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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

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Greg Kelly Returns to ‘Good Day NY’: ‘A Trial Separation, But We’re Probably Better Together’

Seven months after leaving “Good Day New York” for a spot at the evening anchor desk, Greg Kelly made his return to the WNYW morning newscast Friday.

Kelly, who has been anchoring the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts since July, is back alongside Rosanna Scotto after Dave Price asked to be let out of his contract with the New York City Fox O&O.

“You know we love Dave Price. Dave wanted to do other things,” Scotto said at the top of this morning’s newscast. “Dave and I were friends before this, we’ll be friends after this, and we wish him well on his new venture.”

On their first morning back together, Kelly and Scotto acknowledged the well-wishes that flooded in from fans and colleagues alike. Read more

WNYW Shuffles Anchors: Greg Kelly Back to Mornings, Steve Lacy to Evenings

There are changes coming to the morning and evening newscasts at WNYW, the Fox O&O in New York City. Our sister site FishbowlNY scoops that Greg Kelly (left) will be back on “Good Day New York” beginning tomorrow.

Kelly moved to the evening newscasts, anchoring alongside Dari Alexander, in July. He was replaced on “Good Day” by Dave Price, who re-joined the station to anchor the morning show with Rosanna Scotto.

Price asked to be let out of his contract, station sources say. His last day at WNYW was Thursday.

“I had a great experience returning to FOX 5 but it is time to look for opportunities outside WNYW. I love Rosanna and the gang and wish them all the best,” Price told TVSpy in a statement.

“We appreciate all of Dave’s contributions to ‘Good Day New York’ during his time with FOX 5 and we wish him success in his future endeavors,” WNYW VP-GM Lew Leone said.

Kelly co-hosted “Good Day” with Scotto for four years before moving to the evenings.

“We are excited to welcome Greg back to ‘Good Day.’ He has proven he has the versatility to anchor a primetime newscast and an unscripted morning show – a rare and valuable quality,” Leone said. “This, combined with his fun, spontaneous, and inquisitive style make him the perfect fit for this role.”

As Kelly moves back to mornings, Steve Lacy (right) who currently anchors the 4:30 to 7 a.m. hours, will move to evenings. Lacy, who joined WNYW in 2011 from WCVB in Boston, will anchor the 10 p.m. newscast with Alexander and the 6 p.m. newscast solo.

A spokesperson for WNYW said Antwan Lewis will anchor the early-morning newscasts until Lacy’s permanent replacement is named.

>Update: Kelly’s last evening newscast will be the 6 p.m. tonight. Lacy will anchor the 10 p.m.

VIDEO: Dari Alexander’s Cell Phone Rings During WNYW Newscast

Oops: WNYW anchor Dari Alexander apparently forgot to put her iPhone on silent before the New York Fox O&O’s 10 p.m. newscast on Friday (video above).

As our sister site FishbowlNY points out, Alexander and co-anchor Greg Kelly were seemingly unaware they were back from commercial when the phone rang. “I have no idea what’s going on here!” Alexander said as she fumbled with the phone.

Greg Kelly Brings Morning-Show Feel to WNYW’s Evening News

In his new gig at WNYW, Greg Kelly is bringing a morning-show feel to the evening news.

In a recent segment on the divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Kelly and co-anchor Dari Alexander perched on the “Good Day New York” couch with entertainment reporter Julie Chang (video after the jump).

The three chatted for a few minutes after Chang’s report. “Nice to see you at night,” Kelly, who anchored “Good Day New York” with Rosanna Scotto for four years, told Chang. Read more

Dave Price Named Morning Anchor at WNYW; Greg Kelly Shifts to Evenings

Beginning next Monday, Rosanna Scotto will have a new co-anchor on “Good Day New York”: Dave Price (left), a former WNYW weathercaster, is returning to the Fox O&O.

Price’s hire sets a cascade of changes to WNYW’s newscasts into motion. Greg Kelly (right), Scotto’s current co-anchor, will move to evenings, anchoring the 6 p.m. newscast solo and 10 p.m. newscast with Dari Alexander. Kelly replaces Ernie Anastos at 10 p.m. and Harry Martin at 6 p.m.

Anastos’ time at the anchor desk will be reduced, although the station will add more “Positively Ernie” specials to its lineup beginning later this year. He will remain in his current role on the 5 p.m. newscast. Martin will continue as an anchor on WNYW sister station WWOR, and will focus on political reporting ahead of the election, a WNYW spokesperson tells TVSpy. Read more

NYC Stations Cover New York Giants’ Victory Parade

New York City stations devoted all resources this morning to coverage of the celebration parade for the New York Giants, who returned home yesterday after a big win in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI.

Rob Powers and Lori Stokes anchored WABC‘s coverage from City Hall. The pair were joined by 10 reporters along the parade route for “up-to-the-second excitement of this great parade,” Powers said.

WNYW-WWOR‘s coverage kicked off at 1o a.m. with Dari Alexander, Ernie Anastos and sports director Russ Salzberg anchoring outside City Hall. Steve Lacy, Jill Nicolini and John Huddy were along the parade route. Read more

WNYW’s Linda Schmidt Says Reporters Urged Breitbart to Take Podium at Weiner Press Conference

As journalists and TV viewers waited for Congressman Anthony Weiner to take the stage Monday afternoon at a scheduled press conference, many were shocked to see Andrew Breitbart, the man behind the website that had posted inappropriate photos of Weiner, standing at the podium.

So what led Breitbart, Public Enemy No. 1 of the Weiner camp, to take the stage in advance of the disgraced congressman?

According to WNYW‘s Linda Schmidt, Breitbart was asked to take the podium by journalists in attendance.

On the Fox O&O’s 10 p.m. newscast last night, Schmidt said that Breitbart had flown into town for the press conference and reporters awaiting Weiner’s appearance began asking him questions, eventually urging him to stand at the podium.

“We asked him to go to the podium so he did,” Schmidt told anchors Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander.

Veteran WNYW Anchor Ernie Anastos Looking to Put Positive Spin on News

“I’m looking for balance,” veteran WNYW anchor Ernie Anastos said recently, as he reflected on a long career that is to be honored this weekend with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the New York chapter of NATAS. “Let’s get some positive stories on the news as well.”

In an interview with Richard Huff of the Daily News, Anastos, who anchors WNYW’s 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Dari Alexander, says that it is his duty to change the popular perception of local news that is “you have to do something bad to get on the news.”

“I’ve heard it enough times to really feel that’s why I have to put some of these better stories on,” he said. “I’m the messenger. If I can bring better stories on the air–and working within the system–then I’m making a difference.”

“Sometimes, as we know in life, it takes time. If you want to do something, you have to start. I’m starting this process.”

New York Stations Sideline Sports Coverage

Two New York stations are reassessing the role of sports in the evening newscast, leaving some to wonder what the future holds for local sports coverage around the country as stations look to cut costs while also differentiating themselves in their markets.

Fox-affiliate WNYW has recently squeezed sports to the very end of its 10 p.m. newscast. Anchors Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander wrap up their portion of the newscast before throwing it to the sports anchor, who closes the program.

CW-affiliate WPIX, which carries Mets games, has taken an even more aggressive stance on sports: the station is getting rid of its sports department altogether and relying on its news anchors to read scores and narrate a few highlights at the end of the 10 p.m. newscast.

“Our reality is when you really take a sober stock of who we are, we don’t have people tuning into us for sports,” WPIX news director Bill Carey told TVSpy sister site FishbowlNY. Read more at FishbowlNY

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