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WPIX Hires New VP/GM

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Tribune Broadcasting named Eric Meyrowitz as vice president and general manager of WPIX. Meyrowitz, who had served as VP and GM for Tribune’s WDCW-TV in Washington, D.C. since 2004, assumes the job immediately.

“Eric is the right guy for this job,” said Tribune Broadcasting President Jerry Kersting in a statement. “Even more so because he’s originally from New York–he understands the city, the importance of local news and the rich tradition of WPIX.”

“This is an incredible opportunity to lead a great station in the best media market in the country,” said Meyrowitz, a New York native. “With new syndicated programming launching this fall, and the expansion of its morning news show, WPIX will continue growing its legacy and I’m honored to be a part of it. Plus, I get to return home-I can’t wait to get started.”

In June, Tribune fired longtime WPIX president and GM Betty Ellen Berlamino. She started at the station in 1994, and was promoted to general manager in 2000.

Reportedly, veteran anchor Jim Watkins will not have his contract renewed by WPIX. His deal with the station was set to expire at the end of August.

A station spokesperson had no comment on Watkins’ situation at Channel 11.

Watkins is on vacation this week from his PIX News at Ten duties.

Update: A tipster tells FishbowlNY, despite the changes at WPIX, Watkins is currently negotiating his contract. “He is still in,” writes the tipster.

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