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Courtney Friel Says Goodbye to KTTV

As entertainment reporter Courtney Friel bids farewell today to FOX 11 after six years with the station and sister network, she says her first priority will be some quiet time this weekend at home with husband Carter Evans. Her CBS News spouse is now also infamously known as the journalist who got caught in some very intense and scary Big Bear/Christopher Dorner crossfire.

“I knew when I was moving out to Los Angeles that it was always the plan for me to just finish out the last year of my FNC contract at KTTV,” she tells FishbowlLA via email. “My husband and I really wanted to move back to LA to raise our family, and Roger Ailes was so gracious to allow this to happen.”

“It’s been such an honor to work with KTTV and FOX News Channel for the past six years and I really appreciate all the love, support, and guidance I received,” she adds. “I have a few projects I’ll be working on and look forward to exploring more entertainment opportunities both within television news and other alternative entertainment programming platforms.”

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Former Staffer Alleges a String of Poor Decisions Made By Fox 5 Management

The changes at WNYW/Channel 5 since last July could fill a book. While it has become a revolving door in the evening, one constant has been the “other anchor.”

That would be Dari Alexander, who remains on set at 5 and 10 p.m., no matter if it’s with Ernie Anastos, Greg Kelly, or Steve Lacy. Readers of FishbowlNY have been leaving comments since the summertime anchor debacle about her ability.

Related: FishbowlNY, Major Anchor Changes Come to Fox 5

For example, last week, Alexander was caught inadvertently calling “sitting shiva” for Mayor Ed Koch as “shitting” shiva.

That led to these remarks on the posting:

Dari seems like a nice person, but speaking strictly on her work, she is easily the worst anchor in NYC. Completely [miscast].

Sad to say, she is horrible!

The sentiment about Alexander extends well beyond a handful of disgruntled viewers.

A former colleague who worked with Alexander tells FishbowlNY that her work ethic was non-existent.

“I’ve never worked with anybody who does less preparation before she gets on the air.” [She] seems to not really care where the show is going next or what’s really happening. [Alexander] just seems to be absolutely unaffected and oblivious to the consequences of that,” the former colleague says. “It was so strange. I had never worked with anybody like that.”

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Good Luck | Pay Attention Please | Humble Whine

TVNewser: Roger Ailes says Fox News is seeking Hispanic viewers, so we have one word of advice for them: Run.

FishbowlDC: In a Meghan McCain world, even if people consider her tweets pathetic, at least they’re still considering them.

GalleyCat: Nothing like having someone who has written a novel complain about doing so.

WSJ Launches ‘NYIndex’ to List Powerful New Yorkers

The Wall Street Journal has just launched “NYIndex,” a list “Encompassing power players in all of the city’s major sectors, from finance to fashion, education to entertainment.” This is sort of weird coming from the Journal, right? It seems more like something the New York Observer would do. Or did do, and is angry about the Journal doing.

Either way, the lists are included in today’s Journal and are online now. For your enjoyment, here is the “Media and Publishing” NYIndex:

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Rupert Murdoch Calls for Gun Control, While Fox News is Told to Stay Silent

By now you know that Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter to plead for stricter gun control laws in the wake of the Newtown tragedy. The head of News Corp. asked in a tweet, “when will politicians find courage to ban automatic weapons?” Then Murdoch followed that up by saying that President Obama’s speech to the Newtown residents was “nice,” but asked for “bold leadership action.”

It was all sort of surprising coming from Murdoch. It almost — almost! — made us applaud him. But according to insiders, while Murdoch was saying the right thing, the execs at Fox News were telling staffers to keep their mouths shut. New York quotes several sources that claim David Clark, executive producer for Fox News, was telling staffers not to address gun control policies on air. “This network is not going there,” Clark allegedly told one producer. Another source inside Fox News added, “We were expressly forbidden from discussing gun control.”

As New York’s Gabriel Sherman notes, the two very different messages exposes a rift between Murdoch and Roger Ailes, head of Fox News:

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New Addition | Wrong Place | It’s Happening

TVNewser: Peter Boyer is joining Fox News. We hear Roger Ailes is pleased, but that guy is always jolly.

PRNewser: If you want to know if Senator Gillibrand has read 50 Shades of Grey you probably shouldn’t be allowed to moderate debates.

FishbowlLA: Bill Simmons is joining the NBA Countdown team. Start preparing your complaints now.

Clean-Living James Murdoch to Run Fox Networks Group

James Murdoch hasn’t overseen a company that illegally hacked people’s phones for several months now, so of course he is getting a promotion. This is America, and that’s how we do things. Or at least that’s how the Murdoch’s do things. Get involved in a scandal? Get rewarded with a bigger job!

The Wall Street Journal reports that Murdoch — currently deputy chief operating officer of News Corp. — will oversee Fox Networks Group, which includes a slew of channels, including Fox, FX, and National Geographic. The only catch? Murdoch isn’t getting control of Fox News or Fox Business which will still be overseen by Roger Ailes.

We’re being serious when we say we can’t wait to see what Murdoch does with this new role.

Rupert Murdoch Takes Pay Cut, Still Rakes in $30 Million So He’s Probably Fine With It

The aftermath of the phone hacking scandal will be playing out in courts for years, but the now that News Corp. has announced its compensation packages for its 2012 fiscal year, we’re seeing how that situation financially impacted the company’s top dogs.

Bottom line? Their wallets barely felt the difference. Rupert Murdoch took a 10 percent pay cut, but still made $30 million; Chase Carey, News Corp.’s COO, made $24.8 million; Roger Ailes made $21.1 million; and James Murdoch grabbed a nice $16.8 million package.

Despite all of the execs — aside from Ailes, who saw his pay increase by 30 percent — taking a cut in pay, those are some healthy numbers. Imagine if the phone hacking scandal had never happened? We imagine they’d all be swimming in pools of $100s, not the shoddy $50 bills they must use now.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. YES Network’s Michael Kay (left) Goes to Blows on Twitter with College Student, June 7
  2. Longtime Mets Announcers Howie Rose and Gary Cohen Bask in Franchise’s First No-Hitter, June 2
  3. Sue Simmons Final Day at WNBC is June 15, June 4
  4. Roger Ailes Cancels Paper Subscription Out of Spite, June 1
  5. Gawker Changes Commenting System (Again), Commenters Go Crazy (Again), June 4
  6. Jonah Lehrer Departs Wired for The New Yorker, June 5

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Roger Ailes Cancels Paper Subscription Out of Spite

Apparently Roger Ailes will stick it to his critics in any way possible. In a post on Daily Intel, Gabriel Sherman — who has been working on a book on Ailes — writes that Ailes is dealing with a newspaper duel upstate. Ailes and his wife own the Putnam County News and Recorder and with a rival paper launching, things have been a bit testy.

So much so that Sherman has seen his subscription to the News and Recorder cancelled:

This week, I learned that my PCN&R subscription had been canceled. When I called the paper to ask about it, [its editor, Doug] Cunningham told me that because of my pending book on Roger Ailes and Fox News, ‘we don’t desire to have a relationship with you.’

Well done, Ailes. That’ll teach people to cross you.

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