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Assistant ND John Houseman Leaving WPIX

After more than three decades at WPIX, assistant news director John Houseman is leaving Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City. His last day is Friday.

“The parting is mutual and very amicable,” a WPIX spokesperson told TVSpy.

His departure comes two weeks after Mark Effron took over as the station’s news director. Houseman served as the station’s interim news director from October to April while Tribune searched for Bill Carey‘s replacement.

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WPIX Names Mark Effron News Director

Mark Effron has been named vice president and news director of WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City.

Effron is the former vice president of news and daytime programming at MSNBC. He has also worked for the Post-Newsweek stations, holding leadership roles at WFSB in Hartford and WDIV in Detroit. Most recently, he was the general manager and executive producer of “The Takeaway,” a show produced by WNYC Radio and Public Radio International.

“Mark’s expertise, leadership skills and successful record of news expansion and ratings growth make him the perfect fit to lead and revitalize our newsroom in New York,” president of Tribune Broadcasting Larry Wert said in a statement.

Effron begins at WPIX on April 17. He replaces Bill Carey, who stepped down in October.

“I’ve been watching Channel 11 ever since I was a kid growing up on Loring Place in the Bronx; I started with cartoons and then became enamored with the news and I can’t wait to help create the next generation of great PIX11 newscasts: news by and for people who love this place, even as we affirm our right to complain about the noise, the crowds and the prices,” Effron said in a statement.

Media Prof.: WPIX Should Cut 10 p.m. News in Half

With WPIX news director Bill Carey‘s recent departure, our sister blog, FishbowlNY, took the opportunity to look at the state of the station before the next news director has a chance to put their stamp on it.

FishbowlNY spoke with Queensborough Community College professor Eileen White who said she thinks the next news director should be given a blank slate to work with.  “For that new person, that’s going to be the carrot,” White said. “You can do what you want, take a failing thing and turn it around.”

One of her suggestions concerns the news at 10 p.m.  “Especially if you don’t have a sports department, come on, cut it down to an half-hour,” White told FishbowlNY. “And then people can get to bed… because I think Fox strings you along, way too long. I think a half-hour is perfect.”

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WPIX Names John Houseman Interim News Director

FishbowlNY is reporting WPIX assistant news director John Houseman has been named interim news director, signaling the official end of Bill Carey‘s run at Tribune’s flagship station.

In an email to staffers, obrtained by FishbowlNY, WPIX vice president and general manager Eric Meyrowitz said,

While we conduct our search for Bill Carey’s replacement, John Houseman will be interim News Director. During this time, please see John or me with any questions.

WPIX News Director to Step Down

FishbowlNY is reporting Bill Carey, news director at WPIX, will be leaving the station.

A well-placed source tells FishbowlNY that Carey is leaving Channel 11 before the November sweeps period. It is believed that Carey is fielding several offers, including from a startup company. Carey had no comment to FishbowlNY about a change to his job status.

Carey is credited with hiring Jodi Applegate and having a new set built for her as well as revamping the morning news.

WPIX Launches Content Partnership with Patch

WPIX, the CW-affiliate in New York City, launching a content partnership with Patch, AOL’s online local news platform.

The “Patch on PIX” segments, shot daily, will spotlight popular stories from Patch sites throughout the tri-state area. The segments will air beginning this week on the 5 p.m. newscast and are expected to eventually expand to the morning newscast.

“In our continuing goal to better serve our local communities, PIX11′s partnership with Patch will deliver valuable content to our viewers, creating a richer and deeper news experience,” WPIX news director Bill Carey said in a statement.

WPIX Newsroom Shut Down After Anthrax Hoax

The WPIX newsroom in New York City was locked down yesterday evening after a staffer opened a threatening letter that contained white powder.

The New York Daily News reports that the incident happened around 3 p.m., just two hours before the the CW-affiliate’s first evening newscast. Upon arriving at the newsroom, police immediately shut it down and started the process of decontaminating the staffer who opened the letter by a Hazmat team.

News Director Bill Carey told the Daily News that the 5 p.m. newscast was produced in a certain way due to the uncertainty of the newsroom situation, with reporter Kristen Cole doing an outside live shot at the top of the show. Read more

Veteran Anchor Jim Watkins Fired From WPIX

Anchor Jim Watkins has been fired from New York’s WPIX.

According to FishbowlNY, Watkins, who had been with the station since 1998, was abruptly let go on Tuesday by news director Bill Carey and has been barred from the station’s offices.

Watkins had a long run as weekday evening co-anchor, alongside Kaity Tong, but moved to weekends last year when Jodi Applegate joined the station.

>Update: Okay, not so fast.  Carey is now saying that Watkins “remains employed by WPIX.”  Watkins has been unavailable for comment.  Read more at FishbowlNY

WPIX’s 5 p.m. News Geared Toward Female Viewers

Next week, New York City CW affiliate WPIX will launch a newscast designed to capitalize on a lead-in audience from CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s syndicated daytime talk show, “Anderson,” which will debut on WPIX next Monday at 4 p.m.

“The television station has never been primed to support an afternoon newscast the way it is about to be,” WPIX news director Bill Carey told The New York Daily News. “There’s never really been a better time to have a serious conversation to poke at and enter the afternoon news race.”

The newscast, which will be anchored by Jodi Applegate (pictured, left) will be geared toward a female audience, according to Carey. Most evenings, the broadcast will lead off with a five-minute segment featuring multiple reporters covering the same topic. The show will also often feature a follow-up on a story featured on “Anderson” that afternoon. Read more

Reporter Jill Nicolini Jumps From WPIX to WNYW

Jill Nicolini has left WPIX for WNYW.

The popular reporter, who was recently named one of the Hottest TV Traffic Reporters in the country, turned down an offer from the CW-affiliate to join the Fox O&O–a career move that she expects to lead to opportunities beyond traffic.

“We made her a very competitive offer and asked her to stay,” WPIX news director Bill Carey told FishbowlNY. “She’s leaving because she sees a path and opportunity to do more with her career beyond local news. This is the next step that will help her with that.”

Insiders tell FishbowlNY that she will not work as a traffic reporter with WNYW. Read more

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