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Controversy Swirls Around WPIX Executive Producer After Threatening Email to Staff

Shalev_12_4The media have grabbed hold of the Governor Christie “Bridgegate” coverage, which took off after an incriminating email from of his aides. But one media outlet is facing its own internal turmoil due to an email.

WPIX morning executive producer Zev Shalev is facing harsh criticism from his underlings and higher ups.

Shalev, who joined Channel 11 in September, wrote an email last week to his morning group. In the email, which was obtained by Tuned In, Shalev sought story ideas from staffers for the February sweeps period. However, Shalev made it clear that everyone must participate or face consequences at their next review.

Needless to say, employees were upset. We’re hearing that many who received the email found the tone harassing and threatening. Here’s the entire message that Shalev sent:

Last year, I asked for sweeps submissions and got a total of 4!  As I mentioned, content submissions and pitches will be a big part of performance management this year (so it will impact your salary increases).Can I please have fully-formed week-long pitches or special events from EVERYONE who works on the content for the show (writers/producers/reporters/anchors) by the end of Friday.  Please submit at least 3. They need to be high quality, well thought out sweeps and stunts. Absolutely no exceptions.
It will be too late when we are assessing your performance in the near future.
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Time Warner Cable and CBS ‘Screwing the Little Guy’ as Carriage Dispute Drags On

TwcThe latest retransmission fee fight, isn’t necessarily as a fair fight as CBS remains shut out to Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas.

California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein spoke out yesterday about Los Angeles without CBS programming. The Democrats sent a letter to CBS CEO Les Moonves and TWC chief Glenn Britt urging both sides to expedite an end to the dispute, now in its second week.

David Diaz spent 27 years as a reporter at WNBC/Channel 4 and WCBS/Channel 2. The TV news veteran, now a Distinguished Lecturer in Media and Politics at the City College of New York, provides some insight into the carriage stalemate.

“The power of the political establishment to weigh in because they’re hearing about it from their constituents and they know they can usually score some points by excoriating the big bad cable operators, and even the big networks,” Diaz tells Tuned In. “The more that enters the equation, there is definitely more pressure for them to settle.”

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Time Warner Cable Pulls Plug on CBS, Then Reverses Decision in Extending Deadline

TwcIn a wild night of carrier negotiations, Time Warner Cable and CBS have extended a deadline until Friday at 5 p.m. Thus, millions of viewers can keep WCBS. WLNY, plus CBS-owned Showtime and TMC on their cable boxes.

That’s only half the story,

Last night’s 5 p.m. deadline kept getting extended by hour at a time, as both parties remained at the bargaining table. When it got to 11 p.m. as talks continued, there was a sense that TWC and CBS would do anything to avoid a black eye.

But at 12:04 a.m. a TWC spokeswoman sent a statement proving that would not be the case.

“The outrageous demands for fees by CBS Corporation have forced Time Warner Cable to remove several of its networks and broadcast stations from our customers’ lineups.  As of midnight ET, Time Warner Cable customers in New York City, Dallas and Los Angeles will no longer receive their local CBS broadcast stations.”

WCBS-blue-and-grey-new-logoHowever, people took to Twitter, waiting for the other shoe to officially drop. Despite the strong declaration by Time Warner Cable, many noticed CBS programming remained.

TWC provided an 11th hour to the 12th hour negotiations, with a surprising email at 12:29 a.m.

“At the request of CBS, we have halted going dark on their channels.”
A CBS spokeswoman had no statement, other than to confirm the latest extension and ongoing negotiations.

 

Negotiations Extended Through Weekend in Time Warner Cable and CBS Battle

TwcIt appears that Time Warner Cable and CBS are trying to solve their retransmission fees fight before it affects viewers. For the third time this week, the two sides have pushed a deadline back, now until Monday at 5 p.m.

A TWC spokeswoman announced the latest 11th hour late last night. thus extending the deadline past this morning. A CBS spokeswoman also confirmed the line in the sand was moved to Monday.

Should all of this maneuvering fail, millions of viewers face the prospect of losing CBS programming, Showtime, WLNY, and any other CBS-owned channels. CBS has been feverishly running ads on its TV and radio stations saying, in effect, that TWC is the bad guy.

Typically, over-the-air broadcast outlets are untouchable in these situations. However, Tribune and Cablevision squelched that theory in a big way last fall. Channel 11 was blacked out from the cable system’s programming guide for two months.

Time Warner May Drop WCBS in Cable Dispute

TwcIt’s not only a brutal summer outside, but inside, the heat is on as Time Warner Cable and CBS fight, in an all too familiar, carriage issue. The battle puts CBS in a contract struggle with the cable provider. CBS could go dark as early as next week.. A TWC spokesperson confirms CBS’ Showtime and The Movie Channel will follow suit.

CBS is using its resources–mainly TV and radio stations–to promote its side of the story. The voice-over announcer says TWC is threatening to cut WCBS. The narrator goes on to say that Time Warner Cable likely isn’t bluffing with nearly 50 stations being dumped in the last five years.

The squabble also affects customers in Dallas and Los Angeles.

“Time Warner Cable is planning to drop the most popular programming in its entire channel lineup because it won’t negotiate the same sort of deal that all other cable, satellite and telco companies have struck with CBS,” according to a CBS statement.

Not only is CBS proud to be the number one network in the country, it has never been dropped by a cable operator.

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WPIX’s Tamsen Fadal Appearance on CBS Angers Her PIX Colleagues

Tamsen TalkBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Did you catch CBS’ The Talk Monday? The women’s roundtable discussion ended the show with Channel 11 lead anchor Tamsen Fadal as a guest.

Fadal was billed as a dating expert, having written a pair of self-help books on the topic.

She was comfortable and clear, smart and sassy in the two short segments sharing her expertise. Fadal sounded better than the regular hosts, including Sharon Osbourne and Sara Gilbert, a fact not lost on one PIX insider.

“She is much better suited for The Talk than anchoring.”

Fadal visited The Talk with the gravitas that comes with being a serious news anchor. So discussing when to “jump in the sack” after a break-up might not be befitting of her stature.

Following her appearance, Tuned In sampled the WPIX newsroom for their take.

“Fadal, who is trying to be taken seriously as a New York City news anchor, was on a national show being labeled as a relationship expert and [she] is recently divorced.”

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WABC’s Jeff Pegues Heading for CBS News

PeguesBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Veteran Channel 7 reporter Jeff Pegues is moving onto a network platform. The personable broadcast journalist is joining CBS News as a Washington DC based reporter.

Pegues started at WABC in December 2003, and quickly rose to cover some of the biggest stories for the station.

Arguably, the Emmy Award winner’s most memorable newsgathering took place last October during Superstorm Sandy. Viewers will recall Pegues being on the scene of the harrowing Breezy Point fire as residents attempted to escape.

“It’s been an incredible 10 years,” Pegues told Tuned In exclusively. “Working for Channel 7 is like playing for the Yankees. It’s a class, top-notch organization.”

During that decade in “pinstripes” on camera, he was a regular nighttime reporter. The 11 p.m. newscast would feature lead anchor Bill Ritter traditionally throwing it to a live Pegues with his “Jeffrey” moniker.

Tuned In has obtained the email that news director Camille Edwards sent to employees Friday.

“Sometimes life is bittersweet. This is one of those moments,” Edwards wrote.

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