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A Day in the Life of NY1′s Pat Kiernan

Business Insider takes a look at a day in the life of Pat Kiernan, who has anchored the morning newscast on Time Warner Cable News NY1 since 1997. His day begins shortly after 3 a.m. and doesn’t end until around 6 p.m.:

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After Climbing Mount Everest, WABC’s Diana Williams Reports on Avalanche From Katmandu

After climbing Mount Everest earlier this week, WABC anchor Diana Williams — who is now in Katmandu — is reporting on the massive avalanche for the ABC-owned station. The avalanche that swept the slopes has left 12 Sherpa guides dead and four more missing.

“It’s a terrible tragedy and I just feel for everybody who is up there,” she said. “It hurts everybody when something like this happens — all of the climbers are feeling it I know right now, and I know the Sherpa up there are just very devastated by this.” Watch:

‘Chasing New Jersey’ Recognized by NJ General Assembly for 200th Broadcast

wwor_304Chasing New Jersey, the news show for FOX owned MyNetworkTV affiliate WWOR, has been recognized by the New Jersey General Assembly for its 200th show.

Chasing New Jersey is renowned for its dedication to covering public events and breaking stories across the Garden State,” said the proclamation. “The strength, quality and success of journalism in New Jersey depend, in great measure, upon outstanding news and public affairs organizations, as exemplified by Chasing New Jersey.”

According to the FOX release, Chasing New Jersey is a news show “focusing on all things New Jersey, from interviews with local politicians and residents, to the issues driving conversations in the state.” It started airing in July 2013.

Chuck Carter Named Managing Editor at WPIX

wpix logoChuck Carter is joining WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City, as managing editor. He begins April 28 and will report to news director Mark Effron.

“Chuck is a seasoned broadcast news executive with a proven record of delivering ratings growth. I’m thrilled he is joining our team as we continue to develop PIX11 News,” Effron said in a statement.

Carter joins WPIX from WTIC, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Hartford. The move reunites him with general manager Rich Graziano, who joined WPIX from WTIC last year.

With the announcement of Carter’s hire, Amy Waldman and Sharon Van Zwieten are taking on new roles at WPIX. Waldman, who was named managing editor last year, will be the new senior executive producer for all newscasts. Van Zwieten, formerly the senior executive producer, will move into a news talent project management role, WPIX says.

More from WPIX after the jump. Read more

Local Morning Shows Beating Network Shows in Largest Markets

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The morning show battles aren’t just between ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today Show anymore. TVNewsCheck reports a smaller, leaner, local opponent has entered the arena.

In March, on FOX owned station WNYW “Good Day New York” beat GMA with a 1.425 rating among 25-54 year-olds compared to GMA’s 1.421. Chicago CW affiliate WGN and Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA also beat both GMA and Today in mornings by a larger margin.

Circling above New York on a frigid morning two weeks ago, WNYW’s helicopter spotted a lone surfer along the coast of Long Island and fed the images to the Fox O&O’s Good Day New York. As the surfer struggled to catch a wave, co-hosts Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto provided rather snarky commentary.

The next day, they featured the surfer, Doug Bard, on the four-hour morning show to learn about cold-weather surfing. They received a bar of Sex Wax (look it up) from him and Bard got a chance to do the weather in front of the green screen.

“In all these cases, the shows are anchored by extremely likeable, fun, accessible talent that isn’t afraid to make fun of themselves,” TV Guide Los Angeles Bureau Chief Michael Schneider told TVNewsCheck. “The anchors on these local shows just feel more real.” Read more

WPIX Hires Arnold Diaz For Newly-Formed Investigative Unit

arnold diazFormer WNYW consumer reporter Arnold Diaz is joining rival WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. Diaz will join Mary Murphy and Howard Thompson to round out a newly-formed investigative unit at WPIX.

The news comes on the heels of Fox-owned WNYW shuttering its consumer investigative unit — and getting rid of Diaz — in January.

“Howard and Mary have built their reputations on helping right wrongs. Now with the addition of Arnold Diaz, who has a storied career as an investigative consumer reporter, we strengthen PIX11’s goal of keeping our viewers informed,” WPIX news director Mark Effron said in a statement.

The investigative unit will be overseen by producer Noreen Lark. Diaz’s first official day at the station will be March 31.

More from WPIX after the jump. Read more

Boston Herald: Ratings to Blame For WBZ News Director’s Ouster

wbz logo copyThe Boston Herald is reporting ratings were to blame for the news director change at WBZ, the CBS owned station in Boston. John Verrilli had worked at the station’s news director since 2009 before departing yesterday:

When we asked one station insider why Verrilli was gone, the answer was simple: “Bad ratings.”

WBZ general manager Mark Lund met with staffers yesterday to break the news. Verrilli, who had been at ’BZ since 2009, will be replaced temporarily by assistant news director Sarah Burke until a permanent successor is named.

“We know ratings have been a challenge,” said one station snitch. “We have to get better.”

Chuck Scarborough Marks 40 Years at WNBC

Chuck Scarborough is celebrating his 40th anniversary at WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York. In an interview with NBCUniversal Direct, Scarborough reflects on his career path (from Biloxi to Atlanta to Boston to New York) and the most challenging moments of his career at WNBC.

“Frankly, I think the ability to stay here — that I’ve been blessed to be able to stay in this market — is so remarkable for this length of time. It doesn’t happen that people stay for 40 years in one job in television news,” Scarborough said. “…Mainly, I’m grateful that I was able to do it, that there was enough of an audience watching us for me to maintain that position throughout the years, and to be able to build a reservoir of credibility that helps me cover the news here.” Watch:

Elizabeth Kaledin Says Goodbye to NY1

elizabeth kaledinElizabeth Kaledin is leaving Time Warner Cable News NY1 to join the Central Park Conservancy, Capital New York’s Alex Weprin reports.

Kaledin is a longtime veteran of NY1 who was worked as a weekend anchor and reporter at the channel when it launched in 1992. She left in 1994 to join CBS News and rejoined NY1 as the 11 p.m. anchor in 2007.

Kaledin anchors alongside Lewis Dodley. After her departure, Dodley will continue to anchor the 11 p.m. newscast solo, Capital reports.

WNYW-WWOR Names New General Sales Manager

WNYW_304Rita Marcocci has been named VP and general sales manager for New York FOX owned stations WNYW-WWOR.

Marcocci held the same position for FOX’s owned stations in Chicago WFLD and WPWR. She has also worked as VP and GSM for FOX station sales in New York.

“We are excited to have Rita return to the New York duopoly, where she was a sales manager from 2008-2011,” Nick Gardner, VP and director of sales said in a statement. “She did an incredible job as a sales manager at our stations and has continued to succeed. I feel very lucky to have this opportunity to work with Rita again.”

WNYW recently named new local and national sales managers.

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