WPIX leads Emmy field

NEW YORK — Tribune Broadcasting’s WPIX took a record 40 nominations Thursday for the New York area Emmy Awards, honoring news, sports and other programming. UPN flagship WWOR won 34 noms, Madison Square Garden Network took 30 (a cable record), followed by WNBC with 25 and WCBS and pubcaster WNET, at 19 each. Fox-owned WNYW and WABC had 12 noms apiece.

In the major outstanding single newscast category, WPIX and WNYW both had noms for coverage of the O.J. Simpson civil trial verdict and the TWA Flight 800 plane crash, while WWOR was nominated for a newscast featuring coverage of a train wreck near its Secaucus, N.J., headquarters. In the instant breaking news category, WPIX was nominated twice, with WNBC, WWOR and WNYT Albany getting one each.

The awards, covering stations in New York state and northern New Jersey, will be presented April 27.

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