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Stations Begin Storm Mode as Blizzard Closes In

Let the hunkering begin!

With a blizzard warning blanketing New York, area stations are treating the impending storm with necessary seriousness.

This afternoon, ahead of the snow, WCBS started its wall-to-wall coverage. Anchors Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson led the team into action at 3 p.m., with reporters stationed throughout the tri-state area. Joining Lonnie Quinn in the “Weather Center” was John Elliott, who was seen shoveling the icy, snowy mix on the roof. A WCBS spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that the same group will be in place starting tomorrow at 6 a.m.

WABC also got a 3 p.m  start with Bill Ritter and Lori Stokes at the desk. Weekend meteorologist Jeff Smith assisted Lee Goldberg.

WNYW did not offer extended coverage until its 5 p.m. newscast. Channel 5 did give viewers hourly updates with Nick Gregory. Sister station WWOR also broke in for top-of-the-hour reports with Audrey Puente. Channel 9, like most stations, ran a live press conference by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at 3:45. Harry Martin briefly did a recap.  WNYW skipped the governor’s news conference to stay with The People’s Court.

WNBC ended the Christie remarks from Trenton by sequeing into the start of its “Severe Weather Coverage” at 4 with Tom Llamas and Shiba Russell.

NY1 and NY1 Noticias were in non-stop mode for the blizzard. On Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., NY1 will present a special half hour with the latest storm information.

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Tracking Hurricane Sandy; Kaity Tong, David Ushery Shine

Forced to evacuated, I had plenty of time to monitor television coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

You probably woke up this morning to stations locked in ”wall-to-wall” mode, but that was not the case last night. Unlike last year’s Hurricane Irene (when I was holed up in a hotel), Sandy did not lead to an all-nighter by the area stations.

Here is how they took to the air this time.

Kaity Tong was a calming presence, anchoring a two-hour edition of the News at Ten on WPIX.  As was the case with Irene, WPIX’s coverage did not include Jodi Applegate.

Tong, as a solo anchor, was given an assist by reporter Dan Mannarino, who handled some phone interviews and other information for viewers. WPIX double-teamed the audience with veteran experience from Mr. G and Craig Allen.  WPIX was the only game in town until 11 p.m., as WNYW/Channel 5 was televising the final game of the World Series.

While the storm moved closer to New York, the other channels opted for prime-time network scheduling. At 11 p.m., WCBS/Channel 2 anchors Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson, first appearing at halftime of the New York Jets game, led the station’s one-hour special Sandy newscast. Thereafter, WCBS kept a crawl on the screen until the morning team resumed coverage at 4 a.m.

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Mitt Romney Convention Displaces 10 O’Clock Newscasts

The major networks were ready to go with the closing of the Republican National Convention. The main attraction of the night, and the week, was Mitt Romney‘s acceptance speech to the nation.

Romney hit the podium just after 10:30, as WNYW/Channel 5 and WPIX/Channel 11 were well into their 10 p.m. broadcasts. WWOR/Channel 9 typically ends its newscast at 10:35.

Even though Romney was live over the air at NBC, CBS, and ABC, there were other outlets that carried Romney’s big moment.

Starting on Channel 5, anchors Greg Kelly and Dari Alexander, using the Fox News feed, suspended regular news programming for Romney. When the GOP nominee concluded at 11:15 p.m., Kelly and Alexander stuck around for an additional 15 minutes to give viewers sports (with Ryan Asselta) and weather (with Nick Gregory).

“11:27, a little bit late for the 10 o’clock news,” Kelly says. “But it was a lot of fun.”
“It certainly was,” Alexander added. “An eventful night. So have a great night, and we’ll see you tomorrow.”

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Fox 5/WNYW Rocked by a Major Anchor Shakeup

Earlier this week, Alexander and Anastos, in one of Ernie's final 10 p.m. broadcasts.

Channel 5 news viewers take note:  get out your programs and some pencils with erasers, there are changes-a-plenty coming Monday in the anchor pool.

While no one is leaving the station, there’s significant movement. The falling dominos start with Ernie Anastos, who’s losing his prominent 10 o’clock news. Anastos, who turns 69 July 12, remains on the 5 p.m. with Dari Alexander and will continue to host Positively Ernie specials. Anastos, who joined WNYW in 2005.  has worked steadily in New York television news since his WABC days in the late 1970s.

Greg Kelly, 43, shifts from mornings to nights. He’ll assume Anastos’ 10 p.m. seat next to Alexander. In addition, he’ll anchor the 6 p.m. solo, replacing Harry Martin, who remains on sister station WWOR/Channel 9 for the 10 o’clock news alongside Brenda Blackmon.

Filling Kelly’s void on Good Day New York is Dave Price. The one-time Good Day weatherman, Price joins Rosanna Scotto for the 7 to 10 a.m. program.

“Dave Price is an extremely talented and experienced morning news personality. The moment he became available it was clear to me that he would be a great addition to our team, WNYW VP and general manager Lew Leone says in a statement. The Good Day New York viewers will appreciate his charm, sense of humor and intelligence as they start their day with FOX 5.”

These anchor changes at WNYW come just two weeks after WNBC ended its 32-year association with Sue Simmons.

Celebrate Israel Parade is Back on WWOR/Channel 9

The Celebrate Israel parade makes it annual march along Fifth Avenue, Sunday, June 3.

And WWOR/Channel 9 calls the parade home for a second straight year.

Harry Martin and Israeli TV’s Becky Griffin get the hosting duties, with live reports from WNYW/Channel 5 reporter Robert Moses. The noon to 2 p.m. broadcast will feature two hours of parade festivities, including dozens of colorful floats; rock, reggae, folk and a cappella groups; marching bands; stilt-walkers; motorcycle riders; dancing rollerbladers; and juggling clowns.

In making the announcement Lew Leone, WWOR VP and general manager, said, “My9 is proud to be the exclusive broadcaster of this annual event. We look forward to providing our viewers with coverage of this joyous celebration, which honors Israel’s rich history and vibrant heritage.”

Channel 9 will also stream the parade for the second year from noon until its conclusion at approximately 4 p.m. on its website, www.my9tv.com.  Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to gather this year to celebrate Israel, joined by a record 35,000 marchers.

WNBC-TV and WCBS-AM Among the Big Winners at Folios

2012 Folio co-hosts, WCBS anchors DuBois and Johnson

The Folio Awards explore the best reporting on Long Island. Television and radio personalities were selected for their work. But make no mistake about it, this celebration of the past year had an unofficial theme–The Red Carpet is out for CBS.

As we reported last month, WCBS/Channel 2 finalized its takeover of Long Island mainstay Channel 55/WLNY, complete with several hours of new programming using Channel 2 talent. And the Fair Media Council, which oversees the Folios, is ecstatic.

The event’s printed program opens with this message:

“Congratulations, FMC Folio Winners 2012 and Welcome, CBS Long Island.”

The same sentiment was echoed in the ballroom of the Crest Hollow Country Club, where at the conclusion of the National Anthem, video screens read “Welcome to Long Island, CBS News.”

The feeling was kept close to the heart of CBS staffers who participated in the awards program. Wayne Cabot presented, alongside his WCBS 880 afternoon partner Steve Scott. Before leaving the podium, Cabot said, “More than ever Long Island is CBS territory,” to which Scott concurred.

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WNYW Reporter Matt Alvarez Joins WWOR’s Ten O’Clock News

Matt Alvarez, known to viewers for his freelance reporting on WNYW/Channel 5 and sister station WWOR/Channel 9 since April 2010, is joining WWOR’s The Ten O’Clock News as a full-time general assignment reporter.

He’ll contribute to the nightly newscast based in New Jersey and anchored by Harry Martin and Brenda Blackmon.

WWOR news director Jim Driscoll said in a statement, “Matt has done a stellar job on reporting relevant issues affecting tri-state area residents and we are thrilled to offer him this opportunity. From hard-hitting investigative  reports to human interest stories, he has demonstrated a tremendous connection with our viewers.”

Prior to joining Fox in New York, Alvarez was a reporter at TV stations in Columbus, Ohio and Grand Junction, Colorado.

November Sweeps Indicate WNYW/Channel 5 Owns 10 p.m.

It was a powerful November sweeps period for WNYW/Channel 5. The Fox outlet, which battles Tribune-owned WPIX at 10 p.m., was the clear victor for the month, and year-to-year.

Delving into the numbers, obtained by WNYW, Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander outdistanced Jodi Applegate‘s late newscast on Channel 11.

For November, Channel 5 had a 74-percent win in the Households (3.3 for WNYW, 1.9 for WPIX), a 78-percent advantage among total viewers (1.6, 0.9), a 73-percent lead in total Adults 18+ (1.9, 1.1), and a 78-percent bulge among Adults 25 to 54 (1.6, 0.9).

Comparing this sweeps period to November 2010, Channel 5 once again flexed its muscle.

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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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WNYW Promotes Jerry Andrews to News Managing Editor

WNYW/Channel 5 announced of a pair of promotions last week.

Jerry Andrews got upgraded to news managing editor. He spent the last three years as executive producer of the station’s 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts–anchored by Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander, and Harry Martin, respectively.

Emad Ashgar had been the managing editor. He was recently promoted to assistant news director.

Meantime, in the morning, WNYW named Jason Hartelius executive producer of Good Day New York.  He takes over for Terry Meyers. She came to Channel 5 in 2010.

Since joining WNYW in October 2009, Hartelius was a line producer and segment producer for the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Hartelius arrived in New York in 2004, working for WNBC and WCBS.

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