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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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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.