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Former WPIX Weathercaster Chris Knowles Appears on CNN

When last we heard from weather forecaster Chris Knowles he was fired from WPIX in October.

But, a blizzard can’t keep a good meteorologist down.

Today, Knowles was on CNN during American Morning reporting on the aftermath of the megastorm from New Jersey.

It’s uncertain whether this was a one-time appearance for Knowles or if he was auditioning for a larger role at CNN.

Knowles is married to American Morning anchor Kiran Chetry.

Update: Knowles tells FishbowlNY that he also was scheduled to do live weather updates at 10:30  and 11 a.m. this morning.

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WPIX Axes Weekend Weathercaster Chris Knowles

There has been a casualty of the newly formatted WPIX newscasts. 

Chris Knowles, the WPIX weekend weather anchor, was fired and replaced by Lisa Mateo.  She began her new role on Saturday night. 

“WPIX is an organization that has been going through transition and financial reorganization for some time,” Knowles tells FishbowlNY exclusively. 

A WPIX spokeswoman tells FishbowlNY that Knowles’ per diem agreement came to end. “He opted to not continue with this on a per diem basis.” 

Knowles spent six years at Fox News Channel before joining WPIX in June 2007.

Knowles is married to Kiran Chetry, co-anchor of CNN’s American Morning. The couple met while working at a TV station in Erie, PA.

“I am looking forward to a permanent situation where I can continue to do what I love–anchoring and using my meteorological skills,” Knowles says.

As for Knowles’ replacement, the station spokewoman says, Mateo, who has been going to school for meteorology, will maintain her face time on the PIX Morning News with news and feature reporting three days a week.

The Knowles termination comes as the PIX News at Ten moves into its second week following major changes. Jodi Applegate took over for Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong on the weeknight 10 p.m. newscast. The broadcast originates directly from the newsroom without those TV news staples–desks and chairs.  

“I’ve heard from many co-workers who are shaken up over the whole thing, and I really appreciate their reaching out to me,” Knowles says.

Fox News Blasts Kiran Chetry Agent’s ‘Arrogant Disregard’; Chetry Quickly Jumps To CNN

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As TVNewser first reported yesterday, Fox News sent a letter to John Ferriter, agent of weekend anchor Kiran Chetry, blasting the pair’s contract demands and severing relations with his client. Fox and Chetry were in the middle of contract renegotiations.

Fox News legal VP Dianne Brandi writes:

You have treated Fox News with such arrogant disregard that we do not desire to do any further business with you. You refused to enter into good faith negotiations despite your client’s statements that she wanted to remain at Fox News and was happy with the renumeration we had offered. You and your client’s unprofessional demand that we include a clause in her new agreement which would have been detrimental to other Fox News talent is simply not the way we conduct business.

What was the demand? A TVNewser source speculates it could’ve had something to do with Chris Knowles, Chetry’s husband and Fox News weatherman. (Nah, it won’t be too awkward for Knowles in the office or anything. Not at all.)

The letter also stated that Chetry was “free to leave” before her contract expires on March 6.

Well, guess who showed up on CNN this morning filling in for Soledad O’Brien. Kiran Chetry.

No official hiring announcement has been made from CNN.

UPDATE: It’s official.

  • Fox News’ Letter To Chetry’s Agent [PDF]