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WABC Will Have to Wait Another Year to Run the NYC Marathon

WABC had been promoting a return of the ING New York City Marathon to the station — the first time since 1993. This was to be the first year of a 5-year deal that WABC and sister network ESPN struck with the New York RoadRunners club. ESPN2 was planning to run 3 1/2 hours of the race, the first time in 19 years the marathon would have a national audience. But late today Mayor Michael Bloomberg called off the race, just hours after saying it should — and would — be run.

But the voices to cancel the marathon had grown louder in the last day and had been loudest from Staten Island, where the race begins, and which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

Reporter Marc Santia, who, in June, joined WNBC from WDIV in Detroit, was all set to run his first New York City marathon Sunday. But after days of reporting from hard-hit Staten Island and talking to residents there, he said he just couldn’t do it. This morning, he called his wife to tell her he wasn’t going to run. Mayor Bloomberg’s call to cancel the race late today made the decision a lot easier for anyone else who was conflicted about running.

As for the athletes from around the world who have been training for months and have spent thousands of dollars — the entrance fee alone for non-U.S. runners is $347 — the decision is not as easy to take.

For the last 12 years the New York City marathon, the world’s largest, has aired on WNBC, hosted by WNBC’s Bruce Beck and called by sports announcer Al Trautwig. Tonight on WNBC’s 7pm news, Beck agreed that it was the right thing to do to call off the race.

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NPPA Condemns NYPD’s Treatment of Journalists During Occupy Raid

The National Press Photographers Association says it “strongly condemns” the actions taken by the NYPD against journalists during Tuesday morning’s raid of Zuccotti Park.

In a press release sent out late Tuesday, the NPPA joined the New York Press Club in criticizing the aggressive maneuvers taken by police to limit journalists’ access to the area surrounding the park.

Condemning the NYPD’s “apparent targeting of journalists for detention and arrest,” the NPPA called the action “just another in the growing list of incidents across the country where visual journalists have been harassed, interfered with and arrested as they attempt to cover maters of public concern.” Read more

NY Press Club Calls For Investigation Into NYPD’s Treatment of Journalists During Zuccotti Park Raid

The New York Press Club Foundation is calling for an investigation into the reported police aggression against journalists covering the NYPD’s early morning raid of Zuccotti Park.

“As police officers acted to remove Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park, several reporters protested that they were the victims of harassment and that their rights under the First Amendment were violated,” wrote Gabe Pressman, longtime WNBC reporter and president of the New York Press Club Foundation, in a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

“The actions of some police officers were not consistent with the long-established relationship between the NYPD and the press,” Pressman added. Read more

NYPD Creates Media-Free Bubble Around Zuccotti Park During Occupy Raid

As the NYPD removed Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning, they effectively created a media-free bubble around the action, pushing reporters out of view and clearing the airspace of news helicopters.

While there were plenty of reports of police aggression against demonstrators, as well as members of the media, many journalists were unable to provide first-hand accounts of the clashes because they were so far away.

“Reporters were unable to independently verify reports of police aggression inside the park at a certain point because police had pushed the media so far back,” WNBC’s Chris Glorioso told viewers this morning after covering the early morning raid. Read more

NY Stations Get Into Hurricane Mode, Airing Special Reports This Morning

As Hurricane Irene moved closer to the East Coast this morning, New York stations brought live coverage of Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s press conference on emergency preparedness, preempting regularly scheduled programming and giving viewers a glimpse of the type of coverage that can be expected in the coming days. 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

All NY Stations Carry Mayor’s Snow Speech Live

While New York stations provided local coverage to varying degrees this morning, the area’s ABC, CBS, CW, Fox, and NBC affiliates all went live as Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a special press conference at 10:00 a.m.

Wearing a comfy, cable-knit sweater, Mayor Bloomberg said that it has been “the snowiest January in New York’s history.”

All of the stations carried the speech in a split screen, juxtaposing Bloomberg with images of the snow covered city.

After the press conference, WABC, WCBS, and Fox-affiliate WNYW stayed with local news coverage while WNBC and WPIX went to their regularly scheduled programming.