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A New Pope Elected; WPIX Breaks In for Special Report

The bulletin that the world has been waiting for is here! White smoke pouring from the Sistine Chapel chimney and Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina has been named the new pope. While all the local stations in New York broke in with network coverage shortly after 2 p.m. (although WNYW was delayed in picking up Fox News Channel’s feed), it was truly a New York experience on WPIX.

Channel 11 did their own reporting with Mary Murphy and Dan Mannarino at The Vatican. Tamsen Fadal anchored from the PIX studios.

Fadal spoke on the phone with several experts and theologians.

There was a live glitch with one of those interviews, Maureen Tilley of Fordham University, when the call dropped and dial tone was heard. They reestablished the line a few minutes later.

Murphy and Mannarino also found people in the Rome crowd. The duo under umbrellas talked to a New Yorker draped in an American flag who has Cardinal Dolan on his wish list.

Waiting for the new pope to emerge, WPIX added a live report from Ann Mercogliano, stationed at Dolan’s “home,” St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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Reporter Ann Mercogliano Joins WPIX on Freelance Basis

Quietly reporter Ann Mercogliano exited WCBS and sister station WLNY last month. A two-time winner of the FishbowlNY year-end “Barmash Award” would prove her talent by immediately finding work. She landed at WPIX/Channel 11 beginning with last night’s 10 p.m. newscast.

Mercogliano, who has done her share of lighter pieces, was thrust into a hard news story. A Queens cab company, filling up the parking spots on the streets, including at the nearby church, is causing problems for parishioners getting to Mass.

She showcased the PIX and Greg Mocker style on the ”track of something different.” Mergoliano was seen chasing after a taxi driver, who rushed into his car and took off. Going to the source, she walked into the taxi company asking, “Are the drivers parking next to the church?”

Mercogliano, an Emmy nominated reporter for WNBC’s coverage of the Royal Wedding in 2011, also called the taxi owner a couple of times, “I want to get your side in, Sir.”

Anchor Tamsen Fadal slightly altered the multi-syllabic reporter’s surname.

A WPIX spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that Mercogliano has been hired on a freelance basis for the morning and evening, where needed.

Presenting the Envelope Containing the Barmash Award Winners..

The chestnuts are roasting, the yule log is burning, and it’s another shot at those weighty new year’s resolutions. It’s also the season for the Barmash Awards. The third annual examination of the best TV news personalities in New York.

We begin with the Best Morning Newscast.

Everyone is chasing WABC. The veteran team of Lori Stokes and Ken Rosato, the epitome of morning anchors, along with senior meteorologist Bill Evans are a great combination of talent and chemistry.

Best Sports Anchor—The local Emmy Awards can’t be wrong year after year. Bruce Beck is the most popular sports anchor in New York. Although entertaining, like his predecessor Len Berman, Beck is more nuts and bolts. And it works effortlessly.

Best Weather Anchor–Although Evans and Lee Goldberg at WABC hold their own, this is Lonnie Quinn‘s year. The weatherman shined with his, seemingly, non-stop Sandy coverage. Quinn finds a way to entertain and inform, and especially with severe storms, He understands his role perfectly, never causing a panic.

Special Superstorm Sandy Achievement: WPIX

Everyone worked hard to provide Sandy coverage. But Channel 11 took it further. The PIX Morning News did three remotes from areas devastated by the storm. Sukanya Krishnan, Frances Rivera, and Tamsen Fadel took viewers to parts of the Jersey Shore, Staten Island, and Nassau County.

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Stations Converge on Newtown to Cover Solemn Weekend

Yet another mass murder…this time in Newtown, Connecticut. The deranged man opened fire in an elementary school killing 20 youngsters, all shy of their eighth birthday. Seven adults were also gunned down, including the shooter’s mother.

The rampage is the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, behind the Virigina Tech massacre in 2007 where 32 students died.

The weekend was the time for families and friends to cope with the insurmountable loss. President Obama attended last night’s prayer vigil.

Although Newtown is on the outskirts of the New York tri-state area, it’s close enough for stations to easily send reporters to cover the services.

By Saturday, this was anything but a typical story. WNYW/Channel 5 brought in Dari Alexander to co-anchor with Christina Park. Likely unrelated, top meteorologist Nick Gregory was on-duty Saturday night as well.

For the Sunday night vigil, it was WABC/Channel 7 that shined. Bill Ritter anchored for Newtown, while Sade Baderinwa was behind the desk. Ritter struck the perfect balance of reporting the information, while masterfully dealing with the incredibly sad story.

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Battle of Morning News, WLNY Debuts on The Couch

The calendar says July, and next week is the Baseball All-Star Game. But don’t be fooled. Today was opening day!

A confluence of events created a trio of local morning changes.

The biggest is at independent station WLNY 10/55, now under the auspices of WCBS, which makes its first foray into daytime news.

Live from the Couch brings WCBS morning weathercaster John Elliott and sports anchor Lisa Kerney to the sofa with TV newcomer Carolina Bermudez.

The program is a mix of news, lifestyle and entertainment features. However, the accent is definitely on the lighter fare. There is the typical news and weather update on the half-hour.

Despite he fact that Bermudez comes to WLNY from her time as news reader on WHTZ/Z100, every aspect of the show is shared. Although Elliott goes to his other “day job” with the forecast.

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WCBS Rides the Giants’ Road to Glory to Impressive Post-Super Bowl Numbers

With the anchor team of Otis Livingston and Chris Wragge positioned on the Lucas Oil Stadium field, WCBS/Channel 2 concluded its special week of Super Bowl coverage with an extended post-game show. 

Making the station’s Big Blue bonanza even more impressive was that WCBS isn’t even the home to the NFL’s NFC. That honor belongs to WNYW/Channel 5. In addition, Channel 2 didn’t televise the Super Bowl last night, as that privilege went to WNBC/Channel 4.

However, WCBS did manage to sway enough viewers at 11 p.m. last night, only losing in the time slot to WNBC, according to Nielsen overnight figures.

WCBS scored a 6.1 rating and an 11 share of the audience at 11 p.m. WNYW, which sequed from its 10 p.m. newscast into Giants post-game and Sports Extra, paled in comparison. The Fox O & O notched just a 2.5 and 4 immediately after the game. By 11 p.m. with Duke Castiglione reporting from Indianapolis, the numbers dropped to a 1.9 and 3.

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Time to Handout 2nd Annual Barmash Awards for Excellence in TV News

It’s that time of the year—time for buying Christmas trees, and subsequently decorating them with all the trimmings. Our Jewish friends are digging out the menorahs, and making sure they have enough candles.

But it’s also the season for countless awards. FishbowlNY is no exception, as we present our 2nd annual Barmash Awards, honoring the local TV news scene here in New York.

As the title indicates, there is no committee making these decisions—just one co-editor.

While our intention isn’t to specifically balance the award winners, it does show the enormous talent we have to choose from across the dial.

Best Newscast (morning)

The chemistry works perfectly between WABC/Channel 7 veterans Lori Stokes and Ken Rosato. Stokes, though, brings that special connection to morning viewers. Stokes has a warm and friendly demeanor as she virtually “wakes” up people each day. Bill Evans is one of the best TV meteorogists, only falling short in the overall category to a colleague.

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TV Stations Go Wall-to-Wall for Irene Coverage All Weekend

As Hurricane Irene churned in the Atlantic with a bulls-eye at New York City’s back, TV stations went into non-stop coverage throughout the weekend.

The category-one storm made her first landfall early Saturday morning in Cape Lookout, North Carolina as stations began their wall-to-wall mode.

Accentuating the serious nature of the story, virtually every anchor was on the air.

WNYW’s Dari Alexander was one of the few anchors not seen during the weekend coverage. She was last seen by viewers on Friday night. Her 10 p.m. colleague Ernie Anastos (above, center) made his first appearance at 3 p.m. Sunday with co-anchor Christina Park, as the storm weakened significantly.

But Channel 5 did have its Good Day team, Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly, in place. However, much of Scotto’s screen time during the weekend was with WNYW’s newest memberSteve Lacy, and not her “TV husband” Kelly.

Kelly and Scotto were together Saturday, helping provide of the special moments.

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Reporter Ann Mercogliano Jumps Ship From WNBC to WCBS

Ann Mercogliano, who joined WNBC/Channel 4 in 2010 as reporter for New York Live (formerly LX New York ), is headed for WCBS/Channel 2.

Although Mercogliano did focus on entertainment and lifestyle stories for LX, anchored by Jane Hanson and Sara Gore, she occasionally would file harder pieces for the station’s weekend newscasts.

Mercogliano begins at WCBS as a per diem general assignment reporter on August 1. She got her start in the business at Channel 2 as a desk assistant.