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Use of Social Media on Local News ‘Detrimental to the Journalistic Profession’

Grymes MacedoTelevision news has always been about garnering the ratings. That’s what news directors and GMs liked. Now, it’s not only about sales revenue and the Nielsen numbers. Today there’s a definite realignment with social media. At the same time, there’s also evidence  of “dumbing down” the broadcasts.

If you’re up early on the weekend, for example, you may have noticed a different look on WCBS-TV.

With Cindy Hsu, a solid pro, moved to weekend nights, Channel 2 is opting for style at the desk.

Teaming anchor Andrea Grymes (above left) and recent hire Diane Macedo (above right) has the feel of girls “playing TV.”

Thankfully, the initial giggles and smiles have eased. That isn’t the type of chemistry essential in New York. Altoona, maybe, but not NYC.

Grymes is a decent enough reporter, but lacks in the substance department, especially when placed behind the desk. As for Macedo, her stock is apparently rising with management as an occasional fill-in anchor at other times.

Rolland Smith logged nearly 40 years in local news, including many in New York a generation ago at the aforementioned WCBS. He says change is not always for the better.

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Jodi Applegate to Fill-in as Host on WLNY’s The Couch

Jodi12The return of Jodi Applegate to local morning television awaits! Applegate, sitting on the TV sidelines since leaving WPIX late in 2012, will join The Couch for the week of September 9.

We may be seeing quite a bit of Applegate on the WLNY two-hour morning show. Co-host Lisa Kerney just gave birth to her second daughter and is on materity leave. Colleague Carolina Bermudez, who is in the last trimester of her pregnancy, will soon have her own time off.

Applegate, who had her first child earlier this year via gestational carrier, was co-host of WNYW/Channel 5’s Good Day New York from 2004 to 2008. But she is looking ahead to her Couch appearance.

“It’s a great show. Informative and fun to watch,” Applegate tells Tuned In. “I’m looking forward to hanging out on The Couch!”

Applegate is also gaining a presence on radio with fill-in hosting on WOR. She returns Friday with Jack Ford, with whom she co-anchored NBC”s Weekend Today in the 1990s, for the 10 a.m. to noon shift.

Time Warner Cable Pulls Plug on CBS, Then Reverses Decision in Extending Deadline

TwcIn a wild night of carrier negotiations, Time Warner Cable and CBS have extended a deadline until Friday at 5 p.m. Thus, millions of viewers can keep WCBS. WLNY, plus CBS-owned Showtime and TMC on their cable boxes.

That’s only half the story,

Last night’s 5 p.m. deadline kept getting extended by hour at a time, as both parties remained at the bargaining table. When it got to 11 p.m. as talks continued, there was a sense that TWC and CBS would do anything to avoid a black eye.

But at 12:04 a.m. a TWC spokeswoman sent a statement proving that would not be the case.

“The outrageous demands for fees by CBS Corporation have forced Time Warner Cable to remove several of its networks and broadcast stations from our customers’ lineups.  As of midnight ET, Time Warner Cable customers in New York City, Dallas and Los Angeles will no longer receive their local CBS broadcast stations.”

WCBS-blue-and-grey-new-logoHowever, people took to Twitter, waiting for the other shoe to officially drop. Despite the strong declaration by Time Warner Cable, many noticed CBS programming remained.

TWC provided an 11th hour to the 12th hour negotiations, with a surprising email at 12:29 a.m.

“At the request of CBS, we have halted going dark on their channels.”
A CBS spokeswoman had no statement, other than to confirm the latest extension and ongoing negotiations.

 

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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Negotiations Extended Through Weekend in Time Warner Cable and CBS Battle

TwcIt appears that Time Warner Cable and CBS are trying to solve their retransmission fees fight before it affects viewers. For the third time this week, the two sides have pushed a deadline back, now until Monday at 5 p.m.

A TWC spokeswoman announced the latest 11th hour late last night. thus extending the deadline past this morning. A CBS spokeswoman also confirmed the line in the sand was moved to Monday.

Should all of this maneuvering fail, millions of viewers face the prospect of losing CBS programming, Showtime, WLNY, and any other CBS-owned channels. CBS has been feverishly running ads on its TV and radio stations saying, in effect, that TWC is the bad guy.

Typically, over-the-air broadcast outlets are untouchable in these situations. However, Tribune and Cablevision squelched that theory in a big way last fall. Channel 11 was blacked out from the cable system’s programming guide for two months.

Debate Time in New York; NY1, WCBS, and WNBC Get Selected

WNBC new logoBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Election season is upon us, and that means we’re about to be inundated with debates. The New York City Campaign Finance Board yesterday made its debate sponsors official. Actually the stations were announced exclusively by this reporter in April.

The confirmation and schedule is now available. NY1, WCBS/Channel 2, WNBC/Channel 4 will participate in up to 15 citywide debates, of course led by the mayoral campaign. A Democratic mayoral runoff is planned as needed. But there will be a four primary debates, two for each party.

WNBC will host one of each. The Democratic debate is scheduled for Tuesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. The following Sunday at 11:30 a.m., the Republican hopefuls spar about the issues. Both debates will also be broadcast by WOR Radio.

A WNBC spokesperson tells Tuned In that anchor David Ushery and political reporter Melissa Russo will lead the questioning. They will be joined by journalists from sister station Telemundo Nueva York/Channel 47 and the Wall Street Journal.

NY1 and WNYC broadcast the other Democratic primary on August 21 at 7, while WCBS-TV and WCBS 880/1010 WINS air the other Republican debate.

As for the general election, there are two debates on the docket. First up is the Channel 2/WCBS 880-WINS triumvirate on October 22 at 7 p.m. Sister station WLNY airs the debate in Spanish.

The next Tuesday, October 29, also at 7 p.m., WNBC and WOR 710 have the final mayoral debate.

Election day is November 5.