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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.

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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.

Helicopter Crashes Into The East River, and NYC Local Stations Go Back On the Air

Just a few hours after the conclusion of the Chris Christie press conference, there was more breaking news in New York City — a helicopter crash in the East River, near Manhattan’s 34th Street.

WCBSMaurice DuBois was the first to break the news 3:27 p.m., followed by WABC‘s Bill Ritter at 3:29 p.m. and WNBC‘s Chuck Scarborough at 3:31 p.m. Ernie Anastos on WNYW followed at 3:32 p.m. Anastos was also on the air less than ten minutes earlier reporting on a school lockdown on Long Island.

Cable news stations were using video from local affiliates — MSNBC was taking the WNBC feed, while CNN was using WABC’s chopper camera. Fox News Channel also took the WABC feed for short time after the news broke, switching over to Fox O&O WNYW when their chopper arrived on the scene.

Veteran NYC Anchors Ernie Anastos, Bill Ritter and Chuck Scarborough Recall 9/11 Memories

With the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01 just three weeks away, FishbowlNY interviewed three veteran anchors in New York City — Ernie Anastos of WNYW (pictured at right on 9/11/01 with co-anchor Dana Tyler), Bill Ritter of WABC and Chuck Scarborough of WNBC — about what they collectively call their most difficult professional experience, anchoring coverage on September 11. The three men recall finding their way to the studio, mourning missing colleagues and fighting to keep emotions out of their reporting:

“You feel like crying,” Anastos recalls. “You feel like being emotional, but you don’t have time for it.”

But Anastos, an award-winning anchor since 1978, did say he found time to check messages and make sure his family was alright.

However, once the mic was unclipped, the camera turned off, and the studio went black, it was another matter entirely. Read more

New York Stations Provide Live Coverage of Obama’s Visit to Ground Zero

New York stations preempted regularly scheduled programming this afternoon to bring live coverage of President Obama’s visit to Ground Zero, which occurred around 1:00 p.m. today.

Bill Ritter anchored WABC‘s special coverage from Ground Zero, with Dianna Williams and Sade Baderinwa appearing in the studio. Reporters David Novarro, Tim Fleischer, and Anthony Johnson covered the president’s movements through Manhattan, from a local fire house, to Ground Zero, to an NYPD precinct.

On WCBS, Maurice DuBois was stationed at Ground Zero, in a position similar to Ritter’s, while Marcia Kramer reported live on the president’s appearance, in which he hung a wreath in honor of those that died on 9/11.

“It was truly the most somber ceremony I have ever seen,” Kramer said. “It was a very moving one for the very simplicity… President Obama said much more with his silence than he ever could have with his words.” Read more

As New Yorkers Celebrate Bin Laden’s Death, WNBC Provides Unrivaled Local Coverage

Following the dramatic announcement late Sunday night that the U.S. had killed Osama bin Laden, New York’s WNBC stayed in breaking news mode long after Brian Williams signed off for NBC, as impromptu celebrations sprouted up across the city.

Shiba Russell, who joined the station in February, led WNBC’s coverage of the historic occasion as Ida Siegal reported live near Ground Zero, where thousands of New Yorkers had gathered to celebrate the death of a man who, nearly ten years ago, drastically altered life in the city.

The networks scrambled to cover the news on Sunday night, providing some memorable moments as well as a few intriguing sidebars for TV newsers. NBC seemed by far the best prepared for the event, with Williams quickly assuming his anchor chair and leading the network’s starting lineup of Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd, and Richard Engel. Katie Couric, who recently announced that she’s leaving CBS, was noticeably missing from the network’s coverage Sunday night as Lara Logan appeared with anchor Russ Mitchell shortly after her moving “60 Minutes” interview aired. Over on ABC, George Stephanopoulos was at the anchor desk, leaving one to ponder exactly what time he gets to work everyday for his “GMA” job.

In the end, though, it was WNBC’s coverage that was the most memorable as the NBC flagship was the only network affiliated station in New York to provide live, local coverage of the news that obviously bears special significance for the city. Read more

Anchor Shakeup at WABC, as Station Launches Post-’Oprah’ 4pm Newscast

As WABC prepares for its post-Oprah life, the ABC flagship is making anchor changes to its late night newscast as well.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, VP & news director Kenny Plotnik announced 11pm co-anchor Liz Cho (right) will be the co-anchor of the new “Eyewitness News…First at 4″ alongside David Novarro.

Sade Baderinwa, who currently co-anchors the 5pm with Diana Williams will now add 11pm duties next to Bill Ritter.

Cho continues at 6pm with Ritter.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Liz’s credentials and rapport with our viewers to tackle this important new assignment,” writes Plotnick. “And it will be exciting to watch David assume this new level of responsibility in his home town.”

Novarro returned to WABC last year after a stint in Chicago where he anchored at WFLD Fox Chicago. He’d spent 14 years at WABC in his first go-round.

Plotnick’s memo after the jump… Read more

‘Gay Anchorman’ Charles Perez Continues to Rip WABC

Unable to speak about his time with Miami’s WPLG due to an ongoing legal battle, Charles Perez is going after another former employer: WABC.

In his new book, “Confessions of a Gay Anchorman,” Perez doesn’t mince words when it comes to his former colleagues at WABC, including Liz Cho, Diana Williams, Bill Ritter, and Sam Champion.

And while his criticism of the ABC flagship only makes up a small portion of the book, Perez continues to rip the station in a new interview with TVSpy sister site FishbowlNY.

“To me it’s not about any of the people I mentioned,” Perez tells FishbowlNY. “It was about how shocked I was to get to a place that I thought was going to be about professionalism and journalism. In my experience, it was about ego more than anything. It was a culture of inflated egos and inefficiency.” Read more at FishbowlNY

‘Confessions of a Gay Anchorman’: Former Anchor Charles Perez Rips WABC

Locked in a legal battle with Miami’s WPLG, Charles Perez is causing a stir with a new book in which he criticizes another former employer: WABC.

In the book, titled “Confessions of a Gay Anchorman, Perez goes after many of his former colleagues at WABC, including Liz Cho, Diana Williams, Bill Ritter, and Sam Champion.

While Perez is barred from talking about his time at WPLG, which ended in 2009 with the former anchor saying that he was fired for being “too gay,” he has felt the need to trash WABC, where he worked for two years.

Reporting on the new book, which is out February 1st, Richard Huff of the Daily News points to this especially damning critique of the ABC flagship:

Bottom Line: WABC was by far the most overstaffed facility I’ve ever worked in; it was the slowest at doing anything… In addition, nearly everyone, including myself, was paid stupid amounts of money.

Several industry sources have told TVSpy that Perez’s account of WABC is off base. “It’s much ado about nothing,” said one source.

Scott Clark Says Goodbye to WABC, and New York

After nearly 25 years at WABC-TV in New York, sports anchor Scott Clark said goodbye at the end of last night’s 11pm newscast, “on his terms” added anchor Liz Cho.

“Although I’ll always be from the great state of Ohio, I’ve had the privilege over the years of becoming a true New Yorker, with your help. I’ve grown up here, I got sober here, I went through 9/11 here. I will never forget. But my family awaits. They’ve asked me for more time and I will give them that.”

On his blog yesterday, anchor Bill Ritter wrote about Clark’s departure as a rare anchor change at the station. “I feel like a relative newcomer, although I’ve been at ABC for 18 years and at this station for more than 12. Maybe it’s because I replaced someone (Bill Beutel) who worked here for 35 years. Our two newest weekday anchors – Liz Cho and Sade Baderinwa – are each now in their eighth year. Veterans, and well-known. In fact, most people here can easily say that they’ve been at this station longer than at any other job in their lives.”