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Newsday Fires Veteran Reporter James Bernstein

Long Island Business News is reporting that James Bernstein, a veteran of Newsday since 1972, has been fired. The move comes only months after another Newsday employee accused Bernstein of inappropriately touching him two years ago. Bernstein’s lawyer, James Vagnini, said Newsday found no evidence to support the accusation.

“They brought in a third-party investigator who spoke to everybody in the newsroom,” Vagnini told LIBN. “It cost Jim a lot of money to get a lawyer for what he knew was frivolous. The investigator found no substantiation of this employee’s complaint.”

Bernstein was allegedly still upset about the matter, which is what led to his firing:

After seeing the employee who accused him, Bernstein later told another employee he was extremely upset with the accuser, who was still employed at the publication. As a result of that incident, Bernstein was suspended last Tuesday afternoon and formally let go via a telephone call.

Vagnini and Bernstein plan to challenge the paper on the validity of the latest claim. “I don’t know of any employment law that allows an employer to terminate an employee who’s falsely accused of something,” said Vagnini.

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Long Island’s Fair Media Council Says WCBS/WLNY Deal Is ‘Wonderful Thing’

The Fair Media Council was created as a media watchdog on Long Island. Its main event for the year is the Folio Awards, held each April.  Beyond that, one piece of news captivated the Council.

Viewers are yet to see the full effects of WCBS/Channel 2′s acquisition of WLNY/Channel 10, 55.

Fair Media Council executive director Jaci Clement says this is important on so many levels.

“It’s a wonderful thing when you look at the total media landscape of the island,” Clement tells FishbowlNY. “Because what you have here is one major news source [Cablevision] that dominates the news of Long Island.”

Cablevision created News 12 Long Island in 1986. Then the Bethpage-based company bought Newsday in 2008, giving Long Islanders no recourse for finding news and information via TV and newspaper.

“Since they merged, you see more and more of them working closely together and actually producing less local news,” Clement says. “…We actually have less news now than we had in the past.”

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Cablevision Veteran Valerie Green Named amNew York Publisher

Newsday Media Group announced the appointment today of Valerie Green as publisher of amNewYork. Effectively immediately, she will oversee the newspaper’s daily operations and report to Fred Groser, Newsday Media Group publisher.

“As a 15-year Cablevision veteran, Ms. Green has a proven track record for building and positioning brands and providing strong creative direction across various business units, including Newsday and amNewYork,” said Groser. “I am confident that she will be a dynamic leader, lending her extensive experience to best position amNewYork for the future.”

In addition to this role, Green will continue to serve as senior vice president of marketing for Cablevision’s Local Media group, a position she has held since 2010.

Green has held several positions at Cablevision. She was senior vice president of marketing at Fuse. Prior to joining the national music television network, Green spent 11 years at Cablevision, holding down a number of marketing posts, the most recent of which was vice president of multi- cultural and urban marketing.

“I am enthusiastic to lead a wonderful team and a great New York newspaper,” said Green.

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Newsday Hits iPads in Westchester with Special Content

Cablevision has announced the launch of Newsday for Westchester. It is available as a regional website and iPad and iPhone applications.

The content is specifically designed for Westchester County, Rockland County, and Hudson Valley residents. Starting today, Newsday for Westchester delivers in-depth news for the region as well as videos from Cablevision’s entities, including Newsday, News 12 Westchester, News 12 Hudson Valley, and MSG Varsity.

The site or app is provided free of charge for Optimum Online customers. Others can subscribe to the Digital Subscription package, which includes complete access to the regional website and apps for $1.15 per week following a one-month free trial.

Users can visit Newsday.com/Westchester to access the website. The iPad and iPhone applications will be available for download from the iTunes App Store beginning today.

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James Dolan Accuses Mort Zuckerman and New York Daily News of Extortion

If you’re a fan of media drama, you should probably sit down for this: James Dolan, Cablevision’s CEO and Madison Square Garden’s Executive Chairman, is accusing Mort Zuckerman and his paper, The New York Daily News, of extortion. Dolan claims that Zuckerman and the Daily News have engaged in a campaign of “intimidation” to effect a merger between Newsday and the Daily News. Good stuff, right?

According to the New York Post, Dolan has rejected Zuckerman’s repeated requests to combine the Daily News with Newsday, and that at one recent meeting between the two, “Mr. Zuckerman once again made his proposal, this time adding that ‘the bad press would end if we became joint owners’ (a direct quote).”

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Newsday Media Group President Resigns, Replaced by Publisher

Terry Jimenez, President of Newsday Media Group since 2010, has resigned. The New York Observer reports that Fred Groser, Publisher of Newsday and amNewYork, will succeed him.

Jimenez wrote in an internal memo that “It has been a privilege to be a part of an organization such such a storied past and a bright future, while navigating through challenging times in our business, industry, and economy.”

Tad Smith, head of local media at Newsday Media Group’s parent Cablevision, added that Jiminez has positioned the papers for further success. “Among many achievements, he has guided the implementation of a bold new digital strategy —  which he ensured is working well (it is) — and then led it to a place of stability with a bright future,” wrote Smith.

MSG Network Hires New Studio Analyst

MSG Network has added Alan Hahn to its basketball and hockey coverage. Hahn, the veteran Newsday writer, joins the cable network as a studio analyst.

Hahn, who is leaving the newspaper next week, will work on Knicks pre- and post-game shows, while also contributing to Rangers, Islanders, and Devils games on MSG and MSG Plus. Additionally, Hahn will be a featured blogger on MSG.com.

“We are excited for Alan to join MSG Networks’ outstanding lineup of basketball and hockey experts,” says Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager of MSG Networks. “His depth of knowledge of the Knicks and the NBA, as well as the NHL, and his passion for New York sports will immediately enhance our audience’s viewing experience.”

Hahn has been with Newsday for 16 years, serving as Knicks beat writer for the past five seasons.

“This is literally a dream come true for a kid who grew up in a house where MSG Network–be it a Knicks or Rangers game–was on every night,” Hahn says. “To join New York’s legendary, pioneering sports network is an exciting opportunity and an amazing next step in my media career, and I hope to only add to the great team already in place.”  

AmNew York EIC Moves to Newsday

Diane Goldie, Editor-in-Chief of amNewYork, is leaving her post and heading to Newsday. The New York Post reports that Paul Turcotte, amNewYork’s Publisher, is looking at all options for Goldie’s replacement. One obvious candidate is Mae Cheng, the paper’s Managing Editor.

Both amNewYork and Newsday are owned by Cablevision.

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