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Tribune Exec: Filling WPIX News Director Slot is Priority One

WPIX has been without a news director since October. But the station isn’t exactly driving into the darkness alone. Veteran Channel 11 manager John Houseman was named interim news director when Bill Carey stepped down after three years.

Parent company Tribune exited bankruptcy recently with Peter Liquori as the new CEO.

Also new is Larry Wert, Tribune’s head of local broadcasting for the company’s 23 stations. Sister site TVSpy reports Wert has made hiring a PIX news director his main objective.

FishbowlNY attempted to reach a WPIX spokesperson for comment.

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WPIX Falls in February Sweeps; ‘Expect Changes Everywhere,’ Source

We told you about WABC having another successful ratings period.

That’s not the case on East 42nd Street.

WPIX was handed a gift last summer when WNYW made abrupt changes. With Greg Kelly off the mornings, WPIX had a chance to make headway against its rival.

However, Channel 5 hit the “re-do” button last month putting Kelly back on Good Day New York. Not only did the show put a dent in any Channel 11 traction, it clipped NBC’s Today show for the February sweeps.

So with that backdrop, we explore WPIX’s efforts in the period.

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Report: WPIX Sees a Huge Dropoff During Cablevision Shutdown

It’s hardly a surprise to think the stalemate with Cablevision, now more than six weeks old, would cause a loss of viewers for WPIX. How could it not? The station has been blacked out to approximately 3 million Cablevision homes since the retransmission fight started August 17.

One Web site says that translates into a major drop in ratings. MediaPost writes that in a five-week period from August 20 to September 23, Tribune’s flagship saw a 42 percent decline in the 10 p.m. newscast from a year earlier.  The numbers also reveal that viewers left, and not of their known accord, in the pivotal, adult 25 to 54 demographic. PIX saw a whopping 33 percent drop to .6.

A recent Thursday night Giants game on the NFL Network, and over the air on Channel 11, would have appeared to give WPIX the upper hand. But, Cablevision made the NFL Network available to its customers. Adding insult to injury, as we previously reported, the game was shown on Channel 11.

MediaPost says WPIX is losing a lot more than viewers. It is missing out of the seasonal political ad revenue. It points out that WPIX has not received a dollar in political spending this season as listed on the FCC’s Web site.

Lionel Getting a Shot at Hosting Courtroom Show for Tribune

Lionel has strong opinions. His ability to craft a cogent thought and offer salient solutions to a problem took him from lawyer to broadcaster.

Lionel, who’s real name is Michael Lebron, is seen daily on WPIX, hosting from 4 to 6 a.m. and a commentary in the 10 p.m. newscast.

Seizing on the chance to give America more Lionel, Tribune is creating a courtroom vehicle for him in the already flooded genre.

Broadcasting and Cable reports the plans are in the “very early” stages, which a Tribune spokesperson confirmed to FishbowlNY. Lionel, 54, joined WPIX in 2010. He has been on the national scene before, helming his syndicated show on the WOR Radio Network, and originating from WOR 710.

In 2007, Lionel hosted a daily show on the ultra Liberal, Air America Radio.

There is a precedence for Lionel banging a TV gavel (if that’s part of the show). In the late 1990s, the wordsmith anchored CourtTV’s Snap Judgment.

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Zell Has Tribune Exit Strategy In Place

Chairman Sam Zell is finally walking away from the professional and financial firestorm known as Tribune.  Since buying the company in 2007, Zell has seen Tribune undergo everything from bankruptcy filings to a sexually charged email written by a “frat boy” executive.  In an interview with CNBC last night, Zell announced that he will be stepping away from Tribune and “doesn’t envision having any role going forward.”

Referring to the Tribune purchase as “the deal from hell,” Zell made it clear that he wishes to wash his hands of the whole situation:

“As soon as the bankruptcy proceedings are done, I’ll turn it over to whoever the creditors decide they want to run it.”

Lee Abrams Thinks He’s Some Kind Of Wild Rebel

In a video interview with John Loscalzo for My Damn Channel, Lee Abrams demonstrates that he’s still living in a fantasy world where, during his tenure at the Tribune, he was a brilliant innovator fighting against a stodgy, “50′s-rooted” culture.

The 60′s were obviously a very important time for Abrams.

Of course, there’s nothing innovative about bad ideas, incompetence, and sexual harassment. But watching Abrams insist otherwise is kind of entertaining.

See the full interview here.

Anxiously Waiting For Randy Michaels to Get Fired

Late last night, The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune reported that the Tribune Company board may be planning to ask CEO Randy Michaels to resign. That it may happen at a board meeting taking place today. That Michaels’ successor and his golden parachute were already being discussed.

This is all according to inside sources who spoke to the media outlets on condition of anonymity. We are praying that they are reliable sources who are right about everything.

What seems to have motivated the board to consider ousting Michaels was not the prolonged downward spiral of the media properties under his management, but the embarrassing report by the NY Times detailing his inappropriate, sexist behavior, and the resignation of fellow exec Lee Abrams over an embarrassingly sexually explicit memo. From the Chicago Times:

Board members, sources say, began to worry about possible liability issues related to their fiduciary duties and started exploring Michaels’ fitness to run the company.

In other words, they woke up. Now when are they gonna get rid of the guy?

Previously on FBLA:

  • NYT Story on Tribune Company May Have Killed Bankruptcy Negotiations
  • Tribune Exec Suspended For Sluts & Boobs Email
  • Tribune Co. Exec Lee Abrams Resigns
  • Tribune Co. Exec Lee Abrams Resigns

    Ding dong, the witch is dead. Two days after Chief Innovation Officer Lee Abrams was suspended without pay for sending out a risque email to the entire Tribune staff, Abrams has resigned.

    It may have taken sexually explicit material to get rid of him, but staffers have long been offended by Abrams’ weekly email rants, his terrible ideas, and his general lack of respect for journalism. From the LA Times:

    Championing change at Tribune newspapers and broadcast outlets, Abrams repeatedly accused TV news of clinging to a late-20th century look, sound and feel. He wondered aloud whether readers knew that a newspaper dateline meant the reporter was actually writing from the location where the story occurred.

    Abrams also advocated new and different styles of storytelling and conveying information. In Houston, where the Tribune TV station has virtually no viewers to lose, he was developing an anchorless newscast.

    It’s not known what will happen to Abrams’ Tribune projects and initiatives with his departure.

    The Sluts & Boobs Video That Was Lee Abrams’ Downfall

    Below is the video that got Lee Abrams suspended without pay (finally). The moron called it “pretty inspirational or at least interesting.”

    The video itself is a clever commentary on the degrading characterization of women in reality TV show programming. What it isn’t is Safe For Work, what with all the half naked women and sexist language. Enjoy on your lunch break.


    VH1 Reality Show Bus Crashes In California Causing Major Slut Spill

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    Tribune Exec Suspended For Sluts & Boobs Email

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