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Former Miami, Cleveland Anchor John Hambrick Dies at 73

John Hambrick, a veteran local news anchor, died Tuesday from lung cancer. He was 73.

Hambrick was the primary anchor at WTVJ in Miami from 1985 to 1989. He would later join rival WCIX (now WFOR). Before moving to South Florida, he worked at local stations around the country including WNBC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, KRON in San Francisco, WEWS in Cleveland and WCPO in Cincinnati.

“John was a legend in this community,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan told the Miami Herald. “He set a standard that all of us in the local television industry strive to meet, simply because it makes us all better at what we do. John was larger than life — not surprising because he was a fellow Texan — but also due to his authoritative delivery and his commanding presence.”

Leaving Concession Speech, Anthony Weiner Flips Off WNBC Reporter

With his defeat in the New York mayoral primary yesterday, Anthony Weiner is done in the New York political arena, at least for now. Weiner, who has often been critical of the media throughout his five-month campaign, had one last message for the press last night after he delivered his concession speech: after getting into his waiting car, he directed a raised middle finger at WNBC reporter Shimon Prokupecz (pictured right, via Prokupecz’s Twitter feed).

The disgraced former Congressman, who resigned after a sexting scandal, ran from reporters into a neighboring McDonald’s before delivering his speech, Prokupecz reports. “Security pushed us away from him,” he tweeted.

What we want to know: how long before one of the networks signs Weiner as a political contributor?

Sibila Vargas Joins WNBC From KCBS

Sibila Vargas is joining WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York, as co-anchor of the noon and 6 p.m. newscasts. Vargas will anchor the noon alongside Rob Schmitt and the 6 p.m. alongside Chuck Scarborough.

Vargas moves to her native New York from Los Angeles, where she has been the early morning anchor at CBS owned KCBS since 2010. She will begin at WNBC in mid-October.

“We are pleased to have Sibila join the team and bring her strong reporting skills home to New York,” WNBC vice president of news Susan Sullivan said in a statement.

Vargas began her career at WPIX, the CW affiliate in New York City. She has worked as an anchor, producer and correspondent at CNN, as well as as an anchor at KRIV in Houston.

The announcement from WNBC is after the jump. Read more

Scott Stanford Joins WPIX From Rival WNBC

Scott Stanford is joining WPIX, Tribune Broadcasting’s CW affiliate in New York City. Stanford will co-anchor the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Tamsen Fadal beginning September 16.

It is a crosstown move for Stanford, who joins WPIX after four years as the weekend sports anchor at NBC owned WNBC. Stanford appeared on WNBC’s 11 p.m. newscast last night.

“I am impressed with Scott’s skills as a communicator, his ability to get to the essence of a story and his sports experience, which has proven he is quick on his feet,” WPIX news director Mark Effron said in a statement. “Just like our audience, Scott is a local guy who is passionate about this place we call home and I’m certain viewers will appreciate his candor and his personality.”

News of Stanford’s hire was first reported by TunedIn’s Jerry Barmash last week. More from WPIX after the jump. Read more

Eight Stations Nominated for News & Documentary Emmys

Eight local stations have been nominated for News and Documentary Emmys, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today. WBZ, WMAQ and WNBC were nominated for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Spot News category, and KING, KNXV, WABC, WTTG and WXYZ in Detroit were nominated for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Investigative Reporting category.

For Spot News, Boston CBS O&O WBZ was nominated for its coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn; NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago was nominated for coverage of the Chicago NATO protests; and NBC-owned WNBC in New York City was nominated for coverage of the shooting near the Empire State Building.

In the Investigative Reporting category, Seattle NBC affiliate KING was nominated for “Their Crime, Your Dime;” Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV was nominated for “Sheriff’s School of Abuse;” New York ABC O&O WABC was nominated for “Mace in Your Face?”; Washington, DC Fox O&O WTTG was nominated for “UDC;” and Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ was nominated for “Corruption in the County.”

The full list of nominees is after the jump. Read more

NBC Owned Station Group Promotes Meredith McGinn, Jeff Kurtz

The NBC Owned Television Stations have promoted Meredith McGinn to senior vice president of COZI TV Network and LX.TV Productions and Jeff Kurtz to senior vice president of digital media and multicast sales.

Both McGinn and Kurtz were previously vice presidents at the NBC Owned Television Stations. McGinn joined the group in 2011 and has led the development and launch of COZI TV, which is now available in 47.5 million homes. Before that, she was the director of news and content at WNBC in New York City.

“Over the last year-and-a-half, Meredith has done a tremendous job growing COZI TV from a concept into a successful network that is receiving great feedback from both viewers and affiliates,” Valari Staab, president of NBC Owned Television Stations, said in a statement. “This well-deserved promotion reflects COZI TV’s success to date as well as its exciting future under Meredith’s leadership.”

Kurtz began with the NBC Owned Television Stations last year. He has overseen sales-related activities for COZI TV, LX.TV Productions and the digital media and digital out of home platforms. Read more

Rob Schmitt Joins WNBC as Noon Anchor

Rob Schmitt is joining WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York City, as noon anchor and a general assignment reporter. Schmitt moves to New York after two years in Los Angeles, where he was the weekend anchor for CBS O&O KCBS.

Schmitt will take over for Tom Llamas on the noon newscast beginning July 15. Llamas will continue to co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Shiba Russell, as well as take on an expanded role with the station’s investigative team.

“We are pleased to have Rob join the team and bring his reporting skills to the New York market,” WNBC vice president of news Susan Sullivan said in a statement.

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

KYW, WVUE Win Edward R. Murrow Awards For Overall Excellence

Philadelphia CBS O&O KYW and New Orleans Fox affiliate WVUE are the 2013 recipients of RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards for overall excellence.

“We are very humbled and honored to be recognized for our body of work in 2012,” WVUE news director Mikel Schaefer told TVSpy. “This is a reflection of the hard work and dedication our entire staff has day in and day out, whether covering Hurricane Isaac, investigating corruption or our unique culture.”

In the breaking news category, WNBC in New York City won for coverage of Hurricane Sandy and WHEC in Rochester won for coverage of the four firefighters shot at a house fire in Webster. In the continuning coverage category, KXAS in Dallas won for “Driven to Distraction,” a nine-month series on Texas police officers who crashed while typing on mobile dashboard computers, and KXRM in Colorado Springs won for coverage of the Waldo Canyon fire.

Murrow Awards for best newscast go to KUSA in Denver and KSPR in Springfield, Mo. Awards for best feature reporting go to KARE in Minneapolis and KHQ in Spokane, and WFAA in Dallas and CTV in Vancouver Island were honored for best investigative reporting.

A full list of the winners is after the jump. Read more

WNBC’s John Noel Remembered as ‘Simply a Good Man’

Tributes continue to come in following the death of John Noel, a veteran WNBC reporter who died of brain cancer Thursday. On WNBC‘s evening newscast, Chuck Scarborough paused for a minute to remember Noel.

“From the day he learned he was sick until the end, John refused to feel sorry for himself, always telling us how lucky he was to have such a wonderful job and family,” Scarborough said.

“To say that John was a good and decent man would be the understatement of all understatements,” Noel’s longtime agent and friend, Mort Meisner, told TVSpy in an email. “John lived and died a man of honor …True to his word, John fought on to the very end. John personified courage. I loved the man dearly.”

The full tributes from Scarborough and Meisner are after the jump. Read more

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