Source: WPIX ‘Worse’ Under News Director Amy Waldman

AmyWPIX has its news director in place, but they still have a major ratings problem. That’s not the only problem at the Tribune flagship.

When Amy Waldman officially took the reins, she gained support from numerous newsroom staffers.

However, multiple sources tell Tuned In that Waldman, the eight-year Channel 11 veteran, is losing her cred among the rank and file.

“She has two priorities: herself and what’s for lunch?” one PIX insider says.

While she has had conversations with employees since taking the managerial role, sources say Waldman isn’t actually listening to any of the staffers.

That style falls short compared to previous WPIX news directors. For example, insiders say Karen Scott listened to her group and “would try to rectify” any problems.

They say Bill Carey, a veteran news manager in New York and elsewhere, was straight-forward.

“With Bill we knew where we were headed,” a source says.

Even Mark Effron, who lasted less than 18 months at the helm, held staff meetings, keeping everyone in the loop.

As for Effron’s successor, she has held no meetings.

“[Waldman] wants to be one of the guys or girls,” an insider reveals. “But she’s not.”

A 20+ year WPIX veteran says, “She’s forgotten where she came from.”

Another newsroom source declares, “She’s clueless. She’s over her head.”

Under Waldman’s watch, WPIX built a Brooklyn bureau at the Barclays Center.

In the end, many morning and evening members of PIX news are disenchanted with Waldman, who they expected to make a difference.

“We thought it would be better under [Waldman],” a source tells Tuned In. “It’s worse.”

 

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