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And the Winner Is…

Scott_StanfordWe’re about to turn the page on 2013. But before we do, it’s time to reveal the top media moments of the year.

It was a tight race, but Scott Stanford pulled away as your choice for outstanding New York media moment.

Stanford, who successfully made the switch from sports at WNBC to news anchor on WPIX, received 25 percent of the vote.

WWOR/Channel 9 dropping its nightly newscast was TunedIn readers number two pick with 19 percent of the vote.

The Rob Morrison saga, resigning from WCBS/Channel 2 following an alleged domestic violence issue was third, taking 15 percent.

WFAN ends its long relationship with the New York Mets was fourth with 11 percent of vote.

We got a handful of “write-ins,” including one person writing “The New York news landscape without Stan Brooks.” The WINS iconic reporter died earlier this month at 86.

Now let the best of 2014 begin, and Happy New Year!

What Was the Most Memorable Media Moment of 2013?

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Is Scott Stanford your pick for top media moment of 2013?

The clock is about to strike midnight on 2013. That means it’s time go down memory lane for the Best Moments of the Year. Good or bad, there were several standout moments representing the media landscape in New York.

Among them,

  • Rob Morrison was under media scrutiny for allegedly choking his wife, Ashley, in February. Within days of the incident, Rob was officially gone from his morning anchoring duties at WCBS-TV.
  • Greg Kelly, however, was welcomed back to mornings, as co-anchor of WNYW’s Good Day New York. Kelly spent six short months as the station’s lead anchor at night. The failed experiment caused a “do-over” in January, re-teaming the popular Kelly with Rosanna Scotto.
  • WPIX made some waves by hiring sportscaster Scott Stanford as a news anchor.
  • No need for a news anchor at WWOR. The Fox affiliate pulled the plug on the Ten O’Clock News and any semblance of a news department. Continue reading

Ashley Morrison Exits CBS MoneyWatch Due to Extended Commute

Ashley MorrisonAshley Morrison is no longer working for CBS MoneyWatch. The blond business reporter, who was seen mornings on many CBS affiliates, including WCBS/Channel 2, has left the company after four years. Morrison says her reason for leaving is due to a combination of a longer commute and early hours.

MoneyWatch is starting to have its reporter on scene from the New York Stock Exchange, instead of West 57th, and that was too much for Morrison.

“I don’t think a lot of people realize that I get up at 12:30 a.m. for work,” Morrison tells Tuned In. “I knew I was going to have to get up at midnight.”

She was also anticipating a longer ride from Wall Street to Darien, Connecticut.

“I didn’t know how I could give another hour and a half, two hours of my day,” Morrison admits.

Morrison would not discuss her husband Rob, who resigned from WCBS in February in the wake of a domestic violence incident. But she did mention their eight-year-old son and how her schedule was a struggle.

“Even when I’m here in the evenings with Jack, I don’t feel present,” Morrison says. “I’m always jetlagged and tired.”

Additionally, she worried that her fatigue could cause a problem on the road.

“I can always find another job, but I can’t get time back with Jack.”

Morrison says the job hunt will wait at least a couple of months.

Photo: Ashley Morrison/Facebook

Dick Brennan and Alice Gainer Win Permanent WLNY Evening Anchor Slot

Brennan and GainerWCBS has made its first official anchor appointments in the post-Rob Morrison era.

WCBS has made a pair of Fordham University graduates, Dick Brennan and Alice Gainer, as the anchor team for sister station WLNY’s News at 9. Brennan has been the de facto successor to Chris Wragge, who has handled morning on-air duties with Mary Calvi since late February when Morrison abruptly resigned.

Gainer, with WCBS since January, has been a lead back-up for Dana Tyler on the Channel 10/55 broadcast.

Gainer told followers on Twitter today that she’ll still get exposure on Channel 2 with reporting and fill-in anchoring.

The station, however, refused to confirm, only saying, “At this point, we do not have any announcements, but there are definitely no changes at 6 p.m.”

‘LNY has not been a factor in any ratings discussion, causing one insider to lament the decision.

“It’s struggling and they want Dana to focus on the 6.”

A WCBS spokesperson also would not discuss other newscasts, including weekend mornings where Brennan has frequently been behind the desk.

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Former WNBC, WCBS Reporter Scott Weinberger Moves Ahead with Production Company

WeinbergerA successful investigative reporter at WNBC and WCBS for more than a decade, Scott Weinberger is happy to avoid the day to day grind of the TV news world. Since 2009, Weinberger has been executive producer of Investigative Discovery’s (ID) On the Case with Paula Zahn.

The show, now in its eighth season, will air its milestone 100th episode later this summer.

Weinberger, who was chief investigative reporter, was laid off from Channel 2 in 2007 by the same management team that oversees the station today.

“The station was required to pay me for the balance of my contract,” Weinberger tells Tuned In. “So ultimately I got to sit on the beach for a couple of months.”

With a regular dose of crime beat exclusives, Weinberger, a former cop in Florida, was in his comfort zone. Despite only logging two years at WCBS, Weinberger and his full-time investigative unit were shuttered.

“The landscape changed at the station, and the focus of trying to pull viewers from 7 [WABC] and 4 [WNBC],” Weinberger tells Tuned In. “They were targeting a specific type of viewer, a more female skew and less emphasis on investigations and more emphasis on beauty tips.”

He says it was all about drawing the most women to the 11 p.m. broadcast.

“A decision was made that what I do and the cost of it wasn’t paying the benefits of the kind of the viewers that they were trying to attract,” Weinberger says.

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Bill Evans Claims His Wife Scratched Groin During a Fight

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By JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Details are beginning to emerge in the alleged domestic abuse incident involving WABC weatherman Bill Evans and his wife, Dana.

Yesterday, the estranged couple appeared in Stamford Superior Court separately to give their sides of the ugliness that ensued May 4.

The WABC meteorologist claims his wife “grabbed the waist band of his underwear and reached for his scrotum with her free hand, subsequently scratching [the scrotum], which resulted in bleeding,” according to the affidavit by a Greenwich police officer.

Bill Evans also claimed that the Battle Royal started after she humiliated him in front of their children.

The court document states that “Dana then punched him with her right hand on the left side of his face while holding the keys and then slapped him.”

The affidavit says she attempted to “karate kick” her soon-to-be divorced husband. Bill said in the document that’s when the private parts scratching took place, and added that he pushed his wife away. But Dana returned with a wooden hanger that she hit him with across the rear and back.

Dana Evans‘ version, according to the court document, has major variations.

One difference, she reportedly claims that he shoved her and she tried to kick him away.

He grabbed her leg, forcing her to fall, she said. Then Dana alleges that he punched her in the right eye with a closed fist as she backed away. She insists she used the clothes hanger in self-defense.

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WABC’s Bill Evans and Wife Charged with Assault in Domestic Violence Incident

220px-Bill_Evans,_meteorologist_croppedBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Here we go again! Bill Evans is the latest TV news personality to join the annals of tabloid fodder.

Evans, the veteran WABC-TV weatherman, and his wife Dana were charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

The arrest involves an incident on May 4 at the Evans’ Old Greenwich, CT home.

His attorney Philip Russell said in the statement:
“Bill and Dana are presently going through a difficult divorce. Our understanding is that on May 20, more than two weeks after an argument, Dana was advised by her divorce attorneys to file the complaint which led to the police investigation.”

FTV Live reports that Dana Evans spoke about the allegations in counseling, at which time it was suggested that she file a police report.

Bill Evans, 52, is the Channel 7 morning weather anchor. With the station since 1989, Evans is referred to as “Senior Meteorologist.”

WABC had no comment “on personal matters involving our employees. We are reviewing the situation and have no further comment at this time.”

While the station is assuming a low profile, weather meteorologists Amy Freeze and Jeff Smith have picked up the slack in Evans’ absence.

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Former Anchor Rob Morrison ‘Would Hate’ if Career Ends in Scandal

rob-morrisonBy JERRY BARMASH

Rob Morrison is a man on a mission. He wants his family unit glued back together and ultimately, he wants reconciliation with television as well.

The disgraced anchorman lost his cushy WCBS-TV morning anchor gig in February after allegations that he choked his wife, Ashley, a CBS MoneyWatch anchor who continues in her job.

While working to restore his marriage and shield their young son, Morrison hopes to get back into TV.

“I would hate it if my career ended in scandal,” Morrison tells Tuned In. “I gave everything I had to it. What’s happened here is definitely unfortunate.”

Morrison continues to profess his innocence about the alleged events on the Sunday morning at their house that led to his arrest.  Morrison says once details from the case are made public, he thinks that will go a long way toward restoring his image.

“I’m not guilty of what I’m accused of and I’m hoping when that is proven people will understand it and I’ll get another opportunity somewhere.

“People who know the truth, including my wife, [are] horrified by things that have come out in the tabloids,” Morrison claims.

Morrison says his character is untarnished, but assigns some blame for his uphill battle.

“It’s more about the perception. Unfortunately, that is the TV business… At times, it has very little to do with reality,” Morrison says.

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