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WNYW’s Christina Park Talks Raising Kids in New York City

Christina-Park-picWNYW‘s Christina Park wrote a piece for the October issue of Manhattan Magazine about child rearing in New York City. The mother of two detailed her initial naivety about the realities of having kids in the city. The anchor of the FOX owned station talked about initially seeing happy-looking moms and kiddos everywhere, when in reality:

Those happy smiling mommies were actually grimacing as they tried to navigate a deadly intersection like a retro game of Frogger. The skipping is just a grotesque limp from having twisted her ankle in a pothole thanks to kamikaze bike messenger. Clearly the stress of living in NYC isn’t limited to the army of suits downtown. We all feel it.

In the end, Park acknowledged that New York is an amazing, albeit challenging, place to raise kids. What Park didn’t delve into is the fact that being a working mother comes with its own unique challenges, especially in the world of TV news.

We’ve written time and time again about broadcast journalists leaving their jobs to spend more time with their families. The work/life balance is a constant struggle and no one has found the perfect solution just yet. As anchor Heather Van Nest recently put it:

Working until midnight with a 1-year-old son, 3-year-old daughter and husband at home is not ideal. I am eager to explore new opportunities as I continue to search for that unicorn we call “work/life balance.”

A sentiment I’m sure many working moms can relate to.

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Greg Kelly Falls Over

In what he called a tryout for the “Good Day New York Football Team,” Greg Kelly and Duke Castiglione ran some drills with NY Giant Rashad Jennings and former NFL’er Tim Green in the WNYW studio.

Castiglione made it through the tire drill first. Though in a moment of foreshadowing, he nearly tripped. Then Kelly took the hand off and made a mess of his feet, his suit and the wireless mic when he tripped on a tire, which he promptly threw off set.

After watching Green and Jennings float through the drill, Kelly took another turn, which was visually more disturbing than his first try. But he stayed upright. In Kelly’s defense, meteorologist Mike Woods fared no better with the tires.

WNYW Adds Business Reporter

morris wtic_304New York FOX owned station WNYW has added Alison Morris as the station’s business reporter.

Morris left WTIC in Hartford, Conn. in August. She has also worked at KDKA in Pittsburgh. She started her career at the Wall Street Journal Europe in Paris, France and has reported for CNBC Europe.

“I can’t wait to become FOX 5′s first business reporter and bring our viewers the latest on the economy, business climate and their money,” Morris said in a statement. “What we’re doing here is unique and to do it on a station I grew up watching is awesome.”

She starts Monday, September 22.

After Using Drone Footage in Story, New York FOX Station Asks if It’s Legal

In its 10:00 p.m. news last night, New York’s WNYW used drone footage as part of a story about a small plane crash on Long Island. Then the FOX owned station looked into the legality of using unmanned aerial vehicles to cover the news.

“When I heard that the police helicopters and news choppers couldn’t get video footage of what was going on because of the cloud cover that was today,” Nick Borella, the guy who used his drone to shoot the plane crash, told WNYW’s Stacey Delikat. “I thought that I would get over and have a chance to help them out any way that I could because I could fly in that.”

WNYW’s admission it didn’t pay for the footage did two things, it furthered the conversation about drone usage and according to Brendan Schulman, an attorney who runs the unmanned aircraft system group for law firm Kramer Levin, cleared them of any wrongdoing since the FAA only frowns on commercial use.

The question raised? Does this change anything for drone operators looking to get paid for their work?

Woman Who Accused Greg Kelly of Rape Speaks Out

greg kellyThe woman who accused WNYW morning anchor Greg Kelly of rape two years ago has spoken out for the first time about the case, giving a series of interviews to BuzzFeed’s Jessica Testa.

The woman, Maria Di Toro, accused Kelly of raping her in October 2011; Kelly was cleared of all charges after an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office concluded “the established facts do not constitute a crime under New York criminal law.”

Di Toro tells BuzzFeed why she is telling her side of the story now:

“I was really scared into submission,” she said. “I felt that if I had said anything to the press — because I had already seen my own words in a police report twisted — I thought for sure if I gave them any interview on the phone, it was gonna happen the same way.”

“I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I realize that I didn’t do all that I could have done to stand up for myself,” said Di Toro, now 31, a petite brunette from a big Long Island family. “I was always like a puny little thing, but I always stood up for myself … And I didn’t this time. And it’s eaten away at my core every day.”

When contacted by BuzzFeed to respond to Di Toro’s account of the incident, Kelly’s lawyer said: “Nearly two and a half years ago the allegations against Mr. Kelly were very thoroughly investigated by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office properly exonerated Mr. Kelly.”

NYC Stations Cover 9/11 Museum Dedication

President Barack Obama, survivors and victims’ families gathered this morning at the site of the 9/11 attacks for the dedication of the National September 11 Museum. With the exception of Fox-owned WNYW, stations in New York City provided special coverage of the dedication ceremony, which began shortly after 10 a.m.

Bill Ritter and Lori Stokes anchored on WABC, with Lisa Colagrossi reporting from Lower Manhattan for the ABC-owned station. On CBS-owned WCBS, Mary Calvi and Chris Wragge anchored with Lou Young reporting from the museum. Michael Gargiulo and Darlene Rodriguez anchored on NBC-owned WNBC, with David Ushery reporting from the World Trade Center. On CW affiliate WPIX, Kori Chambers anchored from the studio with Sukanya Krishnan and James Ford live from Lower Manhattan.

Obama, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and former New York Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani all spoke at the ceremony, which lasted about an hour. “It is an honor for us to join in your memories, to recall and reflect but above all to reaffirm the true spirit of 9/11 — love, compassion, sacrifice — and to enshrine it in the heart of our nation forever,” Obama said.

‘Good Day New York’ Producers Protest Proposed Pay Cuts

good day new york logoSegment producers and writers for “Good Day New York,” the morning newscast on WNYW in New York City,  have delivered a petition to station management protesting proposed pay cuts in contract negotiations between the Fox-owned station and the Writers Guild of America, East. The group has been working without a contract since last year.

Forty-one members signed the petition, which was emailed to Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy and CFO Betsy Swanson and delivered in person to WNYW assistant news director Emad Asghar.

The petition, obtained by TVSpy, asks that station management “return to the negotiating table and quickly come to terms on a fair contract”:

At this point the company shows no sign of coming off of a host of unreasonable positions, including big cuts to segment producer salaries, an unwillingness to increase pension contributions to secure our retirement security, meal period give backs, a reduction in night shift differential, and other concessions. Enough is enough.

Our last raise was in 2011. Inflation has increased significantly since then and the cost of living and working in New York City has increased even more. At the same time, the company has realized cost savings by shutting down the WWOR evening news program and then eliminating the WNYW investigative unit. Similarly, our productivity has increased as we have taken on new duties. Of course, the company is also saving money by keeping the contract open and avoiding pay increases. This appears to be a part of the plan, as no reasonable person would be likely to agree to the kinds of cut backs that remain on the table.

A station source tells TVSpy that the producers and writers have been offered a 6% pay increase over the next three years. The previous contract, which ran from 2008-12, was a 12% increase over four years. Read more

WNYW Announces Summer News Schedule and More Weekend News

WNYW_304New York FOX owned station WNYW has announced a “Summer Schedule” which promises both anchor changes and revamped news format starting June 5.

“Our new summer schedule continues our mission to bring unconventional local news to New York,” said VP and news director Byron Harmon in a statement. “Local news doesn’t have to be all gloom and doom.”

Called “FOX’S Fresh 5,” the schedule swaps current 5:00 p.m. co anchor Ernie Anastos with Steve Lacy to sit alongside Dari Alexander. Anastos replaces Lacy as solo anchor at 6:00 p.m. while meteorologist Audrey Puente will “step outside her usual role of meteorologist and serve as a reporter, along with entertainment reporters Simone Boyce and Christal Young.” Read more

WNYW’s John Huddy Joins Fox News

John Huddy, currently a reporter for Fox-owned WNYW in New York City, is joining Fox News Channel’s Jerusalem bureau, TVNewser reports.

Huddy began at WNYW as a writer for “Good Day New York” in 2004. He made the transition to on-air reporting in 2008, joining WNYW sister station WWOR. In 2009, he returned to WNYW to report for “Good Day New York.” He officially signed off from WNYW last week.

 

‘In This Exclusive Live Developing Report,’ WNYW Pokes Fun at Annoying Local News

In the second installment of WNYW‘s reports on annoying local news trends, Mac King presents an “exclusive live developing report” on “the horrible crimes committed against our language every day right here on your local TV newscast.”

“We are aware we often sound and look ridiculous. And we’re at least a little bit sorry. We’re just trying to capture and then keep your attention in a media world with so many choices,” King concludes. “We now return you to your regularly scheduled scrolling through your Instagram feed. Kicking off the hottest new trend, you won’t believe what happens next. Stay with us, back to you, I’m Mac King, Fox 5 News.” Watch:

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