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Former WNBC Veterans Form New Website–Buzz60.com

Several local TV veterans are collaborating on a new website–buzz60.com. The site features video reports and clips by Jay DeDapper, Tim Minton, Len Berman, and film critic Alison Bailes.

They are former WNBC employees, along with the site’s co-founder Philip O’Brien, who was executive producer of the 11 p.m. newscast from 2006 to 2009.

“Buzz60.com is where the viewers are: online and on mobile devices,” O’Brien tells FishbowlNY. “They find out what’s going on and have fun doing so. We give them the buzz, the take, the edge on news and hot trending subjects.”

Minton alluded to the new venture when FishbowlNY spoke to him in January.

“I want to produce different types of content… and I want to have a role in managing it,” Minton said at the time.

Berman, since leaving WNBC in 2009, started a daily Top 5 list that has thousands of subscribers. He also uses Twitter and Facebook to promote his Top 5. But, albeit online, this marks a welcome return for the popular sportscaster in getting some “face time.”

“I’m enjoying my new gig. No tie, no teleprompter,” Berman says. [It's] just fun sports updates. I think Buzz60 has some real potential.”

Mike Avila
and Maureen Aladin are also featured on the site.

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Tim Minton Chooses to Leave WNBC for New Broadcasting Venture

Veteran reporter Tim Minton is the latest in a long line of staffers to leave WNBC. Unlike the majority of others who didn’t have contracts renewed (including Glenn Zimmerman, profiled last week), Minton chose to walk away on his terms.

“I want to produce different types of content… and I want to have a role in managing it,” Minton tells FishbowlNY.

He says it’s all about timing, given the state of the local TV news today; it was the time to make a break for it.

Minton says he began discussions with executives “up to the very highest level of the company” in the last two years. Ultimately, Minton says it was a variety of factors that that led him to the decision last month of walking away. His last day was January 7.

He points out that choosing to leave is in no way a reflection over the product he’s churned out in the 12 years at WNBC. An 18-time Emmy Award winner, Minton says he was compensated generously.

“For me, it goes beyond what do you want to do in the next three months or six months?” Minton admits. “It’s what do you want to do in two years, five years, ten years? And what’s the vision of the industry down the road?” 

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Reporter Glenn Zimmerman Out at WNBC

Another day, another WNBC reporter has departed the station.

Our sister site TVSpy has learned that Glenn Zimmerman has left WNBC after his contract was not renewed by the end of the year.

Zimmerman, who frequently reported for Today in New York, had been with Channel 4 for three years.

Now, Zimmerman remains committed to a start-up independent production company that he founded two years ago.

Just yesterday, we told you that veteran reporter Tim Minton left WNBC on Friday.

WNBC Adds Chris Glorioso; Tim Minton May Be On Way Out

Over the last couple of years several high-profile reporters and anchors have not been retained by WNBC. Recently, they did add to their staff.

Former WPIX reporter Chris Glorioso has  joined WNBC. You may have seen Glorioso on Channel 4 during morning newscasts last weekend.

Meantime, a tipster tells FishbowlNY that Tim Minton (right) is rumored to be leaving the station. Minton, the veteran investigative reporter, has been with his WNBC since 1998. He is an 18-time Emmy Award winner.

FishbowlNY contacted WNBC this morning, but calls were not returned.  

Minton’s bio remains on the station’s website.

Update: FishbowlNY has learned that Minton’s last day was Friday, January 7.