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WNYW’s Dari Alexander and the Rotating Anchor Chairs

Call it musical chairs without the music! WNYW/Channel 5 anchor Dari Alexander is part of the station’s 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. She co-anchors the early broadcast with market veteran Ernie Anastos, and the late news with Greg Kelly.

That part is known since the major anchor shifts in July. But more subtle is where Alexander places herself, and why.

Viewers of the 5 p.m. see no changes–Alexander in her familiar spot next to Anastos on her (TV) right. However, take a look at the 10 p.m., where Kelly replaced Anastos. Instead of seeing Kelly taking Anastos’ seat, it’s Alexander who’s jumping into her on-air partner’s spot.

Two factors could be at play here. First, it would appear that Fox management is trying in subliminal fashion to take “pressure” off Kelly. Grabbing Anastos’ seat, still used at 5 p.m., could be viewed as “stealing” his job.

But now we’re faced with an TV news anomaly. When was the last time an anchor sat in different positions for multiple newscasts? It’s a rare occurrence, if it happens at all.

Another point to note: on all of the major newscasts the male anchor is sitting on the left, whether it be Maurice DuBois, Chuck Scarborough, or Bill Ritter. (One exception: WNBC’s Today in New York has Darlene Rodriguez on the left, alongside Michael Gargiulo.)

A WNYW spokesperson had no comment to FishbowlNY on the record.

New York Reporters Hunker Down in New Orleans for Hurricane Isaac

Seven years ago today, after nearly being swallowed up by Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans area is being assaulted by Hurricane Isaac and New York reporters are on the scene.

WNBC/Channel 4 anchor Tom Llamas reported live from New Orleans during last night’s 11 p.m. newscast with Chuck Scarborough and Shiba Russell as the storm was about to make landfall.

WABC/Channel 7 had the only other local presence in the Big Easy. Reporter Jim Dolan also handled the impending fury at 11 p.m. with David Navarro (in for Bill Ritter at the Republican National Convention) and Sade Baderinwa at the anchor desk.

At WCBS/Channel 2, Drew Levinson reported live with Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson. Levinson, though, is a national correspondent for CBS Newspath, an affiliate news service.

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene hitting our area.

As Richard Rose Debuts, WLNY Making Long Island Headway at Nine

To say that WCBS/WLNY “got the message” might be too strong, but we are seeing some positive signs for a Long Island presence.

First, WCBS, which completed its purchase of independent WLNY (TV 10/55) in April, has finally added the only pre-acquisition holdover.

Richard Rose is reporting from the WCBS/WLNY Long Island bureau, a revamped, HD facility to WLNY’s former Melville location. Rose delivers a Long Island business segment each night on the News at 9, anchored by Chris Wragge and Dana Tyler.

FishbowlNY previously argued that WLNY, especially its new prime time newscast, needed a larger Long Island focus, given that the FCC has the license based in Riverhead. At the time, a spokesperson said Rose’s delay was because the studio was not ready. However during that time, Rose did not report from the CBS studios on West 57th where the broadcast originated, nor did he hit the road within the Island to find stories.

Now Rose and the new studio are in place. The spokesperson says Rose joined the News at 9 on July 30, one week after our “review.” His contribution is included in the second half of the newscast.

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WNBC-TV and WCBS-AM Among the Big Winners at Folios

2012 Folio co-hosts, WCBS anchors DuBois and Johnson

The Folio Awards explore the best reporting on Long Island. Television and radio personalities were selected for their work. But make no mistake about it, this celebration of the past year had an unofficial theme–The Red Carpet is out for CBS.

As we reported last month, WCBS/Channel 2 finalized its takeover of Long Island mainstay Channel 55/WLNY, complete with several hours of new programming using Channel 2 talent. And the Fair Media Council, which oversees the Folios, is ecstatic.

The event’s printed program opens with this message:

“Congratulations, FMC Folio Winners 2012 and Welcome, CBS Long Island.”

The same sentiment was echoed in the ballroom of the Crest Hollow Country Club, where at the conclusion of the National Anthem, video screens read “Welcome to Long Island, CBS News.”

The feeling was kept close to the heart of CBS staffers who participated in the awards program. Wayne Cabot presented, alongside his WCBS 880 afternoon partner Steve Scott. Before leaving the podium, Cabot said, “More than ever Long Island is CBS territory,” to which Scott concurred.

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WCBS/Channel 2 Takes Top Honor at New York Emmys; MSG and WNBC Lead Way in Trophies Won

WCBS' Lonnie Quinn and Chris Wragge accompanied by their new Emmys.

The best and brightest on the New York TV scene were on display last night at the 55th annual local Emmy Awards. FishbowlNY was on hand for the  four-hour awards ceremony at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

The biggest winner was MSG with 14 trophies, while WNBC/Channel 4 led all over-the-air outlets with 11 Emmys.

WCBS/Channel 2 took home the top prize of Best Evening Newscast–Over 35 Minutes–for its Hurricane Irene Aftermath. Anchors Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson were not there to accept their statuettes, but weathercaster Lonnie Quinn was in attendance.

Quinn already was selected Best On-Camera Weather Anchor, and colleague Chris Wragge was back at the podium as Best News Anchor. A one-time personal trainer, Wragge rushed back to Manhattan after competing in a Miami triathlon earlier in the day.

“This morning I knew my only shot of winning anything was coming to these Emmys,” Wragge deadpanned.

WABC cornered the market in the morning and daytime newscast categories. The on-air team of anchors Ken Rosato and Lori Stokes, meteorologist Bill Evans won for Eyewitness News This Morning and the noon broadcast following the Death of Osama bin Laden.

Telemundo WNJU/Channel 47 won the Best Newscast Under 35 Minutes.

More results from last night’s Emmys after the jump

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WCBS/Channel 2 Declares Victory at 11 P.M.

WCBS/Channel 2 finished the just concluded the February sweeps as the most watched newscast in New York, and the country, among total viewers and households. This marks the second straight February win for WCBS at 11 p.m. anchored by Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson.

Overall, the 11 p.m. numbers for last month were a 5.5 rating a 10 share in homes, with an average of 517,000 viewers–the  highest total during a major sweeps period since May 2005.

Comparing the 11 p.m. newscast to a year ago, figures were up 10 percent in homes and six percent among viewers. The newscast was also on the rise 5 percent year-to-year in the key Adults 25 to 54 demographic.

“The only things better than winning are winning with consistency and delivering ratings growth and we’re extremely pleased to have won two of the last four major sweeps,” said Peter Dunn, president, CBS Television Stations, and president and general manager, WCBS.  “Thanks to our having a great team of employees, the backing of America’s most-watched network and the support of our CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor and CBS Local Media colleagues, we’re extremely well positioned to be even more successful in the months and years to come.”

Channel 2 also saw year-to-year growth at 6 a.m. with Rob Morrison and Mary Calvi, increasing 22 percent among Adults 25 to 54.  

Stations Travel to Rome for Archbishop Dolan’s Elevation Next Week

He’s been on the job for less than three years, but next weekend New York’s Archbishop, Timothy Dolan, enjoys the biggest moment of his ecumenical career.

Last month, Dolan was chosen by the Vatican to become a Cardinal. His elevation is scheduled for Saturday, February 18 in Rome.

Dolan won’t be making the trip alone. A contingent of TV and radio reporters is headed to Italy to cover the elevation.

  • WCBS/Channel 2: Anchor Maurice DuBois and reporter Tony Aiello will be in Rome starting at mid-week. Aiello files reports on Wednesday, while DuBois begins on Thurs. Channel 2 covers the elevation ceremony live at 4:30 a.m.
  • WNBC/Channel 4: Weekend anchor David Ushery leaves for Rome on Sunday to take part in the station’s coverage next week.

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WCBS/Channel 2 Wraps Super Bowl Coverage with Best Parade Ratings

WCBS/Channel 2 put the finishing touches on another New York Giants Super Bowl season with special coverage of yesterday’s parade along the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan.

The parade, of course, was a celebration of the Giants upending the Patriots for another championship.

But the parade could also have a been a victory lap for Channel 2. The station had expanded coverage since last week from Indianapolis, and fittingly drew the most viewers for the ballyhoo up Broadway.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., WCBS attracted an estimated 244,000 viewers to the parade and subsequent City Hall celebration, according to Nielsen. Among the other stations providing live coverage, WNBC/Channel 4 came  closest with 239,000 people tuned in, while WABC/Channel 7 had 219,000 viewers. WNYW/Channel 5 also on hand for the festivities notched just 186,000 viewers during the three-hour window.

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Stations Prepare for Giants’ Super Bowl Winning Parade

With another Super Bowl title for the New York Giants, now comes the celebration! Several stations are planning to televise the ticker tape parade tomorrow up the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan.

WCBS/Channel 2 begins its live coverage at 11 a.m. with the celebrations at two venues –New York City and at the Giants’ home, MetLife Stadium.

WCBS will have cameras along and above the parade route and will feature reports by news anchors Maurice DuBois, Chris Wragge and Don Dahler, sports anchors Otis Livingston and Lisa Kerney, reporter Jennifer McLogan, and WFAN morning co-host Craig Carton.

Those unable to get to a television can watch the festivities streamed live on CBSNewYork.com.

WNBC/Channel 4 is providing live coverage as well, starting with Today in New York at 4:30 a.m. Darlene Rodriguez and Michael Gargiulo then join sports anchor Bruce Beck for live coverage at 11 a.m.  Several reporters will be staked out along the parade route, including Andrew Siff and Katherine Creag.

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Manhattan’s A-List Turns Out for Harvey Weinstein’s Giants Pep Rally

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I’ve been covering  Wednesday’s at Michael’s for five years and have never seen anything like the head-spinning scene that unfolded there today. Harvey Weinstein and Steve Tisch threw a pep rally to end all pep rallies, and the media A-list all came out to cheer on their favorite team. Peggy Siegal and her minions descended on the place before the crowd rushed in with plenty of New York Giants paraphernalia, transforming the California cool decor into an indoor tailgate party.

By noon, I counted at least a dozen paparazzi staked out at the entrance, and they certainly weren’t disappointed. Drew Nieporent was the first to arrive (“What’s for lunch?”), and in short order the lounge was flooded with famous folks, including Brian Williams, Gayle King, Piers Morgan, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (wearing newly identical red dresses and looking fabulous), former governor George Pataki, Matt Lauer and various members of the Tisch family.

Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein
Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein

Everyone’s mind was on the big game; conventional wisdom says the Giants will be this year’s Super Bowl champs, but it’s going to be a close one.  (All except Jerry Della Femina, who predicts the Patriots will take it 27-24.) “I think it’s going to be a squeaker,” offered Andrew Ross Sorkin. “At least I hope so because it will be a better game.”

Not surprisingly, Giants legend Frank Gifford, who will be watching the game from his home in Greenwich with family and friends, predicts a 30-10 win for his former team. “Eli Manning has really come into his own as a quarterback,” he told me. “But a quarterback is only as good as his team. They’re a great team. If you were playing for the Giants, you’d be a great quarterback.” Doubtful, but we appreciate the sentiment. Brian Williams, who’ll be going to the game, refused to speculate on the final score for fear of tempting the gods. ”You just don’t do that,” he told me.

Diane Clehane and Brian Williams
Diane Clehane and Brian Williams (Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris)

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