Monthly Archives: May 2014

WPIX Names Former Beauty Pageant Winner Traffic Anchor

Kaitlin+Monte+Swimwear+Bikini+E8ypAwhz4OnlFor those of you tossing and turning until WPIX names its new traffic reporter, this is your big day!

Tuned In has learned exclusively that Channel 11 has hired Kaitlin Monte for morning traffic duty. Viewers may recognize Monte from her work on WNBC’s Weekend Today in New York. She has hosted the interactive trivia segments since 2012. She’s also been on SNY’s Mets Insider.

Before TV, Monte was a beauty queen. Representing New York, she placed second in the 2012 Miss America pageant.

We’re told the leggy brunette will begin at PIX sometime next month.

Monte, 25, succeeds Julie Grauert, who lasted less than a year on the job.

(Photo courtesy: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)

Channel 7 Wins Another Sweeps; WPIX Finds Its Own Silver Lining

Eyewitness News TeamChalk up another ratings bonanza for WABC-TV. From morning to night, Channel 7 was the May sweeps leader of the pack. The station outdistanced the competition, either using households as the measuring stick, the key demo adults 25 to 54, or both.

The signature broadcast, Eyewitness News at 11 p.m. with Bill Ritter, Sade Baderwina, Lee Goldberg and Rob Powers, held a 44 percent advantage over the number two among households. WABC increased its lead to 47 percent with the key demo.

The gap was even more pronounced at 6 p.m. when the Ritter, Liz Cho, Goldberg and Powers team obliterated the competition. It was a 57 percent bulge in the households indicator. Channel 7 was equally strong in the key demo, registering better results than any two others newscasts combined.

Although not sustaining it for the entire month, WNBC did come out on top for a few Chuck Scarborough/Sibila Vargas 11 p.m. broadcasts. It was impressive considering where Channel 4 had been in the last few years. Continue reading

WNYW Revamps News Schedule for Summer

LacyThe latest musical chairs in the WNYW anchor desk is set to debut June 5. The summer schedule takes favorite Ernie Anastos to an even more reduced workload, TVSpy reports.

Anastos swaps face time with lead anchor Steve Lacy (left), meaning a valuable 30 minutes less per night for the veteran Anastos. Lacy moves to the 5 p.m. and remains on the 10 p.m., co-anchoring both newscasts with Dari Alexander. Anastos slips into the solo half hour 6 p.m. report.

Anastos, a fixture as a top anchor in New York for more than three decades, was bounced from the high profile 10 p.m. broadcast in the summer of 2012.

In addition, Channel 5 is planning to add hourly weekend news updates from 9 a.m. to noon.