Tribune hadn’t named a successor to Mark Effron, who was bounced in October. But that is about to change. Amy Waldman (left), the station’s managing editor, who has primarily handled the day-to-day operations since Effron’s departure, will be the Channel 11 news director, Tuned In has learned.
VP/GM Rich Graziano addressed staffers in two separate meetings this week to announce the hire of new Senior VP of News, Bart Feder, a New York veteran, replacing Katherine Green.
Graziano was asked in the first meeting about the elephant in the room, the lack of a news director. He told the group that Vickie Burns is back in the building, but not in a managerial role. Graziano said Burns is a consultant, who will guide and mentor Waldman, who just needs some “tweaking.”
Burns ran newsrooms at WNBC and KNBC.
While not specifically addressing a promotion for Waldman, Graziano told employees that he’s stopped taking phone calls from people applying for the news director position.
However, there was no mention of Waldman, Burns or the news director void in other staff meeting.
Waldman joined WPIX in 2007 as a senior producer.
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With numbers on the surge in most dayparts, Channel 11 is ready to capitalize, expanding the early evening newscast with a 6 p.m. newscast. It’s not known who will anchor the additional broadcast and how long it will run.
Graziano tells staffers the change is expected by second week of April.
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