It appears to be the end of an era in New York TV News. Tribune-owned WPIX/Channel 11 is poised to dump its sports department. With it, the New York Post reports Lolita Lopez (left), the station’s sports director, is getting reassigned.
The paper said it wasn’t certain if sports coverage would fall into the laps of the news anchors or if it would be outsourced.
“I hope it’s not the start of a trend, but I’ve heard of other stations around the country doing the same,” former longtime WNBC sports anchor Len Berman (below) says. ”I’m a firm believer in local sports and I don’t believe local sports is diminished by ESPN. But I know there are many in management who don’t agree.”
This would mark the first New York City TV station to forgo a sports department.
Of course, Channel 11 has a long history attached to sports. First, for decades of Yankee baseball, and more recently WPIX has been the home for Mets games.
This is the latest change for news director Bill Carey, hired in November 2009. His biggest splash, to this point, was the overhaul of the 10 p.m. newscast in October 2010. Anchor Jodi Applegate, formerly from News 12 Long Island, was brought in.