NEW YORK (AP) — A veteran New York television reporter has died after suffering a brain hemorrhage after covering a story. WABC-TV says 49-year-old Lisa Colagrossi was stricken while returning to the station from a fire scene Thursday. Colagrossi was taken to a hospital, where she died Friday. Colagrossi joined WABC-TV shortly after the World […]
WABC New York VP of News talks about the challenges of covering three mega-stories — Hurricane Sandy, the presidential election and a Nor’easter — just three months after taking the job. “The fact that we had three stories back-to-back and the team was still coming in with smiles on their faces and wanting to do what they could do is, like, wow.”
The sites for ABC stations WABC New York and WPVI Philadelphia each logged record page views with the help of live-streamed Hurricane Sandy coverage, hitting 7 million and 13.1 million respectively.
In the nation’s No. 1 market, local broadcasters are experimenting with mobile and streaming content in an effort to keep up with their newspaper competition — including giants The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, which have the advantage of drawing traffic from a global audience. Part one of a special three-part Digital DMA examining the complexity of the New York media market. Next week: newspapers.
The former news chief at NBC-owned WRC Washington becomes VP of news at the ABC flagship in New York.
WABC News Director Kenny Plotnik, under whose hand the ABC New York O&O has become the dominant player in local news, will be leaving at the end of this week.
Covering the Occupy Wall Street story has been a challenge for local stations and Thursday was no different. Protesters, pedestrians and a heavy police presence triggered a scuffle for superiority on the sidewalks.
The ABC O&O in New York has has a new studio that looks out on 66th Street and Columbus Avenue near Lincoln Center. The low ceilings proved a challenge at first, but LED lighting overcame that hurdle. It features remote-controlled Ikegami HDL-50 POV cameras, whose robotic heads are controlled via fiber optics from the control room. Its street-level location features two remote-controlled, weather-proofed outdoor cameras for crowd shots. Across the street, in Richard Tucker Park, another camera can get wide shots of the studio.
NEW YORK (AP) — A TV meteorologist has admitted making up claims of being attacked twice in New York City, sparking an extensive police investigation. Heidi Jones pleaded guilty Wednesday to two misdemeanor counts of falsely reporting an incident. She was sentenced to three years’ probation and 350 hours of community service. That’s the time […]
John “Jack” Kirk, a longtime television sales executive at ABC O&O WABC New York, has died at his home in Garden City, N.Y. He was 89. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y, on Dec. 3, 1921, Jack Kirk was a sales executive at WABC from 1956 to 1985. He held both sales management and account executive positions. […]
In the latest example of corporate cousins sharing resources, ABC O&O WABC New York is incorporating sportscasts from ESPN Radio into its morning news. The spots, which air in the 5 and 6 a.m. hours, update viewers on the latest sports news and highlights.
NEW YORK (AP) – A lawyer for a New York TV meteorologist accused of fabricating attacks on her says his client has been indicted, an unusual step for prosecutors in a misdemeanor case. The Manhattan district attorney’s office declined to comment Monday on Heidi Jones’ case. Taking a case to a grand jury for indictment […]
WABC New York’s decision to fight back against afternoon talk-show heavyweights Ellen, Judge Judy and Dr. Phil by expanding its 90-minute local newscast at 5 p.m. by one hour to 4 p.m. has some ad buyers scratching their heads.
WABC is upping the ante by creating a street-level, window-front studio for local newscasts. If all goes according to plan, the studio will be online by summer and will be home to all the station’s newscasts, including the new 4 p.m. show set to launch May 26.