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Greg Kelly Slides Into Prime Time as WNYW Main Anchor

After a four-year stint in mornings, an eternity in TV news, Greg Kelly left Rosanna Scotto behind. His cache is being enhanced as the lead anchor at WNYW/Channel 5. Last night, Kelly assumed his new role at 6 p.m. and co-anchor with Dari Alexander at 10 p.m.

But as we reported yesterday about the new look in the mornings, a July 2 television debut can be considered a “soft launch” as many viewers are on vacation. Curious, though, Kelly’s new partner, Alexander, was also off last night for his first night. Instead, back-up anchor Sharon Crowley was in her seat.

Kelly, who had a great chemistry with Scotto on Good Day New York, has the makings of a top-flight evening anchorman. He did hard news for Fox News Channel prior to his daytime assignment on WNYW.

From the start, it was serious business for Kelly, reporting on the Con Ed situation. There was clearly some nervous energy that will settle down in due time.

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Dave Price Gets Started on Good Day New York

After nine years and several jobs later, Dave Price is back home at WNYW/Channel 5. Price took the seat next to Rosanna Scotto on Good Day New York. Good Day viewers will recall Price on the show from 1999 to 2003, then as the weather anchor.

“Look at who the wind blew in this morning,” Scotto opened the broadcast.

“I was fired,” Price retorted. “So I was just sitting around for 18 months.”

Gaining chemistry in front of the camera is one of the keys to making a morning newscast work, and the most elusive. Greg Kelly vacated Good Day to become the station’s lead anchor beginning tonight.  For four years, “Rosanna and Greg” had a perfect connection with each other and viewers. Despite Price’s previous work on Good Day, and occasionally with Scotto, that will take time.

“I’m not at home, I’m not comfortable yet,” Price said.

“Good, we don’t want you to get comfortable just yet,” Scotto responded.

After exiting Channel 5, Price worked as a weatherman at Channel 2 then as a meteorologist for CBS News.

“It’s been two years since you’ve actually been allowed back in the building,” Scotto said. “Weren’t you escorted from this place at one point?”

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Today for Savannah | Quits for TomKat | Kelly Leaves Mornings

TVNewser: Just as the tears dried from Ann Curry ‘s dismissal yesterday at the Today show, Savannah Guthrie was named her replacement today. Guthrie, although with Matt, Al, and Natalie today, officially joining the morning team July 9.

FishbowlLA: Not to be the bearer of bad news, but Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are done. The couple, together for five years, had one daughter, Suri.

TVSpy: Greg Kelly bids farewell to on-air wife Rosanna Scotto (above) at Good Day New York. But Kelly hasn’t left the building, just the daypart. He gets a promotion to night time WNYW anchor.

Lionel Poised to Take Helm of Revamp Early Morning WPIX Newscast

After two days of reporting the anchor shake-up at WNYW, we can now tell you that a competitor is also making some alterations.

WPIX/Channel 11 is unveiling a new schedule to take effect Monday before dawn.

Lionel will host a revamped two-hour block from 4-6 a.m. FishbowlNY has obtained a memo that news director Bill Carey sent to staffers. In it, Carey points out that the broadcast will be used as a springboard to build viewership, especially with the revenue-generating 7-9 a.m. broadcast, anchored by Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera. FishbowlNY has learned the Lionel-led program will be a conversational, two hours with his unique perspective.

Viewers already see Lionel’s insight in much smaller doses at 5 and 10 p.m. with Jodi Applegate. A WPIX spokesperson says Lionel will continue to provide commentary on the 10 p.m. broadcast.

This time may be the perfect to strike.

Starting Monday, Dave Price joins Rosanna Scotto as co-host on Good Day New York. Greg Kelly takes over on the nightside. Independent station and newly WCBS-owned, WLNY makes its long-awaited attempt in morning news.

(VIDEO) Anchor Upheaval Reaction: WNYW Entertainment Reporter Jill Nicolini is ‘Not Sure Why’

Greg Kelly held court on his final morning at Good Day New York with Rosanna Scotto.

On Monday, Kelly’s star ascends to prime time. But it’s not all excitement for the NYPD commissioner’s son. A source with knowledge of the information tells FishbowlNY that “Greg is very unhappy with the Fox changes.” The source adds: “Obviously, there’s more to this story than meets the press.”

As we reported yesterday, Kelly’s alarm clock will no longer be needed, as he’ll anchor the 6 p.m. and co-anchor at 10.

Last night, FishbowlNY caught up with Good Day entertainment reporter Jill Nicolini (above) at an event on Long Island. She was delighted for her colleague, albeit, like the rest of us “outsiders,” was surprised by the rapid nature to yesterday’s news.

“Nobody knew about this,” Nicolini admits. “Everyone I’ve talked to so far doesn’t know anything. It’s been a shocker.”

 

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Fox 5/WNYW Rocked by a Major Anchor Shakeup

Earlier this week, Alexander and Anastos, in one of Ernie's final 10 p.m. broadcasts.

Channel 5 news viewers take note:  get out your programs and some pencils with erasers, there are changes-a-plenty coming Monday in the anchor pool.

While no one is leaving the station, there’s significant movement. The falling dominos start with Ernie Anastos, who’s losing his prominent 10 o’clock news. Anastos, who turns 69 July 12, remains on the 5 p.m. with Dari Alexander and will continue to host Positively Ernie specials. Anastos, who joined WNYW in 2005.  has worked steadily in New York television news since his WABC days in the late 1970s.

Greg Kelly, 43, shifts from mornings to nights. He’ll assume Anastos’ 10 p.m. seat next to Alexander. In addition, he’ll anchor the 6 p.m. solo, replacing Harry Martin, who remains on sister station WWOR/Channel 9 for the 10 o’clock news alongside Brenda Blackmon.

Filling Kelly’s void on Good Day New York is Dave Price. The one-time Good Day weatherman, Price joins Rosanna Scotto for the 7 to 10 a.m. program.

“Dave Price is an extremely talented and experienced morning news personality. The moment he became available it was clear to me that he would be a great addition to our team, WNYW VP and general manager Lew Leone says in a statement. The Good Day New York viewers will appreciate his charm, sense of humor and intelligence as they start their day with FOX 5.”

These anchor changes at WNYW come just two weeks after WNBC ended its 32-year association with Sue Simmons.

WNYW Airs Tweet From Newark Mayor Cory Booker About Relationship with President Obama

The New York Post today had an exclusive about a strained relationship between  Newark Mayor Cory Booker and President Obama.

In the story, Booker, who was campaigning for a spot in a re-elected President Obama’s Cabinet, lost out after speaking his mind in a TV appearance last month.

“He’s dead to us,” one ranking administration official told the Post.

The story was discussed on this morning’s Good Day New York. Moments later, Booker tweeted co-anchor Rosanna Scotto in reaction to the piece, which she read on the air. (See clip after the jump)

“Rosanna, running to meeting. Those ‘unnamed source’ comments ring pretty hollow.  1. I’m hosting an event with president and 1st lady on 14 I’m running around the country for the DNC still doing stumping for them. I’m the Co-Chair of the Convention’s platform committee… & more No tension that I felt. I am a proud and continued Obama supporter.”

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Housewives’ Bethenny Frankel Gets Test Run on Fox

She’s become a reality TV fascination, and now Bethenny Frankel is ready to take daytime TV by storm. Frankel, who spent three seasons starring on The Real Housewives of New York, will host her own one-hour entertainment talk-show. Bethenny will air starting Monday, June 11. In New York, the show will be broadcast at 11 a.m. after Wendy Williams.

Bethenny will have its test run on five other Fox-owned stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis.

The show, executive produced by Frankel and Ellen DeGeneres, will feature Frankel’s no-holds barred perspective on numerous topics, including pop culture, current events, and relationships.

Frankel first gained national recognition as a runner-up on NBC’s The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Frankel has parlayed her popularity on Bravo’s Housewives into a pair of spinoffs: Bethenny Getting Married and Bethenny Ever After, which had its third season debut in February.

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Student Called ‘Idiot’ By Governor Christie Speaks to Channel 5/Channel 9

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made unwanted headlines, calling a former Navy Seal an “idiot” during a town hall meeting 

The media has gravitated to the story. On yesterday’s Good Day New York, anchors Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly discussed the incident at the start of the 9 o’clock hour.

Last night, WNYW/Channel 5 and WWOR/Channel 9 reporter JoAnn Pileggi interviewed the Rutgers-Camden second-year law student Bill Brown, who walked into the crosshairs of conflict. The piece aired on both station’s 10 p.m. newscasts.

Brown tells Pileggi that the spotlight casts a negative light on himself.

“I’m not too thrilled about being known as an idiot or being known as a jerk,” Brown says in the interview. “That’s not what I want to be known for. I don’t want to be known as ‘that guy.’”

Brown, who interrupted Christie during a town hall last week, never expected this.

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Veteran Sports Anchor Len Berman Resurfaces at Channel 5

Len Berman had more than two decades as WNBC’s sports director. But in 2009, the high-profile sportscaster became one of the biggest cost cutting casualties at 30 Rock.

However, in the interim, this has been no hiatus for Berman. In the ensuing months and years, he maintained a strong work ethic. There were twice-a-week radio appearances on WOR, and a resurrection of his signature “Spanning the Globe” highlight package for a monthly segment at NBC’s Today Show.

Berman put another two children’s sports book on the shelf, with a third coming later this year, and has become a “go-to” media guest as a “Sports Anchor Emeritus.”

Perhaps his most consistent piece of work since leaving WNBC (though it started before that) is a daily Website: Thatssports.com. There, and in a subscribed email, Monday through Friday, Berman waxes about the Top 5 sports moments.

Adding to his various endeavors, Berman, 64, is back on local TV. Under the radar, he joined WNYW/Channel 5 three weeks ago as a contributor. The taped 60-second Top 5 segment airs every Thursday on the Fox 5 News at 10. Berman is assured of getting a great lead-in through May, thanks to American Idol.

“Hopefully that’s why they put it there,” Berman laughs.

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