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Longtime Boston Anchor Chet Curtis Dies

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Legendary Boston anchor Chet Curtis died Wednesday from pancreatic cancer. He was 74.

Curtis spent the majority of his career at ABC affiliate WCVB, anchoring the evening newscast alongside his then-wife, Natalie Jacobson (pictured, right). He worked at the station from the time they launched until 1972 until he and Jacobson divorced in 1999. When their first daughter was born, the pair, known as “Chet and Nat,” received 5,000 cards from viewers and the birth was the lead story on the 6 p.m. newscast, according to WCVB.

“Chet Curtis was much more than an extraordinary journalist.  He was a generous mentor and sincere friend to so many here at WCVB,” WCVB general manager Bill Fine said in a statement.

In 2001, Curtis joined New England Cable News, where he anchored “The Chet Curtis Report” and anchored political programming. Read more

Former Anchor Richard Brown Warns Reporters To Be Careful When Reporting on Crime

brownandjoeWhile speaking at a business event in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, former local and network TV anchor Richard Brown (pictured right with KGO co-anchor Terilyn Joe) had some advice for journalists on reporting crime in the community.

The Battleford’s News-Optimist reports the city was named “Canada’s crime capital” in a CTV News report the night before Brown spoke. A local resident asked the former KGO, WCBS and KXLY anchor how his town could get more balanced coverage from the media.

Brown said the root of what appears to be unfair reporting has two causes, the way the story is told and what he said was the media’s “Watergate mindset,” looking for the bad story underneath the good.

Brown encouraged the community to look for the good news to give to reporters, “whether it is an anti-bullying story, whether it is stories about having communities coming together, because it’s easy for reporters to find the bad news. What you have to do is hand them the good news.”

“You can make the numbers say anything you want,” he said.

“If you’ve got three guys who commit 15 B and Es, that’s not a crime wave. That’s three idiots committing 15 B and Es, but the numbers show up like 15 B and Es.” Read more

New York Stations Cover One-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

hurricane sandyWith the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy around the corner, local stations in New York are producing special coverage looking back at the storm and its aftermath.

NY1 has been covering the upcoming anniversary throughout the week with a series of special reports. The channel will air hourlong specials on both Saturday and Sunday at 8pmET. “One on One with Budd Mishkin” will also focus on the storm and its aftermath on Monday.

CW affiliate WPIX has slated three specials on Hurricane Sandy. “The First 36 Hours,” a behind-the-scenes look at a WPIX news crew trapped in rising floodwaters in Queens, airs Friday at 10:30 p.m. On Sunday, WPIX will air “Hell and High Water: One Year Later,” a 30 minute special hosted by Scott Stanford and Tamsen Fadal. And on Tuesday, the storm’s anniversary, WPIX’s morning newscast will air “Still Standing: After Sandy,” with the entire morning newscast on location from the storm’s worst affected areas.

NBC owned WNBC launched a series of reports on the storm that have aired throughout the week on the 5 p.m. newscast. Michael Gargiulo, whose parents own a home in the hard-hit Breezy Point, Queens, will anchor a half-hour special at 7pmET on Saturday.

ABC owned WABC will produce an hourlong special at 4pmET on Tuesday, October 29. The program will look at what work has been completed and what is still ahead in the recovery process.

Fox owned WNYW will have special reports from throughout the region on Tuesday: Robert Moses from Seaside, N.J., Joel Waldman from Long Beach, Long Island, Stacey Delikat from Breezy Point and Kerry Drew from Staten Island.

WCBS has been airing a series of vignettes on the storm featuring the memories and reflections of its anchors and reporters throughout the week. The CBS O&O has extensive coverage planned from locations around the region Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

Rich Paleski Joins WCBS-WLNY as Director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering

wcbs logo Rich Paleski has been named director of broadcast operations and engineering at WCBS-WLNY, CBS’ duopoly in New York.

It is a move within CBS for Paleski, who has worked in the same role at KYW-WPSG in Philadelphia since 2002. While in Philly, he oversaw the launch of the duopoly’s high definition facilities in 2007.

Before joining KYW-WPSG, Paleski worked at WFOR in Miami and WNYW in New York City, where he spent 16 years as an engineer. He also worked for Fox News Service as its engineer-in-charge of the 1992 and 1996 political conventions.

More from CBS after the jump. Read more

Citing Longer Commute, Ashley Morrison Resigns from CBS Money Watch

Ashley Morrison, the estranged wife of former WCBS anchor Rob Morrison, has left her job at CBS Money Watch.

“So after much careful consideration and thought I have quit my job at CBS News. They want to start doing Moneywatch from the NYSE in the mornings beginning next week and I just couldn’t take on the additional 1.5-2 hour commute it would add to my day,” she wrote on Facebook. “…I’m very grateful for the opportunity I had at CBS, it was great fun and hopefully you’ll be seeing me again soon!!”

Rob Morrison is accused of choking his wife during a domestic dispute at their Darien, Conn. home. Earlier this summer, it was reported that the couple had reconciled. [h/t New York Daily News]

CBS and Time Warner Cable Agree to Truce for NYC Debates

Time Warner Cable and CBS have suspended their prolonged dispute over retransmission fees long enough to allow WCBS, the CBS owned station in New York, to air its share of televised debates in the upcoming New York elections.

The New York City Campaign Finance Board brought the two companies together despite the ongoing battle that has left CBS owned stations on Time Warner Cable systems in the dark in markets like New York (WCBS), Los Angeles (KCBS), Dallas (KTVT) and Chicago (WBBM).

“With vacancies in all three citywide offices, this election will decide the future of the city we all share and love,” Father Joseph P. Parkes, Chairman of the New York Finance Board, said in a statement. “We are very pleased that these two institutions have chosen to look past their differences and provide all New Yorkers the best opportunity to see these important debates.” Read more

Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli Joining WPEC From WFOR

Another meteorologist is leaving WFOR, the CBS owned station in Miami. Jeff Berardelli is leaving the Miami CBS O&O to join WPEC, the CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach.

WPEC has also announced that chief meteorologist John Matthews has signed a new contract with the station. In a statement, general manager Michael Puno said Berardelli’s hire and Matthews’ extension are “just another step in putting together the most talented group of weather, news and content providers in the WPB and Ft. Pierce markets.”

Berardelli has worked at WFOR since 2007. He is the second meteorologist to announce his departure from the CBS O&O this week. David Bernard, who has been with the station since 2005, will leave when his contract is up in November after reportedly rejecting a pay cut from WFOR bosses.

Moving from WFOR to WPEC is a 22-market drop for Berardelli. “Things are falling apart at CBS 4 Miami,” one South Florida television insider told TVSpy.

Before joining WPEC, Berardelli was the morning meteorologist at another CBS O&O, WCBS in New York City. While in New York, he worked as a fill-in anchor for the “CBS Early Show” and served as a consultant for CBS News.

More in WPEC’s press release after the jump. Read more

Citing Weekend Numbers in NY, LA and Dallas, CBS Says Blackout Won’t Affect Ratings

With the CBS-Time Warner Cable dispute still underway, CBS is touting weekend ratings at its O&Os in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, saying the blackout “will not present an overall ratings hardship.”

From Friday to Sunday, the late local news averages for WCBS in New York, KCBS in Los Angeles and KTVT in Dallas were up +9% in Total Viewers and +13% in the A25-54 demographic compared to the same period last week. The Friday to Sunday primetime averages for the stations in the ad-friendly A25-54 demographic is identical to the same nights the prior week, according to CBS.

The blackout affects 3.2 million Time Warner customers across the three markets. Citing “strong ratings growth” this summer and traditionally low viewership during the month of August, CBS says the “overall financial impact” of the blackout will be “negligible.”

Read the release from CBS after the jump. Read more

Five Months After Domestic Dispute, Rob and Ashley Morrison Reportedly Reconcile

Former WCBS anchor Rob Morrison and his estranged wife, CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison, have reportedly reconciled. Rob Morrison is accused of choking Ashley during a domestic dispute at their Darien, Conn. home in in February. The New York Post‘s Page Six has details:

The sources say the TV anchor couple has been seen spending time together almost every weekend lately with their 7-year-old son at the exclusive Greenwich Water Club, where they celebrated Ashley’s birthday last Saturday.

“They are there together almost every weekend and sometimes Friday when Ashley gets off work,” said one member. “They are still together.”

Another friend of Ashley’s said: “They’re trying to move forward. They’re working things out now that things have quieted down. I think this was a wake-up call [for Rob]. He does seem different from the time when everything went down. They seem pretty peaceful.”

Rob Morrison Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Attend Violence Education Program

Former WCBS anchor Rob Morrison has pleaded guilty to second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct charges stemming from a domestic dispute with his wife, CBS MoneyWatch anchor Ashley Morrison.

Morrison, appearing in court earlier this week, declined to enter a plea for the third charge he faces, a felony strangulation charge, according to the Darien Times. He has repeatedly said he did not attempt to choke his wife.

Morrison has agreed to participate in a Family Violence Education Program. He is next scheduled to appear in court on August 14.

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