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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.

 

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‘Chasing New Jersey’ Recognized by NJ General Assembly for 200th Broadcast

wwor_304Chasing New Jersey, the news show for FOX owned MyNetworkTV affiliate WWOR, has been recognized by the New Jersey General Assembly for its 200th show.

Chasing New Jersey is renowned for its dedication to covering public events and breaking stories across the Garden State,” said the proclamation. “The strength, quality and success of journalism in New Jersey depend, in great measure, upon outstanding news and public affairs organizations, as exemplified by Chasing New Jersey.”

According to the FOX release, Chasing New Jersey is a news show “focusing on all things New Jersey, from interviews with local politicians and residents, to the issues driving conversations in the state.” It started airing in July 2013.

Station Manager Dianne Doctor Defends ‘Chasing New Jersey’ in WWOR Editorial

WWOR station manager Dianne Doctor is defending the Fox-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate after two New Jersey politicians have called for the FCC to revoke the station’s license.

Earlier this month, WWOR canceled its nightly newscast and replaced it with “Chasing New Jersey,” a freewheeling 30-minute show focused on politics and state issues in New Jersey. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), as well as the Bergen Record,  have called for the station’s FCC license to be revoked.

“You’d think these politicians and the editorial writers of the Record would encourage the development of innovative newsgathering, especially during a financial crisis,” Doctor said in a recent on-air editorial (video above). “Maybe I missed it, but despite these huge newspaper cutbacks [in New Jersey], not one member of the state’s Congressional delegation expressed any concern. Maybe they should take a page from the students and faculty at Montclair State, who have created a facility to rescue journalism and pave a real path for the future. Maybe after watching ‘Chasing New Jersey,’ you’ll see a little glimpse of that future, and wonder why anyone would criticize us for trying something new.”

New Jersey Senator Says News Corp. and WWOR Not Serving State

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez (D) has added his voice to those calling for the FCC to look into FOX owned MyNetworkTV affiliate WWOR before renewing its license.

In a letter addressed to acting FCC chairwoman Mignon Clyburn, Menendez wrote, “In light of WWOR’s decision to drop their nightly news programming, a decision which affects millions of New Jerseyans, it is becoming increasingly critical that the FCC make a determination about WWOR’s license and whether they are adequately serving New Jersey as the law and FCC rules stipulate.  From my perspective, News Corporation is not.”

Last week FOX announced it was dropping the station’s lone newscast at 10:00pm and replacing it with “Chasing New Jersey,” a 30-minute show focusing on “issues driving conversations” in the state.

Yesterday, WWOR vice president and general manager Dianne Doctor defended the switch saying, “Based in Trenton, ‘Chasing NJ’ is a news program immersed in all aspects of the state. Politics. People. Issues. It’s enterprise journalism that no one else is doing.” Read more

WWOR Replacing Evening Newscast With Show on New Jersey Politics, Issues

WWOR, the Fox-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate serving the New York market, is canceling its 10 p.m. newscast and replacing it with “Chasing New Jersey,” a 30-minute program focused on “issues driving conversations” in the state.

WWOR, which is licensed to and based in Secaucus, N.J., will outsource production of the show to Fairfax Productions, a production company overseen by Dennis Bianchi, the vice president and general manager of Fox-owned WTXF in Philadelphia. Bianchi, the show’s creator, will share oversight of “Chasing New Jersey” with Dianne Doctor, the recently-named station manager at WWOR.

The change will result in a handful of layoffs, although it is not immediately clear how many people will lose their jobs. WWOR’s on-air staff will be assigned to new roles, station sources say, including main anchor Brenda Blackmon who will produce and anchor news specials for WWOR. Co-anchor Harry Martin has been offered a reporter position at sister station WNYW. Meteorologist Audrey Puente and sportscaster Russ Salzberg will take on increased roles at WNYW.

“Chasing New Jersey” will originate from Trenton, N.J. and will feature Bill Spadea as “ringleader” and several reporters as “chasers.” Spadea is a former Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in New Jersey’s 12th district.

TVSpy has found filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office that show Fox Television Stations has registered for trademarks of “Chasing New Jersey,” “Chasing Seattle,” “Chasing Texas, “Chasing Florida,” “Chasing San Francisco, “Chasing Charlotte,” and “Chasing America.” Except for Seattle and San Fransisco, Fox has an O&O in each area.

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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.”

WTXF Taps Fox Veteran Jim Driscoll as News Director

Philadelphia Fox O&O WTXF has tapped Jim Driscoll as its next news director. Driscoll has spent the last five and a half years working as news director of WWOR, the Fox-owned MyNetwork TV affiliate in Secaucus.

Driscoll is also a former assistant news director of WNYW, the Fox O&O in New York City. Prior to that, he spent 18 years at WWOR, where he began as a production assistant and eventually rose to executive producer.

“Jim’s impressive track record of success at WWOR and WNYW speaks for itself. I’m confident that his leadership, solid local news instincts and inventive style will continue FOX 29’s growth and expand the station’s presence in the market,” WTXF vice president and general manager Dennis Bianchi said in a statement.

WTXF has been without a news director since Steve Schwaid left the station in July. Driscoll’s appointment is effective January 2. Read more

Entertainment Anchor Pat Collins Leaving WWOR After 25 Years

Pat Collins has announced that she will leave WWOR next month after 25 years at the Fox-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate for the New York metropolitan area.

Collins, the station’s entertainment anchor and reporter, has worked at WWOR since 1987. Station staffers were told this afternoon that Collins is leaving to spend more time with her family. Her last day will be December 21.

WWOR news director Jim Driscoll praised Collins for her “wonderful years of service and friendship to our newsroom and to our viewers.”

“Pat Collins is a class act, a phenomenal talent. We were lucky to have her as part of our Channel 9 team for more than 2 decades,” Driscoll told TVSpy. “She brought Hollywood and the Broadway stage to life on our air, and did so with style, dignity, and grace. She was a mentor and friend to just about every person who has ever worked in our newsroom.”

Josh Eure Joins KPNX as Assistant News Director

Josh Eure is joining KPNX, the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, as assistant news director and senior content manager.

Eure comes from ABC News, where he was a senior producer for “ABC News Now.” He has also spent time as a coordinating produce for “World News Now” and “Good Morning America.” Prior to that, Eure worked as an executive producer at WWOR in New York, WSB in Atlanta and WFOR in Miami.

Eure begins in Phoenix on November 5.

WWOR Highlights High School Football Standouts

Russ Salzberg, sports anchor for New York’s WWOR has launched a weekly series called “The High School Athlete of the Week”.

Viewers are invited to choose who they think qualifies to be highlighted as one of  extraordinary High School football players in the New York area.

“High school is where it all starts…..this is where many of these kids discover a sport that may change their lives. These kids are out there playing for the best reason of all – their love of the sport,” Salzberg told TVSpy.  “To be able to give high school athletes in our community a chance to shine is something that gives us all something to look forward to – us, the kids and the parents – it’s a win-win for everybody!”

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