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WNBC’s Chuck Scarborough is a ‘Giant of Broadcasting’

We attended the 12th Annual Giants of Broadcasting luncheon in New York City today where prominent members of the broadcasting, media and corporate communities honored leaders of TV and radio. Chuck Scarborough longtime main anchor at WNBC was honored and jokingly thanked NBC for “not firing me.” Scarborough joined WNBC in 1974 and has won 31 Emmy Awards in his storied career.

Other honorees included former ABC, NBC and CBS executive Fred Silverman and Regis Philbin, who couldn’t attend due to a scheduling conflict, so his former “LIVE” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford accepted on his behalf. 170 Giants of Broadcasting have been honored since 2003, including Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Bob Schieffer, Brian Williams, Tim Russert and Ken Burns. TVNewser has more on yesterday’s event.

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KPRC Anchors Make Appearance on ‘Tonight Show’

Last night, KPRC anchors Dominique Sachse, Bill Balleza and chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley, made separate surprise appearances on ”The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Media blogger Mike McGuff reports that the threesome from the Houston NBC affiliate were part of a segment called I’ve Got Good News and Good News,” where Jimmy Fallon has anchors from across the country (NBC affiliates only) give their viewers happy news for once.

Watch as these cheerful anchors discuss why you’re the coolest person in the world, why traffic jams are no longer possible where you live, and why there’s a forecast of 100% puppy hugs.

Video Captures Police Officer Breaking NY1 Camera to Stop Reporter from Doing Job

10914nypdIt’s the lesson that people in authority never seem to learn–or perhaps just prefer to forget: yes, we really can shoot video in public places. But Gothamist reports a reporter from Time Warner Cable’s NY1 captured video of an NYPD school safety officer demanding that she not be put on camera, and when NY1′s Lindsey Christ questioned that, the officer broke the lens hood off the camera. NY1 describes what happened:

Here’s what the law says: you’re allowed to take pictures and shoot video on city streets or sidewalks, and you’re always allowed to take video of NYPD officers.

On Tuesday in Park Slope, a school safety officer approached us as we were trying to interview a student across the street.

Safety officer: Let’s go. Let’s go. Got to go. Let’s go. That means you got to go. Let’s go.
Christ: Wait. Why do they have to go?
Safety officer: You got to get that off my face. Not on me. On them. Not on me.
Christ: You’re allowed to shoot the NYPD at any point.

With that, she broke the lens guards off our camera. When we got the camera back on, she put her hat over the lens.

Former WCBS Anchor Rob Morrison Sentenced to Two Years Probation

rob-ashley-morrison1The Rob Morrison saga continues: Yesterday, the former WCBS anchor was sentenced to two years of probation on a misdemeanor charge for calling and texting his estranged wife 109 times in one weekend.

Morrison, if you’ll recall, resigned from the New York CBS-owned station last year after his arrest on charges of choking his wife, former CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison. He pleaded guilty to second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct charges. Morrison later participated in a Family Violence Education Program, and Ashley ended up dropping the domestic violence charges against him.

Then, over Memorial Day weekend, Morrison allegedly bombarded Ashley with the string of calls, leading to yesterday’s verdict. Morrison claimed he contacted his wife to check on the well-being of their 9-year-old son Jack after the couple had a heated argument. He was initially charged with violation of a protective order and second-degree harassment, and later pleaded guilty to breach of peace, because he felt that it would be “selfish” to take the case to trial.

Judge Erika M. Tindill of the Stamford Superior Court entered a protective order, barring Morrison from having any contact with his wife except through written communication, which must pertain to their son. The protective order is in effect until 2020, although it can be modified.

TheHour.com reports that Morrison will abide by the protective order, and holds no grudges against the prosecution for requesting it. He said he will have to take “baby steps” toward resuming a normal family life, starting with requesting the modification of a protective order in the future.

Roma Torre Returns to NY1 Anchor Desk

ENLARGE_01__Torre_Roma-534x300NY1 anchor Roma Torre returns to the anchor desk today, five weeks after colon cancer surgery. “All through September when I met viewers on the street they asked about Roma. You don’t think of NY1 without thinking of her,” NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan told Capital New York. “So we’re all ecstatic that she’s coming back to sit in her usual chair.” Torre announced her cancer diagnosis back in August and took leave for treatment. She updated viewers with a tweet upon her return from the hospital: Read more

WNYW’s Christina Park Talks Raising Kids in New York City

Christina-Park-picWNYW‘s Christina Park wrote a piece for the October issue of Manhattan Magazine about child rearing in New York City. The mother of two detailed her initial naivety about the realities of having kids in the city. The anchor of the FOX owned station talked about initially seeing happy-looking moms and kiddos everywhere, when in reality:

Those happy smiling mommies were actually grimacing as they tried to navigate a deadly intersection like a retro game of Frogger. The skipping is just a grotesque limp from having twisted her ankle in a pothole thanks to kamikaze bike messenger. Clearly the stress of living in NYC isn’t limited to the army of suits downtown. We all feel it.

In the end, Park acknowledged that New York is an amazing, albeit challenging, place to raise kids. What Park didn’t delve into is the fact that being a working mother comes with its own unique challenges, especially in the world of TV news.

We’ve written time and time again about broadcast journalists leaving their jobs to spend more time with their families. The work/life balance is a constant struggle and no one has found the perfect solution just yet. As anchor Heather Van Nest recently put it:

Working until midnight with a 1-year-old son, 3-year-old daughter and husband at home is not ideal. I am eager to explore new opportunities as I continue to search for that unicorn we call “work/life balance.”

A sentiment I’m sure many working moms can relate to.

Greg Kelly Falls Over

In what he called a tryout for the “Good Day New York Football Team,” Greg Kelly and Duke Castiglione ran some drills with NY Giant Rashad Jennings and former NFL’er Tim Green in the WNYW studio.

Castiglione made it through the tire drill first. Though in a moment of foreshadowing, he nearly tripped. Then Kelly took the hand off and made a mess of his feet, his suit and the wireless mic when he tripped on a tire, which he promptly threw off set.

After watching Green and Jennings float through the drill, Kelly took another turn, which was visually more disturbing than his first try. But he stayed upright. In Kelly’s defense, meteorologist Mike Woods fared no better with the tires.

Friends and Family Say Final Goodbye to WCBS Reporter John Slattery

WCBS reports hundreds turned out to say their final goodbyes to WCBS reporter John Slattery who died Thursday of a heart attack.

Friends and family gathered at Saints John and Paul Church in Larchmont, NY to honor the veteran reporter. Slattery had worked at the New York CBS owned station for more than 30 years.

“We are saddened by the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague John Slattery,” Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations, said in a statement last week. “John had been with us since October 1984, so he was just days away from celebrating his 30th anniversary at WCBS,” Dunn added. “We were truly blessed to have him as a member of our CBS 2 news team and we will miss him dearly.” Read more

Fired News 12 Anchor Apologizes, Says He Was Just the Messenger

piper_twitterMatt Pieper, the anchor for News12 The Bronx who was fired last week for insulting parents and welfare recipients, has taken to twitter to explain what happened.

On TwitLonger, Pieper wrote, “As a professional who has spent his entire career delivering the news, I understand the importance of sharing the facts. The situation that transpired on September 24th was extremely unfortunate and I feel the need to communicate what occurred and clear the air.”

Pieper didn’t know his mic was hot when he told reporter Amy Yensi, was reporting on the need for school crossing guards in certain areas of the Bronx, “And Dave wants you to also mention that parents do their f**king jobs and walk their little kids to school on their own and not rely on everyone else kind of like people rely on government assistance for their entire lives.”

Saying he is a “stalwart advocate for equality and diversity in the workplace,” Pieper writes “These were not my own thoughts or profanities. In relaying that information, I made a poor decision in my choice of words and for that I apologize. I could have communicated what I was asked to get across in a different manner and under the pressure of doing my job in real time I made a mistake.”

Read the entire message after the jump. Read more

WCBS Camera Catches Jets Quarterback Cursing at Fans

A photographer for New York CBS owned WCBS-WLNY was shooting on the sidelines of the Jets game Sunday when starting QB Geno Smith told off heckling fans with an obscenity.

During the game, frustrated Jets fans had been chanting for Smith’s backup. Smith showed his unhappiness with the team’s loss to visiting Detroit and the fans by looking at a heckler and saying, “Fuck you.”

Unfortunately for Smith, he was being recorded. He apologized after the game.

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