishbowlNY. “We don’t do sports in the morning show.”

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Report: WPIX Drops Sports Department

It appears to be the end of an era in New York TV News. Tribune-owned WPIX/Channel 11 is poised to dump its sports department. With it, the New York Post reports Lolita Lopez (left), the station’s sports director, is getting reassigned.

The paper said it wasn’t certain if sports coverage would fall into the laps of the news anchors or if it would be outsourced.

“I hope it’s not the start of a trend, but I’ve heard of other stations around the country doing the same,” former longtime WNBC sports anchor Len Berman (below) says. ”I’m a firm believer in local sports and I don’t believe local sports is diminished by ESPN. But I know there are many in management who don’t agree.”

This would mark the first New York City TV station to forgo a sports department.

Of course, Channel 11 has a long history attached to sports. First, for decades of Yankee baseball, and more recently WPIX has been the home for Mets games.

This is the latest change for news director Bill Carey, hired in November 2009. His biggest splash, to this point, was the overhaul of the 10 p.m. newscast in October 2010. Anchor Jodi Applegate, formerly from News 12 Long Island, was brought in.

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