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FOX Adds ‘TMZ Live’ To All Its Owned Stations

FOX Television Stations CEO, Jack Abernethy told Broadcasting & Cable, all 18 FOX owned stations will soon begin airing Harvey Levin’s celebrity gossip show ‘TMZ Live.”

“We were always interested in the show,” Abernethy told Broadcasting & Cable about launching the show in 2007. “We knew Harvey knew television, and it was the kind of thing we needed. It was intentionally structured to work for a Fox station— it was young and hip-looking.”

WWOR, FOX’s owned MyNewtorkTV affiliate in New Jersey, has begun airing a show called “Chasing New Jersey” that emulates the tone and pace of TMZ in place of its newscast.

“TMZ is incredibly efficient,” said Abernethy. “We are trying to steal pieces of this model. If you look at TMZ, you see how many people are actually researching stories, covering stories, touching stories—it’s virtually everybody. The more people you have covering stories and bringing stuff in, the better product you are going to have.” Read more

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Station Manager Dianne Doctor Defends ‘Chasing New Jersey’ in WWOR Editorial

WWOR station manager Dianne Doctor is defending the Fox-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate after two New Jersey politicians have called for the FCC to revoke the station’s license.

Earlier this month, WWOR canceled its nightly newscast and replaced it with “Chasing New Jersey,” a freewheeling 30-minute show focused on politics and state issues in New Jersey. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), as well as the Bergen Record,  have called for the station’s FCC license to be revoked.

“You’d think these politicians and the editorial writers of the Record would encourage the development of innovative newsgathering, especially during a financial crisis,” Doctor said in a recent on-air editorial (video above). “Maybe I missed it, but despite these huge newspaper cutbacks [in New Jersey], not one member of the state’s Congressional delegation expressed any concern. Maybe they should take a page from the students and faculty at Montclair State, who have created a facility to rescue journalism and pave a real path for the future. Maybe after watching ‘Chasing New Jersey,’ you’ll see a little glimpse of that future, and wonder why anyone would criticize us for trying something new.”

New Jersey Senator Says News Corp. and WWOR Not Serving State

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez (D) has added his voice to those calling for the FCC to look into FOX owned MyNetworkTV affiliate WWOR before renewing its license.

In a letter addressed to acting FCC chairwoman Mignon Clyburn, Menendez wrote, “In light of WWOR’s decision to drop their nightly news programming, a decision which affects millions of New Jerseyans, it is becoming increasingly critical that the FCC make a determination about WWOR’s license and whether they are adequately serving New Jersey as the law and FCC rules stipulate.  From my perspective, News Corporation is not.”

Last week FOX announced it was dropping the station’s lone newscast at 10:00pm and replacing it with “Chasing New Jersey,” a 30-minute show focusing on “issues driving conversations” in the state.

Yesterday, WWOR vice president and general manager Dianne Doctor defended the switch saying, “Based in Trenton, ‘Chasing NJ’ is a news program immersed in all aspects of the state. Politics. People. Issues. It’s enterprise journalism that no one else is doing.” Read more

New Jersey Senate Hopeful Wants FCC to Revoke WWOR’s License

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, a Democratic New Jersey congressman running for Senate, is asking the FCC to revoke the license of WWOR, the state’s only high-powered commercial TV station.

FOX, which owns WWOR, announced last week it was pulling the station’s only newscast and replacing it with “Chasing New Jersey” a 30-minute show focused on “issues driving conversations” in the state.

Pallone voiced his thoughts on twitter by saying, “WWOR’s cancellation of nightly news fails New Jerseyans who want & deserve local news coverage. FCC must take action.”

>UPDATE: WWOR vice president and station manager, Dianne Doctor said in a statement sent to TVSpy, “Based in Trenton, ‘Chasing NJ’ is a news program immersed in all aspects of the state. Politics. People. Issues. It’s enterprise journalism that no one else is doing.”

In a letter to acting FCC chairwoman Mignon Clyburn, Pallone wrote, “WWOR has failed for over a decade to live up to its broadcasting obligations to New Jersey. In addition, since purchasing WWOR in 2001, News Corporation, now 21st Century Fox, has done everything they can to avoid any commitment to serve as a truly New Jersey station.” Read more

WWOR Replacing Evening Newscast With Show on New Jersey Politics, Issues

WWOR, the Fox-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate serving the New York market, is canceling its 10 p.m. newscast and replacing it with “Chasing New Jersey,” a 30-minute program focused on “issues driving conversations” in the state.

WWOR, which is licensed to and based in Secaucus, N.J., will outsource production of the show to Fairfax Productions, a production company overseen by Dennis Bianchi, the vice president and general manager of Fox-owned WTXF in Philadelphia. Bianchi, the show’s creator, will share oversight of “Chasing New Jersey” with Dianne Doctor, the recently-named station manager at WWOR.

The change will result in a handful of layoffs, although it is not immediately clear how many people will lose their jobs. WWOR’s on-air staff will be assigned to new roles, station sources say, including main anchor Brenda Blackmon who will produce and anchor news specials for WWOR. Co-anchor Harry Martin has been offered a reporter position at sister station WNYW. Meteorologist Audrey Puente and sportscaster Russ Salzberg will take on increased roles at WNYW.

“Chasing New Jersey” will originate from Trenton, N.J. and will feature Bill Spadea as “ringleader” and several reporters as “chasers.” Spadea is a former Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in New Jersey’s 12th district.

TVSpy has found filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office that show Fox Television Stations has registered for trademarks of “Chasing New Jersey,” “Chasing Seattle,” “Chasing Texas, “Chasing Florida,” “Chasing San Francisco, “Chasing Charlotte,” and “Chasing America.” Except for Seattle and San Fransisco, Fox has an O&O in each area.

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Fox Makes Changes in NYC, Secaucus: Dianne Doctor Named VP of WWOR, Byron Harmon Named ND of WNYW

There are leadership changes coming to WNYW and WWOR, the Fox-owned stations in New York City and Secaucus. Dianne Doctor, the vice president and news director of WNYW, will take on the newly-created role of vice president and station manager at WWOR. Byron Harmon will replace Doctor as news director.

Doctor will oversee content and programming for WWOR, a MyNetworkTV affiliate. She succeeds Jim Driscoll, who joined Fox-owned WTXF in Philadelphia last year.

“I’ve lived in New Jersey for over 30 years, raised my children here, and have witnessed all the Garden State has to offer, as well as the challenges it faces. I’m proud to be given this opportunity to lead WWOR-TV during a particularly exciting and unique time in our state’s history,” Doctor said in a statement. “I look forward to enhancing our presence in New Jersey and continuing our commitment to covering the issues that are relevant to residents of this community.”

As Doctor exits her post at WNYW, Harmon, the station’s senior executive producer, will replace her as news director. Harmon joined WNYW last year from CNN International. He has also worked as an executive producer at WCBS in New York and WTTG in Washington, D.C.

“Byron is a US Army veteran, published author and playwright, and highly accomplished news producer – having someone with such a unique perspective lead our news team is certainly an asset,” WNYW-WWOR vice president and general manager Lew Leone said in a statement. “He understands the need for constant evolution in our rapidly changing environment and I look forward to seeing his influence and creativity on our newscasts.”

Ben Simmoneau Joins WNYW as Early Morning Co-Anchor

Ben Simmoneau is joining WNYW in New York City as co-anchor of “Good Day Wakeup,” the Fox O&O’s 4:30 to 7 a.m. newscast.

Simmoneau, who will co-anchor alongside Juliet Huddy, comes from KYW in Philadelphia. He has been an investigative reporter and anchor at the CBS O&O since 2008.

“We’re proud to welcome Ben to the ‘Good Day Wake Up’ team. His unique style and ability to find and tell great stories will certainly be an asset to our morning team,” WNYW vice president and news director Dianne Doctor said in a statement.

Simmoneau replaces Antwan Lewis, who was named weekend evening co-anchor earlier this month.

WNYW News Director Reflects on Hurricane Coverage: ‘You just saw the resourcefulness and the capabilities of some of these people’

For WNYW-WWOR in New York City, Hurricane Sandy coverage has been a “total team effort.”

“It’s been all hands on deck,” vice president and news director Dianne Doctor told TVSpy Thursday morning. “I’m really proud of our people and I think we’ve done a great job.”

Staffers at the Fox duopoly (like reporter Kerry Drew, pictured) have been working in 12 hour shifts since Sunday, the day before Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey. Crews who have been out in the field for four days are now facing a new challenge: gas lines in the Tri-state area that stretch for miles, snarling traffic on the Jersey Turnpike. Doctor said the station has contracted out private suppliers of fuel to keep their satellite trucks running.

“We’re having difficulty as well but we’re pretty resourceful. Our crews know their areas pretty well. They’ve been able to keep gas supplies coming,” Doctor said. “But it is a challenge.” Read more

WNYW News Director Emails Dave Price During Morning Newscast: ‘Fix Your Hair’

Dave Price was sitting at the “Good Day New York” anchor desk this morning when he got an email from WNYW news director Dianne Doctor he decided to share with co-host Rosanna Scotto and their viewers:

Price: Hold on, I just got an email from the news director.

Scotto: What did she say?

Price: Fix your hair.

Rosanna: So how did you respond?

Price: I can’t tell you how I responded. I mean, fix my hair? Would you stop already with the fix my hair? Here’s the deal. This is the hair I was born with, this is the hair I’ve had on television for the past 15 years. And this woman is obsessed with my hair … Do I walk into her office and tell her to fix her hair? No. I’d be suspended. Read more