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Former New York Anchor Resurfaces at Hartford Station

watkins wtnhA face familiar to New York City viewers has recently popped up a few hours northeast on the LIN owned Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate WTNH.

Former WPIX and WNBC anchor Jim Watkins started his new gig by anchoring WTNH’s Saturday morning news during the Memorial Day weekend.

A LIN spokesperson told TVSpy Watkins is filling in for summer vacations and for a reporter on maternity leave.

Watkins told TVSpy he enjoys freelancing very much. When asked if he hopes to catch on at the Hartford ABC affiliate he said he’s “given up trying to predict what the future might hold,” but added. “I’ve received a very warm welcome from everyone at WTNH, much respect for my previous experience, and I’m having a wonderful time.”

Watkins worked at WPIX for 13 years. Before that he was an anchor at WNBC. He last anchored for News12 Westchester.

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Jodi Applegate Signs Off From WPIX: ‘I’m very happy with my choice’

Jodi Applegate has anchored her final broadcast at WPIX, Tribune’s CW-affiliate in New York City. Applegate, who is expecting a child through surrogacy with her husband, Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay, tells the New York Daily News about her decision to put family first:

But when the solo anchor for both the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts asked her bosses if it would be possible to scale back her hours following her maturnity leave, they said no. And so did she — a rarity in the TV business, especially in New York, the biggest television market in the U.S.

“It was an all-or-nothing deal,” Applegate told the Daily News. “They were offering me a new contract, but I figured that I had been putting my career in front of life for so many years that it was time to focus on something else.”

Then there was issue of being a solo anchor. On many other stations, news anchors usually work in pairs, but Ch. 11 is currently a one-anchor operation, “and there’s no margin for error,” she said. “I understand how rare these jobs are,” Applegate said. “But I’m very happy with my choice.”

Jodi Applegate, Expecting a Child Through Surrogacy, to Step Down From WPIX Anchor Desk

After two years at WPIX, Jodi Applegate will step down from the anchor desk at the Tribune-owned CW affiliate in New York.

Applegate announced today that she and her husband, Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay, are expecting a daughter in January via gestational carrier. Her final broadcast will be December 19. In a statement, she said she looks forward “to returning to media in the future.”

“After years of putting my career first, I’ve decided to step back for a moment and enjoy this new role,” Applegate said. “It was a difficult decision to choose to step away from a full-time anchor position but I want to take this time to enjoy being a new mom and focus on the baby.”

Applegate is a former anchor of “Good Day New York,” the morning newscast on Fox O&O WNYW. She joined WPIX in October 2010 as the anchor of its 10 p.m. newscast. She now also anchors the 5 p.m. newscast, which was launched in 2011. Read more

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 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.

NYC Stations Cover New York Giants’ Victory Parade

New York City stations devoted all resources this morning to coverage of the celebration parade for the New York Giants, who returned home yesterday after a big win in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI.

Rob Powers and Lori Stokes anchored WABC‘s coverage from City Hall. The pair were joined by 10 reporters along the parade route for “up-to-the-second excitement of this great parade,” Powers said.

WNYW-WWOR‘s coverage kicked off at 1o a.m. with Dari Alexander, Ernie Anastos and sports director Russ Salzberg anchoring outside City Hall. Steve Lacy, Jill Nicolini and John Huddy were along the parade route. Read more

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

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

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