CBS has officially taken ownership of WLNY and launched a three-phase transition that will result in new newscasts and high definition programming at Long Island station.
As part of the merger with WCBS, the CBS O&O in New York City, Betty Ellen Berlamino has been named vice president and station manager of WLNY. She is a former general manager of WPIX, the CW-affiliate in New York.
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“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the New York market to create a new TV station,” WCBS news director David Friend said.
In July, WLNY will launch a morning newscast at 7 a.m. and an evening newscast at 9 p.m. The morning newscast will include WCBS’ weathercaster John Elliott and sportscaster Lisa Kerney. Additional on-air talent will be named soon.
The evening newscast will be anchored by the WCBS evening team — anchors Chris Wragge and Dana Tyler, weathercaster Lonnie Quinn and sports anchor Otis Livingston. Richard Rose, who is WLNY’s primary anchor, will also contribute to the newscast. The Daily News reports that Rose was the only WLNY personality to be picked up by CBS.
For more from Friend and WCBS general manager Peter Dunn, visit FishbowlNY.