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It’s Official: Frances Rivera Joins NYC’s WPIX

We told you last month that Frances Rivera — a longtime anchor at Boston’s WHDH — left the station to join WPIX, the CW affiliate in New York City. Today, the station makes it official in a news release, calling Rivera a “key addition” to the news team.

“When viewers come to watch, they’ll be impressed,” WPIX news director Bill Carey said.

Along with the new location will come a new schedule for Rivera, who anchored WHDH’s evening broadcasts. Beginning next Monday, she will anchor the WPIX morning show alongside Sukanya Krishnan from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekdays.

Rivera, who left WHDH weeks after protesting outside of a station event in Boston, said the driving factor in her decision was to be closer to home with her young daughter. “I am really looking forward to joining the PIX11 Morning News, a show that is essential for so many Tri-State viewers,” Rivera said. “I am thrilled to be back home near my family in New Jersey.”

Read the full release from WPIX after the jump. Read more

Magee Hickey, A Familiar Face in NYC, Joins WPIX

After a brief absence, veteran anchor Magee Hickey is back on the air in New York — this time at WPIX.

Since 1982, Hickey has worked at five stations in the New York market — WNYW, WABC, WWOR, WNBC and WCBS. She worked at WCBS twice — from 1994-96 and then again beginning in 2003. She was told her contract would not be renewed at the CBS O&O this spring.

Now, she is back on the air at WPIX, New York’s CW affiliate. Her first time on the air was the 10 p.m. broadcast on Friday night. She is expected to be a fill-in anchor through the end of the summer, The New York Daily News reports.

As our friends at FishbowlNY point out, this is Hickey’s second stint working for Bill Carey. Carey, who is currently the WPIX news director, was the news director at WCBS in 1996 when Hickey and six other on-air staffers were fired on the same day.

Wil Surratt Leaves WPIX, May Return to CNN

In an email to staff on Tuesday, WPIX news director Bill Carey announced that Wil Surratt is leaving his post as senior executive producer of the station’s 10 p.m. newscast.

While Carey’s email only went as far as to say that there were “opportunities for his proven talent,” sources close to Surratt tell TVSpy that he is nearing a deal to join CNN.

Before joining WPIX, Surratt headed a handful of CNN shows including “American Morning,” “NewsNight with Aaron Brown,” and “Anderson Cooper 360.”

WPIX brought on Surratt to revamp its evening newscasts. He has been serving as senior executive producer of WPIX’s 10 p.m. show since June of 2009. Read more

New York Veteran Jackie Hyland Out at WPIX

Veteran anchor-reporter Jackie Hyland has been cut by WPIX. The New York CW-affiliate decided not to renew her contract at the end of March.

Hyland had been hired in 2009 as a weekend anchor but got lost in an on-air shuffle made by news director Bill Carey, who brought in Jodi Applegate to be the station’s marquee anchor and bumped previous weeknight anchor Jim Watkins to weekends.

“Right now, I’m spending time with my girls, and pursuing other opportunities,” Hyland told TVSpy sister site FishbowlNY recently.

Hyland is a veteran of the New York market, having made stops at Cablevision’s News 12 and ABC News NOW before recently joining WPIX. It was her second stint with the station. Read more at FishbowlNY

WPIX News Director Plans for More Commentary, Viewer Interaction

“We are very encouraged that New York is open to a different news presentation and we’re feeling good about the overall reception that we’ve gotten,” WPIX news director Bill Carey said recently about the CW-affiliate’s 10 p.m. newscast, which underwent a major overhaul last October.

In an interview with TVSpy sister site FishbowlNY, Carey said that the revamped 10 p.m. newscast, which features Jodi Applegate (right) anchoring solo without a desk, is part of a broader goal to establish the Tribune-owned station as a place where viewers can find a fresh take on news stories while also interacting with the news team.

Carey says that WPIX plans to offer more commentary/opinion in the coming months and open things up to viewers.

“We’re really going our own way. People may like it, they may not like,” Carey told FishbowlNY, but “they’re all talking about it.” Read more at FishbowlNY

New York Stations Sideline Sports Coverage

Two New York stations are reassessing the role of sports in the evening newscast, leaving some to wonder what the future holds for local sports coverage around the country as stations look to cut costs while also differentiating themselves in their markets.

Fox-affiliate WNYW has recently squeezed sports to the very end of its 10 p.m. newscast. Anchors Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander wrap up their portion of the newscast before throwing it to the sports anchor, who closes the program.

CW-affiliate WPIX, which carries Mets games, has taken an even more aggressive stance on sports: the station is getting rid of its sports department altogether and relying on its news anchors to read scores and narrate a few highlights at the end of the 10 p.m. newscast.

“Our reality is when you really take a sober stock of who we are, we don’t have people tuning into us for sports,” WPIX news director Bill Carey told TVSpy sister site FishbowlNY. Read more at FishbowlNY

Reports of Cratering Morale at New York’s WPIX Amid Cost-Cutting Moves

“There’s no line that can’t be crossed,” a WPIX employee told the New York Post in describing the environment at the Tribune-owned CW-affiliate, which has been rattled by aggressive cost-cutting.

WPIX staffers are now dealing with the news that the station is closing down its sports department.  According to the Post, WPIX has eliminated the sports director position and reassigned the current sports director, Lolita Lopez.

A source also tells the Post that WPIX is looking into changing union rules so that a photographer won’t be required for on-location shoots, opening up the station’s news reporting to one-man-band reporters.

WPIX appointed Bill Carey to news director in late 2009 and the market veteran has since spearheaded a major renovation of the station’s operations, including the recent launch of an unconventional, desk-less 10 p.m. newscast anchored by Jodi Applegate (right).

Upon joining the station, Carey said, “It’s necessary to make a big change at Channel 11.”

“I don’t think it’s any secret that we’ve never been one, two, three or four in the ratings.”

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