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WCBS’ Rob Morrison Apologizes to Connecticut Police, Continues to Deny Choking His Wife

WCBS morning anchor Rob Morrison appeared at a Connecticut courthouse this morning to face charges that he choked his wife, CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison. Morrison, talking to reporters outside the courthouse, denied the charges but said he regretted his behavior toward officers who responded to the domestic dispute, the New York Post reports:

“I did not choke my wife. I have never laid my hands on my wife,” [Morrison] told reporters outside Stamford [Conn.] Superior Court before his arraignment. “I was just as surprised by that particular charge as probably was everyone else whose heard about this story.”

“I regret deeply how I acted toward the Darien Police department Saturday night,” Morrison said. “I did not show them the respect they deserved. They were there to do a job, they’re a fine department, they do a good job protecting the town in which I live and I sincerely apologize to them.

But Morrison — still sporting marks on his nose and upper lip from the fracas with his wife — would not answer questions about where he got his bruises, why his wife had marks on her throat or why cops have been called to his house. He walked off when reporters asked those questions.

The Post reports Darien police also responded to a domestic incident at the Morrisons’ home several weeks ago. New York police said they responded to verbal disputes at the Morrisons’ Upper West Side apartment seven times between 2003-09.

Rob and Ashley Morrison: Choking Incident Allegations ‘Greatly Exaggerated’

WCBS anchor Rob Morrison and his wife, CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison, are speaking out about the alleged domestic dispute they were involved in Sunday.

The Morrisons’ attorney, Robert Skovgaard, released a joint statement on behalf of the couple. “Rob and Ashley Morrison are cooperating fully with the authorities to insure that all of the information necessary to properly evaluate this unfortunate incident is made available,” the statement reads. “The Morrisons are confident that a full review of this matter will show that the allegations have been greatly exaggerated.”

Morrison was arrested Sunday at the couple’s home in Darien, Conn., after police responded to a 911 call placed by his mother-in-law. Darien police said Morrison was “increasingly belligerent toward his wife during the course of the evening, culminating in his choking her by the neck with both hands.”

Morrison will appear in court Tuesday on charges of second-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct.

WCBS declined to comment on the incident. Skovgaard has yet to respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.

WCBS Anchor Rob Morrison Accused of Choking His Wife, CBS MoneyWatch Anchor Ashley Morrison

WCBS anchor Rob Morrison will be in a Connecticut courtroom tomorrow facing domestic abuse charges. NBCConnecticut, where Morrison once worked, reports Darien, CT authorities responded to the couple’s home at 1:30 a.m. Sunday after Morrison’s mother-in-law called police.

Morrison is accused of choking his wife, Ashley Morrison, a CBS MoneyWatch anchor. Police said he became “increasingly belligerent” over the evening and used both hands to choke her. He is charged with second-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct. He posted the $100,000 bail.

WCBS reported the news in the first block of Monday’s 5pm newscast. Anchor Maurice DuBois said the Morrisons released a statement saying they are cooperating with the police and “are confident a physical investigation will show the allegations have been greatly exaggerated.”

Morrison, 44, joined WCBS in 2009 and began anchoring the morning show in 2010. Before that, he’d spent nearly 10 years at WNBC including reporting for NBC News during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Morrison is a Marine Corps veteran.

>Update: a WCBS spokesperson said the issue is a “personal matter” and declined to comment.

Rob Morrison Calls Prince William the ‘Douche’ of Cambridge on WCBS

WCBS anchor Rob Morrison had an unfortunate slip of the tongue during the CBS O&O’s noon newscast Wednesday.

“The reason why the latest royal visit was extra special for the douche — Duke — and Dutchess of Cambridge,” Morrison said during a tease (video above). [h/t Mediaite]

New York Stations Go Live for Shuttle Landing

As a jet carrying the space shuttle Enterprise touched down today at JFK airport around 11:21 a.m. ET, every major news station in New York was carrying live coverage of its arrival.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., WABC, WCBS, WNBC, and WNYW cut into their regularly scheduled programming to bring live coverage of the shuttle’s entry into New York City. On a windy day in which news helicopters were grounded, there was a noticeable split in how the stations covered the event: WABC and WCBS had multiple reporters in the field and the stations highlighted their team coverage, while WNBC and WNYW relied more heavily on the personalities in their respective studios. Read more

WCBS to Debut Brand-New Studio This Week

WCBS is set to debut a brand-new studio on Thursday, beginning with the noon newscast anchored by Mary Calvi and Rob Morrison.

“It’s a magnificent, state-of-the-art new studio that allows us to present the newscasts in a dynamic, interesting, and innovative way,” WCBS news director David Friend told FishbowlNY about the new space, which is located on Manhattan’s west side. Read more

As Rivals Go to Regular Programming, WCBS Sticks with Local Snow Coverage

“Stay at home if you can and watch channel 7 all day long,” advised WABC reporter Anthony Johnson as he covered the aftermath of a storm that dumped over a foot of snow on the New York area.

New York stations expanded their morning coverage on Thursday to provide local reports on school closings, road conditions, and the city’s clean-up efforts.  Viewers looking for sustained local coverage, though, had to flip to WCBS, not WABC, or WNBC, for that matter.

WNBC was the first to go to network programming as it cut to the “Today” show around 8:30 a.m.  WABC decided to go to “Live! with Regis and Kelly” at 9:00.

As their competitors went to regularly scheduled programming, WCBS continued its special coverage anchored by Rob Morrison and Mary Calvi. Read more

On the Move, 1/12/11

Elizabeth Cook jumped 139 markets, from KMIR in Palm Springs, to join KPIX, in San Francisco, as its 5 p.m. M – F anchor.

Christina McLarty becomes a correspondent for Paramount’s syndicated show, “The Insider.” She will continue to render services for KCBS/KCAL.

Michelle Kosinski becomes a London-based correspondent for NBC News, from a Miami-based correspondent for NBC News.

Shibani Joshi enters into a new agreement with the FOX Business Network and FOX News Channel as a business correspondent.

Teresa Strasser joins KABC Radio morning drive as co-host.  Best known as the host of TLC’s “While You Were Out”, Teresa was the co-host of Adam Carolla’s morning radio show and TV Guide Network’s “TV Watercooler”.
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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.

WCBS Picks Rob Morrison to Replace Maurice DuBois in the Morning

Rob Morrison is set to replace Maurice DuBois as WCBS‘s weekday morning anchor.  DuBois is taking over the weekday evening vacancy left by Chris Wragge, who will join CBS’s “The Early Show” in January.

TVSpy’s sister site FishbowlNY has obtained an internal memo sent to WCBS staffers this morning announcing the appointment.  “Thankfully, Rob has both the experience and familiarity with morning news viewers that make him a natural successor,” WCBS president and GM Peter Dunn writes in the memo.

Morrison joined WCBS in 2009 and has been anchoring the station’s weekend morning newscasts.  He is a veteran of the New York market, having worked as a reporter and anchor at WNBC for nearly ten years.
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