To say it was a tumultuous tenure would be an understatement. Mark Effron has been shown the door at WPIX, Tuned In has learned. We’re told Effron exited the building on East 42nd Street for the final time Wednesday at 2 p.m. He was named news director of the Tribune O&O in April 2013.
Katherine Green, Tribune’s Senior VP of News, alerted staffers in-person about Effron’s departure. Although nothing official, Amy Waldman as the second in command becomes interim news director.
It was an internal struggle as rumors persisted that Effron’s days were dwindling. Ratings were not seeing much improvement, despite Channel 11 pumping its chest about the recent July sweeps period. The station has picked up some viewers at 5 p.m., but hardly able to make a made a dent in the morning news wars or at 10 p.m. against WNYW/Channel 5.
More details emerged. The Daily News says Carey’s attacker was a homeless man who the anchor had befriended; The New York Post took it a step further reporting from a “police source” that Carey had a sexual relationship with the homeless man.
Carey, though, shoots down that story from his hospital bed.
“The account in the Post about my attacker’s relationship to me was totally inaccurate and hurtful,” Carey tells Tuned In.
The case of who beat WINS anchorman Brian Carey, sending him to the hospital with serious injuries, has taken a bizarre turn.
We previously reported that Carey was an acquaintance of his attacker. Now there are apparently more details. That friend is actually a homeless man, who was spending time at Carey’s Upper East Side apartment, according to the Daily News.
The suspect whose name wasn’t released, reportedly was arrested once for assault. The report says the man visited Carey Monday night when the anchor asked him to get food for them at a local store.
Upon his return, the homeless man reportedly snapped. He started to argue with his radio friend leading to Carey suffering a broken jaw and a fractured eye socket.
Carey was found semiconscious in the building’s lobby.
He remains in an area hospital. Tuned In has learned that Carey is able to speak and is in good spirits.
Here we go again! Bill Evans is the latest TV news personality to join the annals of tabloid fodder.
Evans, the veteran WABC-TV weatherman, and his wife Dana were charged with assault and disorderly conduct.
The arrest involves an incident on May 4 at the Evans’ Old Greenwich, CT home.
His attorney Philip Russell said in the statement:
“Bill and Dana are presently going through a difficult divorce. Our understanding is that on May 20, more than two weeks after an argument, Dana was advised by her divorce attorneys to file the complaint which led to the police investigation.”
FTV Live reports that Dana Evans spoke about the allegations in counseling, at which time it was suggested that she file a police report.
Bill Evans, 52, is the Channel 7 morning weather anchor. With the station since 1989, Evans is referred to as “Senior Meteorologist.”
WABC had no comment “on personal matters involving our employees. We are reviewing the situation and have no further comment at this time.”
It’s good to be the king! OK, maybe the Mel Brooks line is a bit strong. But it was all about WPIX this morning with a special 10 minutes of coverage as Prince Harry toured Seaside Heights, New Jersey with Governor Christie.
At 11 a.m. WPIX pre-empted Jerry Springer for morning anchors Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera. Reporter Ann Mercogliano exuberantly told viewers that she hoped to get a moment with the prince. However, that standout TV moment never happened as Harry didn’t make his way down the receiving line. Mercogliano was smooth as she spoke to onlookers. In her few minutes on the air, a comfortable Mercogliano put her personality on display, saying about the twenty-something prince, “he does look good!”
Mercogliano is no stranger to covering the royals. Her reporting from Kate and William’s wedding for WNBC in 2011 was Emmy-nominated.
We were unable to find any other outlets, local or national, that aired live footage. Surprisingly, even WWOR, did we mention Seacaucus, New Jersey based WWOR, was also no-show.
We’ve been singing the praises of WPIX for its coverage in Boston last Friday. But, it was a different matter today.
The local stations broke in for Mayor Bloomberg’s press conference detailing how the suspects had New York in their sights after the marathon explosions. Bloomberg said the terrorists planned to detonate more bombs in Times Square.
It was big enough news for nearly every station to break in. WCBS, WNBC, WNYW, and WABC were on the air live. But WPIX, which also got high marks as the only local station live from the Vatican as a new pope was elected, was late to cover today’s story.
PIX opted for Judge Mathis. Ironically, once the press conference ended, a special report graphic flew appeared on the screen. With Mario Diaz acting as the anchor, the station wrapped up what everyone else knew if they were watching the major channels. This WPIX coverage was meek as Diaz showed viewers a few highlights in a three-minute special report.
As the manhunt closed in on the Boston bombing suspects, WPIX was caught in the crosshairs of some riveting television.
Channel 11 took viewers directly into Watertown’s lockdown Friday. Reporter James Ford and his videographer Kenton Young spent nearly 24 hours on the air during the station’s non-stop coverage. Ford says he did not require special access to the “frozen zone” as S.W.A.T. teams and police converged.
“We got lucky,” Ford tells Tuned In. “Our assignment editor Jeff Crianza woke me early—early is relative. I set my alarm for 1:15 and suddenly 12:30, what I thought was my alarm going off, it was Jeff saying we’ve got to go.”
Colleague Jay Dow had 37 hours without sleep, working the night newscasts Thursday before following Ford into Watertown for the broadcast at 4 a.m.
“When we drove into Watertown, it was like the wild, wild West,” Dow says. “Because police were trying to figure out the situation as we were trying to figure out what was happening… They just didn’t know whether the area that we were in was a place we were going to be in some kind of danger. There were pretty tense moments because it was such a fluid situation.”
A gun battle during the overnight hours led to one of the two suspects being killed by police. At 2 a.m. Ford and his cameraman arrived at their still quiet Watertown location as police tightened the dragnet.