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Greg Kelly Out at Fox5; Lori Stokes Takes the ‘Good Day’ Seat

The long run for Greg Kelly as co-anchor of the successful Good Day New York is over. He’ll say goodbye with a tribute Friday, TunedIn has learned. Lori Stokes (below), the veteran morning anchor at Channel 7, is ready to grab the seat next to Rosanna Scotto, starting Wednesday.

But first, expect a tribute to Kelly before signing off Friday morning.

It’s not a complete shock as we speculated last month that Kelly was likely the “odd man out” with Stokes’ impending arrival.

The why is more complicated.

Kelly and Scotto were a ratings juggernaut, even eclipsing the network news programs on occasion. The popular duo were together for four years until a 2012 promotion landed Kelly as the WNYW lead evening anchor. But just six months later and Kelly is an asterisk to history, one of the worst anchor stints in New York history.

Kelly resumed the famed chemistry with Scotto in January 2013.

Despite that strong rapport, several people have said Kelly, the son of former NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly, isn’t liked by most people in the newsroom.

However, speculation has Kelly liked by at least one person–namely President Donald Trump— in whose administration he could find a position. Sources say Kelly often speaks positively about former Fox morning colleague Heather Nauert and her new role as State Department spokesperson. We’re told it’s actually changed Kelly’s demeanor to calm and happy, a departure from his usual difficult personality.

As for Stokes, leaving the top AM early news program in New York is also curious. But insiders say Stokes bailed on Eyewitness News because she was offered a new contract with a pay cut.

She surprised many last month with decision to leave Channel 7 after 17 years.

Morning Anchor Shakeup at WNYW/Channel 5

It starts with Sukanya Krishnan (left), the longtime WPIX morning host. There she was this week as co-anchor of the Channel 5/WNYW precursor to Good Day New York. She is teaming with Jennifer Lahmers, who is usually seen in the evening at the desk or covering a story in the field. Now, the two ladies get the Good Day New York lead-in from 4:30-7am each weekday.

But WNYW has more surprises up its sleeve. As first reported by FTV Live, Lori Stokes, who recently ended a 17-year run on WABC/Channel 7, is moving onto the Fox O and O.

What happens next is still to be determined. Sources say Stokes is expected to join Channel 5 in November as co-anchor of the popular Good Day New York. Reportedly, she will team with Rosanna Scotto, thus ending the longtime duo with Greg Kelly. If that does materialize, Kelly could be the odd man out.

“I always said I’d like to see him back in the trenches doing the war correspondent thing,” Former Fox5 colleague  says. “It’s in his blood. I’d love to see him as spokesman for his dad’s [former police commissioner, Ray Kelly] campaign for mayor, or better yet–president!”

While we don’t know the inner workings, it’s clearly a gamble upsetting the chemistry with Greg and Rosanna. Stokes (right) has a strong track record in the daypart and WABC is usually rating winner in the morning (if not the rest of the day), but will she and Scotto gel? Is it risky to have two females anchor the broadcast? Time will tell.

Channel 7 Anchor Announces ‘Death’ of Hillary Clinton

joeHours after Hillary Clinton apparently collapsed abruptly exiting the 9/11 ceremony, WABC-TV hit the air for its 6 p.m. newscast. Instead of leading with the pneumonia diagnosis, anchor Joe Torres told viewers about the “death” of the Democratic candidate for president.

Channel 7 spokesman Jim Gorham says, “During a live introduction to a story about the health of Hillary Clinton, Joe Torres inadvertently said “death” when he meant to say “health.”

That’s fine, but a mistake of that magnitude should have been caught immediately by Torres, if not anyone else in the studio or control room.

However, the spokesman says there was no apology because it was “clear from the context of the story, the reporters’ information and graphics on the screen that Secretary Clinton was alive and recovering.”

Actually, that’s not completely true.

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Emmy Night: Wragge, Fadal Among the Big Winners

B9lXa8FIYAAYH1T (1)Red carpet ready, the best local TV personalities are honored at 59th Annual New York Emmys.

WCBS takes home the trophy for top morning and noon broadcasts with Chris Wragge and Mary Calvi at the helm. Channel 2 traffic reporter Alex Denis wins in the first ever traffic/transportation category. Also at “the deuce,” Jessica Schneider is victorious in the Continuing Coverage category, her first individual Emmy award.

Winner of Best Evening Newscast is WXTV/Univision 41.

For the second time, WPIX’s Tamsen Fadal is named the Best Anchor. Her station also picks up the prize for breaking news.

WABC’s Rob Powers gets the trophy as top sports anchor, while Ian Eagle earns another Emmy for his Nets play-by-play work on the YES Network. SNY’s Keith Hernandez adds another piece of hardware to the mantel.

MSG Network tops all outlets with 14 winners. WNBC leads the over the air stations with 13.

WNBC to Air 4 p.m. News Starting in May

WNBC new logoDecades ago, WNBC set local news on fire when NewsCenter4 was born, ushering in New York’s first two-hour newscast. This time they are the follower, not the leader. Channel 4 will start its early evening newscast at 4.

The move is coming to four markets in May.

That means Ellen DeGeneres‘ Show gets pushed to 3 p.m. while The Steve Harvey Show moves back to 2.

There is no word on any anchor pairings for the one-hour WNBC broadcast.

Market leader Channel 7 has been the only 4 p.m. local newscast since Oprah Winfrey’s 2011 departure.

For now, WNBC does 30-minute “segments” from 5-6:30 p.m. with Chuck Scarborough and Sibila Vargas as bookends to David Ushery and Shiba Russell, anchoring at 5:30.

Picture Finally Comes Into Focus for Sarah Wallace Firing at Channel 7

wabc_bio_sarahwallace_160x200After a stellar 30-year career for Sarah Wallace, Tuned In has learned exclusively what led WABC/Channel 7 management to abruptly fire their veteran reporter.

Station insiders say the ugly dismissal stems from a story Wallace worked on several years ago.

Her investigation helped shed light on a man and his potential wrongful murder conviction.

Wallace’s report was fully developed and investigated, but never aired.

However, in February, Wallace was subpoenaed to testify about nonconfidential material in that case at an innocence hearing.

“She uncovered those facts in her investigation of the story and simply told the truth,” an insider says.

The man would not have gotten the innocence hearing without the information that Wallace uncovered from the prosecution’s star witness, insiders say.  The man is serving a 25 years to life sentence.

She testified in February and was fired by news director Camille Edwards almost immediately.

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Tuned In Exclusive: Lisa Colagrossi’s Husband Says Morning Shift Was ‘Contributing Factor’ to Her Death

11081013_402089466636141_5445076497163986496_nIt’s been a month since the WABC-TV family lost Lisa Colagrossi. But the ones really dealing with the tragedy are her husband of 17 years, Todd Crawford, and her two boys.

Crawford, in an exclusive conversation with Tuned In, says he’s overwhelmed by the support from the broadcasting industry.

“It was very comforting and very touching,” Crawford says. “What we knew before all of this happened is how important that she was to us. But what we didn’t realize was how special she was to a lot of other people around the country.”

While Crawford is so appreciative of the condolences, he recognizes it can only provide temporary support.

“We’ll never replace someone like Lisa. We would need four people to replace one Lisa; that’s how much she meant to our family.”

Colagrossi died suddenly from a brain aneurysm after working on a story in Queens for the morning newscast on Channel 7.  Crawford says the medical problem is genetic, but Colagrossi had no symptoms and there was no a family history.

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Diana Williams Takes Leave of Absence from Channel 7

wabc_bio_dianawilliams_160x200Longtime anchor Diana Williams is taking a break from her duties at WABC-TV. She wrote on her Facebook page that she’s stepping away to care of her ailing husband.

“On Friday we said our goodbyes. For those who have been following me via social media my husband will begin a bone marrow, now referred to as a stem cell transplant, starting today. And I will be at his side as he gets a new birthday,” Williams tells her Facebook followers. “I bid farewell to the best team you could ask for on Friday as I take a leave of absence from work. I don’t know how long I will be gone but I couldn’t do this without the support of my amazing co-workers. God bless them and all of you.”

If, or when, Williams will return is undetermined. Her tenure at WABC started in 1991. She co-anchored several years with Bill Beutel. These days Williams has been the co-anchor at 5 p.m. with Sade Baderinwa.

It’s been a difficult several weeks for WABC staffers. Last month, Sarah Wallace abruptly quit after three decades covering stories. But the station was emotionally rocked on March 20, when reporter Lisa Colagrossi died suddenly from a brain hemorrhage.

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Colleagues Cope with Loss of Lisa Colagrossi

11081013_402089466636141_5445076497163986496_nFriends and co-workers are in mourning after the stunning death of Lisa Colagrossi. The veteran Channel 7 reporter died from a brain hemorrhage after covering a story Thursday morning. She was 49.

Longtime WABC-TV anchor Bill Ritter says what most close to Colagrossi are feeling.

“We are all crushed, devastated,” Ritter tells Tuned In. “Lisa was the ultimate pro, and set the bar for how to work hard and effectively as both an immersed reporter and an immersed mom and spouse. I’m filled with sorrow, but also with joy for having known her.”

A familiar face since joining WABC in 2001, at home Colagrossi was hockey mom to her two sons.

In a statement, Dave Davis, President and GM at WABC, says, “All of us in the Channel 7 family are in shock over her sudden death, Our attention is now focused on helping her husband and two children through this difficult time.”

After finishing her morning shift covering a Queens house fire, Colagrossi collapsed in the news van and was rushed to the hospital. Unable to regain consciousness, she died Friday morning.

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Channel 7 Reporter Lisa Colagrossi Dies From Aneurysm

wabc_bio_lisacolagrossi_160x200Lisa Colagrossi, well respected within the walls of WABC-TV and among her many peers, died after suffering a brain aneurysm while on a story Thursday in Queens.

Tuned In learned the family made the painful decision to remove Colagrossi from life support Friday morning. She was 49.

She worked the early shift on Eyewitness News This Morning to spend more time with her boys, ages 11 and 15.

Colagrossi joined Channel 7 in September 2001, freelancing just days after the 9/11 attacks.

One good friend and local broadcaster describes Colagrossi as “kind, generous, and a women’s woman in a business that is tough for women to be together.”

Perhaps shocked, the station did not air a tribute Friday. Many colleagues, however, turned to Twitter and Facebook to grieve.

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