There’s a little less congestion at Channel 61.
Tuned In has learned that Cablevision has bludgeoned its News 12 Traffic and Weather service, located on Channel 61 in several tri-state locations.
Cablevision has confirmed the staff layoffs, although not by name or the amount of people affected.
“We recently made adjustments to News 12 Traffic & Weather that resulted in the elimination of some positions,” a News 12 spokesperson says. “News 12 Traffic & Weather continues to deliver traffic and weather updates more than 10 times per hour, 24/7, and viewers can also get real-time updates on News12.com or on News 12 mobile apps.”
Tuned In has learned that the entire full-time air traffic staff has been sent packing, leaving only a handful of temps in the wake. We were not able to confirm the fate of meteorologists at the channel.
Among those out the door in the restructuring, Lisa Ritchie, a longtime radio personality on Long Island. Producers Dave Steckel and Dave Squillante were apparently also part of the purge, sources say. However, we’re told that managers Pete Shields and GM Jeff Blum will remain.
T&W started in the early 1990s. It features an off-camera traffic reporter showing maps and cameras for New York, the Hudson Valley, Long Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
Cue the rubber chicken and the pie in the face, the 8th Annual Funniest Reporter show is upon us!
Eight media personalities will compete for the prize, and most important, money raised supports the Humane Society of New York.
Among those taking the stage for the good cause is WPIX reporter Magee Hickey. Despite being up to the challenge, Hickey (right) admits to being nervous for her first attempt at stand-up.
“I met with my mentor, Mark Anthony Ramirez about what I should do and say in my five minutes routine. He said just be yourself and do what you feel comfortable doing,” Hickey tells Tuned In. “So I find the twists and turns in my own career hilarious. So I will probably just make fun of myself.”
At a charity cabaret that she organized in May, Hickey opened with a self-effacing song about her name and face recognition in New York, complete with a microphone stand showing every TV station that she has worked for.
“Self-deprecating humor is always the best. Maybe I’ll sing. Life is filled with challenges and this is a big face your fear moment for me. I am scared.”
By JERRY BARMASH
The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards for more than 40 years. This year WCBS 880 takes three trophies back to Hudson Street.
WCBS, in the large market category, is part of the region that also includes New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
WCBS won the two big awards–Overall Excellence and Best Newscast. That honor was bestowed upon the station for its coverage the morning after Superstorm Sandy. The WCBS news team also earned the prestigious prize for The Fury of Sandy.
“We know how much sacrifice and commitment it took to carry our coverage through the storm and its aftermath,” WCBS 880 news director Tim Scheld said in a memo to staffers. “We didn’t do it for the awards, we did it because that’s what we do.”
WNYC-FM won the Best News Documentary category, while Bloomberg Radio/WBBR was victorious in the Best News Series.
WINS’ John Montone was named winner in the Best Use of Sound/Video category for his Mouth Off To Montone segment.