“You know we love Dave Price. Dave wanted to do other things,” Scotto said at the top of this morning’s newscast. “Dave and I were friends before this, we’ll be friends after this, and we wish him well on his new venture.”
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There are changes coming to the morning and evening newscasts at WNYW, the Fox O&O in New York City. Our sister site FishbowlNY scoops that Greg Kelly (left) will be back on “Good Day New York” beginning tomorrow.
Kelly moved to the evening newscasts, anchoring alongside Dari Alexander, in July. He was replaced on “Good Day” by Dave Price, who re-joined the station to anchor the morning show with Rosanna Scotto.
Price asked to be let out of his contract, station sources say. His last day at WNYW was Thursday.
“I had a great experience returning to FOX 5 but it is time to look for opportunities outside WNYW. I love Rosanna and the gang and wish them all the best,” Price told TVSpy in a statement.
“We appreciate all of Dave’s contributions to ‘Good Day New York’ during his time with FOX 5 and we wish him success in his future endeavors,” WNYW VP-GM Lew Leone said.
Kelly co-hosted “Good Day” with Scotto for four years before moving to the evenings.
“We are excited to welcome Greg back to ‘Good Day.’ He has proven he has the versatility to anchor a primetime newscast and an unscripted morning show – a rare and valuable quality,” Leone said. “This, combined with his fun, spontaneous, and inquisitive style make him the perfect fit for this role.”
As Kelly moves back to mornings, Steve Lacy (right) who currently anchors the 4:30 to 7 a.m. hours, will move to evenings. Lacy, who joined WNYW in 2011 from WCVB in Boston, will anchor the 10 p.m. newscast with Alexander and the 6 p.m. newscast solo.
A spokesperson for WNYW said Antwan Lewis will anchor the early-morning newscasts until Lacy’s permanent replacement is named.
>Update: Kelly’s last evening newscast will be the 6 p.m. tonight. Lacy will anchor the 10 p.m.
Oops: WNYW anchor Dari Alexander apparently forgot to put her iPhone on silent before the New York Fox O&O’s 10 p.m. newscast on Friday (video above).
As our sister site FishbowlNY points out, Alexander and co-anchor Greg Kelly were seemingly unaware they were back from commercial when the phone rang. “I have no idea what’s going on here!” Alexander said as she fumbled with the phone.
In a recent segment on the divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Kelly and co-anchor Dari Alexander perched on the “Good Day New York” couch with entertainment reporter Julie Chang (video after the jump).
Price’s hire sets a cascade of changes to WNYW’s newscasts into motion. Greg Kelly (right), Scotto’s current co-anchor, will move to evenings, anchoring the 6 p.m. newscast solo and 10 p.m. newscast with Dari Alexander. Kelly replaces Ernie Anastos at 10 p.m. and Harry Martin at 6 p.m.
Anastos’ time at the anchor desk will be reduced, although the station will add more “Positively Ernie” specials to its lineup beginning later this year. He will remain in his current role on the 5 p.m. newscast. Martin will continue as an anchor on WNYW sister station WWOR, and will focus on political reporting ahead of the election, a WNYW spokesperson tells TVSpy. Read more
New York City stations devoted all resources this morning to coverage of the celebration parade for the New York Giants, who returned home yesterday after a big win in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI.
WNYW-WWOR‘s coverage kicked off at 1o a.m. with Dari Alexander, Ernie Anastos and sports director Russ Salzberg anchoring outside City Hall. Steve Lacy, Jill Nicolini and John Huddy were along the parade route. Read more
As journalists and TV viewers waited for Congressman Anthony Weiner to take the stage Monday afternoon at a scheduled press conference, many were shocked to see Andrew Breitbart, the man behind the website that had posted inappropriate photos of Weiner, standing at the podium.
So what led Breitbart, Public Enemy No. 1 of the Weiner camp, to take the stage in advance of the disgraced congressman?
On the Fox O&O’s 10 p.m. newscast last night, Schmidt said that Breitbart had flown into town for the press conference and reporters awaiting Weiner’s appearance began asking him questions, eventually urging him to stand at the podium.
“I’m looking for balance,” veteran WNYW anchor Ernie Anastos said recently, as he reflected on a long career that is to be honored this weekend with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the New York chapter of NATAS. “Let’s get some positive stories on the news as well.”
In an interview with Richard Huff of the Daily News, Anastos, who anchors WNYW’s 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Dari Alexander, says that it is his duty to change the popular perception of local news that is “you have to do something bad to get on the news.”
“I’ve heard it enough times to really feel that’s why I have to put some of these better stories on,” he said. “I’m the messenger. If I can bring better stories on the air–and working within the system–then I’m making a difference.”
“Sometimes, as we know in life, it takes time. If you want to do something, you have to start. I’m starting this process.”
Two New York stations are reassessing the role of sports in the evening newscast, leaving some to wonder what the future holds for local sports coverage around the country as stations look to cut costs while also differentiating themselves in their markets.
Fox-affiliate WNYW has recently squeezed sports to the very end of its 10 p.m. newscast. Anchors Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander wrap up their portion of the newscast before throwing it to the sports anchor, who closes the program.
CW-affiliate WPIX, which carries Mets games, has taken an even more aggressive stance on sports: the station is getting rid of its sports department altogether and relying on its news anchors to read scores and narrate a few highlights at the end of the 10 p.m. newscast.
“Our reality is when you really take a sober stock of who we are, we don’t have people tuning into us for sports,” WPIX news director Bill Carey told TVSpy sister site FishbowlNY. Read more at FishbowlNY
“Wow, she’s back,” anchor Dari Alexander marveled on Wednesday night before WNYW aired the second installment of its new “City Rant” segment starring Joann, an opinionated housewife from the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn (video above).
While the first segment found Joann complaining about a wide-ranging list of topics, from her freeloading sons to the strange things that her neighbors hang on their clothesline, the second segment is focused on Joann’s rising water bill.
Joann’s strong opinions and penchant for profanity may draw comparisons to Bravo’s “Real Housewives” but she wants viewers to know that she’s the real thing. All real.
“If you took all my clothes off, everything underneath is real. Unlike those ‘Real Housewives,’” Joann offered during the first spot. While Joann is entertaining in the way that the “Real Housewives” are entertaining, many wonder if it’s an appropriate addition to a newscast. Read more