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Scott Stanford Returns to WPIX Sports Desk

It’s dizzying at WPIX as Scott Stanford is heading back to sports. Stanford, who just won an Emmy for Sports Anchor, is taken off news for the second time at PIX.

Last week Channel 11 terminated Sukanya Krishnan faster than expected when she refused to promote new morning anchor Betty Nguyen on her Facebook page.

With Krishnan’s exit, station honchos led by news director Amy Waldman opted for a fresh start in the AM.

Stanford joined WPIX in 2013 after serving as Bruce Beck‘s sports backup. Stanford parlayed some news anchoring opportunities at WNBC into co-anchor duties with Tamsen Fadal. However, within nine months, Stanford lost his news gig and settled into first his sports role at PIX.

But Stanford had another chance to explore news, this time alongside Krishnan on the morning news.

For all that bouncing and becoming a yo-yo, not to mention confusion for viewers, Stanford just keeps on rolling along (I can hear him singing it now)!

If you’re wondering what happens to Andy Adler, sources say the ball’s in her court whether to return to weekend sports anchoring. She and Stanford would also host Mets and Yankees pre- and post-game shows and other sports features.

Adler just announced her engagement to Doug Ellin, the 49-year-old creator of Entourage.

As for Nguyen’s new co-anchor, we’re told the station is searching for candidates with reporter Dan Mannarino (who is covering the terrorist attack in Manchester) as a possibility.

Mannarino’s one anchor stint at Channel 11 wasn’t the most memorable other than its length, lasting just a few weekends with the venerable Kaity Tong.

But as we see at PIX, everything is new again.

Breaking: Mark Effron Fired at WPIX

PIX11_LogoTo say it was a tumultuous tenure would be an understatement. Mark Effron has been shown the door at WPIX, Tuned In has learned. We’re told Effron exited the building on East 42nd Street for the final time Wednesday at 2 p.m. He was named news director of the Tribune O&O in April 2013.

Katherine Green, Tribune’s Senior VP of News, alerted staffers in-person about Effron’s departure. Although nothing official, Amy Waldman as the second in command becomes interim news director.

It was an internal struggle as rumors persisted that Effron’s days were dwindling. Ratings were not seeing much improvement, despite Channel 11 pumping its chest about the recent July sweeps period. The station has picked up some viewers at 5 p.m., but hardly able to make a made a dent in the morning news wars or at 10 p.m. against WNYW/Channel 5.

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Exclusive: Attacked WINS Anchor Says He ‘Would Not Have Survived’ Without Neighbors’ Intervention

brian-carey22Brian Carey is opening up about the incident last week that put him in the hospital. The WINS afternoon anchor gives Tuned In exclusive first comments about the beating.

As we reported, Carey was pounded into unconsciousness at his Upper East Side apartment. Carey was in the ICU with a broken jaw and eye socket.

Related: WINS Anchor Victim of Brutal Attack

More details emerged. The Daily News says Carey’s attacker was a homeless man who the anchor had befriended; The New York Post took it a step further reporting from a “police source” that Carey had a sexual relationship with the homeless man.

Carey, though, shoots down that story from his hospital bed.

“The account in the Post about my attacker’s relationship to me was totally inaccurate and hurtful,” Carey tells Tuned In.

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WINS Anchor Reportedly Attacked by Homeless Man Whom He Befriended

brian-carey22The case of who beat WINS anchorman Brian Carey, sending him to the hospital with serious injuries, has taken a bizarre turn.

We previously reported that Carey was an acquaintance of his attacker. Now there are apparently more details. That friend is actually a homeless man, who was spending time at Carey’s Upper East Side apartment, according to the Daily News.

The suspect whose name wasn’t released, reportedly was arrested once for assault. The report says the man visited Carey Monday night when the anchor asked him to get food for them at a local store.

Upon his return, the homeless man reportedly snapped. He started to argue with his radio friend leading to Carey suffering a broken jaw and a fractured eye socket.

Carey was found semiconscious in the building’s lobby.

He remains in an area hospital. Tuned In has learned that Carey is able to speak and is in good spirits.

Photo: 1010wins.com

WABC’s Bill Evans and Wife Charged with Assault in Domestic Violence Incident

220px-Bill_Evans,_meteorologist_croppedBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Here we go again! Bill Evans is the latest TV news personality to join the annals of tabloid fodder.

Evans, the veteran WABC-TV weatherman, and his wife Dana were charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

The arrest involves an incident on May 4 at the Evans’ Old Greenwich, CT home.

His attorney Philip Russell said in the statement:
“Bill and Dana are presently going through a difficult divorce. Our understanding is that on May 20, more than two weeks after an argument, Dana was advised by her divorce attorneys to file the complaint which led to the police investigation.”

FTV Live reports that Dana Evans spoke about the allegations in counseling, at which time it was suggested that she file a police report.

Bill Evans, 52, is the Channel 7 morning weather anchor. With the station since 1989, Evans is referred to as “Senior Meteorologist.”

WABC had no comment “on personal matters involving our employees. We are reviewing the situation and have no further comment at this time.”

While the station is assuming a low profile, weather meteorologists Amy Freeze and Jeff Smith have picked up the slack in Evans’ absence.

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WPIX Gives Royal Treatment to Prince Harry in New Jersey

HArryBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

It’s good to be the king! OK, maybe the Mel Brooks line is a bit strong. But it was all about WPIX this morning with a special 10 minutes of coverage as Prince Harry toured Seaside Heights, New Jersey with Governor Christie.

At 11 a.m. WPIX pre-empted Jerry Springer for morning anchors Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera. Reporter Ann Mercogliano exuberantly told viewers that she hoped to get a moment with the prince. However, that standout TV moment never happened as Harry didn’t make his way down the receiving line. Mercogliano was smooth as she spoke to onlookers. In her few minutes on the air, a comfortable Mercogliano put her personality on display, saying about the twenty-something prince, “he does look good!”

Mercogliano is no stranger to covering the royals. Her reporting from Kate and William’s wedding for WNBC in 2011 was Emmy-nominated.

We were unable to find any other outlets, local or national, that aired live footage. Surprisingly, even WWOR, did we mention Seacaucus, New Jersey based WWOR, was also no-show.

WPIX Drops Ball on Bloomberg Boston Bomber Press Conference

MAthisBy JERRY BARMASH

We’ve been singing the praises of WPIX for its coverage in Boston last Friday. But, it was a different matter today.

The local stations broke in for Mayor Bloomberg’s press conference detailing how the suspects had New York in their sights after the marathon explosions. Bloomberg said the terrorists planned to detonate more bombs in Times Square.

It was big enough news for nearly every station to break in. WCBS, WNBC, WNYW, and WABC were on the air live. But WPIX, which also got high marks as the only local station live from the Vatican as a new pope was elected, was late to cover today’s story.

PIX opted for Judge Mathis. Ironically, once the press conference ended, a special report graphic flew appeared on the screen. With Mario Diaz acting as the anchor, the station wrapped up what everyone else knew if they were watching the major channels. This WPIX coverage was meek as Diaz showed viewers a few highlights in a three-minute special report.

WPIX Reporters James Ford and Jay Dow Take Viewers on a Wild Ride in Watertown Coverage

James Ford

Kenny Pelczar/WPIX-TV

By JERRY BARMASH

As the manhunt closed in on the Boston bombing suspects, WPIX was caught in the crosshairs of some riveting television.

Channel 11 took viewers directly into Watertown’s lockdown Friday. Reporter James Ford and his videographer Kenton Young spent nearly 24 hours on the air during the station’s non-stop coverage. Ford says he did not require special access to the “frozen zone” as S.W.A.T. teams and police converged.

“We got lucky,” Ford tells Tuned In. “Our assignment editor Jeff Crianza woke me early—early is relative. I set my alarm for 1:15 and suddenly 12:30, what I thought was my alarm going off, it was Jeff saying we’ve got to go.”

Colleague Jay Dow had 37 hours without sleep, working the night newscasts Thursday before following Ford into Watertown for the broadcast at 4 a.m.

“When we drove into Watertown, it was like the wild, wild West,” Dow says. “Because police were trying to figure out the situation as we were trying to figure out what was happening… They just didn’t know whether the area that we were in was a place we were going to be in some kind of danger. There were pretty tense moments because it was such a fluid situation.”

A gun battle during the overnight hours led to one of the two suspects being killed by police. At 2 a.m.  Ford and his cameraman arrived at their still quiet Watertown location as police tightened the dragnet.

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