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WNBC Swaps Sibila Vargas, Shiba Russell

vargas russellWNBC, the NBC owned station in New York City, is swapping evening anchors. Beginning next month, Sibila Vargas (left) will replace Shiba Russell (right) on the 11 p.m. newscast.

A spokesperson for the NBC owned station confirms the news, which was first reported by FTVLive, to TunedIn’s Jerry Barmash. “As a matter of course, schedule changes routinely take place at local stations, and this is no different. Both Sibila and Shiba play important roles on our anchor team and will continue to do so,” the spokesperson said.

Vargas, a relative newcomer to WNBC, will anchor the 11 p.m. newscast alongside Chuck Scarborough. The changes will officially take place February 3.

Russell, who was promoted to evening anchor after Sue Simmons left in 2012, will continue to anchor the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Tom Llamas. She will also anchor the noon newscast, which was previously anchored by Vargas.

NYC Stations Prepare for Super Bowl

super bowl 2014TVNewsCheck takes a look at the preparations underway at New York City stations, for the Super Bowl. Fox owned WNYW will broadcast the game, which will be held at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on February 2.

“We try to prepare for every conceivable issue we could encounter,” says Fox-owned WNYW News Director Byron Harmon. “In the last six months we have been hammering away on this every day to make sure there are no surprises.”

Harmon, for instance, says WNYW meteorologists will have a big role in news coverage the week leading up to the NFL championship, much of which will be broadcast from the 14-block “Super Bowl Boulevard” that will be set up on Broadway through the heart of Times Square. The journalists and traffic reporters who will be covering other angles of the football frenzy will be prepared to switch gears should weather or any other event force them to, he says. Read more

New York Stations Cover One-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

hurricane sandyWith the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy around the corner, local stations in New York are producing special coverage looking back at the storm and its aftermath.

NY1 has been covering the upcoming anniversary throughout the week with a series of special reports. The channel will air hourlong specials on both Saturday and Sunday at 8pmET. “One on One with Budd Mishkin” will also focus on the storm and its aftermath on Monday.

CW affiliate WPIX has slated three specials on Hurricane Sandy. “The First 36 Hours,” a behind-the-scenes look at a WPIX news crew trapped in rising floodwaters in Queens, airs Friday at 10:30 p.m. On Sunday, WPIX will air “Hell and High Water: One Year Later,” a 30 minute special hosted by Scott Stanford and Tamsen Fadal. And on Tuesday, the storm’s anniversary, WPIX’s morning newscast will air “Still Standing: After Sandy,” with the entire morning newscast on location from the storm’s worst affected areas.

NBC owned WNBC launched a series of reports on the storm that have aired throughout the week on the 5 p.m. newscast. Michael Gargiulo, whose parents own a home in the hard-hit Breezy Point, Queens, will anchor a half-hour special at 7pmET on Saturday.

ABC owned WABC will produce an hourlong special at 4pmET on Tuesday, October 29. The program will look at what work has been completed and what is still ahead in the recovery process.

Fox owned WNYW will have special reports from throughout the region on Tuesday: Robert Moses from Seaside, N.J., Joel Waldman from Long Beach, Long Island, Stacey Delikat from Breezy Point and Kerry Drew from Staten Island.

WCBS has been airing a series of vignettes on the storm featuring the memories and reflections of its anchors and reporters throughout the week. The CBS O&O has extensive coverage planned from locations around the region Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

Former Miami, Cleveland Anchor John Hambrick Dies at 73

John Hambrick, a veteran local news anchor, died Tuesday from lung cancer. He was 73.

Hambrick was the primary anchor at WTVJ in Miami from 1985 to 1989. He would later join rival WCIX (now WFOR). Before moving to South Florida, he worked at local stations around the country including WNBC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, KRON in San Francisco, WEWS in Cleveland and WCPO in Cincinnati.

“John was a legend in this community,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan told the Miami Herald. “He set a standard that all of us in the local television industry strive to meet, simply because it makes us all better at what we do. John was larger than life — not surprising because he was a fellow Texan — but also due to his authoritative delivery and his commanding presence.”

Leaving Concession Speech, Anthony Weiner Flips Off WNBC Reporter

With his defeat in the New York mayoral primary yesterday, Anthony Weiner is done in the New York political arena, at least for now. Weiner, who has often been critical of the media throughout his five-month campaign, had one last message for the press last night after he delivered his concession speech: after getting into his waiting car, he directed a raised middle finger at WNBC reporter Shimon Prokupecz (pictured right, via Prokupecz’s Twitter feed).

The disgraced former Congressman, who resigned after a sexting scandal, ran from reporters into a neighboring McDonald’s before delivering his speech, Prokupecz reports. “Security pushed us away from him,” he tweeted.

What we want to know: how long before one of the networks signs Weiner as a political contributor?

Sibila Vargas Joins WNBC From KCBS

Sibila Vargas is joining WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York, as co-anchor of the noon and 6 p.m. newscasts. Vargas will anchor the noon alongside Rob Schmitt and the 6 p.m. alongside Chuck Scarborough.

Vargas moves to her native New York from Los Angeles, where she has been the early morning anchor at CBS owned KCBS since 2010. She will begin at WNBC in mid-October.

“We are pleased to have Sibila join the team and bring her strong reporting skills home to New York,” WNBC vice president of news Susan Sullivan said in a statement.

Vargas began her career at WPIX, the CW affiliate in New York City. She has worked as an anchor, producer and correspondent at CNN, as well as as an anchor at KRIV in Houston.

The announcement from WNBC is after the jump. Read more

Scott Stanford Joins WPIX From Rival WNBC

Scott Stanford is joining WPIX, Tribune Broadcasting’s CW affiliate in New York City. Stanford will co-anchor the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Tamsen Fadal beginning September 16.

It is a crosstown move for Stanford, who joins WPIX after four years as the weekend sports anchor at NBC owned WNBC. Stanford appeared on WNBC’s 11 p.m. newscast last night.

“I am impressed with Scott’s skills as a communicator, his ability to get to the essence of a story and his sports experience, which has proven he is quick on his feet,” WPIX news director Mark Effron said in a statement. “Just like our audience, Scott is a local guy who is passionate about this place we call home and I’m certain viewers will appreciate his candor and his personality.”

News of Stanford’s hire was first reported by TunedIn’s Jerry Barmash last week. More from WPIX after the jump. Read more

Eight Stations Nominated for News & Documentary Emmys

Eight local stations have been nominated for News and Documentary Emmys, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today. WBZ, WMAQ and WNBC were nominated for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Spot News category, and KING, KNXV, WABC, WTTG and WXYZ in Detroit were nominated for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Investigative Reporting category.

For Spot News, Boston CBS O&O WBZ was nominated for its coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn; NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago was nominated for coverage of the Chicago NATO protests; and NBC-owned WNBC in New York City was nominated for coverage of the shooting near the Empire State Building.

In the Investigative Reporting category, Seattle NBC affiliate KING was nominated for “Their Crime, Your Dime;” Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV was nominated for “Sheriff’s School of Abuse;” New York ABC O&O WABC was nominated for “Mace in Your Face?”; Washington, DC Fox O&O WTTG was nominated for “UDC;” and Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ was nominated for “Corruption in the County.”

The full list of nominees is after the jump. Read more

NBC Owned Station Group Promotes Meredith McGinn, Jeff Kurtz

The NBC Owned Television Stations have promoted Meredith McGinn to senior vice president of COZI TV Network and LX.TV Productions and Jeff Kurtz to senior vice president of digital media and multicast sales.

Both McGinn and Kurtz were previously vice presidents at the NBC Owned Television Stations. McGinn joined the group in 2011 and has led the development and launch of COZI TV, which is now available in 47.5 million homes. Before that, she was the director of news and content at WNBC in New York City.

“Over the last year-and-a-half, Meredith has done a tremendous job growing COZI TV from a concept into a successful network that is receiving great feedback from both viewers and affiliates,” Valari Staab, president of NBC Owned Television Stations, said in a statement. “This well-deserved promotion reflects COZI TV’s success to date as well as its exciting future under Meredith’s leadership.”

Kurtz began with the NBC Owned Television Stations last year. He has overseen sales-related activities for COZI TV, LX.TV Productions and the digital media and digital out of home platforms. Read more

Rob Schmitt Joins WNBC as Noon Anchor

Rob Schmitt is joining WNBC, the NBC owned station in New York City, as noon anchor and a general assignment reporter. Schmitt moves to New York after two years in Los Angeles, where he was the weekend anchor for CBS O&O KCBS.

Schmitt will take over for Tom Llamas on the noon newscast beginning July 15. Llamas will continue to co-anchor the 5 p.m. newscast alongside Shiba Russell, as well as take on an expanded role with the station’s investigative team.

“We are pleased to have Rob join the team and bring his reporting skills to the New York market,” WNBC vice president of news Susan Sullivan said in a statement.

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