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Ch.2′s Brown Is Honored and Held Accountable

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It has been quite a few weeks for veteran Channel 2 reporter Scott Brown.

He recently received five New York State Emmys nominations as the NBC affiliate broke its own record and earned 16 nominations.

And according to sources, Brown was one of three people at the station suspended for a story in which the name of a woman who was the victim of domestic abuse was inadvertently shown on the air after the station said she didn’t want to be identified.

The sources note that Brown and chief photographer Andy DeSantis got three-day suspensions for the error and photographer Norm Fisher received a seven-day suspension.

Sources said Fisher took the offensive video that revealed her name in divorce papers and that DeSantis and Brown got lesser punishments because they didn’t catch the error in editing.

The suspensions by Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner certainly illustrate that the station can practice what it preaches “and hold people accountable.” Toellner, who previously said those involved in the error were disciplined but wouldn’t name them, declined comment this time. 

Brown’s worth to the station is illustrated by his five Emmy nominations. The five nominations are two less than Channel 4 received and four more than Channel 7.

Two of Brown’s nominations were for reporting on the death of Laura Cummings, the 23-year mentally disabled woman. He also was nominated for a composite for writing sports stories.

Maryalice Demler received four nominations, including one for her work as an anchor.

One of my favorite stories during the year – Aaron Saykin’s piece on a young man who met St. Louis Cardinal great Albert Pujols (see above) at a baseball game in Pittsburgh – also was nominated.

The awards will be given out April 3 in New York City.

* Of course, the real competition is taking place now during the February sweeps.

After three weeks, it looks like it is going to be more of the same: Channel 2 is ahead in the morning, Channel 4 is ahead in the afternoon and early evening and at 11 p.m.

However, Channel 4 is closer to Channel 2 in the morning than it had been and Channel 2 is closer to Channel 4 at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. than in it had been.

The sweeps end next Wednesday.

* The big story of the week – Terry Pegula taking over as owner of the Buffalo Sabres – didn’t lead to much of a ratings bump Tuesday. Local newscast ratings were in the normal range for the abnormal coverage of Pegula.

I wouldn’t say the coverage was overdone because local TV overdoes everything it can with “team coverage” that fills newscasts when big events occur.

* One of the more amusing moments of MSG’s coverage of the Sabres 4-1 win over Atlanta in Pegula’s first game as an owner came during Kevin Sylvester’s interview with Pegula between periods.

Coming out of a commercial break, viewers could hear Pegula say “we’ve got to get you guys some new technology.” Apparently, he didn’t realize the break was over and his words could be heard.

By the way, Sylvester did an excellent job interviewing his new boss, which isn’t always the easiest assignment.


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2 responses to "Ch.2′s Brown Is Honored and Held Accountable"

  1. Mark says:

    Can you imagine being on the committee to nominate those news stories for Emmies? You would actually have to watch all that crap from all over the state. id shoot myself.

    • Pergy's friend says:

      Maybe what the stations do is only send in their “best” stories to the committee for nominations, instead of the people of the committee having to watch 1 million hours of news programming and driving themselves mad.

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