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  1. There was an article in the paper last week. Weigel has replaced the Larry Mendte show with another Jersey based show and states it will continue to expand its news presence, on air and online but not maintaining what Press Communications built. Since Weigel owns MeTV, I would expect most of the schedule is cleared. I read the article in the Record, but it is actually an Asbury Park Press story, a sister Gatehouse dba Gannett paper. https://www.app.com/story/news/local/new-jersey/2022/01/12/metv-owner-drops-jersey-matters-launches-new-jersey-politics/9156591002/
  2. Here is the official announcement from the news director which NewsBlues published on the 11th (in addition to Chris Cimino and the new anchor): Alex Lee will also be joining our morning team giving the viewers their morning traffic reports. Alex has been in the market for 10 plus years behind and on camera. For the past 7 years Alex has been connected with total traffic giving her a complete understanding of the market and the commuters needs.
  3. I believe they just hired a new anchor/reporter. From the WPIX news director courtesy of Newsblues: " Arrianee LeBeau is also joining us as and Anchor/Reporter. Arrianee joins us from her most recent anchoring job in Arizona. Local and community news stories are what drive Arrianee and helping people connect is what she is passionate about. She is very excited to join our team and I know is looking forward to getting to know you all and the city we represent." Perhaps she will be on the 4 pm news.
  4. MLBN is at the former MSNBC studio in Secaucus. This is the space on Lemoine Ave in Fort Lee that is currently T47 and formerly CNBC and for a short time Americas Talking before transitioning to MSNBC.
  5. I wonder what will happen to the Fort Lee studios. They were once CNBC and America's Talking which became MSNBC before T47 moved in after CNBC moved up Rt. 9W to Englewood Cliffs. I believe it is WNBCs NJ Bureau and where some news gathering trucks are parked. Is there any studio space left at 30 Rock?
  6. There are several articles today that Altice merged all the NY News 12s, is moving away from hyper local and the cuts are a year earlier than the settlement they made with Dolan. It does not seem they are making a change at News 12 New Jersey (so far). What I read in NewsBlues indicates more may be leaving.
  7. Basically Nester runs PIX11. From management to all programming and station operations. Mission is a sham for Nester to get around ownership caps. Until the FCC or Congress decides to do something about this, they will be permitted to exist.
  8. Almost 8 am on 1/8 and WPIX is still on Optimum (Altice). The PIX11 website has been updated to say Optimum may drop PIX11 on Jan 8 much more predominantly (yesterday it was smaller and used yesterday's date). There is no mention of it on Optimum's or AlticeUSA's website. To be continued....
  9. Mission is such a sham. Everything about the station is Deathstar except the ownership papers on file. I assume their “agreement “ with Mission includes retransmission rights. The notice is at the top of the website. Yet it’s still on the air
  10. Actually it’s all of Altice USA. There is a notice on PIX11 website. There has been no notification however from Optimum.
  11. I suspect it’s supplied from Total Traffic.
  12. Did WNBC actually announce she was permanent vs speculation on this board? She is not on their website biographies. It’s also possible she had a pre-committed vacation that the station honored - not unusual with mid career new hires.
  13. Telemundo 47 New York also switched with WNBC, which is no surprise. It is only blue when the lower thirds are present, otherwise it stays "transparent."
  14. WNBC has switched to the blue background on the bug as of today.
  15. I'm guessing she was working for NBCSN. If that is the case, the channel shuts down next week. Although some sports programming is moving to USA, others to Peacock, I would guess some are being redeployed elsewhere within NBCU. The question becomes, will this be a third person in sports, or, is John Chandler moving to full time news reporting?
  16. They often operate as one station. Top brass are the same. Weather, investigative reporting and consumer complaint reporting has been promoted as both stations.
  17. I believe someone months ago addressed this in an earlier post if you feel like scrolling. If memory serves me right, the affiliates ceded retransmission to the networks which when you step back makes sense. Steamers would have to renegotiate with every affiliate group, large and small which would be chaotic. In the end, everyone wants their payday, and no one wants to give in. Only the customers suffer, either with blackouts or increased fees. So far no one has come up with a better system. Maybe one day....
  18. Who is she? Did she work elsewhere doing traffic?
  19. I would think it is up to Emily West to decide if she wants the full time job considering she is the often used sub today. Back several years, all the traffic reporters used to work for the former Shadow Traffic as well, which made substitutes and replacements easy. I'm not sure if that is still the case other than stations subscribing to the current vendors for traffic information in the entire tri-state region.
  20. I always found them helpful. I used to commute on major highways so it gave me what to avoid as I left for work. I actually find the SXM traffic channel not very useful. I’m not sure how many times an hour they update it.
  21. Do you know if the anchors are complaining when they are solo? I'm sure if they were (and it would not be public), something would happen. Note that one of the usual substitute anchors is out on family leave, and I'm sure upon return is not going to want to do early mornings. From a viewer perspective, a short intro is fine, who the anchor is is fine as long as the news is provided in a clear and detailed manner free from mispronunciations and ongoing mistakes. There is no law of having to have two anchors, nor is there a law that one has to male, one has to be female and any other permutation. At the end of the day, it is about how the newscasts are received by most viewers and making them as impactful as possible. If solo anchors dragged down the ratings, you would see a change.
  22. It only seems a couple of days a week. Today (Friday) Adam is alone as Gilma cohosted the 4.
  23. Fox News PR embellishment. Question is, does this streaming service have any chance of succeeding, considering the size and history of TWC.
  24. Just curious, with the network moving form Nebraska Ave, could WRC be building a new studio in the old MTP space, for instance, and will roll out the new graphics at the sea time as launching a new studio? Just wondering out loud....
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