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WNBC Removes Daily Connection From Schedule; Can The Rundown Be Far Behind?

WNBC has pulled the plug on the Daily Connection in favor of America’s Court with Judge Ross. The courtroom show begins today on Channel 4, and other NBC Owned Television Stations during the summer. It debuted in several top markets last September.

In the fall, a different show, but same theme takes the weekday 12:30 p.m. slot, as We the People with Gloria Allred premieres.

Daily Connection had been nothing more than a clearing house for NBC lifestyle and health stories (some that aired, some that may not have) using a pair of interchangable WNBC hosts.  There was nothing local to this 30-minute program. (Daily Connection still airs daily on WNBC’s digital platform New York Nonstop at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.)

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TV Stations Cover Bloomberg Snow Prep

Normally, a Mayor Bloomberg press briefing 12 hours before a potential snowstorm might not make for necessary live coverage. However, this impending storm comes two weeks after the infamous blizzard. The mayor and other city officials were widely criticized for the snow removal, or lack of.

Therefore, the majority of city stations (WCBS, WNBC, WNYW, and WABC) were ready to hear Bloomberg’s comments late this morning.

Following the press conference, WABC and WCBS went directly into the noon newscast. Channel 7 stayed on the air for an extra 8 minutes.

WNYW, with Rosanna Scotto anchoring, informed viewers for additional 10 minutes after Bloomberg left the City Hall podium.

WNBC, like Channel 4, doesn’t offer a noon newscast. However, with morning anchors Darlene Rodriguez and Michael Gargiulo at the helm, they preempted The Rundown (there should be more snowstorms then) with snow coverage until 12:30 p.m.

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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