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Newberg, prison break and November storm coverage lead Ch.4's Emmy nominations

WIVB-TV celebrated.

WGRZ-TV protested.

That’s the local story involving the New York State Emmy nominations announced Tuesday.

On first glance, Channel 4 (WIVB) has reason to gloat in upcoming promos about being the local leader in nominations for a medium market (stations 50 through 99) with five, compared to one each for Channel 2 (WGRZ) and Channel 7 (WKBW-TV).

That’s a significant change from a year ago, when Channel 2 received 11 nominations, Channel 4 had the same five as it had a year ago and Channel 7 had two.

But there should be an asterisk this year.

Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner reported the NBC affiliate did not submit any entries as a form of protest.

“We disagreed with the state organizations’ business and pricing model,” explained Toellner. “We will participate in some of the numerous other award programs…”

Channel 2’s lone nomination was by sports anchor and reporter Jonah Javad, who Toellner said must have entered by himself. Javad, who also was nominated last year, was nominated this time for a February, 2015 story “Angel on Ice.”

Channel 4’s five nominations were led by one for now retired reporter Rich Newberg in the category of “Investigative reporter, Societal Concerns” for a story “Reaching Out to Buffalo’s Homeless” that aired in January of 2015.

Anchor-reporter Jordan Williams was nominated in the “Environment” category for the second straight year for an October, 2014 story, “Nuclear Neighbor.”

The station’s received two separate nominations for its coverage of the prison break from the Clinton Correctional Facility last summer and a fifth nomination for a November 19, 2014 newscast during the record-setting snowstorm.

Channel 7’s Katie Morse was nominated for a May, 2015 story, “Honoring a Lost Friend Through Art.”

The Emmy winners will be announced at a dinner in New York City on March 19.

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