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Ten Years Later, Veteran NY1 Anchor/Reporter Kristen Shaughnessy Describes the ‘Horrible Stuff’ of 9/11

It was a sunny late summer morning—64 degrees and not a cloud in the Manhattan sky on September 11, 2001.

We continue our unprecedented look back at 9/11: New York Remembers with a pair of NY1 reporters—Kristen Shaughnessy and Amanda Farinacci.

With it being primary day in New York, Shaughnessy, NY1 weekend anchor since 1995, was positioned in Brooklyn at the time (8:46 a.m.) of the first strike on the World Trade Center towers.

She thought it was incredulous, if not impossible, when the newsroom alerted her about the breaking news.

Shaughnessy and her live truck operator broke down the gear and headed for the Brooklyn Bridge, which was already closed, save for emergency vehicles. Fortunately, Shaughnessy had built a friendship with some of the firefighters.

“Follow us,” she was told. “So we were the only two vehicles on the bridge.”

As the second plane already hit the other building, they pulled over at City Hall and Shaughnessy continued on by foot to the towers.

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New York Stations Scramble to Cover Death of Osama Bin Laden

On a night that the world learned about the death of Osama Bin Laden, TV networks and New York City stations poured in special coverage.

The first word came in at 10:45 p.m. last night that President Obama would make a major announcement from the East Room of the White House. He actually was scheduled to speak to the nation at 10:30 p.m.

The major networks all hit the air.

At the same time, Fox 5/WNYW broke into Sports Extra with anchor Sharon Crowley telling the audience that President Obama would speak shortly. Waiting, Fox 5 returned its regularly scheduled programming. Following Sports Extra, Crowley did have an extended 10 minutes leading up to Fox News Channel’s simulcast at 11:10 p.m. (Ironically, FNC had the graphic as their standard–”Usama,” while previously he was “Osama” on WNYW.)

Meanwhile at WPIX, Jim Watkins informed viewers of the breaking news at approximately 10:50 p.m., moments after the networks took to the air.    
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Nielsen’s Sale Of THR, Billboard May Be Completed Soon|A Visual Of Declining Mag Ad Revenue|Letterman Mocks NY1|Newsday Picketed

The Wrap: Nielsen‘s sale of various publications, including The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard to James Finkelstein, whose family’s company News Communications Inc. owns the “Who’s Who” series, may be completed by Friday.

The Awl: A graph of magazine revenue over the last 10 years.

Gawker: David Letterman makes fun of NY1 reporters Roger Clark and Pat Kiernan.

Journal-isms: Newsday was picketed by people protesting the publication of a comic that mocked the idea of hate crimes.

Huffington Post: The Huffington Post‘s <a href="robhof.jpgtop game changers including top media game changer Sue Gardner of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Pat Kiernan to Read Newspapers to the Whole World

patkiernan_0.jpgSome things just make so much sense you have to wonder how come they took so long to come to fruition. To wit: Brian Stelter has a story in today’s Times about everyone’s favorite morning newspaper reader Pat Kiernan going national.

Kiernan is set to launch PatsPapers.com, “a pre- skimmed selection of articles from newspapers around the country. Working with part-time editors in Europe and a producer in New York, he will publish an e-mail digest and a webcast during the downtime in his NY1 shift.” Which all sort of begs the question: did Kiernan read this story out loud on NY1 this morning?

Pat Kiernan: The Original Media Blogger

20050823kiernan.jpgWe missed this last week, but felt it was worth a mention (and not just because he’s Canadian) since before there were blogs we depended on NY1′s Pat Kiernan to read us the morning paper (the NY Post’s headlines take on a new level of amusement via Kiernan’s “deadpan” rendering).

For “In the Papers,” Mr. Kiernan starts with The New York Times, the Daily News and the New York Post, which he calls the “core of the segment.” Then comes The Sun, which Mr. Kiernan says “clearly in the past few months ousted Newsday as the fourth-most-cited newspaper. That’s as much about The Sun as that what Newsday is doing is dishonest. They slap something about New York City on the front page — they’ve really given up…They do some good Albany reporting and things like that, so I won’t ignore it, but it’s tough to hold up the front page with some story from far out on Long Island. I look at The Observer and The Voice on Wednesday and make a decision based on what else I have and whether there’s time for a particular story.”

Torch-Passing, TVNewser Style

stelter_times_061207.jpgFor a couple hours, the back room at Michael’s was transformed into a television news executive bender, a happy hour in honor of our outgoing TVNewser, Brian Stelter [right], and incoming TVNewser, er, ‘Newsers: Chris Ariens, Diane Clehane, Alissa Kinsky and Philadelphia Inquirer TV columnist and Katie Couric nemesis Gail Shister.

Some of those who showed to fete Stelter and co.: Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, NBC News president Steve Capus, Joe Scarborough, MSNBC anchors Contessa Brewer (ED NOTE: Brewer has yet to visit Dan Abrams‘ party house in the Hamptons) and Amy Robach, Rita Cosby, Gil “Stanley Bing” Schwartz, CBS’ Jeff Greenfield, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and business correspondent Ali Velshi, MSNBC producer Tammy Haddad, NY1′s Pat Kiernan, former CBS honcho Andrew Heyward, BusinessWeek columnist (and husband to our multimillionaire boss) Jon Fine, Jeff Jarvis, CNN anchor John Roberts, Page Six‘s Corynne Steindler, well-rested Observer columnist Michael Calderone, CNBC senior VP Jonathan Wald, Inside Edition‘s Sarah Rubenstein, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici, HuffPo’s Rachel Sklar (whose date for the evening was 19-year-old CBS News intern Eric Kuhn), Broadcasting & Cable‘s Max Robins and Caroline Palmer (who, Robins says, is leaving B&C to become Vogue‘s Web editor), CNBC VP Josh Howard, Good Day New York host Ron Corning, Freud Communications’ Lisa Dallos, Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman and the omnipresent Julia Allison, who said she had been up since 5:00AM talking about Lindsay Lohan. Her take: “She should just kill herself already, before she kills someone else.”

Notable no-shows: Abrams, Katie, Charlie, Greta Van Susteren, Jon Stewart and Stelter supporter and former CNNer Aaron Brown.

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