Kaity Tong is not the only “new” face on weekends at WPIX. As we reported September 30, she replaced the terminated Jim Watkins on an interim basis.
But a deeper evaluation reveals another recent, albeit quieter change on the weekend newscasts.
Meteorologist Craig Allen, a steady freelancer at Channel 11 since leaving WNYW/Channel 5 in June, has seemingly become a regular contributor.
Avid weekend WPIX viewers will notice less of forecaster Lisa Mateo and more of Allen.
However, Allen has not been named a permanent meteorologist at Channel 11. News director Bill Carey says Allen, though, remains a valuable fill in.
“Lisa is dealing with the sudden loss of her father-in-law, and helping [in] the mornings,” Carey tells FishbowlNY. “Craig will help through this and next month as much as he can.”
But, Allen has built a nice secondary television career. He has worked for several area stations including WCBS/Channel 2 and News 12 Long Island. Allen also had a three-year stint on weekends at WNYW/Channel 5. After losing the steady weekend shifts in 2010, Allen was a fill-in option for Shay Ryan until bolting for better opportunities at WPIX.
While at WCBS in the mid 1990s, Allen’s career intersected with Carey, the former Channel 2 news director.
“I’m enjoying the opportunity to be working with Bill [Carey] again and with the PIX family,” Allen says.