While the buzz has been surrounding night time changes at WPIX, notably Scott Stanford‘s ascension to news anchor, the public is speaking in record numbers about the morning newscasts.
It’s three months since our breaking news filled the Internet that Frances Rivera would not have her contract renewed. We’ve received feedback from dozens of people and we’re still getting comments. Here is a sample of some strong opinions posted to Tuned In.
Chrissy Craig writes, “I thought Francis Rivera did an awesome job…loved her smile…sense of humor and her charm.”
Barbara Fortini says, “I am completely floored! I have been looking for Frances for weeks. Frances Rivera is a very pleasant, professional and enjoyable to watch… Too bad for PIX because many people will not be viewing the news without Frances at the helm.”
Joel Santos concurs, “I thought Francis was out on emergency leave or maybe even vacation, but now morning after morning of not seeing her around, it was obvious something was wrong. I googled Francis Rivera to read this heart wrenching news! This must’ve been a decision based on politics, because anyone who tuned into the PIX11 Morning News saw there was nothing but chemistry on the air between Sukanya and Francis.”
On paper, it seemed to be a great career move for Jill Nicolini. But after only two years, the popular entertainment reporter has exited WNYW/Channel 5 for WLNY. A station spokesperson confirms that Monday she debuts as traffic reporter on Live From the Couch. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Nicolini, who gained a huge following from her traffic and entertainment segments during her seven years on WPIX. The two-hour broadcast is hosted by Channel 2’s John Elliott, Lisa Kerney, and Carolina Bermudez. The latter two personalities have been on maternity leave, giving former WPIX anchor Jodi Applegate some extended “couch time.”
There is another Channel 11 connection to WCBS (WLNY sister station). John Houseman has been named a new Channel 2 executive producer. Houseman spent more than three decades in the WPIX newsroom or management. His star was at its brightest when Bill Carey left for another venture last year. Houseman got his second chance as interim news director, but ultimately the station hired Mark Effron. Houseman was let go from the Tribune flagship in May, just days after Effron took the reins pushing him back to his longstanding assistant news director role.