Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Studio 46 Getting A Makeover

Morning anchor Chris Wragge posted this morning on Facebook that CBS 2 News was moving to a temporary studio for the summer as Studio 46 gets a makeover.

Newscasts began originating from a temporary set this afternoon.  It uses pieces from the studio that had been used in an interview and stand-up area, as well as the primary portion sister station WLNY used, to make the temporary location feel familiar. This section has been missing from the studio for the past few weeks, with WLNY using the CBS 2 desk for the 9 p.m. newscasts.

Studio 46 debuted in its current form on October 20, 2011 after broadcasting from a temporary set for exactly one month.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

CBS 2 Getting's LA's "2"

It looks like CBS 2 is getting a new logo.

As seen on Janelle Burrell's Facebook page, the live trucks have gotten a makeover:

Burrell points out that the trucks are now white, no longer blue.  But the bigger change is the CBS 2 logo.  The "2" that the station had been using since the "More News in Less Time" days in May 1997 is gone and has been replaced by the same one sister station KCBS-TV in Los Angeles uses.

Multiple sources report that CBS 2 will also be getting a new graphics package. The station's current graphics launched Sunday, September 22, 2013.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

John Slattery Laid To Rest

CBS 2's Tony Aiello reports on the funeral for his colleague John Slattery, which was held today at Saints John and Paul Church in Larchmont:

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tributes for John Slattery

A sample of the tributes on Twitter:

Colleagues Mourn Loss of John Slattery

Lou Young broke the news to many on Twitter this morning:

At the age of 63, veteran CBS 2 News reporter John Slattery died suddenly in his Westchester home this morning.  The station reported that he had battled heart problems.

Slattery was just short of marking 30 years at the station, having joined WCBS-TV in October 1984.  He had previously spent five years at WABC-TV and earlier at WCAU in Philadelphia.

At noon, Chris Wragge and Mary Calvi reported the sad news:

Maurice DuBois and Kristine Johnson tossed to Dana Tyler to look back at Slattery's career on CBS 2 News at 5:00:

At 6:00, Dick Brennan reported the story and spoke with former colleagues Jim Ryan and Tony Guida:


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Morrison Cleared of Criminal Charges

Rob Morrison, the former co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning and CBS 2 News at Noon, has been cleared of criminal charges after finishing a domestic violence program, according to the Darien Times, Daily News and New York Post. Today in a Stamford court, Morrison was allowed to withdraw his guilty pleas of charges of threatening and disorderly conduct.

Morrison was arrested in February of last year, accusing of choking his wife, then-CBS Money Watch reporter Ashley Morrison. He allegedly told the police, "I can’t go home tonight man, I’m f–king killing her!"

Days later, he "resigned" from the station, leaving his $300,000-a-year job, according to the Daily News, then publicly blamed his wife.

The two are now back together and say their eight-year-old son is "mostly unscathed."

Monday, April 21, 2014

Alex Denis Returns

Alex Denis returned from maternity leave this morning. But she didn't go back to being the traffic reporter.

When Denis went on leave in the winter, Jill Nicolini, who had been doing WLNY's "The Couch," took over her CBS 2 News This Morning traffic duties.

Now Denis appears twice a morning with a new segment called "Now Trending."

She joins Lisa Kerney in returning from maternity leave to a much reduced role. Kerney had been one of the three anchors of "The Couch" in addition to morning sports on CBS 2 but, after giving birth, was back to just sports. (Kerney left CBS 2 for ESPN a few months later.)

Denis herself replaced Katie McGee as morning traffic reporter in January 2012 while McGee was on vacation for over one week.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Diane Macedo Joins CBS 2

As we reported last month, Fox Business anchor Diane Macedo joined CBS 2 this week as a reporter and weekend morning anchor.  Macedo joins anchor/reporter Andrea Grymes at the desk.  Cindy Hsu, who had been doing weekend mornings and evenings, remains at weekend evening anchor and weekday reporter.

Meteorologist Vanessa Murdock also returned from maternity leave after giving birth to a girl in January.  She filled in for John Elliott during the week before taking back her weekend morning weather duties, which freelancer John Marshall had returned to fill.

Monday, February 17, 2014

NY Post Whines About Mobile 2

The New York Post's Phil Mushnick must've seen Mobile 2 for the first time the other day.

After making some sort of joke about Benny Hill, Looney Tunes and Three Stooges music, he writes:
We’ll pick it up with studio co-anchor Mary Calvi, about to throw it to field reporter Weijia Jiang, who was driving a car — trying to drive a car — on Staten Island while she alternately looked at the road and shot glances at the camera operator in the passenger seat.
Ch. 2 proudly and generously refers to this setup as “Mobile 2.”
Calvi, having noted that conditions are dangerous, introduced Jiang as “trying to maneuver around all these problems.”
Stop right there. That’s one way to look at it. The other way was to believe your eyes, to deal with the more self-evident — she and Ch. 2 apparently were trying to create even more problems!
What Jiang reported while she needlessly drove on — and apparently sought out — dangerously iced roads on SI could have just as easily and far more sensibly been reported from the studio: “Be very, very careful if you’re driving or even walking!”
Yes, Mobile 2 is largely a gimmick, but it also shows a live view that had never really been seen, at least when it debuted a few years ago.

And Mushnick's claim that the road conditions could have easily been reported from inside the studio is laughable. What's the point of television news if it can't show you the news?

That would be no better than a newspaper columnist who's staying inside.

(Thanks to Mike for sending in this link.)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Diane Macedo Joining As Weekend Morning Anchor

Looks like CBS 2 will be welcoming yet another fresh face:

Macedo is a reporter at Fox Business Network.

Weekend mornings have been anchored by both Cindy Hsu and Andrea Grymes.

(Thanks to IceManNYR on TV News Talk for pointing this out.)