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WPIX’s Marvin Scott Tells Tales of Distinguished Career

It’s a fabled career that most could not even dream of having. Marvin Scott has been a journalist in print and television for more than a half-century.

A member of the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Scott has amassed more than 10 Emmy Awards.

Now, the longtime WPIX reporter is going through the vault for his autobiography, As I Saw It: A Reporter’s Intrepid Journey (Beaufort Books).

We learn the inner workings of his street cred and building of sources and (the topical) leaks. Scott takes you overseas to war zones in Vietnam, Afghanistan and the Suez Canal. But the whole book is worth it just to read his chilling account of 9/11. Scott, frustrated and stuck in New Jersey, would not sit idly by as the towers were targets of terror.

Before cementing his legendary tenure in New York at WPIX, Scott was part of Channel 5’s upstart Ten O’Clock News. It all started for a 14-year-old Scott when he sold a photo to the New York Daily News.

He was there for the Beatles’ euphoria in 1964 when they arrived at Kennedy Airport and the dread 16 years later when John Lennon was gunned down.

Scott delves into some investigative pieces that still resonate decades later and some interviews that stand the test of time like PLO leader Yassar Arafat.

There’s also a riveting behind-the-scenes account of a scoop that slipped through his fingers when President Obama would announce Osama bin Laden was dead.

The events jump off the page as Scott freshens memories and educates a new generation. You don’t have to be a broadcasting fan to enjoy this great read.

This barely scratches the surface on the 300 pages where we learn the most important of the “5 W’s” — why — because he loves the work!

Scott Stanford Returns to WPIX Sports Desk

It’s dizzying at WPIX as Scott Stanford is heading back to sports. Stanford, who just won an Emmy for Sports Anchor, is taken off news for the second time at PIX.

Last week Channel 11 terminated Sukanya Krishnan faster than expected when she refused to promote new morning anchor Betty Nguyen on her Facebook page.

With Krishnan’s exit, station honchos led by news director Amy Waldman opted for a fresh start in the AM.

Stanford joined WPIX in 2013 after serving as Bruce Beck‘s sports backup. Stanford parlayed some news anchoring opportunities at WNBC into co-anchor duties with Tamsen Fadal. However, within nine months, Stanford lost his news gig and settled into first his sports role at PIX.

But Stanford had another chance to explore news, this time alongside Krishnan on the morning news.

For all that bouncing and becoming a yo-yo, not to mention confusion for viewers, Stanford just keeps on rolling along (I can hear him singing it now)!

If you’re wondering what happens to Andy Adler, sources say the ball’s in her court whether to return to weekend sports anchoring. She and Stanford would also host Mets and Yankees pre- and post-game shows and other sports features.

Adler just announced her engagement to Doug Ellin, the 49-year-old creator of Entourage.

As for Nguyen’s new co-anchor, we’re told the station is searching for candidates with reporter Dan Mannarino (who is covering the terrorist attack in Manchester) as a possibility.

Mannarino’s one anchor stint at Channel 11 wasn’t the most memorable other than its length, lasting just a few weekends with the venerable Kaity Tong.

But as we see at PIX, everything is new again.

Kaity Tong Back to Weekends at WPIX; Kori Chambers Heads to Weeknights

kori-chambersWhile Brenda Blackmon is officially out as anchor at WPIX, her 6:30 p.m. co-anchor is staying put at the station. Kaity Tong is returning to weekends as solo anchor of evening broadcasts.

Multiple sources confirm Kori Chambers (left) is moving to weeknights, where he’ll join Tamsen Fadal at 5 p.m. John Muller maintains his anchor role alongside Fadal at 6 and 10 p.m.

PIX has been unable to find the secret sauce for sustaining an audience, leaving staffers perpetually frustrated.

“This is the third anchor switch in less than two years,” One station insider tells Tuned In. “All management is doing is rearranging bad talent that doesn’t work in any daypart.”

Tribune ended the 6:30 newscast Friday. Viewers will get the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game instead in that time slot. 

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WPIX Pulling the Plug on the 6:30 News

blackmon300It was an experiment that never took off. The anchors didn’t gel and the ratings plummeted from its start in early January.

Now, Tuned In has learned, Channel 11 is turning its back on the 6:30 p.m. broadcast within the next few weeks. Interim GM Greg Easterly made the announcement to staffers.

The future of Kaity Tong and Brenda Blackmon (left) is uncertain, although sources say Blackmon is done at PIX. It’s believed the former WWOR anchor has a one-year contract. She was respected within the newsroom but the cancellation didn’t surprise many at the station.

Tong, a WPIX lifer, may return to the weekend anchor slot.

“How do you compete against network news? They could have cancelled it after two months,” a PIX insider says.

While there was no mention of layoffs, the fate of 6:30 p.m. Executive Producer and former meteorologist Chris Knowles is up in the air.

“Every newscast, talent and manager are being looked at,” a source tells Tuned In. “Hard to see how others survive when ratings aren’t there for any show.”

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