One of the last remnants of the pre-Bill Carey regime, veteran newsman Peter Thorne is leaving Channel 11.
The station released a terse two-sentence statement saying in part that Thorne is leaving effective December 31, to “pursue emerging opportunities in broadcast journalism, new media, and charitable works.”
Thorne spent ten years with WPIX as an anchor and reporter. When Jodi Applegate took over the weeknight 10 p.m. newscasts in October 2010, the WPIX shuffle was on. Carey, who joined the Tribune-owned station in November 2009 as news director, shifted weekend anchors Thorne and Jackie Hyland to weeknight reporting duties. Hyland left Channel 11 in March 2011.
Jim Watkins, the station’s former main co-anchor with Kaity Tong, was relegated to weekends upon Applegate’s arrival. Carey officially severed ties with Watkins in October.
Since Watkins’ departure, Tong has assumed the role of weekend anchor.
As f0r Thorne, he won multiple awards, including a 2005 Emmy Award. He joined WPIX in September 2001, just days before the 9/11 attacks. His bio on the WPIX website says Thorne reported from Ground Zero as his first assignment with the station.
Thorne was promoted to weekend anchor in April 2002.
The Channel 11 release added, “WPIX thanks Peter for his good work and contributions to the station and the community over the last decade.”
FishbowlNY attempted to reach Thorne for a comment.