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WNBC’s John Noel Remembered as ‘Simply a Good Man’

Tributes continue to come in following the death of John Noel, a veteran WNBC reporter who died of brain cancer Thursday. On WNBC‘s evening newscast, Chuck Scarborough paused for a minute to remember Noel.

“From the day he learned he was sick until the end, John refused to feel sorry for himself, always telling us how lucky he was to have such a wonderful job and family,” Scarborough said.

“To say that John was a good and decent man would be the understatement of all understatements,” Noel’s longtime agent and friend, Mort Meisner, told TVSpy in an email. “John lived and died a man of honor …True to his word, John fought on to the very end. John personified courage. I loved the man dearly.”

The full tributes from Scarborough and Meisner are after the jump. Read more

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WNBC Reporter John Noel Dies

WNBC reporter John Noel has died, an NBC spokesperson confirms to TVSpy.

“Our WNBC family sends its thoughts and prayers to John’s family.  He will be sincerely missed,” the NBC owned station said in a statement.

WNBC said Noel was diagnosed with “a serious illness” two years ago. TunedIn’s Jerry Barmash reports Noel was suffering from brain cancer.

Noel, a Brooklyn native, joined WNBC in 1998 as a general assignment reporter. He had previously worked at WJBK in Detroit and KSDK in St. Louis.

Noel has won a number of broadcasting awards, including the New York State Broadcasters Award in 1999 and the Tenants Council of Brooklyn Award for Excellence in Broadcast Television. During his four years in the United States Air Force, he worked as a radio programmer and announcer for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network.

Read the full WNBC statement after the jump. Read more

NY Stations Rush to Cover Mayor’s Abrupt Reversal on Schools Chancellor

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today that he was effectively reversing his controversial, three-month-old appointment of Cathie Black, a veteran of the media world with no prior eduction experience, as chancellor of the city’s schools, leaving local stations rushing to cover the announcement.

WABC, WCBS, WNBC, and WNYW were there to cover the breaking news live a little after 11:30 a.m. while, as FishbowlNY points out, CW-affiliate WPIX was noticeably absent from the proceedings.

WCBS and WABC were well-positioned to provide extended coverage of the mayor’s announcement since it ended just moments before their noon newscasts.

WNYW had its morning anchor team of Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto do a brief recap following the press conference and then ducked to regular programming at noon.  WNBC stayed on for an extra 12 minutes following Bloomberg’s appearance as anchor David Ushery spoke with reporters Melissa Russo and John Noel via phone. Read more at FishbowlNY