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WPIX Names Kaitlin Monte AM Traffic Reporter

monte wnbcKaitlin Monte will join New York CW affiliate WPIX as its morning traffic reporter on Monday.

Monte comes to WPIX from New York NBC owned station WNBC where she hosted the station’s interactive trivia segments. She is also the host of Mets Insider on SNY. In 2011, she was crowned Miss New York and was 2nd runner up to Miss America in 2012.

“Our viewers will come to depend on Kaitlin for up-to-the-second traffic information, including alternate routes and workarounds,” Mark Effron, WPIX VP and news director, said in a statement. “Kaitlin is a committed broadcaster, a passionate advocate, and I’m delighted that she’s joining our morning team.”

John Muller Returns to WPIX, Scott Stanford Goes Back to Sports

photo_atm-john-muller-11-e1401767395558WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York, has announced the return of John Muller as weeknight anchor.

Muller will join Tamsen Fadal for the 5:00  and 10:00 p.m. shows, a move that will see current anchor Scott Stanford return to sports.

Stanford, who was named lead sports anchor at WPIX with Muller’s return, made the switch from sports to news when he came to WPIX in September from WNBC. He was weekend sports anchor at the NBC owned station.

Muller first started at WPIX in 1999 before leaving in 2011 to work at ABC. He had been anchor of World News Now and America This Morning. He also filled in as news reader for Good Morning America. He starts June 23.

“WPIX11 continues to grow and invest in our team. John and Tamsen, along with Scott and Mr. G are an all-star anchor lineup with a meaningful connection to the audience,” WPIX news director Mark Effron said in a statement. “Our viewers have watched John grow up here on PIX11, I have been a longtime fan of his work and I’m delighted he is back at PIX11 where he belongs.”

Muller started his career at WTOC in Savannah, GA before moving on to WBBH in Fort Myers, FL, WFLA in Tampa and WNBC in New York.

WPIX Partners With City & State to Expand Political Coverage

wpix logoWPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City, is partnering with NYC-based company City & State to expand its political coverage.

As part of the partnership, City & State columnists will appear on WPIX’s newscasts and “PIX11 News Closeup,” a political affairs show hosted by Marvin Scott. The two organizations will also work together on long-form investigative pieces.

“The collaboration between PIX11 and City & State, two iconic New York news institutions, could not be coming at a better time…it has never been more important for our viewers to know the impact of politics and policy on their lives and the lives of their families,” WPIX vice president of news Mark Effron said in a statement.

The partnership begins in June and runs through Election Day in November.

WLNY Cancels Morning Newscast

WLNY the couchWLNY, the CBS-owned independent station serving the New York City market, has canceled its morning newscast, TVSpy has learned. WLNY operates as a duopoly with WCBS, CBS’ flagship station in the NYC DMA.

The newscast, called “The Couch,” is anchored by John Elliott, Jill Nicolini and Carolina Bermudez. It was added to WLNY’s programming lineup in 2012.

TVSpy hears Bermudez is parting ways with WLNY. Elliott and Nicolini will remain with the station and continue to appear on WCBS.

A small number of jobs will be eliminated as a result of the show’s cancellation.

A station spokesperson declined to comment.

Meteorologist Rachel Frank to Join WPIX

frank wpixRachel Frank will join New York CW affiliate WPIX as morning meteorologist starting next week.

Frank comes from Tribune’s Hartford FOX affiliate WTIC where she was the station’s evening meteorologist. She will also report on environmental issues for the station.

“Rachel is a thorough, relentless, passionate meteorologist, a NY native with an infectious personality,” WPIX GM Rich Graziano said in a statement. “We are confident Rachel will break through and make a meaningful connection with our audience.”

Frank worked for Graziano while he was GM of WTIC. Before coming to WTIC in 2008, Frank worked at WFMZ in Allentown, PA. She has also worked at WICU in Erie, PA.

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WABC Salutes Retiring Reporter Art McFarland

mcfarland retiringArt McFarland is retiring from New York ABC owned station WABC after 31 years there and the station posted pictures of a celebration it had in his honor on its facebook page.

“Celebrating one of our favorite people, Art McFarland!” wrote WABC on its facebook page. “We wish Art nothing but the best, and invite you to share your good wishes here too! Thank you Art McFarland!!!”

McFarland announced his retirement earlier this month. “After more than three decades of having the honor of being an Eyewitness News Reporter, I am leaving to face new challenges. It is, literally, time to turn the page. My last day is at the end of this month.”

If TVSpy’s math is correct he started in 1983 since McFarland’s bio says he started at WABC “in the mid 1980′s” and the WABC facebook post said 31 years.

Dave McDonald Named Senior Producer, Creative Services at WPIX

wpix logoDave McDonald has been promoted to senior producer, creative services at WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. In his new role, he will be responsible for “developing high level image campaigns that support the emerging PIX11 news brand as well as new evolving station initiatives and partnerships.”

McDonald has been a writer, producer and editor at WPIX since 2001. Before that, he was a creative services writer and producer for WCAU, the NBC-owned station in Philadelphia.

“Dave is an Emmy Award and Promax Gold winning producer with over 15 years of experience in production, marketing, promotion and brand management. He has long been an important part of the PIX11 creative department, tireless in his pursuit of memorable creative work and is highly deserving of this promotion,” David Hyman, VP/Creative, said in a statement.

NYC Stations Cover 9/11 Museum Dedication

President Barack Obama, survivors and victims’ families gathered this morning at the site of the 9/11 attacks for the dedication of the National September 11 Museum. With the exception of Fox-owned WNYW, stations in New York City provided special coverage of the dedication ceremony, which began shortly after 10 a.m.

Bill Ritter and Lori Stokes anchored on WABC, with Lisa Colagrossi reporting from Lower Manhattan for the ABC-owned station. On CBS-owned WCBS, Mary Calvi and Chris Wragge anchored with Lou Young reporting from the museum. Michael Gargiulo and Darlene Rodriguez anchored on NBC-owned WNBC, with David Ushery reporting from the World Trade Center. On CW affiliate WPIX, Kori Chambers anchored from the studio with Sukanya Krishnan and James Ford live from Lower Manhattan.

Obama, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and former New York Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani all spoke at the ceremony, which lasted about an hour. “It is an honor for us to join in your memories, to recall and reflect but above all to reaffirm the true spirit of 9/11 — love, compassion, sacrifice — and to enshrine it in the heart of our nation forever,” Obama said.

NY1 Anchor Pat Kiernan Talks About Crossing Over to the Super Hero Universe

pat kiernanNY1 anchor Pat Kiernan works at the TV station in New York with the most select audience, viewers can only watch the channel is primarily available to if they subscribe to Time Warner Cable subscribers.

Kiernan talked to Vulture about going from the small stage to the big screen as the anchor man for Marvel Comics’ “The Avengers” and “The Amazing Spider Man 2.”

Over here we also noticed that you, as Pat Kiernan, are the only “character” to cross over the Marvel universes.
I didn’t wanna give it away but I did an interview with a guy from MTV.com and he pointed out the same thing. He said, “Do you understand the significance of this in the comic book world, that you are the only link between these two universes?”

It’s huge. I don’t know how you’re this transcendent superhero that gets to be in both worlds.
I anchor it. I give it some sense of realism. I think that’s what NY1 lends to these things, is just that little bit of authenticity. And we don’t agree to do everything that comes our way, because we want it to be … It’s hard to explain. If the things that were happening in the movie were really happening, we want NY1 to be portrayed in the way that we think we might react to that series of events. Read more

‘Good Day New York’ Producers Protest Proposed Pay Cuts

good day new york logoSegment producers and writers for “Good Day New York,” the morning newscast on WNYW in New York City,  have delivered a petition to station management protesting proposed pay cuts in contract negotiations between the Fox-owned station and the Writers Guild of America, East. The group has been working without a contract since last year.

Forty-one members signed the petition, which was emailed to Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy and CFO Betsy Swanson and delivered in person to WNYW assistant news director Emad Asghar.

The petition, obtained by TVSpy, asks that station management “return to the negotiating table and quickly come to terms on a fair contract”:

At this point the company shows no sign of coming off of a host of unreasonable positions, including big cuts to segment producer salaries, an unwillingness to increase pension contributions to secure our retirement security, meal period give backs, a reduction in night shift differential, and other concessions. Enough is enough.

Our last raise was in 2011. Inflation has increased significantly since then and the cost of living and working in New York City has increased even more. At the same time, the company has realized cost savings by shutting down the WWOR evening news program and then eliminating the WNYW investigative unit. Similarly, our productivity has increased as we have taken on new duties. Of course, the company is also saving money by keeping the contract open and avoiding pay increases. This appears to be a part of the plan, as no reasonable person would be likely to agree to the kinds of cut backs that remain on the table.

A station source tells TVSpy that the producers and writers have been offered a 6% pay increase over the next three years. The previous contract, which ran from 2008-12, was a 12% increase over four years. Read more

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