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Chuck Carter Named Managing Editor at WPIX

wpix logoChuck Carter is joining WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City, as managing editor. He begins April 28 and will report to news director Mark Effron.

“Chuck is a seasoned broadcast news executive with a proven record of delivering ratings growth. I’m thrilled he is joining our team as we continue to develop PIX11 News,” Effron said in a statement.

Carter joins WPIX from WTIC, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Hartford. The move reunites him with general manager Rich Graziano, who joined WPIX from WTIC last year.

With the announcement of Carter’s hire, Amy Waldman and Sharon Van Zwieten are taking on new roles at WPIX. Waldman, who was named managing editor last year, will be the new senior executive producer for all newscasts. Van Zwieten, formerly the senior executive producer, will move into a news talent project management role, WPIX says.

More from WPIX after the jump. Read more

Local Morning Shows Beating Network Shows in Largest Markets

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The morning show battles aren’t just between ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today Show anymore. TVNewsCheck reports a smaller, leaner, local opponent has entered the arena.

In March, on FOX owned station WNYW “Good Day New York” beat GMA with a 1.425 rating among 25-54 year-olds compared to GMA’s 1.421. Chicago CW affiliate WGN and Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA also beat both GMA and Today in mornings by a larger margin.

Circling above New York on a frigid morning two weeks ago, WNYW’s helicopter spotted a lone surfer along the coast of Long Island and fed the images to the Fox O&O’s Good Day New York. As the surfer struggled to catch a wave, co-hosts Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto provided rather snarky commentary.

The next day, they featured the surfer, Doug Bard, on the four-hour morning show to learn about cold-weather surfing. They received a bar of Sex Wax (look it up) from him and Bard got a chance to do the weather in front of the green screen.

“In all these cases, the shows are anchored by extremely likeable, fun, accessible talent that isn’t afraid to make fun of themselves,” TV Guide Los Angeles Bureau Chief Michael Schneider told TVNewsCheck. “The anchors on these local shows just feel more real.” Read more

WPIX Hires Arnold Diaz For Newly-Formed Investigative Unit

arnold diazFormer WNYW consumer reporter Arnold Diaz is joining rival WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. Diaz will join Mary Murphy and Howard Thompson to round out a newly-formed investigative unit at WPIX.

The news comes on the heels of Fox-owned WNYW shuttering its consumer investigative unit — and getting rid of Diaz — in January.

“Howard and Mary have built their reputations on helping right wrongs. Now with the addition of Arnold Diaz, who has a storied career as an investigative consumer reporter, we strengthen PIX11’s goal of keeping our viewers informed,” WPIX news director Mark Effron said in a statement.

The investigative unit will be overseen by producer Noreen Lark. Diaz’s first official day at the station will be March 31.

More from WPIX after the jump. Read more

Boston Herald: Ratings to Blame For WBZ News Director’s Ouster

wbz logo copyThe Boston Herald is reporting ratings were to blame for the news director change at WBZ, the CBS owned station in Boston. John Verrilli had worked at the station’s news director since 2009 before departing yesterday:

When we asked one station insider why Verrilli was gone, the answer was simple: “Bad ratings.”

WBZ general manager Mark Lund met with staffers yesterday to break the news. Verrilli, who had been at ’BZ since 2009, will be replaced temporarily by assistant news director Sarah Burke until a permanent successor is named.

“We know ratings have been a challenge,” said one station snitch. “We have to get better.”

Chuck Scarborough Marks 40 Years at WNBC

Chuck Scarborough is celebrating his 40th anniversary at WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York. In an interview with NBCUniversal Direct, Scarborough reflects on his career path (from Biloxi to Atlanta to Boston to New York) and the most challenging moments of his career at WNBC.

“Frankly, I think the ability to stay here — that I’ve been blessed to be able to stay in this market — is so remarkable for this length of time. It doesn’t happen that people stay for 40 years in one job in television news,” Scarborough said. “…Mainly, I’m grateful that I was able to do it, that there was enough of an audience watching us for me to maintain that position throughout the years, and to be able to build a reservoir of credibility that helps me cover the news here.” Watch:

Elizabeth Kaledin Says Goodbye to NY1

elizabeth kaledinElizabeth Kaledin is leaving Time Warner Cable News NY1 to join the Central Park Conservancy, Capital New York’s Alex Weprin reports.

Kaledin is a longtime veteran of NY1 who was worked as a weekend anchor and reporter at the channel when it launched in 1992. She left in 1994 to join CBS News and rejoined NY1 as the 11 p.m. anchor in 2007.

Kaledin anchors alongside Lewis Dodley. After her departure, Dodley will continue to anchor the 11 p.m. newscast solo, Capital reports.

WNYW-WWOR Names New General Sales Manager

WNYW_304Rita Marcocci has been named VP and general sales manager for New York FOX owned stations WNYW-WWOR.

Marcocci held the same position for FOX’s owned stations in Chicago WFLD and WPWR. She has also worked as VP and GSM for FOX station sales in New York.

“We are excited to have Rita return to the New York duopoly, where she was a sales manager from 2008-2011,” Nick Gardner, VP and director of sales said in a statement. “She did an incredible job as a sales manager at our stations and has continued to succeed. I feel very lucky to have this opportunity to work with Rita again.”

WNYW recently named new local and national sales managers.

NYC Stations Cover East Harlem Explosion

Stations in New York City spent several hours this morning covering a building explosion in East Harlem that caused the death of at least two people.

ABC-owned WABC was the first to report the news, breaking in to “Live! With Kelly and Michael” at 9:43 a.m. Ken Rosato and Michelle Charlesworth anchored. WABC had Kimberly Richardson, Rob Nelson and Sarah Wallace on the scene and Marcus Solis live from Harlem Hospital.

CBS-owned WCBS reported the explosion at 9:45 a.m., breaking into “The Queen Latifah Show” for a report anchored by Chris Wragge and Mary Calvi. Don Champion, Hazel Sanchez and John Slattery reported from East Harlem.

NBC-owned WNBC broke in to the fourth hour of “Today” with the news at 9:48 a.m. Michael Gargiulo anchored, with Jonathan Vigliotti, Michael George, Tracie Stahan and Telemundo’s Pablo Gutierrez reporting.

Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto reported the news at 9:49 on Fox-owned WNYW. Liz Dahlem and Ti-Hua Chang reported for the station from the scene.

CW affiliate WPIX reported the news at 9:53 a.m. with Kori Chambers, Dan Mannarino and Sukanya Krishnan anchoring. James Ford reported from East Harlem.

Andy Adler Joins WPIX Morning Newscast

andy adlerAndy Adler is joining WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City, as an entertainment reporter and sports anchor for the morning newscast. She will begin in her new role on April 7.

Adler had been working with WPIX on special projects, including the station’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII. Before that, she was a host at Time Warner Cable SportsNet in Los Angeles. She has previously worked at WNYW in New York City and at KNBC in Los Angeles.

“After working with Andy during Super Bowl week, we knew she would make a great addition to our team, her talents and energy are the perfect complement to PIX11′s Morning News,” WPIX news director Mark Effron said in a statement.

WABC Anchor Uses Dying Cat to Promote Show


WABC anchor Bill Ritter does an instagram video everyday to promote the New York ABC owned station’s newscast.

He and his co-anchor Sade Baderinwa act out short scenes covering subjects in the news like the dangers of sugar and The Oscars.

Yesterday, he let viewers know he was putting his family cat down. He wanted everyone to know he was there for them because “We’re like family.”

TVSpy knows how hard it is to lose a family pet. But we’ve never seen one used to boost ratings.

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