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Longtime Anchor Michele Marsh Dies at 63

Michele Marsh was a pleasant and competent anchor for years in New York. She died Tuesday of breast cancer at age 63.

Marsh was only 25 when she hit the big time, arriving at WCBS/Channel 2 in 1979. She sat with several colleagues during her 17-year career at WCBS, but viewers probably recall her and Rolland Smith most fondly.

“In the time we spent together as anchors we became good friends and confidants,” Smith tells TunedIn.

Smith occasionally spoke to her after his exit from WCBS. As for Marsh, she was abruptly let go as part of the infamous “Black Friday” mass firings in 1996.

John Johnson was also shown the door that autumn day. The duo would immediately turn to WNBC as anchor colleagues on a new noon broadcast.

“I am very distressed over Michele’s death,” Johnson tells me. “She was a true professional and an outstanding woman journalist in a field dominated by men.”

Johnson says she was terribly hurt how it ended at Channel 2 given her many years of service.

Other than a brief hiccup when Dave Marash was rehired and reteamed with Smith in the early 1980s, Marsh was on the late newscast until 1993, where she got to know Ernie Anastos.

He tweeted, “She was loved by so many, a top professional. I will miss my sweet friend.”

At Channel 4, Marsh also co-anchored the 6 p.m. with Chuck Scarborough.

“We liked one another and did some good work together,” Johnson recalls.

Marsh died surrounded by her family at her Connecticut home. She is survived by her husband, son John and daughter-in-law Anna.

The family is asking that a donation be made to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in her memory.

“My personal life and my professional life was made so much richer for knowing her humor, her laughter, and her spirit,” Smith says.

Death of WCBS Reporter John Slattery Shocks Colleagues

johnslattery1He was a consumate pro, who was one of the great New York TV street reporters. John Slattery passed away suddenly early Thursday. Tuned In has learned that the veteran WCBS-TV reporter died of an apparent heart attack in his sleep. A spokesperson could not confirm his cause of death. He was 63. His death comes just hours after filing a story for the station.

His death stunned colleagues and competitors alike.

“We are saddened by the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague John Slattery… He was great at reporting the news and was someone we counted on to cover big stories for us, both here in New York and around the world,” Peter Dunn, WCBS President and GM, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s wife, Suzie, and their children and grandchildren.”

During a legendary 35-year run in New York City, Slattery intersected with some of the most famous anchors the market ever saw. After a stint at Philly’s WCAU, Slattery reached the big time when Eyewitness News came calling in 1979. He spent five years with WABC, where Roger Grimsby and Bill Beutel still ruled the roost. The station also added Ernie Anastos and Tom Snyder while Slattery was pounding the pavement. While there, he was part of Channel 7’s John Lennon assassination coverage. In 1981, Slattery made history as the first reporter to conduct a post-Watergate interview with former president Richard Nixon.

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WNYW Revamps News Schedule for Summer

LacyThe latest musical chairs in the WNYW anchor desk is set to debut June 5. The summer schedule takes favorite Ernie Anastos to an even more reduced workload, TVSpy reports.

Anastos swaps face time with lead anchor Steve Lacy (left), meaning a valuable 30 minutes less per night for the veteran Anastos. Lacy moves to the 5 p.m. and remains on the 10 p.m., co-anchoring both newscasts with Dari Alexander. Anastos slips into the solo half hour 6 p.m. report.

Anastos, a fixture as a top anchor in New York for more than three decades, was bounced from the high profile 10 p.m. broadcast in the summer of 2012.

In addition, Channel 5 is planning to add hourly weekend news updates from 9 a.m. to noon.

Examining the May Sweeps: Overall Win for WABC, WCBS Suffers in Morning

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WCBS management is hoping ratings heat up in the morning with John Elliott, Mary Calvi, Chris Wragge, and Alex Denis.

By JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

We’ve analyzed and dissected a one-day sampling from the May sweeps. Before the stations put a spin on the winners, here’s our ratings breakdown.

WNBC can claim victory during early mornings (4:30 to 7) among the pivotal adults 25 to 54 demographic. It’s a partial win for Channel 4, which got overtaken by perennial ratings champ WABC in the 6 a.m. hour.

It was a poor May for WCBS in the a.m., the first sweeps period for Channel 2 since the Rob Morrison resignation in late February. Now with Chris Wragge joining Mary Calvi, the station settled into a dismal fourth place behind WNYW’s Good Day Wake Up in the adults 25-54 demo.

The news is only slightly better for WCBS when using the household ratings. Channel 2 managed a third-place finish, eeking out WNYW. But it’s all about WABC—Eyewitness News This Morning won the daypart, and in doing so almost doubled its closest competitor (WNBC) in the 6 a.m. hour.

WPIX, in its first sweeps under the direction of Mark Effron, showed no improvement. The early edition of the PIX Morning News had an abysmal effort in the household and 25-54 demo. Channel 11 gets a few more viewers for the 7-9 a.m. block, but remained entrenched in fifth, and more important, locked behind rival WNYW using all measuring sticks.

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Source: Steve Lacy and Dari Alexander Are ‘Having More Fun Together’

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Did the latest round of musical anchor chairs prove successful for WNYW?

Now that Steve Lacy has been the station’s lead anchor for three months, Tuned In explores if the changeover worked.

Just to get readers caught up, Lacy assumed the anchor duties at 6 and 10 p.m. on January 25, while the Greg Kelly nighttime experiment ended abruptly seven months after it started. Kelly is back with his Good Day cohort Rosanna Scotto, while Lacy is now teamed with Dari Alexander for the Channel 5 late newscast.

“[Lacy] was really surprised that he got brought to nights,” a source close to the situation tells Tuned In.

Because of good rapport with former Good Day Wake Up/First Edition co-anchor Juliet Huddy, the source says it was a “bittersweet” move from mornings.

“But, overall it’s worked out,” the source says, “because he’s a solid guy.”

Whenever Lacy broadcasts, the source says, he gets along well with all colleagues.

“He’s known as somebody who is easy to work with.”

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