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Here are the 4th Annual Barmash Awards

Eyewitness News TeamThe holiday season isn’t over until we hand out the Barmash Awards. Our 4th annual list highlights the best TV news personalities of 2013 in New York.

The category of Best Anchor–a competitive group, to be sure. But our choice is WABC/Channel 7’s Bill Ritter. He is the most confident and has the best chemistry with his co-anchors.

Honorable Mention: WNBC’s David Ushery and WCBS’s Cindy Hsu. We didn’t make a separate anchor category for the weekenders. But Ushery and Hsu are no “second-class citizens,” holding their own with their weekday brethren.

Ushery and Hsu have many years of anchoring experience, and both have been passed over for a larger presence during the week. Ushery, though, has been a main fill-in for venerable Chuck Scarborough.  Plus, this election season, he was the host of WNBC’s debate programming.

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And the Winner Is…

Scott_StanfordWe’re about to turn the page on 2013. But before we do, it’s time to reveal the top media moments of the year.

It was a tight race, but Scott Stanford pulled away as your choice for outstanding New York media moment.

Stanford, who successfully made the switch from sports at WNBC to news anchor on WPIX, received 25 percent of the vote.

WWOR/Channel 9 dropping its nightly newscast was TunedIn readers number two pick with 19 percent of the vote.

The Rob Morrison saga, resigning from WCBS/Channel 2 following an alleged domestic violence issue was third, taking 15 percent.

WFAN ends its long relationship with the New York Mets was fourth with 11 percent of vote.

We got a handful of “write-ins,” including one person writing “The New York news landscape without Stan Brooks.” The WINS iconic reporter died earlier this month at 86.

Now let the best of 2014 begin, and Happy New Year!

What Was the Most Memorable Media Moment of 2013?

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Is Scott Stanford your pick for top media moment of 2013?

The clock is about to strike midnight on 2013. That means it’s time go down memory lane for the Best Moments of the Year. Good or bad, there were several standout moments representing the media landscape in New York.

Among them,

  • Rob Morrison was under media scrutiny for allegedly choking his wife, Ashley, in February. Within days of the incident, Rob was officially gone from his morning anchoring duties at WCBS-TV.
  • Greg Kelly, however, was welcomed back to mornings, as co-anchor of WNYW’s Good Day New York. Kelly spent six short months as the station’s lead anchor at night. The failed experiment caused a “do-over” in January, re-teaming the popular Kelly with Rosanna Scotto.
  • WPIX made some waves by hiring sportscaster Scott Stanford as a news anchor.
  • No need for a news anchor at WWOR. The Fox affiliate pulled the plug on the Ten O’Clock News and any semblance of a news department. Continue reading

WCBS 880, WNBC Grab Three Murrow Awards

WCBS-880-logo smallBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards for more than 40 years. This year WCBS 880 takes three trophies back to Hudson Street.

WCBS, in the large market category, is part of the region that also includes New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

WCBS won the two big awards–Overall Excellence and Best Newscast. That honor was bestowed upon the station for its coverage the morning after Superstorm Sandy. The WCBS news team also earned the prestigious prize for The Fury of Sandy.

“We know how much sacrifice and commitment it took to carry our coverage through the storm and its aftermath,” WCBS 880 news director Tim Scheld said in a memo to staffers.  “We didn’t do it for the awards, we did it because that’s what we do.”

WNYC-FM won the Best News Documentary category, while Bloomberg Radio/WBBR was victorious in the Best News Series.

WINS’ John Montone was named winner in the Best Use of Sound/Video category for his Mouth Off To Montone segment.

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WCBS 880 Wins Seven New York Press Club Awards; New York Times Grabs Six

WCBS-880-logo smallBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

The New York Press Club presents its annual journalism awards tonight in Manhattan. The winners were already informed. WCBS-AM won for its coverage of Superstorm Sandy and the tragedy in Newtown. The all-newser also was awarded a trophy for its Eye on Politics segment hosted by Steve Scott, one of the Press Club’s re-elected officers. In addition, the station was recognized for its breaking news coverage of the Empire State Building shooting.

Among The New York Times winners, reporter Walt Bogdanich was the recipient of the Gold Keyboard for Investigative Journalism.

The Press Club created 21 special awards to honor Hurricane Sandy coverage. NY1 and The New York Times were among the winners.

WABC’s Matt Kozar won for spot news coverage, while WNBC’s videographer-extraordinaire Michael DelGuidice took the prize for spots news video category.

Bloomberg Radio/TV was honored with multiple awards for 2013.

Robin Roberts, CBS News, Lorne Michaels Among 2013 Peabody Award Winners

photo (11)By JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Excellence in electronic media was on display at the Peabody Awards ceremony. The 72nd annual awards brought out some of the biggest names from television.

Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts was honored for an ABC News program documenting her rare disease.

Roberts tells Tuned In that her decision to go public wasn’t taken lightly.

“I can’t have any regrets when I know how many more people are now registered to be bone marrow donors,” Roberts admits.

Less dramatic, but equally as worthy, HBO’s Game Change was recognized. The pay-cable movie was the story of 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Director Jay Roach says picking the right person to play the starring role was pivotal to the success.

“There was a lot of expectations about who would play her because Tina Fey had done such an incredible job in a certain version of interpreting her,” Roach tells Tuned In. “That wasn’t the version we were looking for.”

So Roach, who has directed several big screen comedies including Meet the Parents, began a search for the perfect Palin.

“We wanted to find someone who could be compelling, strong, as charismatic as Sarah Palin. But also could play it with the kind of depth you would need to make her a real person,” Roach says.

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