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New York Stations Follow Rescue of Window Washers From One World Trade Center


Two window washers are safe after being trapped more than 60 floors up on the newly opened One World Trade Center building in Manhattan.

According to WCBS, “The incident began at around 12:45 p.m. on the south side of the building. Initial reports suggested the washers were done cleaning the windows and were about to ascend to the top of the tower when the cable that pulls the scaffold up became loose.”

The workers were rescued after the FDNY broke a window and pulled the two to safety at around 2:15pmET.

WABC was nearing the end of its Noon news when it first reported the situation at 12:52.  Anchors Ken Rosato and Lori Stokes did a quick update, before returning to the story a few minutes later. The ABC owned station reported emergency workers were on the way to rescue one, possibly two, workers in the scaffolding dangling from the building.

CBS owned station WCBS broke into soap opera “The Young and the Restless” at 12:58. Chris Wragge anchored from the studio. The station aired a shot of the basket containing the window washers dangling from the building.  Wragge let viewers know weather conditions had grounded the station chopper. He also said he was checking social media for more info before tossing to a phone interview with Glenn Corbett, who Wragge said is professor of Fire and Safety at John Jay College.

NBC owned station WNBC interrupted “Days of Our Lives” at 1:19 p.m.. Anchor Rob Schmitt tossed to a phoner with former FDNY commissioner Tom Von Essen to give viewers an idea of how the rescue was going to happen.

While WNBC, WABC and WCBS stayed on-air, FOX owned station WNYW had the most compact cut-in. Breaking into “Inside Edition” at 1:41 p.m., Ernie Anastos took one minute to update viewers. Anastos said the FDNY told the station the scaffolding was at the 69th floor on the south side of One World Trade Center. He told viewers the rescue plan was to cut through the glass to rescue the two trapped window washers before returning to regular programming.

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How Are New York Stations Reporting Ebola?

We thought we’d take a quick look at how the local stations are using the first five minutes of the news to report the Ebola story, which has moved from Dallas to New York.

While ABC owned station WABC chose the hyper local angle of checking out the neighborhood where the latest possible victim, a five-year-old boy, lived, NBC owned station WNBC and CBS owned station WCBS alloted more airtime to the political side of things, looking at the state’s response to the possible spread of the disease.

While all that was going on, FOX owned station WNYW was studying the decline in voter turnout with Ernie Anastos.

WNYW Goes for Positive Spin in Revamped 6:00 p.m. Newscast

WNYW_304New York FOX owned station WNYW has announced a revamped 6:00 p.m. newscast.

WNYW told the New York Daily News the new 6:00 p.m. looks to put a “more positive spin” on the news with enterprise reporting and lifestyle stories.

“I’ve been doing the news for 35 years in New York, and I feel a very personal relationship to the viewers,” WNYW anchor Ernie Anastos told the News. “So this is a chance to be more personal, more direct and more conversational.”

Anastos will solo anchor the 6PM. Meteorologist Audrey Puente will also report along with entertainment reporters Simone Boyce and Christal Young.

“Our goal is to redefine local news in New York City,” said WNYW news director Byron Harmon. “I feel that news is more than fires, crimes and car crashes

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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

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

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

Veteran Anchor Jim Rosenfield Joining WRC

Jim Rosenfield, a veteran anchor who made his mark in New York with WNBC and WCBS, is joining WRC in Washington, D.C. The NBC-owned station announced today that Rosenfield is coming on board as a weekend anchor.

“Jim is a talented anchor and reporter, but more importantly, he’s an all-around good guy,” said Camille Edwards, WRC’s vice president of news, announcing the move. “I’ve known him for almost 20 years, and I am so happy to be working with him again. He is a perfect addition to our winning news team.”

Rosenfield spent a decade working as a reporter and anchor in New York, first at WCBS, then at WNBC, then back at WCBS, where he replaced Ernie Anastos on the station’s evening newscasts. He signed off from WCBS for good in May of 2008. 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

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.

In Hurricane Mode, WNYW Calls In Robert Moses

With all hands on deck at New York stations as Hurricane Irene neared the area this afternoon, WNYW called in Robert Moses.

Although it obviously wasn’t that Robert Moses, the controversial figure responsible for building much of modern New York. The name of the Fox O&O’s rookie reporter provided anchors Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto an opportunity to spice up their ongoing coverage of the storm and also share an interesting factoid about WNYW’s Ernie Anastos.

After some banter, a grinning Moses shared some trivia about his namesake: the man responsible for building dozens of bridges and expressways never had his driver’s license. Kelly shot back with a factoid of his own: that Moses cut his own hair. To which Scotto shared this (dubious) piece of information: Anastos, the dapper veteran anchor, also cuts his own hair. Read more

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