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WLNY Launches Weekend Evening Newscast

wlny-logo2WLNY, the CBS-owned independent station serving the New York City market, is launching a weekend edition of its 9 p.m. newscast. Beginning July 12, the hourlong newscast will be anchored by Cindy Hsu with meteorologist Elise Finch and sports anchor Steve Overmyer.

“WLNY’s 9 p.m. newscast addresses viewers’ needs to have their local news at an earlier time in the evening and the newly expanded broadcast will now allow audiences to do that on the weekend as well,” David Friend, the senior vice president of news for CBS Television Stations and the news director for WCBS-WLNY, said in a statement.

Hsu currently anchors the weekend evening newscasts on sister station WCBS, where she has worked since 1993.

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CBS Set to Launch New Morning Show in New York

CBS is set to launch a new morning show on WLNY, the Long Island, NY-based station that the company acquired in April.

The new show, titled “Live From the Couch,” will air weekdays form 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and feature a mix of news, talk, lifestyle, and entertainment segments.

“Live From the Couch” will be hosted by John Elliott and Lisa Kerney, who currently work WCBS‘s morning newscast, and Carolina Bermudez, who will join the show following a seven-year run as co-host of the New York radio show “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.” Read more

WLNY Takeover a ‘Once in a Lifetime Experience’ For CBS

CBS has officially taken ownership of WLNY and launched a three-phase transition that will result in new newscasts and high definition programming at Long Island station.

As part of the merger with WCBS, the CBS O&O in New York City, Betty Ellen Berlamino has been named vice president and station manager of WLNY. She is a former general manager of WPIX, the CW-affiliate in New York.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the New York market to create a new TV station,” WCBS news director David Friend said. Read more

Chris Wragge on WCBS: ‘I’m Going to Do Whatever the Hell They Want Me to Do’

Chris Wragge is recommitting his time to WCBS, following a year hosting “The Early Show,” and he says he’ll do whatever GM Peter Dunn and news director David Friend ask of him.

“It’s up to Peter and David.  I am strictly at their mercy,” Wragge told FishbowlNY on Tuesday, talking about his return to WCBS where Maurice DuBois is now top anchor.  “I’m just going to do whatever the hell they want me to do.”

Wragge has been co-anchoring WCBS’s 6 p.m. newscast since the beginning of September, in addition to appearing on “The Early Show,” but his role on the morning show will significantly decrease January 9th as Charlie Rose and Gayle King take over.

Wragge says he plans to come back to “The Early Show” at some point, though: “I’m being benched for a little while, but there is a second half.” Read more at FishbowlNY

WCBS to Debut Brand-New Studio This Week

WCBS is set to debut a brand-new studio on Thursday, beginning with the noon newscast anchored by Mary Calvi and Rob Morrison.

“It’s a magnificent, state-of-the-art new studio that allows us to present the newscasts in a dynamic, interesting, and innovative way,” WCBS news director David Friend told FishbowlNY about the new space, which is located on Manhattan’s west side. Read more

Meteorologist Vanessa Murdock Joins WCBS

Vanessa Murdock is the newest addition to CBS owned-and-operated WCBS in New York City. She joins the station next Monday as weekend morning meteorologist and weekday reporter.

Murdock joins WCBS from WTKR, the CBS-affiliate in Norfolk, where she has been forecasting the weather since 2006. Murdock, a Long Island native, is also an adjunct instructor of meteorology at Virginia Wesleyan College.

“We are pleased to welcome Vanessa back to New York,” WCBS news director David Friend said in a statement.  “Vanessa is an outstanding meteorologist, both on air and as a college instructor and we look forward to having her join Don Dahler and Cindy Hsu on our weekend morning news team.”

WCBS Adds Emily Smith as Reporter

Emily Smith, who is a familiar face for New York viewers after regularly contributing “CBS Money Watch” reports to WCBS, is joining the CBS-affiliate as a general assignment reporter.

“While working at network on the overnight shift, I did a couple of live MoneyWatch reports each day for CBS 2’s morning show,” Smith, who used to anchor CBS’s “Up to the Minute,” pointed out. “I noticed quickly it’s a solid newsroom with a top notch team.”

Smith is a native of upstate New York and previously worked as a reporter for WABC.

“Emily Smith is a highly experienced and accomplished reporter,” said David Friend, WCBS’s news director, in making the announcement.  “We are thrilled to have her extensive New York experience added to our superb CBS 2 reporting team.”

Katie Fehlinger Joins CBS New York Weather Team

It’s official. Katie Fehlinger has joined the WCBS weather team in New York and will be forecasting on the weekend morning shows.

Fehlinger, who spent four years at AccuWeather, official joins next Monday. The news was first reported last month by our sister site FishbowlNY.

“Katie Fehlinger is passionate about weather,” says News director David Friend, who is also SVP of News for the CBS TV stations. “She is a great addition to the best TV weather team in the tri-state area.”

Former WNBC weekend met John Marshall had been filling in on weekend mornings.

More in the press release after the jump…

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Report: WCBS to Add AccuWeather’s Katie Fehlinger

WCBS has reportedly hired weathercaster Katie Fehlinger.

Fehlinger comes to the CBS flagship from AccuWeather, where she’s worked as a host and producer since 2006.

TVSpy’s sister site FishbowlNY has learned that Fehlinger is set to join the station by the end of March.  Although WCBS had no comment regarding Fehlinger, FishbowlNY reports that she was recently seen taking a tour of the station with news director David Friend.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Fehlinger is currently working towards a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. She has been hosting AccuWeather’s “Headline: Earth,” a series covering climate change.

Video of Fehlinger after the jump… Read more