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Murphy Back on Ch. 7 Reporting on Team That Pays Him

  After the end of the 6 p.m. sports report Thursday featuring a story on the Buffalo Bills participation in the NFL Scouting Combine, Channel 7’s Keith Radford turned to co-anchor Joanna Pasceri and said: “It’s good to see Johnny again.” “Glad he’s covering that for us,” responded Pasceri. “Johnny” is John Murphy, a former [...]
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Twitter, The News, Ch. 2 Winners on Ruff Story; Ch.4 Biggest Loser

  On the morning after the firing of Buffalo Sabres Coach Lindy Ruff, it is time to declare the winners and losers among the media covering the big sports news story. Big Winner: Twitter. The Sabres announced Ruff was fired in his 16th season as coach on the social media site about two hours before [...]
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Measuring TV Popularity of “Downton,” “Wife” and Sabres

This morning, we’re going to answer some questions about the viewing habits of WNY. How popular is PBS’ “Downton Abbey” in Western New York?” Its season finale Sunday was more popular here  than ABC’s “Revenge” and almost as popular as CBS’ “The Good Wife,” which played opposite it. It also was in the neighborhood of [...]
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In Defense of Amelia Segal; Mayock on Ryan Nassib

Some of my blog readers have been less than kind to Channel 4 meteorologist Amelia Segal because she plans to end her three-year run at the CBS affiliate after the end of the February sweeps next week. Her critics essentially have written that she is being ungrateful after the station invested so much time and effort [...]
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Ch.2 Tries New, Late-Night Sketch Comedy

  One has to admire Channel 2 for taking some chances with original local programming. This is not a joke. I’m serious. More than a year ago, Bill O’Loughlin got a shot with a late-night talk show dealing with politics and the economy that morphed into the daytime program “2 Sides,” first with O’Loughlin and [...]
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Segal Leaving Ch.4 at End of Sweeps

Amelia Segal’s last day at Channel 4 is Feb. 28, the day after the February sweeps end. That’s the word from sources inside the CBS affiliate. The same sources report that the meteorologist gave her notice Thursday. The morning weather anchor for “Wake Up!” has told colleagues that she has a job lined up but [...]
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Segal Leaving Ch.4 at End of Sweeps

Amelia Segal’s last day at Channel 4 is Feb. 28, the day after the February sweeps end. That’s the word from sources inside the CBS affiliate. The same sources report that the meteorologist gave her notice Thursday. The morning weather anchor for “Wake Up!” has told colleagues that she has a job lined up but [...]
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Segal Leaving Ch.4 at End of Sweeps

Amelia Segal’s last day at Channel 4 is Feb. 28, the day after the February sweeps end. That’s the word from sources inside the CBS affiliate. The same sources report that the meteorologist gave her notice Thursday. The morning weather anchor for “Wake Up!” has told colleagues that she has a job lined up but [...]
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Knowledge of Spoiler a Downer for “Downton” Finale

Spoiler alert. I hate those two words, which basically give critics the right to reveal key plot details that no one would want to know while watching his or her favorite show. So if you’re a “Downton Abbey” fan, consider this a spoiler alert about a spoiler alert. I’m not going to spoil things by [...]
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Edwards’ Risky “Zero Hour” Has Slightly Better Than Zero Chance

I really wanted to like the new ABC drama “Zero Hero” that premieres at 8 tonight on Channel 7. A month ago, I heard series star Anthony Edwards tell the nation’s television critics in California that he finally found something that was “crazy” enough to get him back in TV for the first time since [...]
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Max and Katie’s “Amazing” Honeymoon

  A few months before Katie and Max Bichler were married, the future bride had a proposal of her own. It went something like this: “Let’s try and get on the show we both love.’’ After all, she has watched every minute of “The Amazing Race” since it premiered in 2001 and she got  Max hooked [...]
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Grammys Takes Huge Local Hit; Writers Lose Go-to-Bills

Since the death of Whitney Houston was one of the focuses of the 2012 Grammy Awards, viewership for this year’s Grammys was expected to drop. But not by how much it dropped on Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate. Sunday’s awards show averaged a 13.4 rating on Channel 4, which was slightly more than half [...]