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Dave McDonald Named Senior Producer, Creative Services at WPIX

wpix logoDave McDonald has been promoted to senior producer, creative services at WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. In his new role, he will be responsible for “developing high level image campaigns that support the emerging PIX11 news brand as well as new evolving station initiatives and partnerships.”

McDonald has been a writer, producer and editor at WPIX since 2001. Before that, he was a creative services writer and producer for WCAU, the NBC-owned station in Philadelphia.

“Dave is an Emmy Award and Promax Gold winning producer with over 15 years of experience in production, marketing, promotion and brand management. He has long been an important part of the PIX11 creative department, tireless in his pursuit of memorable creative work and is highly deserving of this promotion,” David Hyman, VP/Creative, said in a statement.

NYC Stations Cover 9/11 Museum Dedication

President Barack Obama, survivors and victims’ families gathered this morning at the site of the 9/11 attacks for the dedication of the National September 11 Museum. With the exception of Fox-owned WNYW, stations in New York City provided special coverage of the dedication ceremony, which began shortly after 10 a.m.

Bill Ritter and Lori Stokes anchored on WABC, with Lisa Colagrossi reporting from Lower Manhattan for the ABC-owned station. On CBS-owned WCBS, Mary Calvi and Chris Wragge anchored with Lou Young reporting from the museum. Michael Gargiulo and Darlene Rodriguez anchored on NBC-owned WNBC, with David Ushery reporting from the World Trade Center. On CW affiliate WPIX, Kori Chambers anchored from the studio with Sukanya Krishnan and James Ford live from Lower Manhattan.

Obama, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and former New York Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani all spoke at the ceremony, which lasted about an hour. “It is an honor for us to join in your memories, to recall and reflect but above all to reaffirm the true spirit of 9/11 — love, compassion, sacrifice — and to enshrine it in the heart of our nation forever,” Obama said.

NY1 Anchor Pat Kiernan Talks About Crossing Over to the Super Hero Universe

pat kiernanNY1 anchor Pat Kiernan works at the TV station in New York with the most select audience, viewers can only watch the channel is primarily available to if they subscribe to Time Warner Cable subscribers.

Kiernan talked to Vulture about going from the small stage to the big screen as the anchor man for Marvel Comics’ “The Avengers” and “The Amazing Spider Man 2.”

Over here we also noticed that you, as Pat Kiernan, are the only “character” to cross over the Marvel universes.
I didn’t wanna give it away but I did an interview with a guy from MTV.com and he pointed out the same thing. He said, “Do you understand the significance of this in the comic book world, that you are the only link between these two universes?”

It’s huge. I don’t know how you’re this transcendent superhero that gets to be in both worlds.
I anchor it. I give it some sense of realism. I think that’s what NY1 lends to these things, is just that little bit of authenticity. And we don’t agree to do everything that comes our way, because we want it to be … It’s hard to explain. If the things that were happening in the movie were really happening, we want NY1 to be portrayed in the way that we think we might react to that series of events. Read more

‘Good Day New York’ Producers Protest Proposed Pay Cuts

good day new york logoSegment producers and writers for “Good Day New York,” the morning newscast on WNYW in New York City,  have delivered a petition to station management protesting proposed pay cuts in contract negotiations between the Fox-owned station and the Writers Guild of America, East. The group has been working without a contract since last year.

Forty-one members signed the petition, which was emailed to Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy and CFO Betsy Swanson and delivered in person to WNYW assistant news director Emad Asghar.

The petition, obtained by TVSpy, asks that station management “return to the negotiating table and quickly come to terms on a fair contract”:

At this point the company shows no sign of coming off of a host of unreasonable positions, including big cuts to segment producer salaries, an unwillingness to increase pension contributions to secure our retirement security, meal period give backs, a reduction in night shift differential, and other concessions. Enough is enough.

Our last raise was in 2011. Inflation has increased significantly since then and the cost of living and working in New York City has increased even more. At the same time, the company has realized cost savings by shutting down the WWOR evening news program and then eliminating the WNYW investigative unit. Similarly, our productivity has increased as we have taken on new duties. Of course, the company is also saving money by keeping the contract open and avoiding pay increases. This appears to be a part of the plan, as no reasonable person would be likely to agree to the kinds of cut backs that remain on the table.

A station source tells TVSpy that the producers and writers have been offered a 6% pay increase over the next three years. The previous contract, which ran from 2008-12, was a 12% increase over four years. Read more

WNYW Announces Summer News Schedule and More Weekend News

WNYW_304New York FOX owned station WNYW has announced a “Summer Schedule” which promises both anchor changes and revamped news format starting June 5.

“Our new summer schedule continues our mission to bring unconventional local news to New York,” said VP and news director Byron Harmon in a statement. “Local news doesn’t have to be all gloom and doom.”

Called “FOX’S Fresh 5,” the schedule swaps current 5:00 p.m. co anchor Ernie Anastos with Steve Lacy to sit alongside Dari Alexander. Anastos replaces Lacy as solo anchor at 6:00 p.m. while meteorologist Audrey Puente will “step outside her usual role of meteorologist and serve as a reporter, along with entertainment reporters Simone Boyce and Christal Young.” Read more

Norma Morato Out as WXTV News Director

wxtv logoAfter 13 years as news director of WXTV in New York, Norma Morato is out at the Univision-owned station. Media Moves has details:

One inside source says she has resigned. Another source says she was seen packing her belongings from her office last Friday signaling she was on her way out. Norma had led WXTV-41′s news department since 2001.
Morato began her career at WXTV in 1981. In 1983, she moved to WNJU, the Telemundo station in New York City, where she was the news director until she joined WCBS in 1986. She rejoined WXTV in 2000.

WNYW’s John Huddy Joins Fox News

John Huddy, currently a reporter for Fox-owned WNYW in New York City, is joining Fox News Channel’s Jerusalem bureau, TVNewser reports.

Huddy began at WNYW as a writer for “Good Day New York” in 2004. He made the transition to on-air reporting in 2008, joining WNYW sister station WWOR. In 2009, he returned to WNYW to report for “Good Day New York.” He officially signed off from WNYW last week.

 

WPIX’s Marvin Scott to be Inducted into New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame

marvin scottWPIX correspondent and host Marvin Scott will be inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame in June. Scott has worked at the Tribune-owned CW affiliate in New York City since 1980.

“In a city of icons, Marvin stands at the top of the pack. He knows everybody, has covered everything, and approaches every story with tenacity, energy, a sense of competitiveness, and above all, heart,” WPIX news director Mark Effron said in a statement.

Scott is the station’s senior correspondent and host of “PIX News Close Up,” a weekly issues-oriented newscast. The induction ceremony will take place June 13 at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.

“I am honored and humbled by this special recognition of my extraordinary and rewarding career, a career that continues to inspire and invigorate me,” Scott said.

‘In This Exclusive Live Developing Report,’ WNYW Pokes Fun at Annoying Local News

In the second installment of WNYW‘s reports on annoying local news trends, Mac King presents an “exclusive live developing report” on “the horrible crimes committed against our language every day right here on your local TV newscast.”

“We are aware we often sound and look ridiculous. And we’re at least a little bit sorry. We’re just trying to capture and then keep your attention in a media world with so many choices,” King concludes. “We now return you to your regularly scheduled scrolling through your Instagram feed. Kicking off the hottest new trend, you won’t believe what happens next. Stay with us, back to you, I’m Mac King, Fox 5 News.” Watch:

Domestic Violence Charges Dropped Against Rob Morrison

morrision charges droppedAll charges against Rob Morrison have been dropped.

The former WCBS anchor was charged with trying to strangle his wife.

According to the Darien News, “Morrison has completed a 26-week program for those involved in family violence as a condition of having the second-degree threatening and breach of peace charges dropped.”

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