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Posts Tagged ‘News 12’

Next Stop for Veteran Anchor Jim Watkins: FiOS 1

When last we left Jim Watkins, he was getting some anchor shifts at News 12 Westchester. Now, he’s popped up on RNN’s FiOS1, seen on Long Island and New Jersey.

No word on when he debuted, but video clips on the station’s Web site show Watkins as of last Friday. One clip indicates a breakout for the veteran anchor, a 6 1/2-minute segment about making Oscar party themed drinks with a mixologist.

Watkins has weathered the professional storm after his bitter conclusion to 13 popular years at WPIX. He was terminated in 2011. You’ll recall the longstanding PIX anchor team of Watkins and Kaity Tong was reshuffled in 2010 when Jodi Applegate was hired.

Tong is a PIX survivor, still anchoring weekends.

Watkins could be positioning himself for another run in New York, specificially at WCBS sister site WLNY, run by former WPIX GM  Betty Ellen Barlamino.

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Legendary Sportscaster Bob Wolff Now Can Be Called Record Breaker

The word “legend” is tossed around cavalierly, sometimes by this reporter. But there’s no mistaking that News 12 sportscaster Bob Wolff as a genuine legend.

Logging 73 years and counting, Wolff was recognized last night by Guinness World Records for having the longest career as a sportscasting. Wolff, who has spent the last quarter-century of his remarkable professional life at News 12 Long Island.

“[I've] been so lucky to have had the great opportunity to have a sportscasting career,” Wolff said during the live on-set presentation.

Wolff described his feelings about coming to work every day, even at his advanced age of 91.

“I’m doing something that I enjoy,” Wolff said. “It’s exciting, and basically it is not work.”

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Judge To Hear Request To Bar L.I. Press Photos Of Handcuffed Lawmaker

newsday1.pngSince it seems like almost everyone is heading out to the Hamptons this weekend, we thought we would give you a little Long Island media news.

Earlier this week, a federal judge said he will consider whether Long Island paper Newsday and TV station News 12 (both owned by Cablevision) can publish or broadcast photos or video of Nassau County Legislator Roger Corbin in handcuffs.

Corbin was arrested for tax evasion after failing to report income over $225,000 and lying about it, according to news reports. His lawyer, Thomas Liotti, filed a request with the court banning photos of Corbin in handcuffs after Newsday published eight pictures of the lawmaker with his hands behind his back as part of their coverage of his case, the paper reported. Newsday and News 12 argue that under the First Amendment they are free to publish any photos they wish.

But on Wednesday, Judge Arthur Spatt ruled that such images of Corbin might violate his right to a fair trial, so he scheduled a hearing on the matter. However, Judge Spatt refused to grant Liotti’s requests banning Newsday and News 12 from publishing the photos before the hearing and ordering Long Island authorities to stop walking Corbin around — in the aptly-titled “perp walk” — in front of cameras.

It’s an interesting case that raises questions of freedom of the press and public figures’ right to privacy. If he wasn’t a legislator, would Corbin still be getting the same treatment from the judge? Papers and local television stations publish and broadcast photos of suspects in handcuffs all the time. And, if every citizen has access to the same photos, why is Corbin’s right to a fair trial in danger more than others? Do you think its fair for a federal judge to tell the media what to publish?