Five veteran air personalities at NY1 are taking their employer to court. The suit filed this week in Manhattan federal court alleges the women, who range in age from 40 to 61, saw their careers marginalized since Charter Communications took over in 2006.
- Roma Torre is a charter member of NY1 since its debut in 1992. The suit claims she lost four hours per day to a younger woman or man.
- Kristen Shaughnessy (left) is at the cable news channel for 25 years, anchoring since 1995 but taken off the main rotation of shows. Typical she’s a fill-in for perennial morning show Pat Kiernan, or anchoring on the weekends. That is usually in reverse–getting experience to start out as a back-up or on weekends, but not with years in the business, let alone at the same station.
- Vivian Lee is with NY1 since 2008. The former WNBC reporter claims she was dropped from an anchor position this year.
- Jeanine Ramirez is at the station for 23 years as a reporter. However, after complaining about discrimination, the suit alleges she was yanked from morning show fill-in duty.
- Amanda Farinacci, the Staten Island reporter.
The civil suit claims the talent collectively has logged more than 100 years at NY1.
A spokesperson for Charter says in a statement, “NY1 is a respectful and fair workplace and we’re committed to providing a work environment in which all our employees are valued and empowered.”
Kiernan touched on the lawsuit during his In the Papers segment, although he declined to the specific bombshell allegations.
What the face of NY1 did tell viewers was: “I want to be even-handed with this, so I’m not going to summarize their allegations, nor am I going to summarize the company’s response. I wanted you to be aware of the story so you can have a look at it yourself.”
Every year’s election cycle is filled with controversies, but the transgressions of former congressman Anthony Weiner have upped the ante in 2013. The sexual scandal that caused Weiner to resign in 2011 reared its head after he began his campaign for mayor last month.
NY1 is set to televise the latest debate of Democratic candidates for mayor tomorrow night with anchor Errol Louis moderating. He tells Tuned In that the circus surrounding Weiner has dissipated, primarily because the voters have already spoken.
“The reality is that Weiner has not, in my opinion, overly dominated the coverage,” Louis says. “He got his turn in the sun because he was interesting and newsworthy. [Weiner] got his turn at the top of the poll, and now he has yielded that spot.”
Despite losing support from many constituents, Louis believes Weiner will be on the primary day ballot September 10.
“It would just be logistically almost as difficult to end the campaign as to finish it out,” Louis says.
What happens when you send a TV reporter to cover an air guitar competition? And if that NY1 reporter is a rock n’ roll drummer who has played clubs in New York?
You get a local news moment that goes viral.
Roger Clark gave viewers a gyrating experience, typically reserved for the bathroom mirror (or the competition).
Since Clark’s “performance” yesterday, numerous versions of his report have been uploaded to YouTube. Clark was making fake music at the bar next to the Bowery Ballroom, where the best in air guitar vied for the title.
“I honestly didn’t expect the segments to create such a huge buzz,” Clark tells Tuned In. “I knew when we set up the segments we would be able to have some fun with them especially because I am such a big music fan.”
Although a general assignment reporter, who covers the gamut of serious pieces, Clark, who was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens and Staten Island, is becoming known for taking a lighter side during the morning with Pat Kiernan.
“Pat and I always have a ball with these type of stories. But I have never had a story get such attention!” Clark admits.
By JERRY BARMASH
The death of Frank Lautenberg this week forced Governor Chris Christie into political maneuvering. He decided to call a special October election for the longtime Senator’s seat, after an August primary.
Today, Christie started the process by selecting State Attorney General Jeff Chiesa as the temporary successor.
Prior to the announcement, NY1 political host Errol Louis took to Twitter offering a unique choice to grab the spot.
By JERRY BARMASH
Talk about under the radar.
Longtime WNYW/Channel 5 reporter Andrea Day, who left the station in 2011, is now handling the “crime and punishment” beat for CNBC.
Day, who joined WNYW in 1997, resurfaced recently freelancing for the financial network. Her stories are an apparent attempt by CNBC to capitalize on its popular American Greed prime time series.
Not all prime time shows, however, are doing as well on the cable network.
NY1’s Pat Kiernan hosts Crowd Rules. Its debut last week, Tuned In has learned, got awful numbers. Among the household ratings for the 9 p.m. hour, it got a 47. By contrast, American Greed typically notches a 100 household rating.
Tuned In attempted to reach CNBC and Day for an interview.
By JERRY BARMASH
It’s still more than six months away, but the race for mayor takes a big step forward tonight.
NY1 has the first debate among Democratic challengers for the job of the city’s chief executive.
The debate at John Jay College is moderated by NY1 anchor Errol Lewis. NY1 reporters Juan Manuel Benitez and Dean Meminger are panelists. Sister station NY1 Noticias will broadcast a Spanish interpretation of the debate.
The one-hour debate, which begins at 7 p.m., will include six candidates looking to be the next mayor. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and New York City Comptroller John Liu will be joined by Bill De Blasio, Bill Thompson, Sal Albanese, and Erick Salgado.
By JERRY BARMASH
For millions in the Rockaways, Coney Island, and Staten Island, life will never be completely back to normal.
NY1 looks at how many city residents coped with Superstorm Sandy and are still in the process of rebuilding.
NY1’s Sandy 6 Months Later, premieres on Friday at 8 p.m., will be co-hosted by reporters Dean Meminger and Elizabeth Kaledin from two locations hit hard by the storm. Replays will be shown on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m.
In addition, NY1 Noticias will broadcast its own special, A seis meses de Sandy on Friday 9 p.m. and will be hosted by anchor Carleth Keys.
Both news channels’ Hurricane Sandy specials will focus on follow up pieces to the countless news stories they covered in the days after the super storm.