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WNBC’s Tom Llamas Shifts to Reporting

Tom Llamas, who joined WNBC New York from Miami’s NBC6 in 2009, is moving on from the noon news telecast to take on more reporting duties. Tuned In (edited by former FishbowlNY co-editor and all around good guy, Jerry Barmash) reports that Llamas had been in talks with WNBC for months about landing him a bigger role with I Team, the station’s investigative unit.

“I don’t know if any other television journalist on the planet has that type of opportunity,” Llamas told Tuned In. “So I’m really looking forward to it.”

Taking Llamas’ spot as a noon co-anchor will be Rob Schmitt, who joins WNBC from LA’s KCBS/KCAL.

Llamas will continue to co-anchor the 5 pm news telecast.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

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.

MSG Network Tops the List with 2013 Emmy Nominations

Looking to add to their totals: WCBS colleagues Lonnie Quinn and Chris Wragge show off Emmy gold at 2012 event

Award season is in full swing! It culminates with the Oscars later this month. But not so fast. The New York Emmy Awards announced its nominations today.

MSG Network leads the pack with 67 nominations. WNBC has the most among over-the-air outlets with 58 nominations.

There are dozens of award categories and here’s a brief rundown…

WCBS’ Chris Wragge, a multiple winner, has been nominated for Best Evening Newscast (under 35 minutes). He was tapped for anchoring the East River helicopter crash in October, 2011. He also received three other nominations, including coverage of a sportscast/series for the Giants Road to Super Bowl 46. He is also a nominee for the prestigious Best Anchor.

Among those joining Wragge in that category are WABC weekend morning anchor Phil Lipof, Tom Llamas of WNBC, and Sukanya Krishnan from WPIX.

Veteran WNBC anchor Chuck Scarborough is in the running for the News Special category, hosting a 9/11 10th anniversary broadcast.

Scarborough’s new nighttime partner, Shiba Russell got a couple of nominations for her 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. anchoring.

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WCBS Brings in “A” Team for Hurricane Sandy Coverage

Hurricane Sandy is churning in the Atlantic, and approaching New York. Preparations for the serious storm have caused the area TV stations to cover the impending destruction.

Most of the city stations took Mayor Bloomberg’s briefings live and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie‘s comments. WCBS/Channel 2 left wall-to-wall mode at 1 p.m. to join the New York Jets game. However, sister station WLNY TV 10/55, anchored by Cindy Hsu, broke into the Munsters Marathon for the latest Christie press conference.

Channel 2, though, was first to bring in the main team. At halftime of the Jets game, viewers got another sense of the severity as Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson assumed the coverage with Lonnie Quinn tracking the potentially deadly storm.

“I’ll be with you all night, guys,” Quinn said.

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New York Reporters Hunker Down in New Orleans for Hurricane Isaac

Seven years ago today, after nearly being swallowed up by Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans area is being assaulted by Hurricane Isaac and New York reporters are on the scene.

WNBC/Channel 4 anchor Tom Llamas reported live from New Orleans during last night’s 11 p.m. newscast with Chuck Scarborough and Shiba Russell as the storm was about to make landfall.

WABC/Channel 7 had the only other local presence in the Big Easy. Reporter Jim Dolan also handled the impending fury at 11 p.m. with David Navarro (in for Bill Ritter at the Republican National Convention) and Sade Baderinwa at the anchor desk.

At WCBS/Channel 2, Drew Levinson reported live with Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson. Levinson, though, is a national correspondent for CBS Newspath, an affiliate news service.

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene hitting our area.

WNBC Names Shiba Russell as Sue Simmons’ Replacement at 11 p.m.

In what’s regarded as the worst kept secret, WNBC/Channel 4 has assigned the 11 p.m. newscast to Shiba Russell. She succeeds Sue Simmons, who departed the station last week after 32 years.

Russell, hired by Channel 4 in early 2011, has been on the fast track to Simmons’ slot ever since. From the beginning, Russell was the main fill-in for Simmons along side Chuck Scarborough.

Scarborough, who recently received a three-year extension at WNBC, remains the sole anchor at 6 p.m.

This represents an expansion of Russell’s responsibilities, already the co-anchor at noon and 5 p.m. with Tom Llamas.

Update: “I am thrilled and honored to work with the talented 11 p.m. news team including the legendary Chuck Scarborough,” Russell tells FishbowlNY.  “I look forward to having the opportunity to continue to deliver the important news of the day to the viewers in the NY tri-state area; my home market.”

Our sister site TVSpy has more on the Russell story.

WCBS/Channel 2 Takes Top Honor at New York Emmys; MSG and WNBC Lead Way in Trophies Won

WCBS' Lonnie Quinn and Chris Wragge accompanied by their new Emmys.

The best and brightest on the New York TV scene were on display last night at the 55th annual local Emmy Awards. FishbowlNY was on hand for the  four-hour awards ceremony at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

The biggest winner was MSG with 14 trophies, while WNBC/Channel 4 led all over-the-air outlets with 11 Emmys.

WCBS/Channel 2 took home the top prize of Best Evening Newscast–Over 35 Minutes–for its Hurricane Irene Aftermath. Anchors Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson were not there to accept their statuettes, but weathercaster Lonnie Quinn was in attendance.

Quinn already was selected Best On-Camera Weather Anchor, and colleague Chris Wragge was back at the podium as Best News Anchor. A one-time personal trainer, Wragge rushed back to Manhattan after competing in a Miami triathlon earlier in the day.

“This morning I knew my only shot of winning anything was coming to these Emmys,” Wragge deadpanned.

WABC cornered the market in the morning and daytime newscast categories. The on-air team of anchors Ken Rosato and Lori Stokes, meteorologist Bill Evans won for Eyewitness News This Morning and the noon broadcast following the Death of Osama bin Laden.

Telemundo WNJU/Channel 47 won the Best Newscast Under 35 Minutes.

More results from last night’s Emmys after the jump

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WNBC Seeing Green, Provides Coverage of Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

WNBC is set for live coverage of the 251st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Channel 4 has four hours of parade festivities Saturday, as participants travel along Fifth Avenue to 86th Street.

This year’s hosts include Tommy Smyth, ESPN’s renowned soccer analyst and commentator, Treasa Smyth, host of Ireland Calls and Chris Cahill, executive director/Institute of American Irish Studies at Pace University, and New York Live‘s Jane HansonTom Llamas, who co-anchors the noon and 5 p.m. newscasts, will interview dignitaries along the parade route.

Serving as Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Francis X. Comerford, chief revenue officer and president of commercial operations for the NBC Owned Television Stations.

WNBC will stream the parade live , and it will also be available on mobile devices at nbcnewyork.com.

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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WNBC/Channel 4 Brings Noon Newscast Back to Viewers

WNBC/Channel 4 is in Back to the Future mode lately. First, the station returned to its news roots at 5 p.m. in September. Now, WNBC is taking another step forward by bringing viewers a touch of the past– a noon newscast.

Shiba Russell and Tom Llamas, already showing instant on-air chemistry as the 5 p.m. anchors, have been tapped for the 30-minute midday report as well.

Russell confirmed the announcement on her Twitter page last night. She says it takes effect immediately.

Perhaps the best part of the noon news returning is that it brings down the curtain on The Rundown, a program masqueraded as a newscast. As FishbowlNY reported in July, the mostly taped program featured “an amalgam of quasi debate and retread stories from the night before.”

Fortunately, in most instances when there was breaking news, WNBC yanked the taped Rundown for the live updates. For example, with the Occupy Wall Street’s Day of Action yesterday, Russell and Llamas were at the desk for the special noon report.

WCBS/Channel 2 and WABC/Channel 7 have been mainstays in the lunchtime newscast race.

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