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NYC Anchor Debuts New Show on Harlem

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Long before the anchor desk at New York station WPIX, news anchor Vanessa Tyler was a kid growing up in Harlem. Now, she’s set to take New York viewers into that iconic neighborhood in a new weekly show, “What’s Eating Harlem”. “I hope people will look at and love the show and appreciate the people,” Tyler told the New York Daily News. “That’s what makes Harlem Harlem — the people.”

Tyler, who currently serves as a freelance news anchor for Verizon’s FiOS 1 news, debuts the 26-week series on the New York City-owned NYC Life channel Thursday evening.

“I have a very soft spot in my heart for Harlem,” said Tyler, who grew up in the Grant Houses, one of the area’s public housing complexes, before her big break on WPIX-TV’s evening news.

Tribune Gets New Name Ahead of Split

TribuneMedia_CMYK_pri_LrgTypeTribune Company begins operating under a new, but similar, name today: Tribune Media Company. The rebranding comes as the broadcasting and publishing divisions of the 167-year-old company split.

Tribune Media includes Tribune Broadcasting, WGN America, Tribune Studios, Tribune Digital Ventures, WGN Radio, and Tribune Real Estate. “In the last year, we have executed a strategy designed to embrace a rapidly changing media environment,” said Peter Liguori, President and CEO, Tribune Media Company. “We doubled the size of our broadcast group, re-launched our national cable network WGN America with high-quality original programming, and expanded our digital businesses that power some of the world’s leading media brands.” Tribune owns CW affiliates in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. Last year, the company acquired Local TV Holdings adding 19 TV stations in 16 markets.

The other entity, Tribune Publishing Company, includes 10 major daily newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, South Florida Sun-SentinelOrlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun. Tribune Publishing is expected to begin trading on the NYSE tomorrow. Its future as a stand-alone company is less clear.

 

‘We Do Have Breaking News Right Now: Facebook is Down’

New York City’s WNBC took a lighthearted approach to today’s Facebook outage during its noon newscast this afternoon (video above).

“Just to keep panic at bay here, we do have breaking news right now: Facebook is down,” Contessa Brewer said. “We’re expecting this to trend on Twitter at any moment. Here’s the screen grab we have from our newsroom, where people are unforunately having trouble getting on. I got on, but nothing is uploading, nothing is updating. It just allowed me to send a friend request, that’s all.”

Brewer took to Twitter after the show to assure viewers she was being sarcastic:

[h/t Brian Stelter]

News12 Reporter Out After Comments About ‘Young Black Men Growing Up Without Fathers’

bergin news12_croppedSean Bergin, a freelance reporter for Cablevision’s News12 New Jersey, is out at the regional cable news network after telling viewers on-air what he thought was the root cause of what he called the “anti-cop mentality” among young black men in inner cities.

Bergin told TVSpy he was suspended with pay for two days because of his comments and that the station, “made me an offer I had to refuse.” Bergin said News12 said he could come back for $350 a week and a chance to do what he called his “goofy feature segment” but not report hard news. He added, “I told them I had no choice but to turn it down.”

The controversy started Sunday night when Bergin was wrapping up a story about the killing of a Jersey City police officer. As part of the story, Bergin had interviewed the wife of the man alleged to have shot and killed the officer.

Bergin told viewers the station was “besieged” with calls from police officers angry he had given time to “the life of a cop killer.” He then told viewers, News12 aired the interview because it wanted to “shine a light on the anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America’s inner cities.” He went on to say, “The underlying cause of all of this, of course: young black men growing up without fathers.”

A News12 spokesperson told TVSpy, “It is News 12′s policy that reporters must be objective and not state personal opinions on-air.” Read more

WLNY Launches Weekend Evening Newscast

wlny-logo2WLNY, the CBS-owned independent station serving the New York City market, is launching a weekend edition of its 9 p.m. newscast. Beginning July 12, the hourlong newscast will be anchored by Cindy Hsu with meteorologist Elise Finch and sports anchor Steve Overmyer.

“WLNY’s 9 p.m. newscast addresses viewers’ needs to have their local news at an earlier time in the evening and the newly expanded broadcast will now allow audiences to do that on the weekend as well,” David Friend, the senior vice president of news for CBS Television Stations and the news director for WCBS-WLNY, said in a statement.

Hsu currently anchors the weekend evening newscasts on sister station WCBS, where she has worked since 1993.

WPIX Reporter Talks About Celebrity’s Failed Kiss Attempt

badu diaz wpixA celebrity turned the tables on WPIX reporter Mario Diaz last week by giving the New York CW affiliate reporter more attention than he really wanted.

Diaz was wrapping up a report about Shia LeBeouf‘s recent arrest when musician Erykah Badu, wearing a Pharrelesque style hat, began mugging for the camera behind Diaz before leaning in for a kiss.

Diaz pushed her away before she could plant one. Diaz later said he sensed something was going on, but the kiss attempt came out of nowhere.

Badu apologized on twitter. Diaz responded with some Prince lyrics. He also talked about the encounter on air. See the video after the jump.

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Kathryn Brown Leaves WCBS for WRAL

KathrynBrownKathryn Brown is leaving New York’s WCBS and joining WRAL where she has been named weekend anchor. Brown joins in late August and will take over for Renee Chou who moved to the morning show. The move to Raleigh will put Brown and her husband, Scott, who works for WABC-TV, closer to family in Atlanta. Before WCBS, Brown worked at WJZ-TV in Baltimore and at WSET-TV in Roanoke.

WNYW Goes for Positive Spin in Revamped 6:00 p.m. Newscast

WNYW_304New York FOX owned station WNYW has announced a revamped 6:00 p.m. newscast.

WNYW told the New York Daily News the new 6:00 p.m. looks to put a “more positive spin” on the news with enterprise reporting and lifestyle stories.

“I’ve been doing the news for 35 years in New York, and I feel a very personal relationship to the viewers,” WNYW anchor Ernie Anastos told the News. “So this is a chance to be more personal, more direct and more conversational.”

Anastos will solo anchor the 6PM. Meteorologist Audrey Puente will also report along with entertainment reporters Simone Boyce and Christal Young.

“Our goal is to redefine local news in New York City,” said WNYW news director Byron Harmon. “I feel that news is more than fires, crimes and car crashes

[NY Daily News]

After Using Drone Footage in Story, New York FOX Station Asks if It’s Legal

In its 10:00 p.m. news last night, New York’s WNYW used drone footage as part of a story about a small plane crash on Long Island. Then the FOX owned station looked into the legality of using unmanned aerial vehicles to cover the news.

“When I heard that the police helicopters and news choppers couldn’t get video footage of what was going on because of the cloud cover that was today,” Nick Borella, the guy who used his drone to shoot the plane crash, told WNYW’s Stacey Delikat. “I thought that I would get over and have a chance to help them out any way that I could because I could fly in that.”

WNYW’s admission it didn’t pay for the footage did two things, it furthered the conversation about drone usage and according to Brendan Schulman, an attorney who runs the unmanned aircraft system group for law firm Kramer Levin, cleared them of any wrongdoing since the FAA only frowns on commercial use.

The question raised? Does this change anything for drone operators looking to get paid for their work?

Rob Morrison Arrested For Harassment, Violation of Protective Order

rob morrison mugshotFormer WCBS anchor Rob Morrison is facing new charges linked to his 2013 domestic abuse arrest, the Darien Times reports.

Morrison was arrested by Darien police for violating a protective order after he contacted his wife, former CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison, more than 100 times over Memorial Day weekend. Morrison was also charged with harassment in the incident.

Rob Morrison, who was cleared of domestic violence charges in April, told the Darien Times the pair had an argument after he “refused to discuss relocating in the presence of the couple’s 8-year-old son”:

Morrison said the entire incident has been taken out of context. He said most of those phone calls and text messages were the result of his attempts to contact his son after Ashley kicked him out of the house for refusing to discuss relocation plans.

“She became very agitated and very irate,” Morrison told The Darien Times. “I was trying to diffuse the situation. She raised her voice, called me names, et cetera… I look over and there’s [our son]… He’s crying. He saw what he perceived to be a pretty boisterous argument between his mom and dad, when in fact, it was instigated by one party.

“I was trying to make my way over to comfort him and she” yelled at him to leave in front of their son, he said. “If she says that I’ve got to go,” under the terms of the protective order.

No word yet on where Ashley Morrison might be relocating to. She signed off from CBS MoneyWatch last year.

[Image via The Hartford Courant]

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