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Oct 29, 2001  •  Post A Comment

`Emeril,’ `Schwartz’ cut out of sweeps by NBC
Los Angeles-In a telling sign reflecting their ongoing rating problems, NBC is going to be resting struggling freshman sitcoms “Inside Schwartz” and “Emeril” during the November sweeps (Nov. 1-28). “Schwartz,” typically dropping about 30 percent of its 8 p.m. (ET) Thursday lead-in from “Friends,” will be pre-empted during sweeps by either repeat airings of the latter sitcom or “Will & Grace.” “Emeril,” which has floundered in the lead-off 8 p.m. Tuesday time slot, will be replaced by special program stunting during the sweeps, including a planned two-hour “’Frasier’ Marathon Night” (8 p.m. to 10 p.m.) on Nov. 13. An NBC production source said the two freshman shows are “only being rested” in favor in getting sweeps-driven rating spikes out of existing hit sitcoms. The source noted that the plan is to bring “Schwartz” and “Emeril” back to air in December.
Pataki offering help for New York stations
New York-Gov. George Pataki is looking for ways to help local broadcasters build a new tower to replace television facilities lost when the World Trade Center was destroyed, Crain’s New York Business reports. All local broadcasters except WCBS-TV and WXTV, have been using an Alpine, N.J., tower since Sept. 11, but it doesn’t have the reach of the antennas that were on top of the trade center. The governor originally proposed legislation to exempt a new tower from state environmental laws and local zoning rules. But Pataki aides say that bill is now undergoing some revisions. Broadcasters have not selected a site, but they are looking at Governors Island. The island is federally owned and far from residential areas, which typically oppose broadcasting towers.
Siting and building a new tower could take up to 18 months.
Jobe named Detroit duopoly news director
New York-Ken Jobe, who has been news director at Hearst-Argyle’s NBC affiliate WLWT-TV in Cincinnati since 1999, was named news director of the Detroit Viacom duopoly of WWJ-TV (CBS) and WKBD-TV (UPN). The announcement was made by Linda Danna, who was recently named VP and general manager of the duopoly.
Mr. Jobe had improved the performance of the morning and late-evening newscasts in Cinncinati, where he had gone after a year as assistant news director at WABC-TV in New York. His previous stops included WMC-TV, Memphis, Tenn., (assistant news director); WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, (executive producer); and WCBS-TV, New York, (writer-producer) in 1988-89.
Trans World covers NYC Marathon in the air
New York-Trans World International, the producer for NBC’s network broadcast of the New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 4 (3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET), has received a waiver to fly four helicopters in what has been a 25-mile “no-fly zone” put in place since the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. A spokesman for TWI said the company held “special meetings” with the Federal Aviation Administration, the New York Police Department and the office of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to gain fly-over coverage of the marathon (accompanied by an NYPD helicopter). The marathon will get five hours of coverage locally, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on WNBC-TV.#