For a night, the cutthroat business of television news embraces itself at the New York Emmy Awards. Of course, some had more to embrace than others.
In one of the top awards of the night, Best News Anchor, Adriana Vargas from Univision 41/WXTV upset some big names: WCBS’ Chris Wragge, and a trio of WPIX talent– Tamsen Fadal, Scott Stanford and Sukanya Krishnan. Stanford, however, didn’t go home empty-handed, winning the Best Sports Anchor prize.
Channel 41 also was chosen Top Morning Newscast, defeating WCBS, and a pair of WPIX entries, while its rival Telemundo 47/WNJU won the biggest hardware–Best Evening Newscast.
WCBS’ Lonnie Quinn earned his fifth Emmy as top Weather Anchor.
Along with Stanford, Channel 11 gave newly installed news director Amy Waldman plenty to smile about, as the Tribune flagship took home 15 trophies. Mario Diaz and Jay Dow won multiple awards.
The New York Emmy Award nominations are announced today. Topping the list is MSG Network is 64 nominations. WPIX led the over the air outlets with 44, one better than the YES Network.
In the On-Camera Talent: News Anchor category, WCBS’ Chris Wragge will look to add to the mantle. Among those vying for the award include WNBC’s Michael Gargiulo, Tamsen Fadal of WPIX, and her former colleague Frances Rivera (above).
The weather anchor category features WABC’s Amy Freeze goes against WPIX’s Linda Church, and previous winner Lonnie Quinn of WCBS. News 12 The Bronx’s Mike Favetta rounds out the competition.
WPIX’s Scott Stanford is nominated as Best Sports Anchor for his work with WNBC. Standing in the way of the trophy are Bill Pidto of MSG, News 12 Long Island’s Jamie Stuart and Kevin Maher and WNJU/Telemundo’s Rafael Bello.
In the General Assignment Reporter category, a pair of WPIX standouts are highlighted: Jay Dow and James Ford. They’re joined by WCBS’ Carolyn Gusoff and Weijia Jiang, and Darla Miles of WABC.
Former WPIX commentator Larry Mendte got six nods, including the Political Reporter category.
Perhaps having so few viewers helped WPIX this time!
Channel 11 ran a story on its 10 o’clock news last night about the U.K. wanting to block Internet porn. Reporter Jay Dow gave viewers a Google search with some porn hits. Most of the racy or dirty words were blurred out on the screen. However, one word slipped through the cracks. An “f-word” appeared on the third Web site pictured above..
The entire report was posted on its site until Tuned In brought it to the attention of news
director Mark Effron.
“We sincerely apologize for the error and regret the opacity was not sufficient enough to obscure the URL and hope this doesn’t distract from an excellent piece on a serious issue,” a WPIX spokesperson tells Tuned In.
The mistake was apparently done in “stealth mode” with just a .2 rating at 10 p.m. among adults 25 to 54. WNYW registered a 1.6.
The FCC told Tuned In it has no comment.
Tuned In was alerted to the faux pas on Twitter by an eagle-eyed viewer, @drsexington.
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.
It was a long day’s journey into night. But for WPIX, it was a riveting day of coverage from Boston as the second marathon suspect was ultimately captured.
WPIX, which welcomed a new news director this week, was the place to be Friday for the best video and reporting.
It started at 4 a.m. with morning anchors Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera, who worked into the afternoon. Channel 11′s non-stop coverage rolled on with Tamsen Fadal and Larry Mendte taking over the anchor desk.
PIX had several reporters on the scene in and around the Boston area, including Jay Dow and Erica Pitzi.
But the day belonged to James Ford. The usual morning reporter started his day at 2 a.m. During the next 21 hours, Ford provided viewers with some of the most riveting images. Ford and his videographer became “embedded” with the S.W.A.T. and police. His “war zone” reporting was must see TV, even when cops ordered the cameras on the ground for safety purposes.
WPIX resumed regular programming Friday night at 11:30.