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WNBC’s 5pm show renamed ‘New York Live’

WNBC is changing the name of its 5pm show from “LX New York” to “New York Live,” effective today.

LX New York debuted two years ago produced not by WNBC’s news department, but by the LX.TV group, which had been acquired by NBCUniversal in early 2008.

Jane Hanson and Sara Gore continue to host the lifestyle and entertainment program.

For decades, from 1980-2007, the 5pm timeslot on WNBC was home to “Live at Five,” an interview and lifestyle show which led off with news headlines. “Live at Five” had been been hosted by Matt Lauer and Jack Cafferty, and for its entirety by Sue Simmons and once included voice-overs from SNL announcer Don Pardo. But over the years, the show morphed into a traditional newscast, was canceled in 2007 and replaced by EXTRA at 5pm and later News 4 New York until LX New York came along in 2009.

“Our new name, New York Live, reflects what the show has become — all about the very best of New York everyday,” says Morgan Hertzan, General Manager, LX.TV.

The name change comes on the same day New York’s news leader WABC launches its 4pm newscast replacing “The Oprah Winfrey Show”

WTVD Readies 4 p.m. Newscast to Replace ‘Oprah’

WTVD is preparing to launch the first 4-5 p.m. newscast in the Raleigh market later this week, replacing Oprah when she signs off on Wednesday.

“We at ABC11 are proud and excited to take the lead in providing Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville and surrounding areas with a landmark in the region’s local news coverage, the first daily 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. newscast,” said John Idler, WTVD’s president and general manager, in announcing the new newscast.

The new 4 p.m. newscast will be anchored by Frances Scott and Fred Shropshire, both native North Carolinians. Shropshire joined WTVD in 2007 and has been working as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter. Scott currently anchors the 5 and 5:30 p.m. weekday newscasts. Meteorologist Chris Hohmann will also be on-hand.

The additional hour of news means that WTVD will now run a solid block of local news from 4 to 6:30, followed by “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.”

Mary Hart’s Final ‘Entertainment Tonight’

The season of lasts continues on TV. Tonight is Mary Hart‘s final “Entertainment Tonight.”

During the final show, which was taped yesterday, Hart was surprised by former co-hosts Bob Goen, Rob Weller, and John Tesh.

Hart, who has been with the show since 1982, will be replaced by former “Access Hollywood” host Nancy O’Dell, who is a former reporter at WPDE-TV in her native Myrtle Beach, later morning news anchor WCBD-TV in Charleston, before moving to Miami’s WTVJ where she was an anchor/reporter.

There was Katie Couric last night. Next week Oprah Winfrey signs off, and two weeks after that, Meredith Vieira says goodbye to “Today” viewers.

And while Hart has been with the show longest, she wasn’t there from the start. To the way-back YouTube machine!

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Oprah on Her Time at WJZ: ‘Humiliated,’ Embarrassed’ and ‘Sexually Harassed’

The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik has a fascinating 3,500-word piece on Oprah Winfrey‘s first job in TV news, at WJZ in Baltimore.

“I came to Baltimore when I was 22 years old. Drove my red Cutlass up from Nashville, Tennessee,” says Winfrey who in 1976, was hired as the co-anchor of 6pm newscast. Seven and a half months later, after a big promotional buildup, Oprah would experience what Zurawik calls her “first and worst failure of her TV career.”

“I was removed from the 6 pm. news exactly April 1, 1977,” Winfrey says. “The general manager called me upstairs, and I thought it was an April Fool’s joke when they told me, ‘We have bigger plans for you; we’re going to put you on the morning cut-ins.’” Read more

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