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Q2 Earnings: Tribune Broadcasting Revenue Falls 20%

Tribune Co. reported $260 million in broadcast revenues for the second quarter of 2013, down -20% from $327 million in the year-ago quarter. The decline includes $41 million in one-time copyright royalties paid to WGN, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago, in 2012.

Advertising revenue also declined $17 million in the quarter, primarily at WGN and WPIX, the CW affiliate in New York City. Tribune says WPIX continues to be impacted by the Cablevision blackout last year and WGN’s performance has been impacted by lower sports revenue. Retransmission and carriage fees were up 15% for the quarter.

“While our second quarter financial results reflect many of the same challenges faced by the other companies in our sector, we have made substantial progress strategically repositioning Tribune for long term growth,” Tribune president and CEO Peter Liguori said in a statement.

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

Howard Dorsey Named Assistant ND at KRIV

Howard Dorsey is joining KRIV, the Fox O&O in Houston, as the assistant news director. His first day will be September 16.

“Howard is a seasoned and knowledgeable newsroom manager, who I’m excited to welcome aboard,” vice president and news director Robert Morford said in a statement. “His passion, depth of experience and his ability to lead made him the ideal candidate to help drive our news product forward.”

Dorsey comes to Houston from New York City, where he has been an executive producer at CW affiliate WPIX for three years. He has also worked at News 12 New Jersey, WNCN in Raleigh, ABC News and ESPN.

More from Fox 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

Morning Anchor Kori Chambers Leaving WFLD

WFLD morning anchor Kori Chambers is leaving the Chicago Fox O&O, Chicago media reporter Robert Feder confirms. According to TunedIn’s Jerry Barmash, Chambers is expected to be named morning co-anchor at WPIX, Tribune Broadcasting’s CW affiliate in New York City.

Before joining WFLD in 2008, Chambers worked as an anchor and reporter at WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit. According to his WFLD bio, he has also worked at stations in Las Vegas and Sprinfield, Mass.

Chambers is expected to co-anchor the WPIX morning newscast alongside Sukanya Krishnan after she returns from maternity leave next month, Barmash reports. A WFLD station source says Chambers wanted to return to his native New York.

>Update: a WFLD spokesperson confirms that a search is underway for Chambers’ replacement. His last day anchoring the 5 to 7 a.m. newscast and noon newscast will be September 11.

Dan Mannarino Off WPIX Weekend Anchor Desk

It was a short Summer for WPIX’s Dan Mannarino. Mannarino, who was moved to weekend anchor at Tribune’s New York CW affiliate at the beginning of June, is back reporting and acting as a fill-in anchor for the weekday morning news.

At the time of his move to weekends, TVSpy was told the stint was for the Summer. A Tribune spokesperson confirmed Kaity Tong will anchor weekends solo for now.

Mannarino joined WPIX in September of 2011. Before coming to WPIX, he worked at NY1 News and Verizon FiOs1.

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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

WPIX Promotes Amy Waldman, Christian Taussig

WPIX has announced two promotions. Amy Waldman has been named managing editor and Christian Taussig has been named news operations manager at the New York City CW affiliate.

Waldman joined the station in 2007 as a senior producer. During her six years at WPIX, she has been executive producer of the morning newscast and, most recently, executive producer of special projects. Prior to joining WPIX, she worked at Court TV, CNBC and Fox News Channel.

Taussig, who will oversee all engineering and operations functions at WPIX, joined the station in 2000. Most recently, he was the engineer in charge of the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

“Along with Rolando Pujol, who leads PIX11′s digital team, I’m confident we are geared for success on all platforms,” WPIX news director Mark Effron said in a statement. “This team, along with the News department, will write the next great chapter of PIX11′s storied news operation.”

Sharon van Zwieten Joins WPIX as Senior Executive Producer

Sharon van Zwieten has been named senior executive producer at WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. In her new role, effective June 10, van Zwieten will oversee the content of all WPIX newscasts.

van Zwieten was most recently the senior executive producer of news for Univision Deportes in Miami. She has also worked at ESPN Star Sports in Singapore, CNN, ABC News and CNBC Asia.

“Sharon brings passion, an expert eye for content and a successful track record of news expansion to PIX11 and I’m certain she will be a valuable asset to our news organization,” WPIX vice president of news Mark Effron said in a statement.

The full release from WPIX is after the jump. Read more

Dan Mannarino to Anchor Weekends for WPIX

Dan Mannarino will move to weekend anchor for the Tribune owned New York CW affiliate WPIX.

A spokesperson for WPIX confirmed he will anchor alongside Kaity Tong starting this Saturday, adding for now, the move is for the Summer.

Mannarino tweeted out an article from “Tuned In” announcing the move as well as posting it to his facebook page. After getting congratulations from meteorologist Craig Allen, Mannarino tweeted back, “@CraigAllenWx very excited. Thank you, Craig! Can’t wait to Join you and @KaityTong

Mannarino currently reports for the WPIX morning news. He joined the station in September 2011. Before coming to WPIX, he worked at NY1 News and Verizon FiOs 1.

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