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WNBC’s Tom Llamas Shifts to Reporting

Tom Llamas, who joined WNBC New York from Miami’s NBC6 in 2009, is moving on from the noon news telecast to take on more reporting duties. Tuned In (edited by former FishbowlNY co-editor and all around good guy, Jerry Barmash) reports that Llamas had been in talks with WNBC for months about landing him a bigger role with I Team, the station’s investigative unit.

“I don’t know if any other television journalist on the planet has that type of opportunity,” Llamas told Tuned In. “So I’m really looking forward to it.”

Taking Llamas’ spot as a noon co-anchor will be Rob Schmitt, who joins WNBC from LA’s KCBS/KCAL.

Llamas will continue to co-anchor the 5 pm news telecast.

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Longtime WNBC Reporter John Noel Dies

WNBC reporter John Noel has died, our sister site TVSpy reports.

“Our WNBC family sends its thoughts and prayers to John’s family. He will be sincerely missed,” the NBC owned station said in a statement.

WNBC said Noel was diagnosed with “a serious illness” two years ago. TunedIn’s Jerry Barmash reports Noel was suffering from brain cancer.

He will be remembered this evening at the Voices Against Brain Cancer event at The Hammerstein Ballroom.  Reporter Juliet Papa, from 1010WINS, will be emceeing. He was a recipient of a VABC award.

Noel, a Brooklyn native, joined WNBC in 1998 as a general assignment reporter. He had previously worked at WJBK in Detroit and KSDK in St. Louis.

Noel has won a number of broadcasting awards, including the New York State Broadcasters Award in 1999 and the Tenants Council of Brooklyn Award for Excellence in Broadcast Television. During his four years in the United States Air Force, he worked as a radio programmer and announcer for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network.

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Walking Dead Climbs to Number One for First Time in New York

AMC’s Walking Dead had the rare feat–number one for the week. The horror drama actually tied for the top spot in Nielsen’s New York prime time ratings with CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.

The shows averaged 961,000 viewers and a 4.9 rating.

American Idol occupied the next two positions. There were 904,000 WNYW viewers and a 4.6 rating for a third-place showing of the Thursday night results. Idol‘s performance night was fourth with an estimated 872,000 fans and a 4.4 rating.

Person of Interest was next at number five (844,000/4.3), while CBS was also represented by NCIS at six (805,000/4.1). It tied with ABC’s Bachelor: After the Rose (800,000/4,1). The two-hour Bachelor finale tied for 10th (699,000/3.6).

WNBC had just one Top 3o entry, Celebrity Apprentice at number 18 with 539,000 Channel 4 viewers and a 2.7 rating.

The latest episode of History’s The Bible notched 475,000 viewers and a 2.4 rating.

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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. Rob Morrison Denies Report of “Comeback” Via Tell-All Book, March 11

2. Jodi Applegate “Lost Sleep for Seven Months” Deciding to Leave WPIX to Have a Baby, March 8

3. Reporter Sean Hennessey Leaves WCBS-TV for Teaching Job in Boston, March 11

4. WSJ. Money Debuts Saturday, March 7

5. Meteorologist Domenica Davis (left) “Surprised How Long [She] Stayed” at WNBC, March 7

6. No Women Among the “Most Powerful” in Sports Media, March 7

7. Exclusive: Don Dahler Leaving Channel 2 for CBS News, March 7

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NCIS Again Keeps Idol From Top of Weekly Prime Time Ratings

It’s possibly American Idol fatigue, but the dominance of Fox’s talent showcase has been slipping this season in New York. CBS’ NCIS took the top spot for the week with an estimated 1.1 million WCBS viewers and a 5.9 rating, according to Nielsen.

As for Idol, the Thursday night show grabbed number two with 961,000 people tuned to WNYW and a 4.9 rating. The Wednesday performance tied for fifth with 927,000 viewers and a 4.7 rating. That led to the Fox 5 News at 10 scoring with viewers. The Steve Lacy/Dari Alexander newscast tied for 18th (570,000/2.9).

Idol added a 10th-place result (779,000/4.0) for the Tuesday night edition.

Also in fifth place were 60 Minutes (931,000) and Person of Interest (914,000).

Big Bang Theory (947,000/4.8) and AMC’s Walking Dead (932,000) tied for third.

WABC made its first appearance in the Top 30 with Revenge at 13 (641,000/3.3).  Struggling NBC was represented only by Celebrity Apprentice, which tied for number 29 (487,000/2.5).

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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. Time Inc. and Meredith Talks Stall Because No One Likes Iowa, March 6

2. Freelance Journalism’s Downside Perfectly Captured, March 5

3. Cablevision Lays Off Dozens in MSG Varsity Restructuring, February 27

4. WNBC’s Scott Stanford (left) Makes News Anchoring Debut, March 4

5. Ashley Morrison Returns to WCBS as MoneyWatch Anchor, February 27

6. WPIX Falls in February Sweeps; ‘Expect Changes Everywhere’: Source, March 1

 

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NCIS Takes Weekly Top Spot; Idol Settles for Second

OK, it may not be time to cue up Dylan’s, The Times They Are A Changin,’ but there is a change at the top. American Idol was caught by CBS drama NCIS for number one in the prime time weekly survey. It had an estimated 1.1 million WCBS viewers, while Fox’s Idol landed at number two with 1 million fans on WNYW, according to Nielsen.

With that lead-in the Fox 5 News at 10 with Steve Lacy and Dari Alexander with number 24 (523,000/2.7).

The Thursday edition of Idol took fourth place for the week with 888,000 viewers and a 4.5 rating.

Modern Family wedged itself at number three with (985,000/5.0).

AMC’s Walking Dead was next at five (859,000/4.4), while 60 Minutes took hold of sixth (824,000/4.2).

WNBC’s first appearance in the weekly Top 30 was 20th with Law & Order: SVU (577,000/2.9).

The debut of History’s The Bible miniseries was 17th (589,000/3.0).

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Meteorologist Domenica Davis ‘Surprised How Long [She] Stayed’ at WNBC

A view of Davis from her Twitter page.

It was a short stint, but Domenica Davis built her TV brand with two years as weekend meteorologist at WNBC. In August, FishbowlNY learned first that Davis’ contract would not be renewed. She left Channel 4 in October.

Davis also spent three years as weather anchor on Fox News Channel.

Although the camera and Davis mesh beautifully, the WNBC gig many times didn’t appear to be her best fit. Now Davis tells FishbowlNY, in her first interview since leaving Channel 4, she is exploring a slightly altered career path.

“I’ve always been a feature reporter and hosted special event coverage prior to working at FNC and WNBC. It’s something I really love and have a lot of fun doing,” Davis says.

Davis holds a special place for weather, but the outlook for a return in the near future is unlikely.

“I love being a meteorologist but it was getting to be too much of the same thing every day and I feel I have a lot more to offer,” Davis says.

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Don Pardo Reportedly Sidelined From SNL Announcing With Broken Hip

Don Pardo, the legendary NBC staff announcer, has been the Saturday Night Live voice for every season except one, since its debut in 1975.

So when Pardo, who turned 95 on February 22, is absent from the show, it’s news. He missed the February 16 broadcast, and the next live show, this past weekend.

TMZ reports that Pardo recently suffered a broken hip. The entertainment site says he’s recovering and “doing just fine.”

In an apparent attempt to keep Pardo’s injury hidden, his trademark opening credits were done by someone else in a poor version of a Pardo impression.

NBC has stayed quiet about Pardo’s condition and status with the show. FishbowlNY also attempted to reach Pardo directly.

Beginning two seasons ago, Pardo retired to Arizona, pre-recording the SNL work from his home studio.

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WNBC’s Scott Stanford Makes News Anchoring Debut

Sportscasters have occasionally been seen handling news anchoring. In the last several years, you could see former WNBC sports anchor Len Berman taking part in the news portion of Live at Five. His former colleague Otis Livingston spent weekend mornings as a stopgap anchor with Cindy Hsu on WCBS.

Now, the latest on-air sports personality has made the leap to the news side. WNBC’s Scott Stanford anchored News 4 New York at 7 on WNBC’s digital channel Cozi TV (formerly New York Nonstop).

Hard to recall a sportscaster anchoring on his own. Stanford, though, broke that barrier. He was in charge of the one-hour broadcast Friday night. He’ll get another shot this Friday.

For those expecting the high-octane Stanford to crash and burn in the new role, they were sadly disappointed. The worry is that a sports guy will just “have fun” with news. But this was clearly no hobby. Stanford was as serious about it as the stories he reported.

Despite not having a TV news background, Stanford was able to transfer his broadcasting skills with little issue. Stanford has been all about sports, first as a former afternoon radio standout on WCBS 880 via Shadow Traffic. He moved to TV at Channel 9/Channel 5 before heading to Channel 4, picking up four New York Emmy Awards along the way.

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