Thursday, August 27, 2009


...Just because the cool thing to do these days seems to be to change the first letters of a word to "tw" whenever it involves Twitter.

If that headline still doesn't make sense, maybe these screenshots will:

Tweet from @BreakingNews this afternoon:

Tweet a few minutes later from @wcbstv:

Those familiar with Twitter know that copying tweets is not rare. "Retweeting" is a popular way of sharing favorite and interesting posts but that usually includes the letters "RT" and a link to the original tweeter as a way of citing the source. That's not what happened here.

This might be a good time to announce that NewsByte2 is now on Twitter:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Promos: "Your 5:00 News"

The competition is narrowing -- again -- and CBS 2 News is trying to take advantage of it.

The station launched a series of spots this week promoting its 5:00 newscast. That's because WNBC 4 will dump "News 4 New York at 5:00" on September 14th and replace it with a lifestyles program.

Here are the promos. The last one doesn't feel like a typical CBS 2 promo because it uses a different announcer. You can check out more videos on NewsByte2's YouTube page.

This isn't the first time the station has promoted its 5:00 newscast in this way. In September 2008, CBS 2 began airing this "News As It Happens" promo when WNBC changed the format of the 5:30 show. Then when WNBC put an entertainment show at 5:00, CBS 2 ran this promo touting "one full hour."

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wragge's Busy Schedule

TVNewser profiles CBS 2 News anchor Chris Wragge today, saying that he is "out of his mind" for having such a busy schedule. He's filling in on CBS News' "The Early Show" all week while still anchoring CBS 2 News at 5:00 and at 11:00. This certainly isn't the first time this has happened but what's different this week is that he has other CBS Sports and CBS News shoots to do this week.

Here's a look at his schedule this week:
3:45AMAlarm goes off
4:30AMCar arrives
4:45AMArrive at studio, begin prep
7:00AMHost "The Early Show"
9:30AMPost-wrap meeting
10:15AMOut of studio
1:45PMBack in office; lunch at desk
2:45PMIn studio shoots and prep
5:00PMWCBS News
6:00PMBreak for dinner or nap
7:00PMPrep for tomorrow
9:30PMPrep for evening news
11:00PMEvening News
He says it takes two or three weeks to recover.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sam Ryan Changes Mind, Will Stay at CBS 2

Brian sends in this story from, which reports that sports anchor Sam Ryan has changed her mind and will remain at CBS 2. Ryan, who's looking to spend more time with her family, apparently agreed to stay with the station as long as she can work one less day a week. Otis Livingston is expected to pick up the remaining days of the week.

5:20PM UPDATE: Newsday reports that Ryan will work Monday through Wednesday. Thanks again to Brian for the link!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Sam Ryan to Leave CBS 2

The Daily News' Richard Huff reports that lead CBS 2 sports anchor Sam Ryan will leave the station August 27th. She will focus her attention on sportscasting duties for CBS, including anchoring Saturday broadcasts for CBS College Sports (formerly "CSTV") as well as reporting for "The NFL Today."

Ryan tells the Daily News that she's looking forward to spending more time with her family, four-year-old daughter Jensen, seven-year-old son Nicklaus, and husband. She will also freelance at SportsNet New York, anchoring the 1 a.m. edition of "Sports Nite" tonight as well as appear on other shows in the future.

Ryan joined CBS 2 News from ESPN in June 2006. When the station let Ducis Rodgers go in January, Ryan and Steve Bartelstein split the evening sportscasts during the week. Then when Bartelstein left shortly after that, Ryan became the lead sports anchor.