WWOR, the Fox-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate serving the New York market, is canceling its 10 p.m. newscast and replacing it with “Chasing New Jersey,” a 30-minute program focused on “issues driving conversations” in the state.
WWOR, which is licensed to and based in Secaucus, N.J., will outsource production of the show to Fairfax Productions, a production company overseen by Dennis Bianchi, the vice president and general manager of Fox-owned WTXF in Philadelphia. Bianchi, the show’s creator, will share oversight of “Chasing New Jersey” with Dianne Doctor, the recently-named station manager at WWOR.
The change will result in a handful of layoffs, although it is not immediately clear how many people will lose their jobs. WWOR’s on-air staff will be assigned to new roles, station sources say, including main anchor Brenda Blackmon who will produce and anchor news specials for WWOR. Co-anchor Harry Martin has been offered a reporter position at sister station WNYW. Meteorologist Audrey Puente and sportscaster Russ Salzberg will take on increased roles at WNYW.
“Chasing New Jersey” will originate from Trenton, N.J. and will feature Bill Spadea as “ringleader” and several reporters as “chasers.” Spadea is a former Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in New Jersey’s 12th district.
TVSpy has found filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office that show Fox Television Stations has registered for trademarks of “Chasing New Jersey,” “Chasing Seattle,” “Chasing Texas, “Chasing Florida,” “Chasing San Francisco, “Chasing Charlotte,” and “Chasing America.” Except for Seattle and San Fransisco, Fox has an O&O in each area.