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Streaming Sandy Coverage Drives Record Traffic for Local TV Websites

Stations who streamed their live coverage of Hurricane Sandy on their websites and mobile apps are reporting record traffic according to Broadcasting & Cable.

The ABC O&O, WPVI in Philadelphia, hit a single day record of 13.1 million page views across mobile and desktop on Monday October 29th and had over 9 million page views on Sunday, October 28th.  Meanwhile, The ABC owned WABC station in New York City also hit a record 7 million page views on mobile and desktop on October 29, when it had 2 million unique visitors.

B&C also said stations who streamed coverage also drove downloads of their mobile apps.  As of this writing, Cablevision’s News12 (#2), Philadelphia ABC O&O WPVI (#5), Boston’s ABC affiliate WCVB (#7), WFSB the CBS affiliate for Hartford-New Haven, CT (#8) and New York’s ABC O&O WABC (#10) occupied 5 of the top ten free news apps available on iTunes.  CNN holds the top spot.

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Long Island Reporter Swept Away By Irene

“Don’t worry about me I’m ok!” News 12 Long Island reporter Erin Colton wrote on her Facebook page on Sunday, after a large wave swept her away during a live report (video above).

Colton was out on the Atlantic coast reporting on the effects of Hurricane Irene when an especially large wave hit where she was standing.  The video wound up on the “CBS Evening News” this weekend and drew accolades on Facebook.

“Erin Colton you rock girl, your coverage on the hurricane was fantastic,” one viewer wrote on Colton’s wall. “Tell News 12 to give you a huge raise!”

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

Anchor Shiba Russell May Be Moving from Boston to New York

Shiba Russell, who has been a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter for Boston’s WCVB, is reportedly in talks to join WNBC.  Russell’s current deal with WCVB expires in January and she could be behind the anchor desk of NBC’s flagship station in early 2011.

Russell has told WCVB that she is leaving the station, according to New York’s Daily News.  She would likely become a weekend anchor for WNBC.

The move would be a homecoming of sorts for Russell, who started her career in the New York area.  As TVSpy’s sister site FishbowlNY points out, Russell grew up in New Jersey and graduated from the College of New Rochelle in New York, before going on to work for Cablevision’s News 12 Long Island and News 12 The Bronx.

Russell joined WCVB in 2006 after a stint as weekend anchor and general assignment reporter for Pittsburgh’s WTAE.  Read more