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After Climbing Mount Everest, WABC’s Diana Williams Reports on Avalanche From Katmandu

After climbing Mount Everest earlier this week, WABC anchor Diana Williams — who is now in Katmandu — is reporting on the massive avalanche for the ABC-owned station. The avalanche that swept the slopes has left 12 Sherpa guides dead and four more missing.

“It’s a terrible tragedy and I just feel for everybody who is up there,” she said. “It hurts everybody when something like this happens — all of the climbers are feeling it I know right now, and I know the Sherpa up there are just very devastated by this.” Watch:

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NYC Stations Go Live For Bloomberg Press Conference on Hurricane Sandy

As you may have heard, Hurricane Sandy is taking aim at the Eastern Seaboard and has the potential to merge with a strong cold front coming in from the west, putting the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions in danger of being hit by a “superstorm” (or a “Frankenstorm,” depending on how much you want to get into the Halloween spirit) next week.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a Friday afternoon press conference on the threat, calling Sandy a “large, unpredictable” storm and warning residents to be prepared. The five New York City stations all broke into their respective afternoon programming — “Dr. Phil” on WCBS, “Katie” on WABC, “Steve Harvey” on WNBC, “The People’s Court” on WNYW and “Maury” on WPIX — to broadcast the press conference.  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.