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KXTV Reporter: ‘Plagiarism is Alive and Well in America’s Number One Media Market’

KXTV lightening storyIn a letter to Jim Romenesko, Sacramento reporter George Warren takes CBS-owned WCBS to task for “blatant, bald-faced plagiarism … alive and well in America’s number one media market.” Warren, a reporter at ABC affiliate KXTV, writes:

Sure, I’m flattered that WCBS liked my [lightning strike] story enough to have weatherman Lonnie Quinn re-track it WORD-FOR-WORD. But what the hell?

I’m assuming the CBS flagship station in New York City got my story from CNN, which got the story from my station in Sacramento — and then the weather guy simply replaced my narration with his own. WCBS presented the story as its own original work on air and online with no mention that the story actually came to them from another local TV station in California.

Yahoo News then posted the story from WCBS and racked up nearly 400,000 hits in the first two days. The New York Daily News did the same thing. This robs my TV station of proper credit and the revenue we derive from “clicks.”

I’m told by my station management that our contract with CNN allows other stations to use our content as their own. Obviously WCBS took this authorization to the extreme. It may be permitted, but any journalist knows that it’s wrong.

Romenesko has links to both stories for comparison purposes.

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WLNY Takeover a ‘Once in a Lifetime Experience’ For CBS

CBS has officially taken ownership of WLNY and launched a three-phase transition that will result in new newscasts and high definition programming at Long Island station.

As part of the merger with WCBS, the CBS O&O in New York City, Betty Ellen Berlamino has been named vice president and station manager of WLNY. She is a former general manager of WPIX, the CW-affiliate in New York.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the New York market to create a new TV station,” WCBS news director David Friend said. Read more

New York Emmys Give WPIX Reason to Celebrate

CW-affiliate WPIX took home the most Emmys of any New York station this weekend, winning 10. The award tally, which included wins in the Continuing Coverage, Technical Achievement, and multiple Promotion categories, is a bright spot for a station that was toppled in the February sweeps and has been struggling to remake its image in the market.

WPIX’s wins were especially good news for Larry Mendte, who won for On-Camera Talent and Writer for his commentary franchise just as new details emerged in his embarrassing legal battle with his former KYW co-anchor Alycia Lane.

Also celebrating wins at New York’s Emmy ceremony were WNBC with eight, including Evening Newscast (under 35 minutes); WCBS with seven, including On-Camera Talent awards for anchor Chris Wragge and meteorologist Lonnie Quinn; WABC with five; and Fox O&O WNYW with 4. Read more

New York Stations Well-Prepared for Blizzard that Never Was

Like the snow removal crews stationed around the area, New York stations were well-prepared for the blizzard that never was on Wednesday morning.  As Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared a “weather emergency” Tuesday evening, the market’s ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates planned expanded morning newscasts with all three stations beginning at 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, a half hour earlier than normal.

WNBC led off with a weather report from meteorologist Chris Cimino (left) as anchors Michael Gargiulo and Darlene Rodriguez shepherded coverage that included live reports from Tracie Strahan and Brian Thompson.  When Cargulo asked him if he had brought along a yard stick to measure the snow fall, Thompson nicely summed up the morning’s coverage, saying that he had brought a foot-long ruler instead.

WABC began its expanded newscast with a quick update of the weather and commuting conditions. Anchors Ken Rosato and Lori Stokes spoke with reporters stationed around the area, including NJ Burkett, Stacey Sager (right), Josh Einiger, Lisa Colagrossi, and Anthony Johnson.  Even though snow continued to blanket their surroundings, all of the reporters said that the city’s snow removal efforts were moving along efficiently.

At the beginning of WCBS‘s newscast, Jay Dow (left) reported on the snow removal from a unique vantage point: he was in a car, driving and following a sanitation department truck as it plowed and salted streets in Brooklyn.  After receiving an in-depth weather report from Lonnie Quinn as well as John Elliot, anchor Rob Morrison pointed out that the station had “all four meteorologists working today.”

CW-affiliate WPIX also offered extensive coverage of the storm during its morning newscast, which regularly begins at 4:00 a.m.  James Ford (right) reported live on Long Island where clean-up crews were successfully clearing the roads. Anchors Chris Burrous and Tamsen Fadal spoke with a representative from the Metro Transit Authority about conditions on subway lines. The newscast began with a dramatic graphic open that included images from the Christmas weekend blizzard that rocked the area. The narrator ended with “This can’t happen again.” “Thankfully, so far [its'] not happening again,” Burrous said at the outset of the newscast.