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Veteran NYC Anchors Ernie Anastos, Bill Ritter and Chuck Scarborough Recall 9/11 Memories

With the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01 just three weeks away, FishbowlNY interviewed three veteran anchors in New York City — Ernie Anastos of WNYW (pictured at right on 9/11/01 with co-anchor Dana Tyler), Bill Ritter of WABC and Chuck Scarborough of WNBC — about what they collectively call their most difficult professional experience, anchoring coverage on September 11. The three men recall finding their way to the studio, mourning missing colleagues and fighting to keep emotions out of their reporting:

“You feel like crying,” Anastos recalls. “You feel like being emotional, but you don’t have time for it.”

But Anastos, an award-winning anchor since 1978, did say he found time to check messages and make sure his family was alright.

However, once the mic was unclipped, the camera turned off, and the studio went black, it was another matter entirely. 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.

Longtime WNYW Anchor Ernie Anastos Set to Debut ‘Positive’ New Special

Longtime WNYW anchor Ernie Anastos, who currently appears on the Fox O&O’s 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts, is debuting a new special–and a new stage in his career–tonight with “Positively Ernie,” which focuses on positive stories from the New York area.

Tonight’s special, which will run at 10:30 following the 10 p.m. newscast, will feature former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan and current Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira discussing their individual community projects, as well as an interview with former Yankee manager Joe Torre about his “Safe at Home” charity that helps abused children in New York and Los Angeles.

“What I’m going to do now is, this is like a pinnacle, being able to reach that point where I can turn around and launch something,” Anastos told FishbowlNY recently. “I’ve got some fabulous guests that are coming on and talking about improvements, changes, and things that are making life better for us.” Read more at FishbowlNY

WNYW’s Ernie Anastos: ‘It’s Just Like Being in a Candy Store When I Go into a Tie Shop’

Looking to give back to the New York community, veteran WNYW anchor Ernie Anastos found that the answer was right under his nose.

“I’ve collected ties over the years,” Anastos told TVSpy sister site FishbowlNY recently. “I’ve had a lot of ties as gifts. I’ve bought ties… It’s my passion. It’s just like being in a candy store when I go into a tie shop.”

Anastos realized that he could use his tie obsession for the greater good. In May, WNYW, a Fox O&O, is launching the “Ernie Great Tie Giveaway.” Viewers will be able to register online to win one of Anastos’s ties plus a photo of him wearing it. In turn, Anastos will donate money to a local charity.

“It’s a combination of thank you and having a little fun with it, and at the same time doing something good to help people,” Anastos says. Read more at FishbowlNY

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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