WPIX has been without a news director since October. But the station isn’t exactly driving into the darkness alone. Veteran Channel 11 manager John Houseman was named interim news director when Bill Carey stepped down after three years.

Parent company Tribune exited bankruptcy recently with Peter Liquori as the new CEO.

Also new is Larry Wert, Tribune’s head of local broadcasting for the company’s 23 stations. Sister site TVSpy reports Wert has made hiring a PIX news director his main objective.

FishbowlNY attempted to reach a WPIX spokesperson for comment.