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With Jim Watkins Out at WPIX, Kaity Tong Takes Weekends

As we reported first this morning, anchor Jim Watkins has done his final broadcast on WPIX/Channel 11. Several sources with knowledge of the matter tell FishbowlNY that the longtime WPIX anchorman was fired.

WPIX management had very little to say about the situation except that Watkins “remains employed by WPIX.”

However, sources say Watkins, who became weekend anchor in 2010, is not permitted back in the building, let alone the studios.   

In addition, sources say Watkins’ former weeknight colleague Kaity Tong is handling the weekend anchor duties on a temporary basis beginning tomorrow night.

Tong has been reporting from the outer boroughs each night. She also has been a frequent fill-in for Jodi Applegate.

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 Goes to Bat for Health and Wellness

Bringing together top experts in health and wellness, WPIX/Channel 11 is running an all-day, all-ages expo. The PIX11 Health & Wellness Expo is taking place Sunday, September 25th at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. 

The event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is led by WPIX morning anchor Tamsen Fadal and Dr. Steve Salvatore, who hosts his own show Dr. Steve on WPIX and other Tribune-owned stations.

Through the use of classes, demonstrations, seminars and hands-on experience, Channel 11 will provide a day of information and entertainment that the whole family will enjoy. The expo will bring a variety of doctors, nutritionists, sports and fitness specialists, wellness celebrities, authors and a diverse group of experts.

Aside from attaining the healthy knowledge, visitors can meet WPIX talent in the Time Warner Cable Lounge (booth 201), including Jodi Applegate, Linda Church, Mr. G, Sukanya Krishnan, and Kaity Tong.

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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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TV Stations Go Wall-to-Wall for Irene Coverage All Weekend

As Hurricane Irene churned in the Atlantic with a bulls-eye at New York City’s back, TV stations went into non-stop coverage throughout the weekend.

The category-one storm made her first landfall early Saturday morning in Cape Lookout, North Carolina as stations began their wall-to-wall mode.

Accentuating the serious nature of the story, virtually every anchor was on the air.

WNYW’s Dari Alexander was one of the few anchors not seen during the weekend coverage. She was last seen by viewers on Friday night. Her 10 p.m. colleague Ernie Anastos (above, center) made his first appearance at 3 p.m. Sunday with co-anchor Christina Park, as the storm weakened significantly.

But Channel 5 did have its Good Day team, Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly, in place. However, much of Scotto’s screen time during the weekend was with WNYW’s newest memberSteve Lacy, and not her “TV husband” Kelly.

Kelly and Scotto were together Saturday, helping provide of the special moments.

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Breaking: WPIX to Air 5 p.m. Newscast Starting in September

WPIX/Channel 11 is expanding its weekday news coverage. Beginning in early September, FishbowlNY has learned, the station is adding a 5 p.m. newscast each afternoon.

A WPIX spokeswoman says an anchor for the newscast hasn’t been chosen. But a likely candidate is Jodi Applegate, the face of Channel 11. She joined WPIX last October to solo anchor the reconstituted 10 p.m. news.

A source close to the situation tells FishbowlNY the new, one-hour broadcast will target women.

WPIX joins a crowded, competitive field in the 5 o’clock hour. Along with time slot regulars WCBS/Channel 2, WNYW/Channel 5, and WABC/Channel 7, WNBC/Channel 4 is returning to news at 5 p.m. in September, and shifting New York Live to 3 p.m.

This isn’t Channel 11′s first attempt at early evening news. News director Bill Carey had an eight-month run at 6:30 p.m. On weekends, WPIX maintains an hourly 6 p.m. newscast with Jim Watkins that started in September 2010.  

WPIX currently shows reruns of Friends at 5 p.m. each day.

WWOR Unveils 10 p.m. Newscast Monday

As we reported last month, WWOR/Channel 9 is making the move to 10  for its weeknight newscasts. Now we have new details on the Ten O’Clock News with anchors Brenda Blackmon and Harry Martin.

The 30-minute newscast will be divided into three segments. First, the ‘Nine at 10″ starts the broadcast with the top news stories in 9 minutes. Sound familiar?

Over at WPIX/Channel 11, management runs the “11 Stories in 11 Minutes” at the beginning of their newscast.

Back at WWOR, segment two is “Take it On” –an issue-oriented debate featuring guest contributors and in-depth discussions about the day’s headlines.  

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WNYW Wins in May Sweeps Race at 10 p.m., WPIX Makes Slight In-Roads

We reported yesterday that WABC/Channel 7 had another strong sweeps period.

But Fox 5/WNYW also came up big in May.

Channel 5 posted impressive wins at 10 p.m. with Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander. In the Households (HH) rating, WNYW notched a 3.4 to WPIX’s 1.6. As for the key demographic Adults 25 to 54, WNYW scored a 1.6, while WPIX/Channel 11 with Jodi Applegate had a 1.0, according to Nielsen.

If WPIX is looking for a silver lining, perhaps this is it.

From the February to May Sweeps, WPIX made miniscule gains, but they were gains. For example,  Channel 11 improved in the all-important Adults 25 to 54 demo, from a .8 to 1.0. (Channel 5 slipped from 1.8 to 1.6).

It was also a .2 jump for WPIX and .2 decline with the HH rating.

As for the 7 to 9 a.m. morning newscasts, WNYW kept its distance from its rival WPIX. Fox 5 easily won the HH, 1.6 to 1.1, while WNYW also held Adults 25 to 54, although faced with a more competitive WPIX, .9 to .7.

Applegate joined WPIX in October.

WCBS-TV Reporter Jennifer McLogan, Big Winner at Folio Awards

Honoring the excellence in local news coverage, specifically Long Island reporting, the Folio Awards were presented Friday by the Fair Media Council. Veteran WCBS/Channel 2 Long Island correspondent Jennifer McLogan won five Folios.

The event at the lavish Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, started after the National Anthem was sung by Merrick native Robbie Rosen, a semifinalist in this year’s American Idol.  

In a somewhat odd pairing, at least on paper, the co-hosts were WPIX anchors (not at the same time) Jodi Applegate and Jim Watkins.

But if you expected to see any awkwardness–forget it. Actually, they had terrific chemistry. Watkins bounced off Applegate as though they’ve worked together for years. While it’s unlikely that he was auditioning for a 10 p.m. co-anchor slot, Watkins was downright funny. Regardless, it was a breath of fresh air coming on the heels of such a serious news week.

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Analyzing Second Day Coverage of Bin Laden Death on New York City Stations

As you undoubtedly know by now, Osama Bin Laden was killed Sunday in Pakistan. Yesterday, local stations were still focusing their energy and resources on the latest developments, especially at Ground Zero.

First, though, a couple of good moves by WPIX. They were the only over-the-air station to carry the White House press briefing at 2 p.m., where presidential advisor John Brennan gave details of the firefight.  Reporter Howard Thompson anchored the coverage from their New York studios.

For its 10 p.m. newscast, Jodi Applegate flanked by a  full compliment of (mostly live) reporters did away with their ”11 Stories in 11 Minutes” segment, and therefore the urgency (also variations on the same story) meant no rundown icons at the bottom of the screen.

Of course, Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander had their own full coverage at 10 p.m. with multiple reporters, including Harry Martin at Ground Zero.

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