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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.

Fox Makes Changes in NYC, Secaucus: Dianne Doctor Named VP of WWOR, Byron Harmon Named ND of WNYW

There are leadership changes coming to WNYW and WWOR, the Fox-owned stations in New York City and Secaucus. Dianne Doctor, the vice president and news director of WNYW, will take on the newly-created role of vice president and station manager at WWOR. Byron Harmon will replace Doctor as news director.

Doctor will oversee content and programming for WWOR, a MyNetworkTV affiliate. She succeeds Jim Driscoll, who joined Fox-owned WTXF in Philadelphia last year.

“I’ve lived in New Jersey for over 30 years, raised my children here, and have witnessed all the Garden State has to offer, as well as the challenges it faces. I’m proud to be given this opportunity to lead WWOR-TV during a particularly exciting and unique time in our state’s history,” Doctor said in a statement. “I look forward to enhancing our presence in New Jersey and continuing our commitment to covering the issues that are relevant to residents of this community.”

As Doctor exits her post at WNYW, Harmon, the station’s senior executive producer, will replace her as news director. Harmon joined WNYW last year from CNN International. He has also worked as an executive producer at WCBS in New York and WTTG in Washington, D.C.

“Byron is a US Army veteran, published author and playwright, and highly accomplished news producer – having someone with such a unique perspective lead our news team is certainly an asset,” WNYW-WWOR vice president and general manager Lew Leone said in a statement. “He understands the need for constant evolution in our rapidly changing environment and I look forward to seeing his influence and creativity on our newscasts.”

New York City Stations Cover High-Rise Rescue at Hearst Tower

New York City stations broke into afternoon programming this afternoon with dramatic pictures of two window washers stranded on a scaffolding near the top of the Hearst Tower.

NBC O&O WNBC was first to report the news at 2:58 p.m., breaking into the tail end of “The Jeff Probst Show.” Tom Llamas anchored into the 3 p.m. hour, preempting “Steve Harvey.” ABC O&O WABC was next, breaking into “Katie” at 3:03 p.m. with Lori Stokes anchoring. CBS O&O WCBS was just seconds later at 3:04 p.m. Dana Tyler anchored the breaking news coverage, which aired in place of “Dr. Phil.”

Fox O&O WNYW and CW affiliate WPIX are not yet covering the attempted rescue. The NYPD has removed the windows on the building’s 44th floor and will attempt to bring the men off the scaffolding through the open windows, according to WNBC.

>Update: WPIX broke into “Maury” with coverage of the rescue during the 4 p.m. hour. Both men were reported safe at 4:15 p.m.

Watch WNBC’s coverage after the jump. Read more

Reid Lamberty Out at Boston’s WHDH

Evening co-anchor Reid Lamberty is out at WHDH, the NBC affiliate in Boston, NewsBlues reports.

Lamberty joined WHDH from WSVN in Miami (both stations are owned by Sunbeam Television) in 2011. He has also worked as an anchor at WNYW and WCBS in New York and WFXT in Boston.

Lamberty’s bio has been stripped from the WHDH website. Adam Williams has been anchoring the evening newscasts alongside Amanda Grace since June 6.

WHDH general manager Chris Wayland and news director Linda Miele did not respond to TVSpy’s requests for comment.

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