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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

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

1. Source: Anchor Rob Morrison ‘Lied to the Station’ About Injured Face; May Be Fired From WCBS, February 19

2. Cover Battle: Cosmopolitan or Vibe, February 21

3. Rob Morrison Resigns From WCBS-TV Amid Wife Choking Allegations, February 20

4. Former Anchor Rob Morrison Faces ‘Very Serious Blow to His Career’: Legal Expert, February 21

5. WCBS-TV Anchor Rob Morrison Arrested for Allegedly Choking His Wife, February 18

6. Hot 97′s Peter Rosenberg Sorry if Nicki Minaj ‘Felt Bad’ About His Summer Jam Comments, February 15

 

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Former Anchor Rob Morrison Faces ‘Very Serious Blow to His Career’: Legal Expert

With the local media swirling like vultures for the latest morsel in the case against resigned WCBS anchor Rob Morrison, FishbowlNY turns to attorney Paul Callan, who represented former WABC weather anchor Heidi Jones during her scandal last year.

She eventually was fired for falsifying a sexual assault. We spoke to Callan yesterday, hours before Morrison announced his resignation.

Morrison was arrested Sunday on a felonious charge of choking his wife, Ashley Morrison during a fight at their home early Sunday morning. A judge ordered Morrison to stay 100 yards away from his wife.

“There have been indications that his wife wants to drop the charges, so ultimately this will be a decision by the Connecticut prosecutor as to whether to try to informally resolve the case with a dismissal,” Callan tells FishbowlNY.

That doesn’t automatically mean Morrison will be cleared.

“Prosecutors can serve a subpoena on her. They can force her to testify under oath,” Callan says. “Sometimes the wife is placed in a difficult position as she tries to deny the charge.”

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Rob Morrison Resigns From WCBS-TV Amid Wife Choking Allegations

Rob Morrison has left WCBS/Channel 2. The morning anchor resigned to spend more time with his family and deal with his legal troubles.

“I have nothing but good things to say about Channel 2,” Morrison tells FishbowlNY. “I’ve had a wonderful 3 1/2 years there.”

By now, you know about his arrest for choking his wife, Ashley Morrison, a CBS MoneyWatch morning anchor.

We spoke to Morrison this morning, a short time before he informed FishbowlNY first of his decision to quit. He maintains his innocence, denying any wrongdoing leading to Sunday’s arrest and his posting a $100,000 bond.

Related: FishbowlNY, Rob Morrison Arrested

Authorities say Ashley had red marks on her neck consistent with the allegation.

“Police can say anything they want. Is there any sort of photographic evidence? There is none,” Morrison says.

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Source: Anchor Rob Morrison ‘Lied to the Station’ About Injured Face; May Be Fired From WCBS

Morrison’s mug shot/Darien PD

It didn’t take long for the other shoe to drop. FishbowlNY has learned that Rob Morrison may have anchored his final broadcast at WCBS TV.

We reported yesterday that Morrison was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly choking his wife, Ashley Morrison, CBS Money Watch anchor, at their Darien, Connecticut home.

Related: FishbowlNY, Morrison Arrested

An insider with knowledge of the information tells FishbowlNY that WCBS management will likely fire the morning co-anchor.

“That’s the consensus but I don’t know it for a fact,” the insider says. ”Evidently, he lied to the station about how his face was injured when he called in sick. That alone is a serious offense.”

Separately, Morrison, 44, posted this Facebook message today.

“I’m humbled by the support we’ve received from family, friends, colleagues and viewers. Thank you. I love my wife and my son dearly and am confident this will pass. A great man once told me, ‘Tell the truth and fear nothing.’ I truly believe that.”

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WCBS-TV Anchor Rob Morrison Arrested for Allegedly Choking His Wife

Channel 2 morning co-anchor Rob Morrison is headed to Stamford Superior Court tomorrow. Morrison was arrested by Darien, Connecticut police Sunday morning. According to the police report that FishbowlNY obtained, Morrison choked his wife, CBS Money Watch anchor, Ashley Morrison. The couple frequently appears together on WCBS.

Morrison’s mother-in-law called police to the Morrisons’ home. Police say Morrison became “increasingly belligerent” toward his wife Saturday evening. They say it culminated with Morrison’s hands choking his wife.

Ashley Morrison did not request medical treatment, but when police arrived they allege there were red marks were on her neck. While Rob Morrison was being taken into custody, police say he made verbal threats to his wife.

He was charged with strangulation in the second degree, threatening in the second degree, and disorderly contact. A Darien police officer tells FishbowlNY that the strangulation charge is a felony. Morrison posted a $100,000 bond.

The Morrisons, who have a son, issued this joint statement today through their attorney Robert A. Skovgaard.

“Rob and Ashley Morrison are cooperating fully with the authorities to insure that all of the information necessary to properly evaluate this unfortunate incident is made available. The Morrisons are confident that a full review of this matter will show that the allegations have been greatly exaggerated.”

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Grammy Awards Give WCBS Another Week to Shine

Call it a “one-two punch.” WCBS/Channel 2 took the top weekly honors from the annual Grammy Awards Sunday night. The telecast (one week after CBS’ telecast of the Super Bowl) had an estimated 2.8 million viewers and a 14.6 rating, according to Nielsen.

In all, seven CBS programs packed the Top 10. At number two was NCIS with 1.2 million viewers and a 6.4 rating, while Big Bang Theory tied for third with AMC’s Breaking Bad, (1 million/5.2 rating.)

ABC’s Modern Family was fifth (985,000/5.0). The Wednesday night edition of American Idol on WNYW tied for seventh (908,000/4.6). The Thursday installment was 11th for the week (858,000/4.4).

The latest episode of PBS’ Downton Abbey on WNET was 14th (734,000/3.7). WNBC had no entries in the Top 30. More from the Top 10 after the jump…

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Chris Wragge Takes WCBS Viewers on Snowy Ride in Mobile 2

Chris Wragge trudging through unplowed roads.

Chris Wragge earlier this week was nominated for several more New York Emmy Awards. But the WCBS/WLNY anchor should win a trophy for his snow reporting this morning.

Wragge, who anchored this TV 10/55 newscast last night with Dana Tyler, was on the road for the extensive Channel 2 blizzard coverage starting at 6 a.m. Reporters joined Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson who guided viewers throughout the tri-state, especially hard-hit Long Island. Hazel Sanchez and Carolyn Gusoff were stationed in Suffolk and reported on the lack of street and highway plowing. Gusoff spoke to a stranded hitchhiker, complete with sign and thumbs up.

As for Wragge, he took to Mobile 2. He was seen driving on the desolate Long Island Expressway with nothing but abandoned cars to greet him.. Since his full-time return to WCBS in 2011, Wragge has been a regular in Mobile 2 when weather conditions deteriorate, and the worse it gets, the more Wragge shines.

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Stations Begin Storm Mode as Blizzard Closes In

Let the hunkering begin!

With a blizzard warning blanketing New York, area stations are treating the impending storm with necessary seriousness.

This afternoon, ahead of the snow, WCBS started its wall-to-wall coverage. Anchors Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson led the team into action at 3 p.m., with reporters stationed throughout the tri-state area. Joining Lonnie Quinn in the “Weather Center” was John Elliott, who was seen shoveling the icy, snowy mix on the roof. A WCBS spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that the same group will be in place starting tomorrow at 6 a.m.

WABC also got a 3 p.m  start with Bill Ritter and Lori Stokes at the desk. Weekend meteorologist Jeff Smith assisted Lee Goldberg.

WNYW did not offer extended coverage until its 5 p.m. newscast. Channel 5 did give viewers hourly updates with Nick Gregory. Sister station WWOR also broke in for top-of-the-hour reports with Audrey Puente. Channel 9, like most stations, ran a live press conference by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at 3:45. Harry Martin briefly did a recap.  WNYW skipped the governor’s news conference to stay with The People’s Court.

WNBC ended the Christie remarks from Trenton by sequeing into the start of its “Severe Weather Coverage” at 4 with Tom Llamas and Shiba Russell.

NY1 and NY1 Noticias were in non-stop mode for the blizzard. On Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., NY1 will present a special half hour with the latest storm information.

MSG Network Tops the List with 2013 Emmy Nominations

Looking to add to their totals: WCBS colleagues Lonnie Quinn and Chris Wragge show off Emmy gold at 2012 event

Award season is in full swing! It culminates with the Oscars later this month. But not so fast. The New York Emmy Awards announced its nominations today.

MSG Network leads the pack with 67 nominations. WNBC has the most among over-the-air outlets with 58 nominations.

There are dozens of award categories and here’s a brief rundown…

WCBS’ Chris Wragge, a multiple winner, has been nominated for Best Evening Newscast (under 35 minutes). He was tapped for anchoring the East River helicopter crash in October, 2011. He also received three other nominations, including coverage of a sportscast/series for the Giants Road to Super Bowl 46. He is also a nominee for the prestigious Best Anchor.

Among those joining Wragge in that category are WABC weekend morning anchor Phil Lipof, Tom Llamas of WNBC, and Sukanya Krishnan from WPIX.

Veteran WNBC anchor Chuck Scarborough is in the running for the News Special category, hosting a 9/11 10th anniversary broadcast.

Scarborough’s new nighttime partner, Shiba Russell got a couple of nominations for her 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. anchoring.

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Reporter Ann Mercogliano Joins WPIX on Freelance Basis

Quietly reporter Ann Mercogliano exited WCBS and sister station WLNY last month. A two-time winner of the FishbowlNY year-end “Barmash Award” would prove her talent by immediately finding work. She landed at WPIX/Channel 11 beginning with last night’s 10 p.m. newscast.

Mercogliano, who has done her share of lighter pieces, was thrust into a hard news story. A Queens cab company, filling up the parking spots on the streets, including at the nearby church, is causing problems for parishioners getting to Mass.

She showcased the PIX and Greg Mocker style on the ”track of something different.” Mergoliano was seen chasing after a taxi driver, who rushed into his car and took off. Going to the source, she walked into the taxi company asking, “Are the drivers parking next to the church?”

Mercogliano, an Emmy nominated reporter for WNBC’s coverage of the Royal Wedding in 2011, also called the taxi owner a couple of times, “I want to get your side in, Sir.”

Anchor Tamsen Fadal slightly altered the multi-syllabic reporter’s surname.

A WPIX spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that Mercogliano has been hired on a freelance basis for the morning and evening, where needed.

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