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It’s Official: Jodi Applegate Joins WPIX; Watkins and Tong Roles Announced

Aplegate.jpg First on FishbowlNY: It had been rumored for several weeks, with News 12 Long Island anchor Jodi Applegate getting out of her contract to join WPIX.

After keeping the story close to the vest, WPIX/Channel 11 made it official this morning.

Applegate will be the solo weekday anchor for the PIX News at 10 p.m. starting Monday, October 4.

We now know the fate of veteran anchors Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong. The team had been front and center on WPIX at 10 p.m. since 1998.

Watkins will anchor the PIX weekend newscasts, and coordinate feature reports during the week. As for Tong, a WPIX spokeswoman says she will field anchor each weeknight from locations throughout the tri-state area.

Prior to the Cablevision gig, Applegate worked for Fox5/WNYW, co-anchoring Good Day New York from 2005-2008.

In the 1990s, she had high-profile stints at MSNBC and NBC’s Weekend Today. Applegate was the main fill-in on the Today show, and hosted Later Today.

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