As for the idea of launching himself into a larger sports presence at CBS, Wragge says it’s not his decision. “It’s totally up to them,” Wragge says. “I’ll do as much as my bosses will allow me to do.”
Wragge, who was hired in 2004 as lead sports anchor when Warner Wolf was shown the door, says today the “password” is versatility.
“It’s a lot more prevalent now than let’s say it was 10 years ago,” Wragge admits. “I think a lot of these networks and a lot of these places are looking for people that can do a multitude of things … If I have to wear that sports hat a little bit, I can do that. I can jump right back into news and neither is compromised.”
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As a jet carrying the space shuttle Enterprise touched down today at JFK airport around 11:21 a.m. ET, every major news station in New York was carrying live coverage of its arrival.
Beginning at 10:30 a.m., WABC, WCBS, WNBC, and WNYW cut into their regularly scheduled programming to bring live coverage of the shuttle’s entry into New York City. On a windy day in which news helicopters were grounded, there was a noticeable split in how the stations covered the event: WABC and WCBS had multiple reporters in the field and the stations highlighted their team coverage, while WNBC and WNYW relied more heavily on the personalities in their respective studios. Read more
CBS has officially taken ownership of WLNY and launched a three-phase transition that will result in new newscasts and high definition programming at Long Island station.
As part of the merger with WCBS, the CBS O&O in New York City, Betty Ellen Berlamino has been named vice president and station manager of WLNY. She is a former general manager of WPIX, the CW-affiliate in New York.
- Related, FishbowlNY: WCBS Unveils Plans for WLNY with New Morning and Primetime Newscasts
“It’s up to Peter and David. I am strictly at their mercy,” Wragge told FishbowlNY on Tuesday, talking about his return to WCBS where Maurice DuBois is now top anchor. “I’m just going to do whatever the hell they want me to do.”
Wragge has been co-anchoring WCBS’s 6 p.m. newscast since the beginning of September, in addition to appearing on “The Early Show,” but his role on the morning show will significantly decrease January 9th as Charlie Rose and Gayle King take over.
Wragge says he plans to come back to “The Early Show” at some point, though: “I’m being benched for a little while, but there is a second half.” Read more at FishbowlNY
Wragge made the move to “The Early Show” from WCBS last December in the last major talent overhaul at the CBS News morning show. In August, it was announced that Wragge would return to the CBS owned-and-operated station as the 6 p.m. anchor.
“CBS has been my home since 2004 and will be for the foreseeable future in whatever capacity they want,” Wragge told the New York Times. “I am loyal and grateful to CBS.”
An official announcement is expected Tuesday, according to TVNewser. Read more at TVNewser
On Thursday, “Early Show” anchor Chris Wragge spoke with local political reporters from three CBS-affiliates, asking them for insight on how Obama’s jobs plan is being received in the states where the President has recently visited.
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In a move that was announced last month, Chris Wragge returned to the WCBS anchor desk on Tuesday night, where he is co-anchoring the CBS O&O’s weeknight 6 p.m. newscast for the time being in addition to hosting “The Early Show.”
Although Wragge’s return represents a significant shakeup to the station’s on-air roster, WCBS was reserved in welcoming him back during last night’s newscast. As FishbowlNY points out, there was no mention of Wragge’s return until the veteran anchor referred to it himself in throwing to Otis Livingston‘s sports segment.
“My first night back, you going to lead with the Giants?” Wragge, an apparent football fan, joked with Livingston.
Chris Wragge may not officially return to WCBS until September 6, but the former — and future — evening anchor was back on the air on the CBS O&O this weekend, reporting on Hurricane Irene from WCBS’s mobile unit across the tri-state area.
A WCBS spokesman confirmed to TVSpy that this weekend was Wragge’s first appearance on the station since the announcement he would return to the CBS O&O two weeks ago. Wragge did live shots approximately once an hour during the daytime coverage on both Saturday and Sunday. He is slated to take over as the station’s 6 p.m. weekday anchor, alongside Dana Tyler, next week.
For more on the wall-to-wall coverage New York City stations provided on Hurricane Irene this weekend, visit FishbowlNY.
As we told you this morning, CBS anchor Chris Wragge is headed back to local television after just a short hiatus from WCBS. Our sister site, TVNewser, talked to “The Early Show” anchor about national news, local news and his ability to straddle the line between the two:
TVNewser: How do you feel about this?
Wragge: Oh my God. Amazing. The added workload is going to be great. (laughs) Look I wouldn’t have agreed to it if I didn’t want to do it. These guys (at “The Early Show”) are my family now, but I also had a great family in local, with (WCBS execs) Peter Dunn and David Friend. The opportunity presented itself. I’m doing the 6 so it’s a little bit easier than before when I was doing the 5 and staying to do the 11.
TVNewser: How did it come about and when? Read more
In a press release, WCBS president and general manager Peter Dunn said that Wragge would continue his “day job” at “The Early Show”–at least for the time being.
“We are very happy to welcome Chris back to CBS 2,” Dunn said. “It’s great that we have been able to work out an arrangement with our colleagues at CBS News that will allow Chris to resume working for both our station and the network in a way that benefits all of us. We look forward to having him continue to be a valuable and versatile member of our team.” Read more
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