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CBS Owned Stations Adding Viewers to Weather Team

weather watcher kcncWhat started at WCCO is spreading to other CBS owned stations.

Following the Minneapolis CBS owned station’s lead, KCNC in Denver, KYW in Philadelphia and WCBS in New York have begun looking for “Weather Watchers” to add to the station’s weather team.

“We’ve been thrilled to discover how many of our viewers have sophisticated equipment at home from anemometers and hygrometers, for wind and humidity, to rain gauges,” KYW chief meteorologist Kathy Orr said in a press release.

“Our weather watchers are your neighbors,” reads the KCNC website. “They tell us how much snow fell, or how temperatures are changing. They share pictures and video of cool weather events. They can even send a direct alert to the team in Colorado’s Weather Center.”

The point, according to station, is to use all the information to deliver the best forecast available.

KYW said its meteorologists will host workshops to give the weather watchers training, talk about climate and meteorology.

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How Are New York Stations Reporting Ebola?

We thought we’d take a quick look at how the local stations are using the first five minutes of the news to report the Ebola story, which has moved from Dallas to New York.

While ABC owned station WABC chose the hyper local angle of checking out the neighborhood where the latest possible victim, a five-year-old boy, lived, NBC owned station WNBC and CBS owned station WCBS alloted more airtime to the political side of things, looking at the state’s response to the possible spread of the disease.

While all that was going on, FOX owned station WNYW was studying the decline in voter turnout with Ernie Anastos.

Former WCBS Anchor Rob Morrison Sentenced to Two Years Probation

rob-ashley-morrison1The Rob Morrison saga continues: Yesterday, the former WCBS anchor was sentenced to two years of probation on a misdemeanor charge for calling and texting his estranged wife 109 times in one weekend.

Morrison, if you’ll recall, resigned from the New York CBS-owned station last year after his arrest on charges of choking his wife, former CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison. He pleaded guilty to second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct charges. Morrison later participated in a Family Violence Education Program, and Ashley ended up dropping the domestic violence charges against him.

Then, over Memorial Day weekend, Morrison allegedly bombarded Ashley with the string of calls, leading to yesterday’s verdict. Morrison claimed he contacted his wife to check on the well-being of their 9-year-old son Jack after the couple had a heated argument. He was initially charged with violation of a protective order and second-degree harassment, and later pleaded guilty to breach of peace, because he felt that it would be “selfish” to take the case to trial.

Judge Erika M. Tindill of the Stamford Superior Court entered a protective order, barring Morrison from having any contact with his wife except through written communication, which must pertain to their son. The protective order is in effect until 2020, although it can be modified.

TheHour.com reports that Morrison will abide by the protective order, and holds no grudges against the prosecution for requesting it. He said he will have to take “baby steps” toward resuming a normal family life, starting with requesting the modification of a protective order in the future.

Friends and Family Say Final Goodbye to WCBS Reporter John Slattery

WCBS reports hundreds turned out to say their final goodbyes to WCBS reporter John Slattery who died Thursday of a heart attack.

Friends and family gathered at Saints John and Paul Church in Larchmont, NY to honor the veteran reporter. Slattery had worked at the New York CBS owned station for more than 30 years.

“We are saddened by the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague John Slattery,” Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations, said in a statement last week. “John had been with us since October 1984, so he was just days away from celebrating his 30th anniversary at WCBS,” Dunn added. “We were truly blessed to have him as a member of our CBS 2 news team and we will miss him dearly.” Read more

WCBS Camera Catches Jets Quarterback Cursing at Fans

A photographer for New York CBS owned WCBS-WLNY was shooting on the sidelines of the Jets game Sunday when starting QB Geno Smith told off heckling fans with an obscenity.

During the game, frustrated Jets fans had been chanting for Smith’s backup. Smith showed his unhappiness with the team’s loss to visiting Detroit and the fans by looking at a heckler and saying, “Fuck you.”

Unfortunately for Smith, he was being recorded. He apologized after the game.

WCBS Reporter John Slattery Dies of Heart Attack

john-slatteryWCBS reporter John Slattery has died. He was 63.

Slattery worked at the New York CBS owned station for 30 years. According to the New York Daily News, Slattery died after a sudden heart attack hours after filing a report for the station.

“We are saddened by the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague John Slattery,” Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations, wrote on the WCBS website. “During his nearly 30-year career at WCBS, he was great at reporting the news and was someone we counted on to cover big stories for us, both here in New York and around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s wife, Suzie, and their children and grandchildren.”

He personified excellence in television journalism for more than three decades. With his steady and straightforward delivery, our John Slattery brought us momentous stories.

On 9/11, he was one of the first reporters to arrive on the chaotic and terrifying scene, having witnessed the second plane strike the World Trade Center while emergency vehicles were still trying to make their way to the disaster.

He was plainspoken.

He was unflappable.

A trusted voice at CBS 2 for more than 30 years, he traveled around the world for the biggest stories. Read more

WLNY Launches Weekend Evening Newscast

wlny-logo2WLNY, the CBS-owned independent station serving the New York City market, is launching a weekend edition of its 9 p.m. newscast. Beginning July 12, the hourlong newscast will be anchored by Cindy Hsu with meteorologist Elise Finch and sports anchor Steve Overmyer.

“WLNY’s 9 p.m. newscast addresses viewers’ needs to have their local news at an earlier time in the evening and the newly expanded broadcast will now allow audiences to do that on the weekend as well,” David Friend, the senior vice president of news for CBS Television Stations and the news director for WCBS-WLNY, said in a statement.

Hsu currently anchors the weekend evening newscasts on sister station WCBS, where she has worked since 1993.

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.

Rob Morrison Arrested For Harassment, Violation of Protective Order

rob morrison mugshotFormer WCBS anchor Rob Morrison is facing new charges linked to his 2013 domestic abuse arrest, the Darien Times reports.

Morrison was arrested by Darien police for violating a protective order after he contacted his wife, former CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison, more than 100 times over Memorial Day weekend. Morrison was also charged with harassment in the incident.

Rob Morrison, who was cleared of domestic violence charges in April, told the Darien Times the pair had an argument after he “refused to discuss relocating in the presence of the couple’s 8-year-old son”:

Morrison said the entire incident has been taken out of context. He said most of those phone calls and text messages were the result of his attempts to contact his son after Ashley kicked him out of the house for refusing to discuss relocation plans.

“She became very agitated and very irate,” Morrison told The Darien Times. “I was trying to diffuse the situation. She raised her voice, called me names, et cetera… I look over and there’s [our son]… He’s crying. He saw what he perceived to be a pretty boisterous argument between his mom and dad, when in fact, it was instigated by one party.

“I was trying to make my way over to comfort him and she” yelled at him to leave in front of their son, he said. “If she says that I’ve got to go,” under the terms of the protective order.

No word yet on where Ashley Morrison might be relocating to. She signed off from CBS MoneyWatch last year.

[Image via The Hartford Courant]

WLNY Cancels Morning Newscast

WLNY the couchWLNY, the CBS-owned independent station serving the New York City market, has canceled its morning newscast, TVSpy has learned. WLNY operates as a duopoly with WCBS, CBS’ flagship station in the NYC DMA.

The newscast, called “The Couch,” is anchored by John Elliott, Jill Nicolini and Carolina Bermudez. It was added to WLNY’s programming lineup in 2012.

TVSpy hears Bermudez is parting ways with WLNY. Elliott and Nicolini will remain with the station and continue to appear on WCBS.

A small number of jobs will be eliminated as a result of the show’s cancellation.

A station spokesperson declined to comment.

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