Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Weather Map Banners

CBS 2 News began using a new radar-like graphic in place of the regular banners on the weather maps last night at 11:00. It at first appeared to be an error because of the lack of a graphic behind the actual text; however, its continued use today seems to indicate that it is intentional.

While we're on the topic of the weather graphics, there remains an inconsistency between the morning/noon and the evening presentations. As seen below, Lonnie Quinn's seven-day forecast leaves out the blue title bar, making the text harder to read. Quinn's presentations have left this out for months while the other weather talent include it.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Dunn Promoted to President of CBS Television Stations, Will Remain WCBS-TV GM

WCBS-TV's president and general manager Peter Dunn has been promoted to president of CBS Television Stations, according to this Mediaweek report sent in by Brian. He replaces Tom Kane, who left CBS, as head of the 29 owned and operated stations. Dunn will remain in his position at WCBS.

Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS, had this to say:
Peter has been a terrific leader in every role he’s had at our station group, from president of sales to running two of our biggest stations. He knows how to deliver results and inspire the best work from his people, and knows the local marketplace as well as anyone.
Also in that article as of this posting is this line:
Prior to WCBS-TV, Dunn was president of sales for the BS Television Stations.
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Thursday, November 5, 2009

CBS 2 to Cover Parade of Champions

CBS 2 News will air live coverage of tomorrow's Parade of Champions for the New York Yankees tomorrow beginning at 11:00 a.m. According to Chris Wragge's Facebook, the coverage will last for about three hours and will be anchored in part by himself along with sports anchors Sam Ryan and Otis Livingston.

The parade begins at Battery Park and will continue north on Broadway's "Canyon of Heroes" to City Hall, where a ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. in front of 500 lucky fans who won an online ticket lottery this evening.

John Slattery reported tonight that this will be New York's 206th ticker-tape parade, the most recent of which was in February 2008 for the New York Giants after winning the Super Bowl. This is the first such parade for the Yankees since beating the Mets in the 2000 World Series.

KYW Pays Off Bet With CBS 2 News This Morning

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Before the World Series began, the morning team at KYW-TV in Philadelphia bet the crew of CBS 2 News This Morning that the Phillies would win. If they were right, Maurice DuBois, Kate Sullivan, John Elliott and Katie McGee would have to sing Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom" live in New York and Philly.

Last night, the Yankees beat the Phillies 7-3 in Game 6 of the Fall Classic, bringing home the Yankees' franchise 27th ring. That meant the CBS 3 Eyewitness News This Morning team of Ukee Washington, Liz Keptner, Maria LaRosa and Bob Kelly had to sing Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York." CBS 2 rubbed it in a little more by showing video of the champagne celebration in the Yankees' clubhouse during the early morning performance. At the end, both teams said they were hopeful to be at it again next year.

If you want your ears to bleed, check out the simulcast from CBS 2 and KYW.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Former Reporter Wins Long Island Election

Trish Bergin, who reported for WCBS-TV in the late '90s, won an election yesterday to Islip Town Council in Suffolk County. According to, she received the most votes out of the four candidates for the two-seat election (though, as of this post, that is not Bergin who is in that picture). She ran as an independent but was also listed on the Republican and Conservative ballots.

Bergin was a second Long Island reporter on "News 2" from March 1997 - December 1998. During the "More News in Less Time, Every Time" era, she often reported live from the station's Long Island bureau in Uniondale during the morning newscasts. Most recently, she reported and anchored for News 12 Long Island.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Campaign 2009 Coverage Tonight

CBS 2 News says it will provide live coverage tonight of the election results. It begins at 8:00 when polls in New Jersey and Connecticut close.

The major race of the hour will be for New Jersey governor, between Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine, Republican Chris Christie and independent Chris Daggett.

Then at 9:00, polls in New York close and the results for New York City mayor should be known as Democrat Bill Thompson is seeking to keep independent Michael Bloomberg from getting a third term.

The coverage will likely be short updates at the top of the hour instead of a wall-to-wall broadcast during primetime.

Studio 46 has a "Campaign 09" logo on the right side of the desk for today's coverage: