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New York Outlets Poised to Cover Second Obama Inauguration

2009 swearing in for President Obama (with First Lady Michelle).

While the historic magnitude of 2009 is not present this time, everyone still likes a good inauguration. As is dictated by the Constitution, President Obama will take the Oath of Office on January 20th to officially start his second term. But since it falls on Sunday, the White House will hold the traditional pomp and circumstance Monday. Coverage will be found on many New York stations.

1010 WINS will use the resources of its network personnel, while also having a reporter available from D.C.’s All-News WNEW-FM.

WCBS 880 will have a presence at the nation’s capital—Marla Diamond. Her reports start this weekend. Additionally, WCBS will carry the Oath, the president’s address, and ceremony live Monday.

WCBS-TV Reporter Carolyn Gusoff Tells Story of Horrific Long Island Kidnapping 20 Years Later

It was a sensationalized story that captivated the nation and it happened in our backyard.

Katie Beers was 10-year-old in late 1992 when a family acquaintance abducted her from his Bay Shore, New York home. For more than two weeks, Beers was chained in nothing more than a coffin size box.

Those who recall the story, recall the outrage attached to it.

Now WCBS/Channel 2 Long Island reporter Carolyn Gusoff has co-authored a book with Beers, describing in detail the ugly ordeal that the young girl endured.

Gusoff, first floated the idea in 2008, but on a much smaller scale. At the time, Sal Inghilleri, convicted in 1994 for sexually abusing Beers, was back in court. It triggered Gusoff to think of Beers finally telling about her ordeal.

“So I tracked her down, which was no easy task,” Gusoff tells FishbowlNY. “She had been shrouded in secrecy and anonymity for years.”

But the plucky reporter used her sources to eventually find Beers’ foster parents. They shot down any exclusive interview for local news (Gusoff was at WNBC then). Rather than submit her story for a two-minute TV story, Beers was determined to have it told in book form.

“I volunteered. It was a story that was close to my heart that I covered 20 years ago,” Gusoff says. “I just felt, ‘Who knows this case better than I do?’”

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Hardly a Good Day , Rosanna Scotto Leaves Early with the Flu

No one is ammune to the flu. From Hollywood, where Golden Globe winners Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence were still feeling the effects, to New York, where the epidemic went to war with an anchor.

Fox 5′s Rosanna Scotto was the ultimate trouper yesterday. The Good Day New York co-anchor showed up for work despite clearly in a “flu fog.”

Scotto, who was congested and weakened, told her on-air partner Dave Price that she already had a flu shot.

“It isn’t doing it. You’ve got an IV of tea,” Price said.

Scotto said she rested all weekend in an effort to give it the “college try.” However, seeing her struggle to deliver the news, while spreading germs to others, Price encouraged Scotto to leave early.

He was going to ask New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, a guest in the 8 a.m. hour, if Scotto was healthy enough to stay.

“You need to promise us, if he says you should go home, you go home and get better,” Price said.

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Playoff Football Outscores Rockin’ Eve for Ratings Supremacy

The first rating survey of 2013 continues to highlight the popularity of the NFL. No Jets or Giants in the playoffs, but the Wild Card action still won the week. Fox had the top spot for its playoff match Sunday evening between Seattle and Washington. The game had an estimated 2.1 million WNYW viewers and an 11 rating, according to Nielsen. The Fox playoff post-game show settled for number six (1.1 million/5.7).

NBC’s Wild Card nightcap, the Week 17 rematch between Green Bay and Minnesota, took second place with 1.4 million viewers and a 7.3 rating. NBC’s studio portion bridging the playoff double header tied for fourth (1.3 million/6.8).

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ’13 with Ryan Seacrest had a strong showing at number three. Seacrest’s first year as complete host of the holiday tradition netted 1.3 million WABC viewers and a 7.0.

A special two-hour retrospective of Clark was 11th for the week (833,000/4.2).

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WPIX Sees Strong Gains in Morning and Evening Newscasts for 2012

The numbers don’t lie! WPIX enjoyed a successful 2012. In year-to-year figures released by the Tribune-owned company, Channel 11 bested its rivals at WNYW and WCBS in the crowded 4 a.m. competition, while tying WABC in that early broadcast.

Equally as impressive, when the local morning shows switch to the network, WPIX has reason to pump its chest, defeating CBS This Morning.

WPIX was the only station to record gains in every hour of the elongated morning newscasts, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Drilling down in the early morning news, from December 2011 to December 2012, Channel 11 delivered double and triple digit percentage growth in the “advertising-friendly” adults 25 to 54. In the 4 a.m. hour, the PIX11 Morning News saw a 100 percent increase from 2011 to 2012. In the 5 a.m. hour, the Morning News saw a 33 percent increase year to year, while the 6 a.m. hour, WPIX increased by 20 percent.  But, the good vibrations don’t stop there for Channel 11, with another 33 percent bounce in the 7 a.m. hour.

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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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Gearing Up for 3rd Annual Barmash Awards with Reader’s Choice Vote

We’re putting the final touches on the Barmash Awards, spotlighting the best TV news personalities in New York. Once again you can take part with our Reader’s Choice poll question.

This year’s Barmash Awards Reader’s Choice poll asks: Who is the best nighttime anchor team?

You can see after the jump, there are five choices, with an option to “write-in” others not listed.

The poll closes Friday, December 21 at noon.

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Giants Run Roughshod Wins Weekly Ratings

As the Giants position themselves for another Super Bowl run, a rout of the Saints proved to be a ratings winner Sunday. The Fox game was tops for the week with an estimated 2.2 million WNYW viewers and a 11.4 rating, according to Nielsen.

Fox’s post-game, wrap-up show The OT kept enough viewers to solidify number two with 1.3 million fans and a 6.6.

The Giants also took the third slot, showing up on ESPN’s Monday Night Football (1.1 million/6.0) in the NFL’s previous week.

Not to be outdone, NBC got a piece of the New York audience with the Lions and Packers NFC North tilt in fifth place (904,000/4.6).

CBS had its first entry at number four with Big Bang Theory (961,000/4.9).

We’re not sure if the Giants’ monster numbers were a factor as the lead-in, but it was rarity for The Simpsons landing at number six (887,000/4.5).

The Fox mainstay was joined at six by another Sunday tradition, 60 Minutes (886,000/4.5).

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Staying ‘Positive,’ Ernie Anastos Expands His New Show

Whether you know Ernie Anastos from his anchoring, met him once at an appearance, or are a longtime acquaintance, you would know that having a positive outlook could be described as his “M.O.”

That character trait has served Anastos well in the dog-eat-dog business of TV news for more than 35 years. Anastos needed all of his inner-strength in 2012, as we’ve well documented, when he was lifted from the 10 p.m. newscast on WNYW. It marked the legendary anchor’s first time being cut from his station’s late news since arriving here in 1978.

But ever-positive, the multiple Emmy Award recipiant has forged ahead. Anastos, who still anchors the 5 p.m. with Dari Alexander, is putting more focus on his pet project, Positively Ernie. You’ve seen Anastos’ show as a number of specials that began in May 2011. Now, it’s a regular part of the Channel 5 lineup, 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. He began a month-long series last weekend.

“I am working on putting the program back on for a 13-week cycle starting next March with sponsor commitments,” Anastos tells FishbowlNY. “So far, GOYA Foods, Con Edison and Red Apple/Gristedes Supermarkets have given the show great advertising support.”

Anastos, who is also a gifted movitational speaker, knows how to tap into the ways to enrich and enhance people’s lives. One feature each week is with regular guest Dr. Mehmet Oz. In a typical episode, he’d discuss how to improve health and lifestyle for the whole family, or share some secrets of setting goals for living better and longer.

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Dancing Edges Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting as Most Watched Prime Time Show

Holiday regalia is full steam ahead! Office parties are the norm. And another seasonal mainstay is NBC’s tradition of the Christmas tree lightning at home base–Rockefeller Plaza.

The holiday favorite brought throngs in the Christmas spirit to Midtown, and millions to their seats. The show tied for second, according to Nielsen, with an estimated 1.4 million viewers tuned in to WNBC, and a 7.2 rating.

The final 15 minutes of CBS’ NFL coverage also nailed down number two for the week.

But standing atop all others was ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. The celebrity competition had the top spot with last week’s result show (1.4 million/7.4).  Performance night “settled” for fifth place (1.2 million/6.2).

CBS’ 60 Minutes found a home at number four (1.2 million/6.3).

There’s more from the Top 10 after the jump.

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