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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.

WCBS Reporter John Slattery Dies of Heart Attack

john-slatteryWCBS reporter John Slattery has died. He was 63.

Slattery worked at the New York CBS owned station for 30 years. According to the New York Daily News, Slattery died after a sudden heart attack hours after filing a report for the station.

“We are saddened by the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague John Slattery,” Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations, wrote on the WCBS website. “During his nearly 30-year career at WCBS, he was great at reporting the news and was someone we counted on to cover big stories for us, both here in New York and around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s wife, Suzie, and their children and grandchildren.”

He personified excellence in television journalism for more than three decades. With his steady and straightforward delivery, our John Slattery brought us momentous stories.

On 9/11, he was one of the first reporters to arrive on the chaotic and terrifying scene, having witnessed the second plane strike the World Trade Center while emergency vehicles were still trying to make their way to the disaster.

He was plainspoken.

He was unflappable.

A trusted voice at CBS 2 for more than 30 years, he traveled around the world for the biggest stories. Read more

Open-Mic Moment on News 12 The Bronx Sparks Outrage

Yesterday morning at around 8:25 a.m., News 12 The Bronx reporter Amy Yensi and anchor Matt Pieper were caught in an open-mic moment. The pair were about to report on the need for school crossing guards in certain areas, when they made the following off-the-cuff comments on air:

Pieper: 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. And bye Felicia. I actually added the part about government assistance but it’s true. I mean, how old are these kids?

Yensi: I think I qualify for government assistance (laughs)

Pieper: Just check that box, girl

Yensi: #EBT

After the show aired the station’s Facebook page exploded with hundreds of angry comments like these:

Jovahn Howard: News 12 the Bronx should definitely and definitively take action against matt piper and possibly Amy yensi if that was a derogatory statement made towards people of low income (Ebt recipients). Do they understand that the majority of their viewership here in the Bronx could possibly be of low income? And matt piper spewing that foul language and hateful elitist tone should be forced to apologize to the viewers on air and in social media. That was disgusting.

Anne Ledesma: Good to know I was not the only one that heard the f bomb…both their comments were unnecessary especially when talking about children and people that depend on food stamps…I know of old people that have worked their entire life and get pennies from retirement not cool…and to think I liked Amy and Matt… #dontwanttoseetheminthemorningnomore

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The View Reviews Are In…

theviewThe 18th season of The View premiered Monday, with new hosts, new producers and a new set. The social media reaction, as always, was mixed. Here’s what the critics had to say:

  • The Wrap was impressed with the new co-hosts’ chemistry: “No one is more exhausted by the news surrounding the new hires than me, a writer and journalist covering the beat, but ABC got it right. Whatever testing and re-testing and lying about the departing hosts and producers that went down seems to have worked.”
  • The Washington Post noted how respectful the usually raucous ‘Hot Topics’ section was: “Otherwise, the premiere was very similar to what the show has always been, as they debated hot-button issues including Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Woody Allen. If anything, it was pretty cordial, though of course it is only the first day. Wallace announced upfront she was a Republican, and O’Donnell chimed in with “And I really like her, I swear to God.”
  • The Daily Beast was impressed with the new set: “A brand new set was then unveiled as Goldberg welcomed us to the new season. (O’Donnell reportedly had the entire studio moved to a new location in New York City because she thought the old one was drab and dusty.) The new set was orange and teal and much more intimate than recent iterations, returning to the idea these hosts are supposed to be part of the conversation with women, not performing a conversation in front of women.”
  • The New York Times wasn’t as enthusiastic, noting that the show started with a coy joke about Barbara Walters and ended with a tribute to Joan Rivers “with a kind of mawkish piety… Most of what went on in between was rather stilted, which is to be expected when new hosts take over a long-established show, and this one has been around for 17 years. But even on Day 1, there were signs of where “The View” is headed, and it’s likely to be more tame.”

All in all, a majority of the critics seemed to appreciate the changes. Let’s see if the positivity continues past the premiere.

WNYW Adds Business Reporter

morris wtic_304New York FOX owned station WNYW has added Alison Morris as the station’s business reporter.

Morris left WTIC in Hartford, Conn. in August. She has also worked at KDKA in Pittsburgh. She started her career at the Wall Street Journal Europe in Paris, France and has reported for CNBC Europe.

“I can’t wait to become FOX 5′s first business reporter and bring our viewers the latest on the economy, business climate and their money,” Morris said in a statement. “What we’re doing here is unique and to do it on a station I grew up watching is awesome.”

She starts Monday, September 22.

Dan Carlin Promoted to VP of Creative Services and Public Affairs at WNYW-WWOR

FOX-5Dan Carlin, currently the of vice president of programming and research at New York FOX owned station WNYW and WWOR, adds vice president of creative services and public affairs to his title.

“Dan is an incredible resource for our stations,” Lew Leone, WNYW-WWOR VP & GM, said in a statement. “His market knowledge and program and audience research acumen, as well as his strategic vision are second to none. I am thrilled to announce this well-deserved promotion.”

Carlin has worked at the Fox owned station since 1992.

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