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Former WPIX Reporter Peter Thorne Joins Comptroller John Liu’s Staff

Peter Thorne was a ten-year veteran of WPIX/Channel 11 before leaving in December.

John Liu is the embattled New York City Comptroller who’s been locked in a fundraising scandal.

The two minds are now uniting, as Liu, the hopeful mayoral candidate in 2013, has hired Thorne as his new communications director.

Thorne began his new position yesterday.

The spotlight has been squarely on Liu since his 25-year-old campaign manager was arrested last month in connection with a fraud scheme.

Now comes Thorne to rescue and to help resurrect Liu’s image.

“Peter is an award-winning, veteran journalist with a deep understanding of New York City and its many diverse communities,” Liu said in a statement. “The energy and insight he brings from his two decades in broadcast journalism will be enormous assets to this office.”

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‘Change is Good’ for Veteran Reporter Jay Dow, Starting at WPIX Next Week

Jay Dow is about make a major career change. As we reported Monday, Dow is headed for WPIX, where the two-time Emmy Award winner will handle an array of hard news stories for the Tribune owned station, starting Monday.

His arrival at Channel 11 follows more than nine years as a WCBS/Channel 2 reporter.

“I grew up in the CBS family,” Dow tells FishbowlNY. “It was a great experience.”

Beyond that, it was a connection to his late uncle, Harold Dow, a longtime CBS News correspondent. Dow died in 2010.

“The Dow name has put in five decades of hard work at CBS,” Dow reflects.

Dow says he got where he is today, in part, from the elder Dow’s mentoring and the “trail that he blazed for myself and an entire of generation of journalists of color.”

Furthermore, Dow credits veteran WCBS reporters Pablo Guzman and John Slattery, and Byron Pitts and Randall Pinkston on the network side as influences.

“Because of all of these people, and the time that I’ve spent with them, I’m a better journalist for it,” Dow admits.  

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Anchor/Reporter Peter Thorne Leaving WPIX

One of the last remnants of the pre-Bill Carey regime, veteran newsman Peter Thorne is leaving Channel 11.

The station released a terse two-sentence statement saying in part that Thorne is leaving effective December 31, to “pursue emerging opportunities in broadcast journalism, new media, and charitable works.”

Thorne spent ten years with WPIX as an anchor and reporter. When Jodi Applegate took over the weeknight 10 p.m. newscasts in October 2010, the WPIX shuffle was on. Carey, who joined the Tribune-owned station in November 2009 as news director, shifted weekend anchors Thorne and Jackie Hyland to weeknight reporting duties. Hyland left Channel 11 in March 2011.

Jim Watkins, the station’s former main co-anchor with Kaity Tong, was relegated to weekends upon Applegate’s arrival. Carey officially severed ties with Watkins in October.

Since Watkins’ departure, Tong has assumed the role of weekend anchor.

As f0r Thorne, he won multiple awards, including a 2005 Emmy Award. He joined WPIX in September 2001, just days before the 9/11 attacks. His bio on the WPIX website says Thorne reported from Ground Zero as his first assignment with the station.

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Anchor Jim Watkins Officially Ends Association With WPIX

The worst kept secret has finally been made official today. Veteran WPIX anchor Jim Watkins has left Channel 11 as FishbowlNY reported exclusively on September 30.

The station, in a statement, announced a parting of company with its longtime anchor, without explaining why.

“Jim Watkins and WPIX-TV have decided to end their relationship after 13 years and three Best Newscast Emmy Awards. PIX11 salutes Watkins’ years of service to the station and to the community during his time as a valued newscaster at the station.  Jim bids a fond farewell to his many PIX co-workers over the years, especially Kaity Tong.”

It’s a different tone than we reported last month, when multiple sources said Watkins was fired earlier, and he was not permitted back in the building.

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Meteorologist Craig Allen Increases Workload at WPIX, Lisa Mateo Shifts Temporarily to Mornings

Kaity Tong is not the only “new” face on weekends at WPIX. As we reported September 30, she replaced the terminated Jim Watkins on an interim basis.

But a deeper evaluation reveals another recent, albeit quieter change on the weekend newscasts.

Meteorologist Craig Allen, a steady freelancer at Channel 11 since leaving WNYW/Channel 5 in June, has seemingly become a regular contributor.

Avid weekend WPIX viewers will notice less of forecaster Lisa Mateo and more of Allen.

However, Allen has not been named a permanent meteorologist at Channel 11.  News director Bill Carey says Allen, though, remains a valuable fill in.

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‘New York Not Gone Forever’ as Former WPIX Talent Lolita Lopez Starts as KNBC Reporter Today

While we await the resolution of Jim Watkins‘ fate at WPIX, Lolita Lopez takes matters into her own hands!

The versatile Channel 11 air talent bolted for KNBC in Los Angeles where she starts on Monday as a general assignment reporter.

Lopez began at WPIX in 2001 in that same role. But she added weekend sports anchor to her resume. Eventually, when top sportscaster Sal Marchiano was dumped in 2008, Lopez was promoted.

However, when news director Bill Carey (who joined WPIX in 2009), dropped sports from the newscasts earlier this year to make his station stand out, Lopez’s trip at Channel 11 went full circle to street reporter.

Lopez, the highly visible sports anchor at the time of the unprecedented move, isn’t sure how it will affect viewers in the long term.

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Breaking: Jim Watkins Fired From WPIX

Veteran WPIX/Channel 11 anchor Jim Watkins has been fired from the station, FishbowlNY has learned exclusively.

Sources with knowledge of the situation say Watkins, the station’s solo weekend anchor, was abruptly terminated Tuesday by news director Bill Carey.

We’re told that Watkins is no longer permitted in the WPIX building on 42nd Street.

Watkins, who joined WPIX in 1998, was part of the long-running evening anchor tandem with Kaity Tong. However, with the arrival of Jodi Applegate in October 2010, Watkins was relegated to weekend anchor.

Before arriving at WPIX, Watkins anchored various newscasts for WNBC/Channel 4. 

There’s no word of who will replace Watkins on weekends.

Update: WPIX news director Bill Carey says Watkins “remains employed by WPIX.”

WPIX Throws Hat Into the Ring With 5 p.m. News

Using their new and improved late-afternoon lineup lead-in as its impetus, WPIX is taking a crack at a 5 p.m. newscast. PIX News at Ten anchor Jodi Applegate, once again, helms the one-hour broadcast on her own. Irv “Mr. G” Gikofsky handles the weather.

Beginning this week, immediately preceding the 5 p.m. news, Anderson Cooper debuted his new daytime show on WPIX.

Starting next week, Dr. Drew’s (Pinsky) Lifechangers takes hold of the 3 p.m. slot with a pair of episodes.

“[That] made it an …opportunity to reenter the afternoon news,” WPIX news director Bill Carey tells FishbowlNY.

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Traffic Reporter Jill Nicolini Leaves WPIX, Heads for WNYW

Jill Nicolini, the uber-popular traffic and entertainment reporter, has left WPIX/Channel 11. She did her final broadcast this morning.

“We made her a very competitive offer and asked her to stay,” WPIX news director Bill Carey says. “She’s leaving because she sees a path and opportunity to do more with her career beyond local news. This is the next step that will help her with that.”

For now, though, that career path takes Nicolini to WNYW/Channel 5 for Good Day New York. Insiders tell FishbowlNY that Nicolini will not work as a traffic reporter at WNYW.

The former model, actress, and reality show contestant joined WPIX in 2004.

“She’s very likable and very dependable,” Carey says. “She was a good part of our [morning] ensemble… We’re fond of her here. [Nicolini] leaves knowing she did a very good job for us.”

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Boston Anchor Frances Rivera Officially Joins WPIX for Mornings

As we reported last month, Frances Rivera is heading to WPIX/Channel 11. The Emmy Award winning anchor teams up with Sukanya Krishnan from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. starting on Monday, August 29th.

Rivera previously worked in Boston, anchoring evening newscasts for NBC affiliate WHDH and the WLVI for the CW.

“I am really looking forward to joining the PIX11 Morning News, a show that is essential for so many tri-state viewers,” Rivera says. “I am thrilled to be back home near my family in New Jersey.”

Rivera attended college abroad and received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines.

“Frances is a key addition to the PIX11 Morning News family,” News director Bill Carey says. ”When viewers come to watch, they’ll be impressed.”

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