New York State Amber Alert has been issued for 3-year-old Ferrari Tiesto Stojka

A New York State Amber Alert has been issued for 3-year-old Ferrari Tiesto Stojka.

The child abduction happened at the corner of Ocean Parkway and Avenue P, in Brooklyn, NY at about 3:30PM on Friday.

The child, Ferrari Tiesto Stojka is a White male, approximately 3 years old with brown hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 3 feet and weighs about 40 pounds. Ferrari was last seen wearing white shirt, white shorts and a Yankees hat.

The suspect, Jacob Laslo is a White male, approximately 33 years old with blonde hair and blue eyes. He is approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing a white t shirt and blue jeans.

The suspect was last seen traveling on foot.

Suspect is non-custodial father of child and has not seen child for two years.

Suspect assaulted the mother of the child, and then abducted the child and fled on foot in Brooklyn.

Suspect resides in New Jersey but last known to be in Manhattan.

Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the New York City Police Department at (866)NYS-AMBER /697-2623 or dial911 to provide information on a report or sighting.

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Six Months on, WPIX tumbles as WNYW grows at 10

On October 11th 2010, WPIX-TV, the New York City CW station (known on air as PIX11)altered their 10 pm newscast to make it look less like a traditional newscast and their graphics look like more or less like some app on an I-phone.

My October 15th 2010 article explaining my views against the change in newscast because many viewers-like myself- lost another traditional 10pm newscast since WWOR-TV moved the news to 11pm and My October 28th 2010 article featured responses from people who replied to the original article in anger over the changes.

Well, now it has been official, despite all the positive comments that WPIX has gotten over this “innovation”—the “innovation” actually caused a dip in viewership.

Despite this format being carried in other Tribune owned CW stations(albeit with some variations) In New York the format has failed to catch on with the main demographics that advertisers cater to—the 25 to 54 year old demo or the “money demo” as called by people in the TV business.

As explained in the comments sections of both my articles that were published on my own New York-centric blog “The City and My Life” and the “Andy’s Cue” column for Asnycnow Radio, people have absolved themselves form watching PIX News at Ten until the old newscast is returned.

The people—particularly the 25-54 year old group (which is also the key demo of readers for Asnycnow Radio and The City & My Life) have been leaving WPIX in droves to the ONLY other 10 pm newscast in town—WNYW Fox 5 (which originally started their 10pm newscast before anyone else did in the country) and WNYW has seen a slow but steady growth among the 25-54 year old group.

According to Nielsen, Ratings for WPIX among the highly coveted 25-54 age group, which WPIX was trailing WNYW by just 1.16(NYW) to 1.10 (PIX) in October 2010, saw the gap between viewership widen to 1.35 (NYW) to 0.92 (PIX) in December 2010 and then 1.96 (NYW) to 0.84 (PIX) in March 2011.

A commenter, Harold Silverburg originally praise WPIX GM Bill Carrey over the format change in the comments section of The City & My Life:

“If Jim[Watkins] and Kaity[Tong] (the former 10pm news team) were so beloved, where were all the viewers? Congrats to [WPIX GM]Bill Carey for having the guts to make a format change that provided a spark of energy that viewers will get to like in time. Watch the ratings climb.”

Well, Harold and WPIX management got it wrong.

RATINGNYWPIX This is not good news for WPIX management, The Tribune Co., currently having financial issues and this is not making it better for them—public relations or otherwise.

WPIX’s image has been tarnished in the city based on management quarrels. WPIX currently has lawsuits pending over charges of ageism (ending one’s employment over one’s age) and one of its reporters, Vince DeMentri was terminated with the station over a public spat and Chris Burrows, who was hired to be the face of the 4-6am edition of “PIX Morning News” (by Tribune’s VP of news Steve Charlier) was transferred to WPIX’s sister station KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles after ratings fail to grow under his stewardship.

A WPIX spokesperson pointed out to the New York Post that WNYW’s lead-in “American Idol” draws much higher ratings that reruns of CW programming airing on WPIX.

That is true, but “American Idol” was not on WNYW airwaves in December and WNYW still drew in higher numbers than WPIX compared to two months earlier when they were almost neck and neck.

WPIX also ran into some trouble as well when Tribune hired longtime friend to WPIX GM Bill Carey– former KYW CBS 3 anchor Larry Mendte as a commentator following his termination from KYW after allegedly hacking into former co-anchor Alycia Lane’s e-mail.

Alycia Lane has since resurfaced as a reported for NBC’s Los Angeles affiliate KNBC Channel 4.

Also, The New York Post reported that, When Lane issued a lawsuit to Mendte,WPIX shipped him over to Libya for an exclusive interview with Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. Mendte accompanied Former Pennsylvania Rep. Curt Weldon, who has a long history with Qaddafi to try an broker a truce.

Skeptics inside the station told The Post that they believed Mendte wanted to go to Libya so he could rebuild HIS reputation before he face charges on ruining Lane’s reputation.

This is a station that fires people left and right,and they’ll pay for a Libya Trip”- WPIX Insider tell the New York Post (03/12/11)

So now Six months after the changed at PIX, not only have they lost viewership at 10pm but also lost to “Good Day New York” due to the presenter shuffle.

Now, WPIX still has time to undo their mistake and return the old 10pm newscast. They don’t have to do it immediately, they should phase in the old newscast back on air before the change in viewership is permanent.

With American Idol now the main lead-in plus many strong FOX programming serving strong lead-in, WNYW is now dominating the 10pm news market and WNYW had it right since 1967—If it Ain’t Broke, Dont fix it!—something that WPIX is now learning the hard way.

Changes to WPIX’s ‘PIX News at Ten’ Fail

On October 11th, 2010, New York’s CW station, WPIX (known on air as PIX11) recently altered their 10 p.m newscast to make it look less like a newscast and more like some app on an iphone.

WPIX GM Bill Carrey said the newscast was to be more fast-paced and created something called the ‘11 @10’’ which is 11 main stories of that newscast ran through like a countdown list with the reporters rushing through the news having one to three minutes rather than a 5-8 minute news report.

Yes, I get it, We’re in the age of people getting their news in a faster pace (CNN’s sister HLN Network is successful for creating and mastering that format) However , that doesn’t mean TV stations have to dumb down their newscast for young people.

And yes, if that means you have drop one the most respected news anchoring team in the city to get attention for the newscast, than you got that attention. Mind You, PIX11 is trying this format a second time, PIX News also had a 630pm Newscast that tried that format only to have that newscast moved up to 6pm on weekends.

The good thing about this change is that PIX is getting a lot of attention over the change and made the newscast feels different than its predecessor (because it is different than the old PIX News at 10)and its only competitor, the FOX 5 News at Ten which is run by rival FOX O&O station FOX 5 WNYW( who, along with sister WWOR My9 is having a dispute with Cablevision). The bad things about these changes are 1) the Weekday Jim Watkins/Kaity Tong team and the Weekend Peter Thorne / Jackie Hyland team was replaced by a single anchoring format of Jodi Applegate (formerly of News 12 Long Island, WNYW ,and MSNBC ) on weekdays and Jim Watkins relegated to Weekends ( which is a demotion).

2) They dumbed down the newscast to something, as I mentioned before, like an iphone app and rushed through the news to the point that you can not get the subject of the stories reported. 3) they are giving less time to those news reports and MORE time to the PIX EDITORIAL team which is made up of Lionel (don’t know who that is) Larry Mendte (formerly of CBS 3 in Philadelphia, who was fired for checking out his co-anchor’s email).

And finally, this is another FAILED attempt to attract viewers who have since started a Facebook page demanding the return of the Watkins/Tong team and have abandoned PIX News at 10 for Fox 5 News at 10. WPIX has finally pushed the viewers over the edge, and PIX thinks they will work, but they failed.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List, September 26-October 2

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The New York Times newspaper has listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on October 2. Young C. Kim’s graphic novel adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight vampire novel returns to the separate Hardcover Graphic Books list at #7. The previous week’s chart was the first time in 28 weeks that this book did not appear on the list.

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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, September 19-25

The New York Times' Top 10 Manga Best Seller List

The New York Times's Manga Best Seller List of The Week

The New York Times newspaper has listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on September 25. Young C. Kim’s graphic novel adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight vampire novel dropped from #7 off the separate Hardcover Graphic Books list. It is the first time in 28 weeks that this book has not appeared on the list.

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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, September 12-18

The New York Times' Top 10 Manga Best Seller List

The New York Times's Manga Best Seller List of The Week

The New York Times newspaper has listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on September 18. Young C. Kim’s graphic novel adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilightvampire novel stayed at #7 in its 27th week on the separate Hardcover Graphic Books list.

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New York Times Manga Best Seller List, September 5-11

The New York Times' Top 10 Manga Best Seller List

The New York Times's Manga Best Seller List of The Week

The New York Times newspaper has listed the manga bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on September 11. Young C. Kim’s graphic novel adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight vampire novel rose from #7 to #6 in its 26th week on the separate Hardcover Graphic Books list.

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