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WNYW Revamps News Schedule for Summer

LacyThe latest musical chairs in the WNYW anchor desk is set to debut June 5. The summer schedule takes favorite Ernie Anastos to an even more reduced workload, TVSpy reports.

Anastos swaps face time with lead anchor Steve Lacy (left), meaning a valuable 30 minutes less per night for the veteran Anastos. Lacy moves to the 5 p.m. and remains on the 10 p.m., co-anchoring both newscasts with Dari Alexander. Anastos slips into the solo half hour 6 p.m. report.

Anastos, a fixture as a top anchor in New York for more than three decades, was bounced from the high profile 10 p.m. broadcast in the summer of 2012.

In addition, Channel 5 is planning to add hourly weekend news updates from 9 a.m. to noon.

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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Andy Adler Returns to New York as WPIX Morning Entertainment Reporter and Sports Anchor

adlerPopular sports anchor Andy Adler is city bound! She’s been named an entertainment reporter and sports anchor for the PIX Morning News. Adler starts April 7.

Adler had a “test run” on Channel 11 as a contributor during the station’s Super Bowl coverage.

“After working with Andy during Super Bowl week, we knew she would make a great addition to our team, her talents and energy are the perfect complement to PIX11’s Morning News,” Mark Effron, VP/News Director, said.

She gained a following at WNYW as a weekend sports anchor and co-host of Sports Extra. She was field reporter for the New York Giants pre and post-game shows on Channel 5 and served as traveling reporter for New York Jets games on WWOR.

Adler had been based in Los Angeles since 2010, where she most recently was the Los Angeles Lakers pre-and post-game host on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. In addition, she was a reporter and anchor at KNBC.

“Andy’s dynamic personality will be a great enhancement to the morning news team, and her extensive sports knowledge will be a catalyst for growth as we continue to develop PIX11’s newscasts and special sports coverage,” said Rich Graziano, President/GM, PIX11.

Snowstorm Sneaks Up on Meteorologists

WPIX140119225808This time you can blame the messenger. The winter storm that is bearing down on New Yorkers, gave only 24 hours to prepare for the first flakes.

As the snow started falling this morning, it took until yesterday when computer models and meteorologists decided that this one would materialize in a big way.

On the 11 p.m. newscast Sunday night, Elise Finch on WCBS alluded to snow in her forecast. But she said that the latest model showed “some snow” primarily for Eastern Long Island and Central and Southern New Jersey, Tuesday into Wednesday.

At the same time, WABC’s Jeff Smith was leading his weather segment saying, “By Tuesday, will have some accumulating snow in parts of the area.” He added that New York City was on the storm’s fringe, and could see a dusting to an inch. Smith cautioned, “It wouldn’t take much of a jog to the north to get more snow right here in the city.”

WNBC’s Steve Villaneuva also was forecasting snow for south and east of NYC. Using the RPM model, he projected 3 inches for Barnegat, 1 1/2 inches for Asbury Park, and .7 inches in Hampton Bays. There was a 0–not a bullseye–for the snow amount expected in the five boroughs.

In a late edition of the WNYW 10 p.m. Sunday night, Audrey Puente was at the map.

She forecast 2-3 inches east of the city.

And then there’s Craig Allen. He saw the complexity of the storm. On WPIX, he ended the 10 p.m. broadcast by pointing to the potential for weather problems this week.

“There are so many maps out there that are just indicating the possibility for some snowfall. One says it could be a lot, another says it may not be a lot. This is the thing were going to go through, obviously, for the next several days.”

Allen put an “Uh Oh” under Tuesday in his five-day forecast, stating that there was definitely a chance for shovel-able snow south and east. But Allen was hedging his bets– not giving any accumulations until Monday morning– 4-8 inches in New York City.

Arnold Diaz Out at WNYW

DiazIt’s another major shakeup at WNYW. The Fox flagship has dropped its investigative unit led by Arnold Diaz. Tuned In has learned that Diaz and the three producers  assigned to that unit have been axed. Sources confirm that the senior investigative correspondent, and his Shame on You segment, is gone from WNYW. Diaz has amassed more than 40 Emmy Awards for consumer reporting. The Brooklyn-born Diaz started at Fox 5 in 2006. He spent more than two decades at WCBS/Channel 2, before going national with ABC’s 20/20 in 1995.

A WNYW spokesperson refused comment to Tuned In, but VP/GM Lew Leone told TVSpy “…We want to thank him for his many contributions to FOX 5.”

 

 

Jill Nicolini Jumps from Fox 5 for a Spot on The Couch

JillOn paper, it seemed to be a great career move for Jill Nicolini. But after only two years, the popular entertainment reporter has exited WNYW/Channel 5 for WLNY. A station spokesperson confirms that Monday she debuts as traffic reporter on Live From the Couch. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Nicolini, who gained a huge following from her traffic and entertainment segments during her seven years on WPIX. The two-hour broadcast is hosted by Channel 2’s John Elliott, Lisa Kerney, and Carolina Bermudez. The latter two personalities have been on maternity leave, giving former WPIX anchor Jodi Applegate some extended “couch time.”

There is another Channel 11 connection to WCBS (WLNY sister station). John Houseman has been named a new Channel 2 executive producer. Houseman spent more than three decades in the WPIX newsroom or management. His star was at its brightest when Bill Carey left for another venture last year. Houseman got his second chance as interim news director, but ultimately the station hired Mark Effron.  Houseman was let go from the Tribune flagship in May, just days after Effron took the reins pushing him back to his longstanding assistant news director role.

It’s Official: Scott Stanford and Tamsen Fadal to Co-Anchor WPIX News at Night

Scott_StanfordWPIX has its evening anchor team in place. It’s a name that Tuned In told you exclusively last week was “95 percent” certain to get the gig. Scott Stanford will co-anchor the weeknight 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts with Tamsen Fadal beginning September 16.

Related: Scott Stanford is Almost a Certainty to Join Tamsen Fadal

Stanford has four New York Emmy Awards, but for sports anchoring. His personality has been on display as the weekend sports anchor at WNBC. Prior to his Channel 4 experience, viewers watched Stanford’s antics on WNYW and sister station WWOR. Stanford first gained a following as afternoon sports anchor on WCBS 880.

But his news experience is extremely thin. This year, Stanford began filling in as anchor on WNBC’s CoziTV (formerly New York Nonstop). No matter — news director Mark Effron is ready with his biggest hire since joining the station in April.

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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.

Good Day Hosts Mulling Election Campaign

WNYW130812070159Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto weren’t just reporting about the election season today. The anchor team is looking to parlay their popularity into a possible run for political office. Kelly and Scotto told Good Day New York viewers about the stunt at the start of today’s show, as they debuted modest campaign signs with their names.

“We’re very close to announcing our candidacies for citywide office,” Kelly said on the WNYW show.

That office wasn’t disclosed, if Kelly and Scotto have even made that determination.

Kelly pointed out that with enough signatures on a petition they could be on the ballot as Independents by August 20.

“We have no agenda yet,” Kelly said.

“Do we have a platform?” Scotto questioned.

“We’ll get to that,” he joked.

They spent a chunk of the “more-relaxed” 9 a.m. portion trying to woo voters on the street, and even guests, to sign their petition.

Scotto suggested going for the “whole gusto” and a run for Mayor.

“That opens us up to all kinds of charges and investigations,” Kelly warned.

He recommended an office that “nobody really cares about.” Asked by Scotto which one, he replied, “You name it. There are plenty to choose from.”

Kelly and Scotto were planning to meet people at a subway station today to gauge interest.

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Breaking: Vickie Burns to Assume Major Role at WPIX

Vickie_BurnsThe mystery of Vickie Burns at WPIX is about to be revealed. Tuned In has learned exclusively that the former WNBC news director will officially be put on payroll at Channel 11. All indications are she’ll be named a consultant alongside news director Mark Effron. As we reported, it’s a role that the veteran news executive has held since earlier this summer.

There is also a possibility that Burns could assume a newly created station manager position.

As late as yesterday, there was additional buzz that Burns would take over for Steve Charlier on the corporate level at Tribune. That rumor was squelched by this morning. Therefore, Burns, known for her demanding personality, will in based in New York.

For several weeks, as we’ve reported, Burns has become a presence in the PIX newsroom. We’re told she’s had a hand in the station’s anchor audition process.

Burns’ last TV job was as KNBC news director in 2012.

“Whatever role Burns will play it’s obvious her job is to monitor PIX11. In the past four months,
Effron and company have made some mistakes to further alienate viewers,” the insider says, referring, in part, to a format change and failed anchor pairings. “November will be critical. Not only for managers but anchors. Burns has a rolodex of New York City anchors and reporters to look towards.”

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