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December 3, 2004 | by ELLEN GRAY Daily News Television Critic
You could argue that Cleveland anchor Sharon Reed's naked backside helped propel KYW (Channel 3) to a solid second-place finish at 11 p.m. in the November sweeps. That's the way they see it at WCAU (Channel 10), which finds itself in third place at 11 during sweeps for the first time since February 1995, thanks, perhaps, to the station's inability to score an interview with Reed, who used to work at 10. And it's true that if you removed the night of Reed's interview with Channel 3 anchor Larry Mendte - who also used to work at 10 and with Reed - 3 and 10 would have tied for second place behind WPVI (Channel 6)
NEWS
May 5, 2005 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Willie A. Walker Jr., 51, a WPVI-TV (Channel 6) cameraman who brought skill, sensitivity and news judgment to his Philadelphia stories, died of liver disease Friday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He lived in Glenside. Mr. Walker worked at television stations in Charleston, S.C., and Buffalo, N.Y., before coming to Philadelphia in 1986 to work for Channel 6's Action News. "Willie was reassuring to work with," said Denise James, a Channel 6 reporter. "He was not afraid to immerse himself in community problems.
NEWS
January 31, 1992 | by Francesca Chapman, Daily News Television Critic
WPVI (Channel 6) will expand its weekday morning newscast from 30 minutes to one hour, beginning March 30. The hourlong newscast will begin at 6 a.m. instead of 6:30 a.m. Anchor Monica Malpass and weathercaster Dave Frankel, who now host the morning half- hour (and also are featured on the noon news, along with Robin Garrison), will host the expanded show. An additional co-anchor is expected to be hired for the morning broadcast. "We looked at the audience levels for that time of day and what we're able to do, and just thought it would be the right thing," said WPVI news director Dave Davis.
NEWS
March 1, 2001 | By Gail Shister INQUIRER TELEVISION COLUMNIST
For the first time in 25 years, the big story on Action News . . . is Action News. Barring a miracle - such as lightning striking the transmitters of its competitors - WPVI (Channel 6) last night lost the 11 p.m. news ratings war to WCAU (Channel 10). Nielsen numbers being crunched today were expected to confirm the upset, which could signal a seismic shift in viewing habits in the country's fourth largest TV market. The WPVI winning streak was one of the longest in the nation, dating to November 1975 - when Frank Rizzo was mayor and All in the Family was TV's most popular show.
NEWS
March 1, 2001 | by Ellen Gray Daily News Television Critic
Pizza won't be on the menu at Channel 10 today. When the final numbers come in for the February sweeps ratings period, WCAU (Channel 10) is expected to be No. 1 weekdays at 11 p.m. for the first time in nearly 30 years. Which means that for the first time since 1975, Channel 10's City Avenue rival, WPVI (Channel 6) can't be considered unbeatable. It also means that Channel 10 news director Steve Schwaid is bringing in caterers. "My goal is food. My Jewish background says feed.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2000 | By Patricia Horn, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Independent station WTVE (Channel 51) has offered to broadcast up to six hours of news by WPVI (Channel 6) each day if Comcast Corp. must drop the ABC station from its cable systems because of a payment dispute. WTVE, a new all-news station, must be carried by Comcast throughout the Philadelphia region. Airing WPVI's popular newscasts periodically during the day would undoubtedly boost the ratings of Philly TV News, WTVE's own news programming. The possibility of an alternative also could help WPVI, which finds itself at ground zero in a dispute between ABC's parent, the Walt Disney Co., and Comcast of Philadelphia, the country's third-largest cable company.
NEWS
September 26, 1997 | By Jennifer Weiner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
AM Live is dead. Philadelphia's only local TV talk show, which drew top ratings in its 10-to-11 a.m. time slot weekdays on WPVI (Channel 6), will go off the air after its Oct. 31 broadcast, to make way for Barbara Walters' all-female talk show, The View. The View, which has been buried at 1:35 a.m. since its August debut, will now air live at 11 a.m. Rosie O'Donnell's hit syndicated talk show, which had been airing at 11, will move back an hour. Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee will remain at 9 a.m. WPVI president Dave Davis said it was simply a case of too many good shows, too little time.
NEWS
March 30, 2006 | By Michael Currie Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John J. Dougherty, electricians' union leader, city Democratic treasurer, Philadelphia mayoral hopeful, has opened a new front in the political wars that have enveloped him in recent months. But where Dougherty's other recent battles have been behind-the-scenes struggles with fellow Democratic power brokers, the latest engagement comes in the form of a lawsuit pitting his International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 against ABC affiliate WPVI-TV (Channel 6). In a suit filed yesterday in Common Pleas Court, the union claims it was defamed by a WPVI news report that said federal investigators were pressuring convicted City Councilman Rick Mariano to provide potential information for a probe of Dougherty's relationship with a local electrical contractor.
NEWS
March 30, 2003 | By Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The only thing Chris Wagner was embedded with last week was bronchitis. In her time, Wagner would have been urgently reporting all the latest developments in the "Big Story" as an anchorwoman on Action News. But it's been 13 years since she left WPVI-TV (Channel 6) in the proverbial huff, and she isn't feeling the impulse to dash to the studio or to Iraq. She's quite happy with her life nowadays and would have been perfectly content being a spectator to the "Big Story" except for one thing: a nasty upper respiratory infection.
NEWS
August 3, 1988 | By Kitty Dumas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Carcione, 73, "the Green Grocer" to thousands of television viewers, died yesterday at a hospital outside San Francisco after a bout with cancer. Mr. Carcione, whose syndicated television segment aired locally on WPVI-TV (Channel 6) during the noon and 5 p.m. news, died at 4:15 p.m., said a spokeswoman at Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame, Calif. David Prohaska, senior producer at the station, said Mr. Carcione had been hospitalized several times in his battle against cancer.
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June 20, 2009 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Action News sports director Gary Papa, 54, died yesterday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, more than five years after telling viewers that he was losing his hair due to treatment for prostate cancer. His last appearance on Action News was May 13. Mr. Papa, a Buffalo, N.Y., native who lived in St. Davids, joined WPVI-TV in April 1981 as a weekend sportscaster. His first story was a recap of a 76ers playoff game from Milwaukee. He became Action News' sports director in 1990.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2008 | By Maria Panaritis INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia's annual Boscov's-6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade, in jeopardy since the Boscov's department store chain declared bankruptcy in August, has a new sponsor and yesterday secured a commitment for city aid. Swedish retail furniture giant IKEA, whose North American headquarters are in Conshohocken, agreed to replace Boscov's as title sponsor of the parade after being approached by WPVI-TV, the Disney-owned ABC affiliate that produces and...
NEWS
November 22, 2007 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With mild conditions and only a small chance of morning rain in the forecast, big crowds are expected to show today for the city's 88th annual Thanksgiving Day parade. "I suspect it's going to be a pretty big year" for turnout, said Caroline Welch, program director of 6ABC (WPVI-TV). Parade attendance varies from 400,000 to 600,000, depending on the weather. The 6ABC/Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature 13 balloons, including Miss Piggy, Oscar the Grouch and Alvin the Chipmunk.
NEWS
March 30, 2006 | By Michael Currie Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
John J. Dougherty, electricians' union leader, city Democratic treasurer, Philadelphia mayoral hopeful, has opened a new front in the political wars that have enveloped him in recent months. But where Dougherty's other recent battles have been behind-the-scenes struggles with fellow Democratic power brokers, the latest engagement comes in the form of a lawsuit pitting his International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 against ABC affiliate WPVI-TV (Channel 6). In a suit filed yesterday in Common Pleas Court, the union claims it was defamed by a WPVI news report that said federal investigators were pressuring convicted City Councilman Rick Mariano to provide potential information for a probe of Dougherty's relationship with a local electrical contractor.
NEWS
August 11, 2005 | By Beth Gillin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One thing can be said for certain about the 2005 local Emmys: Channel 3 news anchor Larry Mendte will go home a winner, and also a loser. Mendte is competing against himself for his coverage of two huge events in New Jersey last year that could be described as precipitous - raging floods and the hasty resignation of Gov. Jim McGreevey. Nobody else was nominated in the category of "special live news coverage. " But lots of folks from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware have been nominated for many, many other things, from investigative journalism to promotional announcements.
NEWS
May 5, 2005 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Willie A. Walker Jr., 51, a WPVI-TV (Channel 6) cameraman who brought skill, sensitivity and news judgment to his Philadelphia stories, died of liver disease Friday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He lived in Glenside. Mr. Walker worked at television stations in Charleston, S.C., and Buffalo, N.Y., before coming to Philadelphia in 1986 to work for Channel 6's Action News. "Willie was reassuring to work with," said Denise James, a Channel 6 reporter. "He was not afraid to immerse himself in community problems.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2004 | by ELLEN GRAY Daily News Television Critic
You could argue that Cleveland anchor Sharon Reed's naked backside helped propel KYW (Channel 3) to a solid second-place finish at 11 p.m. in the November sweeps. That's the way they see it at WCAU (Channel 10), which finds itself in third place at 11 during sweeps for the first time since February 1995, thanks, perhaps, to the station's inability to score an interview with Reed, who used to work at 10. And it's true that if you removed the night of Reed's interview with Channel 3 anchor Larry Mendte - who also used to work at 10 and with Reed - 3 and 10 would have tied for second place behind WPVI (Channel 6)
NEWS
December 3, 2004 | By Suzette Parmley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia's WPVI-TV (Channel 6) attracted more political advertising money this year than any other television station in the country - $23.8 million, figures released yesterday show. With Pennsylvania a presidential battleground state, three stations in the city finished in the top 12 nationwide for political ad spending. In addition to WPVI, they were WCAU-TV (Channel 10) and KYW-TV (Channel 3). Pittsburgh station KDKA-TV ranked 19th in the country. TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group, a research firm in Arlington, Va., that tracks political ads, compiled the data.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2004 | By Tanya Barrientos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Vacation's almost over and it's time to get your head back into the game. Not the office game. Not the campaign game. The game that's turned a quiet brainiac named Ken Jennings into America's newest television hero - Jeopardy! Tomorrow, the mild-mannered software designer from Salt Lake City returns to the classic quiz show to defend his title as the longest-running, highest-earning, best-ratings-getting player ever on the syndicated program, which airs at 7 p.m. weekdays on WPVI (Channel 6)
NEWS
September 19, 2003 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Local TV stations kicked into Doppler overdrive as Hurricane Isabel whirled up from North Carolina yesterday. Of course, we weren't alone. Up and down the Eastern Seaboard, telecasters were in batten-down-the-hatches and lay-in-the-sandbags mode. When it became apparent that the brunt of the storm would bypass the area, though, the local stations were left with lots of airtime to fill and not much urgent storm information. KYW (Channel 3) was the first of the big three stations to go to sustained, special coverage, at 3 p.m. WPVI (Channel 6)
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