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New York Stations Follow Rescue of Window Washers From One World Trade Center


Two window washers are safe after being trapped more than 60 floors up on the newly opened One World Trade Center building in Manhattan.

According to WCBS, “The incident began at around 12:45 p.m. on the south side of the building. Initial reports suggested the washers were done cleaning the windows and were about to ascend to the top of the tower when the cable that pulls the scaffold up became loose.”

The workers were rescued after the FDNY broke a window and pulled the two to safety at around 2:15pmET.

WABC was nearing the end of its Noon news when it first reported the situation at 12:52.  Anchors Ken Rosato and Lori Stokes did a quick update, before returning to the story a few minutes later. The ABC owned station reported emergency workers were on the way to rescue one, possibly two, workers in the scaffolding dangling from the building.

CBS owned station WCBS broke into soap opera “The Young and the Restless” at 12:58. Chris Wragge anchored from the studio. The station aired a shot of the basket containing the window washers dangling from the building.  Wragge let viewers know weather conditions had grounded the station chopper. He also said he was checking social media for more info before tossing to a phone interview with Glenn Corbett, who Wragge said is professor of Fire and Safety at John Jay College.

NBC owned station WNBC interrupted “Days of Our Lives” at 1:19 p.m.. Anchor Rob Schmitt tossed to a phoner with former FDNY commissioner Tom Von Essen to give viewers an idea of how the rescue was going to happen.

While WNBC, WABC and WCBS stayed on-air, FOX owned station WNYW had the most compact cut-in. Breaking into “Inside Edition” at 1:41 p.m., Ernie Anastos took one minute to update viewers. Anastos said the FDNY told the station the scaffolding was at the 69th floor on the south side of One World Trade Center. He told viewers the rescue plan was to cut through the glass to rescue the two trapped window washers before returning to regular programming.

Rosanna Scotto Injured Shooting Ice Skating Segment

Rosanna Scotto, the often patient co-anchor to Greg Kelly on WNYW‘s Good Day New York, is recuperating after she took a bad fall while shooting an ice skating segment for the show.

Scotto broke her wrist and fractured her elbow and is said to be getting surgery on Friday. Sources tell TVSpy, Scotto says she will be on-air tomorrow.

How Are New York Stations Reporting Ebola?

We thought we’d take a quick look at how the local stations are using the first five minutes of the news to report the Ebola story, which has moved from Dallas to New York.

While ABC owned station WABC chose the hyper local angle of checking out the neighborhood where the latest possible victim, a five-year-old boy, lived, NBC owned station WNBC and CBS owned station WCBS alloted more airtime to the political side of things, looking at the state’s response to the possible spread of the disease.

While all that was going on, FOX owned station WNYW was studying the decline in voter turnout with Ernie Anastos.

NY1 Anchor, Reporter Featured on Beastie Boys Musician’s Guitar Strap

Guitar Center Presents The 6th Annual Little Kids Rock BenefitPerhaps Pat Kiernan put it best: “never predicted this.” Who could have? But now we know. Kiernan, anchor at New York City’s NY1, can point to the most unique example of his street cred: his face is featured in Beastie Boys’ guitarist Adam Horovitz‘s guitar strap. Yes way.

Horovitz’s wife, Kathleen Hanna tweeted a photo of the guitar strap’s detail, with images of the iconic NY1 logo, and photos of Kiernan and NY1 reporter Roger Clark. Gothamist has reaction from both men about their place in music history:

Clark—a seasoned drummer and air guitarist—tells us, “I am really honored that an artist and musician like Adam Horovitz, who I have admired for years, would pay tribute to NY1 and Pat and I in such a cool way. Anyone who knows me can tell you how much the music of the Beastie Boys was a part of my life since they first came on the scene. Plus the fact that Adam’s wife Kathleen Hanna tweeted about the guitar strap is amazing. She is another one of my all time favorites from Bikini Kill to Le Tigre and now The Julie Ruin. I saw them perform a Joan Jett song together at the Little Kids Rock Benefit last Thursday night at Hammerstein Ballroom and it was amazing.”

Kiernan, however, is wondering what’s next: “I knew Ad-Rock to be a regular viewer and a fan, but this is a level of loyalty that troubles me. Will Roger feel obligated to use Ad-Rock mittens on the air this winter? Will I feel compelled to design an Ad-Rock elastic band to wrap around my newspapers? This is a slippery slope.”

NY1 Host Tells Viewers Not to Eat Strange Mucus or Poop to Prevent Ebola


NY1 host Errol Louis gave out some sage advice on how not to get Ebola, which has come to Manhattan after a local doctor was diagnosed with the deadly disease.

“If you came across some strange mucus, or feces or something out there on the subway, the street or anywhere else” said Louis on the Time Warner Cable Network show Inside City Hall. “You know, don’t eat it.”

[FTVLIve by way of Deadspin]

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.

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

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