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WPIX Remakes AM Show in Effort to Expand News Coverage Elsewhere

wpixlogo_304Tribune’s WPIX has revamped its morning show lineup. The station said the move was meant to help it invest more resources elsewhere.

A station spokesperson told TVSpy the 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. hour has been dropped.

And despite reports of Marysol Castro and Dan Mannarino leaving the New York CW affiliate, the station said it has moved the two former anchors to reporting in the mornings with Sukanya Krishnan and Kori Chambers anchoring the entire 5:00 to 9:00 a.m. show instead of just the 6:00 to 9:00 a.m.

In addition to the main anchor changes and new traffic reporter Kaitlin Monte, meteorologist Rachel Frank joins from 5:00 to 6:00 a.m. while Linda Church remains on the 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. show

A Tribune spokesperson told TVSpy, “Moving PIX11 Morning News’ start time from 4:00 am to 5:00 am allows the station the flexibility to invest more resources into the key morning hours and positions PIX11 to expand news coverage in other dayparts later this year.”

Media blogs were speculating that Castro was out at the station and Mannarino was not far behind after Castro shook Mannarino’s hand at the end of Thursday’s show and said, “Hey, dude. It was nice knowing you.”

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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.

NYC Stations Cover East Harlem Explosion

Stations in New York City spent several hours this morning covering a building explosion in East Harlem that caused the death of at least two people.

ABC-owned WABC was the first to report the news, breaking in to “Live! With Kelly and Michael” at 9:43 a.m. Ken Rosato and Michelle Charlesworth anchored. WABC had Kimberly Richardson, Rob Nelson and Sarah Wallace on the scene and Marcus Solis live from Harlem Hospital.

CBS-owned WCBS reported the explosion at 9:45 a.m., breaking into “The Queen Latifah Show” for a report anchored by Chris Wragge and Mary Calvi. Don Champion, Hazel Sanchez and John Slattery reported from East Harlem.

NBC-owned WNBC broke in to the fourth hour of “Today” with the news at 9:48 a.m. Michael Gargiulo anchored, with Jonathan Vigliotti, Michael George, Tracie Stahan and Telemundo’s Pablo Gutierrez reporting.

Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto reported the news at 9:49 on Fox-owned WNYW. Liz Dahlem and Ti-Hua Chang reported for the station from the scene.

CW affiliate WPIX reported the news at 9:53 a.m. with Kori Chambers, Dan Mannarino and Sukanya Krishnan anchoring. James Ford reported from East Harlem.

Kori Chambers Joins WPIX as Morning Co-Anchor

As expected, WPIX has named Kori Chambers morning co-anchor. Chambers will begin at Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City, anchoring alongside Sukanya Krishnan weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m., on October 7.

“Kori is a terrific journalist, a great guy, and like many of us, a native New Yorker and the son of immigrants. He is the right fit for PIX11 Morning News and I can’t wait for viewers to see the dynamic between Kori and Suki,” WPIX vice president and news director Mark Effron said in a statement. “I’m confident their easy rapport will complement the newscast as they bring viewers everything they need to know each morning.”

Chambers moves to New York from Chicago, where he was the morning and noon anchor at Fox-owned WFLD. More in the official announcement from WPIX after the jump. Read more

Morning Anchor Kori Chambers Leaving WFLD

WFLD morning anchor Kori Chambers is leaving the Chicago Fox O&O, Chicago media reporter Robert Feder confirms. According to TunedIn’s Jerry Barmash, Chambers is expected to be named morning co-anchor at WPIX, Tribune Broadcasting’s CW affiliate in New York City.

Before joining WFLD in 2008, Chambers worked as an anchor and reporter at WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit. According to his WFLD bio, he has also worked at stations in Las Vegas and Sprinfield, Mass.

Chambers is expected to co-anchor the WPIX morning newscast alongside Sukanya Krishnan after she returns from maternity leave next month, Barmash reports. A WFLD station source says Chambers wanted to return to his native New York.

>Update: a WFLD spokesperson confirms that a search is underway for Chambers’ replacement. His last day anchoring the 5 to 7 a.m. newscast and noon newscast will be September 11.

Pope Benedict XVI Bids Farewell to the Vatican

Shortly after 11amET/8amPT, Benedict XVI departed the Vatican for the last time as Pope. Local stations in the top five markets broadcast special coverage of his departure and flight to Castel Gandolfo, the Vatican’s vacation retreat.

ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas broadcast national coverage from their affiliated networks of the Pope’s final farewell.

Fox News Channel’s Rick Folbaum anchored a special report that was broadcast on the Fox O&Os. KTTV in Los Angeles incorporated coverage of the farewell address into the morning newscast, anchored by Steve Edwards, instead of taking the national report.

Without national coverage to broadcast, CW affiliates produced their own special reports. Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera anchored on WPIX in New York City, Frank Buckley and Michaela Pereira anchored on KTLA in Los Angeles, and Steve Sanders and Dina Bair anchored on WGN in Chicago.

Philly’s CW affiliate WPSG is owned by CBS and operated as a duopoly with KYW. KDAF, the CW affiliate in Dallas, had no special coverage of the Pope’s farewell.

VIDEO: WPIX Anchor Frances Rivera Breaks Down Crying During Newscast

WPIX anchor Frances Rivera broke down crying during the CW-affiliate’s morning show, after the station played a new Procter & Gamble commercial that, Rivera’s co-anchor Sukanya Krishnan warned, is “bringing moms and daughters to tears.”

Rivera, a mom herself, couldn’t contain her tears following the video.

“This is so cheesy. I’m crying on the air,” Rivera said, dabbing her eyes with a tissue. “That’s a career first, ladies and gentlemen, that has never happened before. I’ve never cried on the air, ever.”

WPIX Tries Out Studio Audience For Morning News

The New York Daily News reports WPIX will try out a studio audience next Monday as a way to boost ratings during February sweeps. The crowd, expected to total 22 people, will be made up of guests selected from an online contest:

Fans of the newscast, anchored by Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera, can enter the contest at the station’s website.

The station will do the 8 a.m. hour of the morning news with the audience present and the anchors are expected to interact with the crowd. Read more

WCBS Reporter Jay Dow Joining WPIX

Jay Dow, a reporter at WCBS in New York, has joined WPIX the CW-affiliate in the same market, FishbowlNY reports.

Dow has been a reporter at CBS O&O WCBS since 2001. He will be a reporter on the WPIX’s morning newscast, which is anchored by Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera, beginning January 16.

Read more at FishbowlNY

VIDEO: WPIX Anchor Falls After Showing Off Heels

“It’s really hard to fall on live TV,” WPIX morning anchor Sukanya Krishnan said this morning, after falling on live TV.

Krishnan and her morning co-anchor Frances Rivera were doing a segment about high heels and orgasms (yeah, you read that correctly) when the veteran anchor tripped and fell while showing off her heels (video above).

As she got up from the floor, Krishnan blamed her fall on WPIX’s makeshift set. The station is currently renovating its studio and has been broadcasting its morning newscast from a temporary set.

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