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John Muller Out as Morning Anchor at WPIX

There’s more movement at the PIX Morning News. Last week we told you that Boston anchor Frances Rivera is joining Sukanya Krishnan on the desk.

Now comes word that John Muller, with the show since its inception in 2000, is out.  A WPIX spokesperson tells FishbowlNY that Muller’s contract is up and it will not be renewed. The Daily News reports Muller is part of Channel 11 until the end of July. Although he may have already done his final broadcast. Muller was not seen on the air yesterday.  

Muller started at Channel 11 as a field reporter in 1999.

As for Rivera, she fills the slot vacated by Chris Burrous who left the PIX Morning News in March.

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Veteran Cable Anchor Laurie Dhue Finds Work at WPIX

You’ll recall Laurie Dhue from her anchoring on the Fox News Channel from 2000 to 2008. During that time, Dhue was also featured prominently as reporter for Geraldo at Large.

A WPIX spokeswomen tells FishbowlNY that Dhue is now a fill-in PIX Morning News anchor on a per diem basis.

You’ll recall, morning anchor Chris Burrous left Channel 11 last month for the Tribune owned station in Los Angeles.

Other comings and goings at WPIX, WPIX brought meteorologist John Marshall on board in per diem role earlier this month, while the contract of veteran reporter/anchor Jackie Hyland was not renewed.

Chris Burrous Leaves WPIX for Anchor Position in Los Angeles

Get the change of address cards ready!

Chris Burrous left WPIX after yesterday’s PIX 11 Morning News.  He is grabbing an anchor gig at Tribune-owned KTLA in Los Angeles.

News director Bill Carey hired Burrous last June as part of the morning show overhaul at Channel 11.  Burrous heads back to the West Coast after previously working in Sacramento.

The Daily News reports Burrous will be the solo anchor of a new weekend morning show at KTLA.

On yesterday’s PIX 11 Morning News, Burrous thanked the viewers for “being so kind to me and my family.”

As a temporary replacement, Channel 11 will use a rotation of anchors to fill his slot on the PIX 11 Morning News alongside Sukanya Krishnan.

WCBS and WPIX Win With Extended Storm Coverage

Another day, another winter storm with which New Yorkers must deal. This time, though, it was primarily a serious ice storm for the morning rush.

WCBS and WPIX get praise for extra coverage this morning.

Once again, Channel 2 is showing that they are the station to turn to when weather gets rough.

Following The Early Show, anchors Rob Morrison and Mary Calvi guided viewers with aplomb to the latest.

WCBS evening meteorologist Lonnie Quinn joined the morning team today.  

That team includes Mobile 2, quickly becoming a signature part of their storm reporting, which deployed its “fleet of cars.”

As conditions began to slowly improve, WCBS left the air until 10 a.m. (before returning with the usual noon newscast).

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WPIX Switches Morning Anchors; Adds Weekend Newscast

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WPIX/Channel 11 is bringing back an early evening newscast starting this Saturday, September 11 at 6 p.m.

The move comes after the Tribune-owned station pulled the plug on its nightly 6:30 p.m. newscast after a brief eight-month run.

“We have two [syndicated] shows that are expiring, and it created an opportunity,” WPIX news director Bill Carey told FishbowlNY. “We realized that we have everything in place because we do a 10 o’clock show [and] people still come in for a full day of work.”

Therefore, Carey says, it doesn’t cost the station anything extra to produce a 6 p.m. weekend newscast.

“It’s good counterprogramming for people that don’t watch football,” Carey admits.

Another change for WPIX involves their morning newscast airing weekdays from 4:30-9 a.m.

As the station prepares for a 4 a.m. start time on September 20, Carey has flipped anchors John Muller and Chris Burrous.

Burrous, who joined PIX in June, is now co-anchoring the PIX Morning News with Sukanya Kristan from 6-9 a.m.

The veteran Muller, on the PIX Morning News since its inception in 2000, will need an earlier wake-up call. He is headed to the 4:30-6 a.m. portion (4 a.m. as of Sept. 20) of the broadcast with Tamsen Fadal.

“We’re kind of timing it so that we can cement our place at 4 o’clock in the morning,” Carey says. “I just feel like the pairings make us a stronger team and we made the flip.”

WPIX has been a trailblazer in the local morning news race. In 2008, they became the first to air a 4:30 newscast. Eventually, the other stations would join WPIX at 4:30.