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Kaitlin Monte Leaves WPIX for Reporting in Houston

WPIX160629090038Morning traffic anchor Kaitlin Monte is embarking on a new start to her burgeoning broadcasting career. After two years at WPIX she exited for the Fox station in Houston, where she’ll be a general assignment reporter.

Monte, who returned from her honeymoon last week to say goodbye to WPIX, tells Tuned In that she wants to spread her wings.

“I was always concerned that I’d be pegged as a traffic babe.” But Monte says that job is not trivial. “For fear of anyone accusing me of just showing up and reading maps in a pretty dress, it was very important to me that I got other opportunities to do more than that.”

So instead, she’s padding her resume in the Lone Star state.

“My new role is going to give me a lot of different types of experience,” Monte says. “A big goal for me was, before I turn 30, getting as much as experience within the industry as possible…also cutting my teeth. A big element of this was getting a chance to leave New York City.”

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WPIX Going the Contest Route to Elicit Morning Ratings

PIX11_LogoHow bad are the WPIX ratings in the morning? Non-existant would best describe them. The station wants to break out of the funk with a May sweeps giveaway to sway viewers from WNYW.

Tuned In has learned exclusively that WPIX will foot the bill for one year’s worth of mortgage or rent for four viewers. The desperate move is called Home Free Friday, and starts April 28. Winners will be announced each Friday in May on the PIX Morning News with Sukanya Krishnan and Kori Chambers.

We’re told that up to $1,500 per month will be handed out, and as much as $18,000 in total to one winner for their yearly mortgage or rent payment.

Viewers will watch for a code word during the morning broadcast. They will text the word to enter the drawing.

Cablevision Likely Selling to Time Warner in February

Rumors started a few years ago that Cablevision would ultimately sell the company. Now comes the strongest move in that direction. Tuned In has learned exclusively there is a 95 percent certainty that Cablevision will sell to Time Warner by the end of February. To make the acquisition more attractive, we’re told that the Bethpage, NY media company will undergo mass layoffs.

In addition, Cablevision honchos Tom Garger and Michael O’Neill, someone with knowledge of the situation says, have been given until February to make a case for public access being workable. If not, the channels and the executives likely would be gone.

Earlier this year, Cablevision sold its western cable outfit Optimum West to Charter Communications for $1.62 billion in cash. The company turned a third quarter profit in November, beating earnings projections. However, a year earlier Cablevision faced a $3.8 million loss.

Cablevision, founded by Charles Dolan, was started in 1973. The company failed to take itself private in 2005 and 2007.

While Cablevision have always stood firm against selling the company, in recent months that stance has wavered. For example, while announcing Cablevision’s earnings in August, CEO James Dolan said, “You never say never.”

A Cablevision spokesperson tells Tuned In, “As a matter of long-standing policy, we do not comment on rumor or speculation in the media.”

WOR Unveils New Morning Show

WORWOR 710 is marching into the future with Elliot Segal, succeeding John Gambling, who announced his retirement last month. Elliot in the Morning debuts January 13. Segal’s show has been heard in Washington on WWDC/DC 101 and Richmond’s WRXL. It will continue to air on those stations. WOR listeners will get a mix of sports, music, culture, and news from Segal.

“I’m excited to be coming back to New York, to a station with such a legendary history,” said Segal in a statement.  “We have built something very special in Washington, DC and Richmond and I’m beyond thrilled that the show will continue airing on DC/101 and XL-102. Now, WOR will be home to Elliot In The Morning and I couldn’t be more anxious to get going.”

Segal was part of the Z100 Morning Zoo in the mid-1990s.

With the new year, the Clear Channel talk station welcomes Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Their shows are syndicated by Clear Channel’s Premiere Networks. The veteran hosts keep their familiar time slots at WOR; Limbaugh from noon to 3 p.m. and Hannity airs from 3 to 6 p.m.

2014 also means baseball, as WOR will be the radio home for the Mets.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for WOR,” said Joe Puglise, President and Market Manager for Clear Channel New York.  “Bringing America’s top two talk show hosts to our lineup, the entertaining Elliot Segal and his team to the mornings and becoming the flagship station for the Mets will allow us to create unprecedented marketing opportunities for our partners and unbeatable programming for our listeners.”

ABC’s Rob Nelson Takes Anchor Slot at Channel 7

wabc2Overnight viewers may know Rob Nelson for his three years with ABC News Now. Nelson has also been a co-anchor on the network’s America This Morning. Staying in the company, Nelson has been named weekend morning anchor at WABC, succeeding Phil Lipof. Last month, it was announced that Lipof would leave Channel 7 for WCVB in Boston. His final newscast is December 8. A WABC spokesperson confirmed Nelson’s hiring, which was first reported by @Ny_NewsObserver. Nelson is not expected to start until sometime in January.

In March, Nelson was switched to dayside at ABC News. He was a correspondent for all platforms and programs.

As ABC News President Ben Sherwood remarked in a statement at the time, “Rob’s reporting, grace and humor infused each broadcast with a winning style he perfected over many years.”

Breaking: Scott Stanford a ’95 Percent’ Certainty to Co-Anchor with Tamsen Fadal on WPIX

Scott_StanfordThe biggest move of the Mark Effron-era at WPIX is about to happen. Tuned In has learned that Scott Stanford (left) will be evening co-anchor with Tamsen Fadal. An insider says it’s a “95 percent” done deal that he’ll team with Fadal for the station’s 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

The station, and Effron directly, refused to comment on any talent changes.

Stanford is the energetic WNBC sports anchor who has occasionally done news anchoring on their digital channel Cozi TV. Despite that limited news experience, this insider believes it’s a good hire.

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NOW-FM and WPIX Honored by New York State Broadcasters

NOW FMBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

CBS Radio’s NOW-FM/WNOW-FM and Tribune’s WPIX/Channel 11 are adding to their display cases.

The stations scored the most wins at the annual Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting presented by the New York State Broadcasters Association.

Despite perpetually poor ratings, PIX’s talent was recognized by the NYSBA, with four trophies.

Channel 11 was named winner in the Outstanding Hard News Story and Outstanding Feature News Story categories.

WPIX also was selected this week as Outstanding Locally Originated Newscast for coverage of the East River ferry crash in January. Reporters Dan Mannarino, James Ford, Kirsten Cole, and Arthur Ch’ien were singled out for their work.

PIX also won for Outstanding Documentary.

WNYW/Channel 5 won for Outstanding Locally Produced Show, along with Westchester’s RNN, which also earn the hardware for Outstanding Public Affairs Program or Series.

The other TV winners were from upstate or the Hudson Valley.

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WPIX’s Tamsen Fadal Appearance on CBS Angers Her PIX Colleagues

Tamsen TalkBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Did you catch CBS’ The Talk Monday? The women’s roundtable discussion ended the show with Channel 11 lead anchor Tamsen Fadal as a guest.

Fadal was billed as a dating expert, having written a pair of self-help books on the topic.

She was comfortable and clear, smart and sassy in the two short segments sharing her expertise. Fadal sounded better than the regular hosts, including Sharon Osbourne and Sara Gilbert, a fact not lost on one PIX insider.

“She is much better suited for The Talk than anchoring.”

Fadal visited The Talk with the gravitas that comes with being a serious news anchor. So discussing when to “jump in the sack” after a break-up might not be befitting of her stature.

Following her appearance, Tuned In sampled the WPIX newsroom for their take.

“Fadal, who is trying to be taken seriously as a New York City news anchor, was on a national show being labeled as a relationship expert and [she] is recently divorced.”

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Management Carousel Spins at WNYW, WWOR

By JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Fox5small1Veteran market news director Dianne Doctor is on the move. She’s leaving her post at WNYW/Channel 5 for the newly created title of VP and station manager at Fox’s WWOR.

The New Jersey native will head to Secaucus instead of East 67th Street.

TVSpy reports that Doctor will oversee content and programming for WWOR. She succeeds Jim Driscoll, who was Channel 9 news director.

Across the Hudson, Byron Harmon takes Doctor’s place as news director. He joined WNYW last year from CNN International. He also worked at WCBS/Channel 2 as executive producer.