The biggest move of the Mark Effron-era at WPIX is about to happen. Tuned In has learned that Scott Stanford (left) will be evening co-anchor with Tamsen Fadal. An insider says it’s a “95 percent” done deal that he’ll team with Fadal for the station’s 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts.
The station, and Effron directly, refused to comment on any talent changes.
Stanford is the energetic WNBC sports anchor who has occasionally done news anchoring on their digital channel Cozi TV. Despite that limited news experience, this insider believes it’s a good hire.
“I think he would make a great addition to the 5 and 10 o’clock shows with Tamsen,” the insider says. “He’s a very educated man, very intelligent.”
However, that sentiment is not shared by all in the PIX newsroom.
“When news breaks will viewers trust a wrestling commentator and a relationship expert?”
Effron told staffers yesterday that he will strategically announce the new anchors over the coming weeks.
Not only will PIX unveil Stanford, but Tuned In has also learned that Kori Chambers of the Fox station in Chicago is expected to co-anchor with Sukanya Krishnan (when she returns from maternity leave next month) on the PIX Morning News from 6-9 a.m.
Chambers, according to his WFLD bio, was born in the Bronx and was raised in upstate New York. He co-anchors the Good Day and noon broadcasts in Chicago. Chambers also worked in Detroit, Las Vegas, and Springfield, Massachusetts.
In addition, there is a strong rumor that one-time Channel 11 anchor Marysol Castro is in line for another stint at the Tribune flagship. Sources say she has been spotted at the station several times recently, fueling speculation that she’ll join Dan Mannarino for the early hours newscast from 4-6 a.m.