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Cablevision Shutters Newsday Westchester, Staffers Cut

Cablevision has cut the cord to Newsday Westchester, the digital only news site that covered stories in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange and Dutchess counties.

Lohud.com reports (story first covered by The Wrap) that at about 3:30 pm, the site went down, and slowly, staffers began to send out messages of lay offs via Twitter. Ryan Chatelain, Newsday Westchester’s digital news manager, wrote, “We got some bad news today. I’m incredibly proud of the work we did at Newsday Westchester. Enjoyed every moment (except today’s meeting).”

Cablevision’s official statement is below.

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Cablevision is Okay with Newsday Losing Millions [Update]

Cablevision, Newsday’s parent company, is apparently cool with the paper losing millions. According to The New York Post, Cablevision’s latest earnings report showed that its “other businesses” group — which includes Newsday, MSG Varsity and News 12 — posted a combined loss of $100 million.

An analyst told the Post that Newsday is likely responsible for about $35 million of those annual losses. However, Cablevision’s execs greet those numbers with a shrug.

During the earnings call, Gregg Seibert, vice chairman and CFO of Cablevision, expressed support for the struggling paper. ”Newsday is a core asset for us,” he said. “It fits in with our cable operations and our focus on providing the best in local news coverage to our customers in conjunction with Newsday.”

Update (12:00 pm):
Keith Kelly, who wrote the Post’s report, just pointed out that I misread his piece. “$100 million for the Other Group and $35 million for Newsday itself were for the first quarter only,” Kelly explained via email. “One analyst we quoted said he thought the ANNUAL loss for Newsday by itself was $100 million last year — and growing.”

WSJ, New York Times, Newsday Drop Paywall

If you’re all finished buying King Size Snickers and other essential Hurricane Sandy supplies, do yourself a favor and sit back and enjoy some free stuff. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Newsday have all dropped their paywalls today so you can peruse all the many ways Sandy is going to ruin everything.

To get you started, check out WSJ’s WorldStream, the Times’ interactive tracking map and Newsday’s liveblog.

We’ll be updating as usual today. Stay safe out there everyone.

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

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.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

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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