We barely had time to take a deep breath since the night time changes at PIX, bouncing Scott Stanford to sports and rolling out the red carpet for John Muller (more in a moment), when another salvo struck.
The PIX (early) Morning News was upended today, right before our eyes. Marysol Castro, who rejoined Channel 11 in September, anchored for the final time today. Tuned In confirmed it from multiple sources and she alluded to her dismissal in the closing seconds with on-air partner Dan Mannarino.
“Hey dude, it was nice knowing you,” Castro told Mannarino.
“It was fun,” he replied.
As for Mannarino, his status is a bit muddy. He’s been part of numerous rumors for months. But we’ve learned on good authority that Mannarino is taking some time off to decide on his future. Another definite, if Mannarino returns it won’t be behind the anchor desk.
The latest drama at WPIX is a doozy. In fact, it’s a rumor that’s been gathering steam. Now it’s official.
Scott Stanford is losing his co-anchor role with Tamsen Fadal. The station is bringing back John Muller, the former morning anchor, to team with Fadal at 5 and 10 p.m.
Muller was an original member of the PIX Morning News when it launched in 2000.
In a note sent to staffers tonight and obtained by Tuned In, news director Mark Effron says Stanford, who joined Channel 11 in September, will be the station’s lead sports anchor and host the weekly Sports Desk on Friday nights.
Effron told staffers that PIX will be increasing in-depth analysis and team coverage of sports in the newscasts.
Although Stanford wasn’t the first sportscaster to make the move to news anchoring, oddly he covered both within the same broadcast.
Stanford has several years of sports experience on WNBC and WWOR.
Muller’s second stint at WPIX follows his tenure at ABC as anchor on World News Now and America This Morning. He also was a fill-in news reader on Good Morning America.