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RIP: John Slattery

JohnSlatteryPicSome terrible news. Just hours after filing a story for last night’s WCBS-TV Channel 2 broadcasts, the station’s veteran news reporter John Slattery passed away. From Larry McShane’s New York Daily News item:

General assignment reporter Slattery worked Wednesday, covering a Bronx attack on a 72-year-old Good Samaritan who stepped in to protect a mugging victim.

Slattery was among the city’s longest-serving television reporters, joining WABC-TV in 1979 and participating in the Emmy-winning coverage of the December 1980 assassination of ex-Beatle John Lennon.

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Big Brother Most Watched Prime Time Program in New York Despite Airing on WLNY

The management of WLNY is heading into the holiday weekend on cloud nine. It’s the upshot of an unusual event last night. WLNY-TV 10/55 had the highest rated prime time show in New York. WLNY aired the Channel 2 prime time lineup because the Jets preseason game was broadcast on sister station WCBS.

Big Brother gave WLNY the one night of ratings glory, tops among adults 25 to 54 (2.1/5) and adults 18-49 (2.0/6).

“It’s extremely gratifying to be able to shift CBS prime time over to WLNY for one night and not skip a beat,” WCBS president and general manager, Peter Dunn, says. ”Prior to our acquisition of WLNY [in April], we would move CBS prime time programming to late night whenever we had a Jets preseason game… It’s a big win for our viewers across the tri-state area.”

Last night’s episode of Big Brother on WLNY retained 100 percent of the Thursday average on WCBS this summer among adults 25 to 54.

The Jets vs. Eagles was the second-highest rated program for the night (1.6 rating in adults 25-54). WCBS sports anchor Otis Livingston was the sideline reporter.

Chris Wragge ‘Flattered’ To Be Part of CBS Sports’ U.S. Open Tennis Coverage

It’s a double “homecoming” for Chris Wragge. The veteran WCBS news anchor is returning to sports, at least for two weeks. Wragge is getting a spot with CBS Sports at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships beginning Monday, August 27 at Flushing Meadow.

Wragge says it was “totally unexpected” when he was asked last month by Harold Bryant (VP/Production/CBS Sports). Groundwork had been laid by CBS Sports president Sean McManus, who was integral in hiring Wragge for The Early Show in late 2010.

“Sean has been great to me over the years,” Wragge says. “This was a welcome home call.

With the blessing of WCBS executives David Friend and Peter Dunn, Wragge makes his first network appearance since the morning overhaul at the start of the year, and his premiere on CBS Sports.

Wragge is called on primarily as a weekend studio host. The move was necessitated, thanks to the ascension of Bill Macatee to lead play-by-play voice at the Open.

“What it boils down to is, you’ll see more of me if there are rain delays,” Wragge laughs.

But Wragge isn’t joking when it comes to the CBS Sports brand.

“Obviously, it’s just such an amazing franchise, top to bottom,” Wragge says. “To be associated, and to be asked to be a part of any of their properties, I was overwhelmed and flattered to be honest with you.”

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WLNY Morning Team Revealed for Live from the Couch

Caroline Bermudez, John Elliott, and Lisa Kerney have been named hosts of Live from the Couch. The WLNY 10/55 morning program airs from 7 to 9 beginning in early July.

The WCBS-produced show features a mix of news, talk, entertainment, and lifestyle segments.

Bermudez joins WLNY following her successful seven-year stint as co-host of Elvis Duran and The Morning Show, which originates at Z100/WHTZ and is heard on 55 stations nationwide.

“We are very excited to be bringing a distinctive new morning show to the tri-state area featuring Carolina, John and Lisa – three extremely bright and entertaining broadcasters,” said Betty Ellen Berlamino, vice president and station manager, WLNY. “With the launch of Live From the Couch in the morning and our new one-hour primetime newscast, WLNY News At 9 p.m., next month we look forward to significantly raising the profile of WLNY.”

In addition to their new responsibilities on Live from the Couch, Elliott and Kerney will continue to appear on CBS 2 News This Morning, weekdays from 4:30–7:00 on WCBS/Channel 2. Elliott has served as weekday morning weathercaster since January 2007. He will remain on the WCBS noon newscast, and still provide daytime reports for sister station WCBS 880.

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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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WCBS Unveils Plans for WLNY with New Morning and Primetime Newscasts

With the CBS takeover of WLNY history, Channel 2 is ready to unveil its news plans for that station.

Viewers will see WCBS double its resources with an expanded news presence on WLNY. The old version of 10/55 only aired a 30-minute 11 p.m. newscast.

With a target date of late June or early July, WLNY will add a two-hour morning block from 7 to 9.

“It’s going to be a unique blend,” David Friend, WCBS news director, says. “I think viewers are going to be pleasantly surprised as to what this show is going to be like. It’s going to be different than what already is on television news at that time locally.”

Therefore, WLNY’s main morning competition is WNYW and WPIX.

WCBS general manager Peter Dunn says the ‘LNY morning show will be “totally different” from the WCBS’ 2 1/2 hour early hours broadcast. Anchors and contributors have yet to be announced.

“We have some great assets with the people here, so we’re going to ulitize some of them on ‘LNY,” Dunn says. “We’re going to hire some people from the outside as well.”

However, WCBS management has named its lineup for a new ‘LNY prime time newscast from 9 to 10 p.m. Chris Wragge and Dana Tyler, along with WLNY holdover Richard Rose based on Long Island. Weathercaster Lonnie Quinn and sports anchor Otis Livingston round out the team.

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WCBS Takes Mobile Unit to Next Level with Weather Lab

WCBS/Channel 2 has enhanced storm coverage with Mobile 2, the state-of-the-art vehicle that allows live video throughout the streets of the tri-state. WCBS began adding Mobile 2 to its fleet in the winter of 2010. But the van is a regular contributor to the station’s newscasts, to get the story perspective directly from the road.

Channel 2 is, once again, at the forefront of technology. It’s rolling out the Mobile Weather Lab, a weather center on wheels. It made its debut Thursday as weathercaster Lonnie Quinn reported live from the Bronx High School of Science.

The Weather Lab, housed in a Chevy Suburban, begins the Mobile 2 technology, which makes it possible to broadcast live in HD quality while the van is in motion. But this sports utility vehicle is much more. It includes high definition satellite capability and an on-board weather station that measures temperature, wind speed and direction, dew point readings, and humidity wherever the vehicle is.

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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.  

WCBS/Channel 2 Forms Duopoly With Acquistion of WLNY/Channel 55

WCBS/Channel 2 announced today that it signed a definitive agreement to purchase independent station WLNY/Channel 55.

While terms of the agreement with the seller, WLNY Holdings, Inc., were not disclosed, the acquisition of WLNY-TV would give CBS a duopoly in the nation’s largest media market.

“Our acquisition of WLNY-TV presents a tremendous opportunity for our TV Stations Division,” said Peter Dunn, president, CBS Television Stations. “The combined strengths of CBS 2 and WLNY-TV will give us a terrific platform for serving the entire New York area.  Our plans for the station include adding people and resources to fuel a significant expansion of local news programming well beyond the nightly half hour that currently airs.  And, of course, in doing so we will continue to honor the station’s already deep commitment to serving the people of Long Island and the entire tri-state area.  We also look forward to having a bigger and better news bureau on Long Island that will be a terrific resource for WCBS.”

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Effectively Immediately, WCBS Shuffles Don Dahler to Weekend Anchor

Updating a story we first reported on Wednesday, Don Dahler slides into the weekend anchor role for WCBS/Channel 2. He’ll be joined with Cindy Hsu for the morning broadcasts, but will anchor solo in the evening.

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Don that will keep him at CBS 2,” Peter Dunn, WCBS President and GM, said.  “Don’s work during our coverage of Hurricane Irene is the most recent example of his outstanding ability to report live, breaking news events in a calm and professional way that our viewers really appreciate.  We look forward to having him continue to play an important role for us.”

Dahler, with WCBS since 2007, will also be seen three nights a week as a station reporter.

His schedule was shifted after Chris Wragge returned to Channel 2 as 6 p.m. co-anchor this week.

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