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What Are Local Stations Covering?

This week we took a look at the nation’s #1 market, New York, where the talk was all about, you guessed it, snow.

WNYW GM Promises His Station Will Avoid Cliches

WNYW GM Lew Leone is promising viewers his station will avoid the usual cliches.

In response to a story his New York FOX owned station did last week about what annoys TV news viewers, Leone said, “I can’t promise that we will lose all of the clichés but we will do our best to be original and offer the type of coverage you are looking for.”

Erika Tarantal Joins WCVB From WNBC

Erika Tarantal WCVBErika Tarantal is joining WCVB, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Boston, as an anchor and reporter. She joins the station after six years at WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York, where she anchored the weekend evening newscasts.

“Erika is an exceptional journalist and we are excited that she is making Boston and WCVB her home,” WCVB news director Andrew Vrees said in a statement. “Her professionalism and ability to connect to her audience will make her a great asset to our NewsCenter 5 team for years to come.”

Tarantal will take over as the station’s noon anchor after Susan Wornick retires at the end of February. She will also play “a significant role” on the morning newscast, according to WCVB.

Before joining WNBC, Tarantal was a reporter at WVIT in Hartford. She has previously worked as  a production assistant at WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston.

More from WCVB after the jump. Read more

WABC Misspells Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Name in Tweet

Small spelling error on the WABC Twitter feed this afternoon:

WABC Phillip Seymour Hoffman tweet

The tweet has since been deleted.

WPIX Helps Father See Deceased Son’s Facebook ‘Lookback Video’

WPIX_facebookJohn Berlin wanted to use the latest facebook campaign as a way to remember his 22-year-old son Jesse who died two years ago.

As part of the social site’s tenth anniversary, facebook offers users the chance to see a 62 second video featuring highlights of past posts set to music .

Berlin posted a video to YouTube that soon went viral asking facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to allow him access to his deceased son’s facebook profile so he could watch his son’s “lookback video.”

Alyssa Zauderer of the WPIX web team got in contact with facebook which told the Tribune owned New York CW affiliate it was working on helping Berlin out, but had no way of contacting him.

WPIX gave facebook Berlin’s contact info. Facebook told the station, “The video will be ready either tonight or tomorrow morning.” Watch the WPIX story after the jump. Read more

New York FOX Station Adds Entertainment Reporter

simone_cropped_wnywSimone Boyce has been named entertainment reporter for the New York FOX owned station WNYW.

Byron Harmon, WNYW VP and news director said in a statement, “With her unique talent, she will bring our audience in depth interviews with entertainment icons, the latest in entertainment news and innovation, and the best of New York’s vibrant nightlife and cultural offerings.”

Boyce last worked as a film correspondent on EPIX and was host of GameStopTV.

She will report for the evening newscasts starting Monday.

WNYW Reporter Asks ‘Does Local TV News Annoy You?’

New York FOX owned station WNYW took a look back at itself and the industry as a whole during its 10:00 p.m. news last night when it aired a story chronicling the annoying things TV news does.

Reporter Joel Waldman asked CUNY journalism professor Jeff Jarvis about it. Jarvis told Waldman the story was a little navel gazing “But shows you’re willing to ask the tough questions about what’s annoying about TV news.”

San Antonio Anchor and WNYW Reporter Save Lives In Separate Incidents

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Two on-air talent at two different stations roughly 1800 miles apart are being hailed separately as heroes.

San Antonio, TX, anchor Delaine Mathieu said she was on her way home from NBC affiliate WOAI when she came upon a man named Paul Hernandez who had been hit by a car on the freeway.

Hernandez’ car had spun out and hit the freeway median after blowing a tire. He was hit when he got out of his car. Mathieu fashioned a tourniquet out of a scarf and tied it around Hernandez’ nearly severed leg. She was credited with saving his life.

In Yonkers, NY, just north of New York City, John Huddy reporter for FOX owned station WNYW saw a man fall on the tracks of at a Metro North train station. While Huddy’s photographer rolled, several people along with Huddy teamed to pull the man to safety. According to the New York FOX owned station, the man was unhurt.

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WNYW Revisits 1990s Interview with Mia Farrow About Accusations Against Woody Allen

In 1992 someone sent WNYW‘s Rosanna Scotto the tape of Mia Farrow‘s daughter Dylan talking about how Woody Allen had allegedly molested her.

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The allegations are back in the news after the now adult Dylan recently wrote an open letter again accusing Allen of molesting her when she was a child.

On the FOX owned station’s “Good Day New York” Scotto revisited a 1990′s interview with Mia Farrow refuting Allen’s longtime claims that Dylan had been coached to say what she said about him.

This morning on “Good Day,” Allen, through his lawyers, again maintained that Dylan had been coached by Farrow to say what she said.

WABC Reporter Nearly Run Over by Truck During Live Shot


WABC reporter Kristin Thorne was just about to start her live report as part of the New York ABC owned station’s team coverage of the most recent snowfall to hit the area when she was almost hit by a large truck.

The driver honked his/her horn before barreling through the shot. Thorne ducked out of the way and told everyone she was OK, adding, “We had someone, obviously, who was not happy that we were standing in the road.”

[FTVLive]

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