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WABC Reveals Post-Oprah Anchor Lineup; New 4 p.m. Newscast

Whether WABC is ready for Oprah Winfrey to leave the air next month after 25 top-rated seasons doesn’t matter now. The eventual 4 p.m. change is about to happen. Today, WABC took the first step— making its own changes. First off, the station finally announced the anchors to helm the new 4 p.m. newscast that will replace Oprah’s time slot. Our sister station TVSpy details the changes in the air at WABC.

While no on-air talent is leaving, WABC is playing a bit of anchor roulette.

Liz Cho and David Navarro will anchor at 4. Cho remains at 6 p.m. with Bill Ritter.

The day, arguably, means the most for Navarro, who had a homecoming at WABC in December after a 10-year absence in Chicago.

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As Drama Unfolds, Newscasts Focus In On Yonkers Scaffolding Rescue

For more than an hour late Friday afternoon, two workers dangled precariously 12 stories over the side of a Yonkers high rise.

The timing of the accident (just after 5 p.m.) made for instant drama: just add water and stir.

The men who had been out on the scaffolding were ultimately brought down to street level safely.

With choppers providing live video from the scene, viewers saw all the riveting images.

Although not all images were as riveting as others, Channel 4, for example, which shares the helicopter with Fox 5/WNYW, actually had a much grainier feed than their partner. Apparently, WNBC was overcompensating for the darker, albeit clearer, picture on WNYW.

WNYW, though, was late to get to the coverage, taking approximately 30 minutes longer than WCBS and WABC for their choppers to arrive.

Once all the stations were on air and up in the air, this played out right through the 6 p.m. newscasts.

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WABC/Channel 7 Wins Feb. Sweeps in Key Demographic

As we reported earlier, WCBS-TV has reason to celebrate, winning their first sweeps at 11 p.m. in 17 years.

But, it is “steady as she goes” at WABC/Channel 7.

WABC won the key demographic Adults 25-54 in most dayparts throughout the day.

Starting in the predawn hours, Eyewitness News This Morning with Lori Stokes, Ken Rosato and Bill Evans, the station edged the competition at 4:30 a.m. In the 5 a.m. hour, however, Channel 7 had a whopping 67 percent lead.

The advantage, according to the Nielsen figures released by WABC and obtained by FishbowlNY, was maintained in the second full hour, with a 42 percent lead in the pivotal Adults 25-54 demo.

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One-time WABC-TV Anchor Charles Perez Blasts Former Colleagues In New Book

Charles Perez, who only spent two years at WABC/Channel 7, was believed to be groomed for the main anchor gig.

In his new book, Confessions of a Gay Anchorman, Perez discusses his coming out and how his TV gigs were affected by it.

For the chapter on his stint at WABC, (lasting all of 12 pages), however, Perez’s focus was not on his sexuality, at least not on the surface.

But Perez, hardly a memorable name in the annals of Eyewitness News history, took one jab after another at his former colleagues.

“To me it’s not about any of the people I mentioned,” Perez tells FishbowlNY. “It was about how shocked I was to get to a place that I thought was going to be about professionalism and journalism. In my experience, it was about ego more than anything. It was a culture of inflated egos and inefficiency,”

In the book, Perez calls WABC’s shop “by far the most overstaffed facility I’d ever worked in.”

In response, Perez joked, “How many people does it take to put in a light bulb?”

Faced with breaking news, Perez says he was forced to be at the cameraman’s beck and call.

“I could sit down there waiting for a photographer for a freaking hour and a half before he would actually get in the truck and pull out,” Perez alleges. “Everybody was moving like snails.”

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Janice Huff, Otis Livingston Among McDonald’s Black Media Legends

As February began, so did Black History Month. On Tuesday, McDonald’s Tri-State Area Restaurants held their annual Black Media Legends luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

This year’s class includes WCBS/Channel 2 sports anchor Otis Livingston (far right), WNBC/Channel 4 meteorologist Janice Huff, WABC/Channel 7 anchor Sade Baderinwa, and veteran NY1 anchor Lewis Dodley.

As Black Media Legends, the inductees were awarded a trophy. They are also part of the Faces of Black History poster, given free at the more than 600 area McDonald’s throughout February.

The list of other honorees after the jump.

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McDonald’s Names Annual List of Black Media Legends

For the 9th year, McDonald’s, in recognition of Black History Month, has named New York-based talent as Black Media Legends.

FishbowlNY will be on hand February 1 when those chosen are feted at a Waldorf-Astoria luncheon.

Among this year’s honorees:

The faces of this year’s class will make up a poster given out free during February at tristate McDonald’s restaurants.

From Morning to Night, A Successful 2010 for WABC-TV

WABC-TV/Channel 7 is probably sorry to usher in the New Year. In figures released by the Nielsen Company (and obtained by WABC), the station topped all competitors for weekday newscasts in 2010.

Starting out in mornings, WABC expanded Eyewitness News to 4:30 a.m. during the week. Led by Lori Stokes, Ken Rosato, and Bill Evans, the additional 30 minutes beat all rivals in Household (HH) rating and doubled the amount of Adults 25 to 54.

In the 5 a.m. hour, WABC maintained its lead over all other stations, with a full year HH rating that was at least 36 percent larger than any other channel. Among the key demographic Adults 25 to 54, Eyewitness News This Morning at least doubled the closest rival.

At 6 a.m., good fortunes continued, as Channel 7 held a 27 percent advantage over its closest competitor.  WABC surged to a 45 percent lead in the Adults 25 to 54 demo.

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WABC Wins Big During November Sweeps

WABC/Channel 7 was the people choice for television station in the November sweeps period ended last Wednesday.

WABC beat out its competitors in every weekday newscast from early morning to late evening.

In figures from the Nielsen Company (obtained by WABC), Channel 7 was tops in Households and in a key demographic–Adults 25 to 54.

Starting with Eyewitness News This Morning with Lori Stokes, Ken Rosato, and Bill Evans, the newscast (after 5 a.m.) has a 25 percent advantage in Households, while more than double as many Adults 25 to 54.

At noon, the Stokes and Rosato return to the anchor desk with a 56 percent bulge over the closest competition in Households. That newscast was victorious with Women 25 to 54, winning by better than two to one.

WABC continues its ratings dominance in the evening after the jump.

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