WPIX news director Bill Carey, who is responsible for sweeping changes to the look and staff since joining the station in November 2009, is giving up his post. A well-placed source tells FishbowlNY that Carey is leaving Channel 11 before the November sweeps period. It is believed that Carey is fielding several offers, including from a startup company. Carey had no comment to FishbowlNY about a change to his job status.
In three years on the job, Carey made his imprint. Within a year, lead anchors Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong were displaced and Jodi Applegate was hired. Carey created a brand new newsroom set for Applegate.
Carey also made morning changes. Last summer, he brought Frances Rivera from Boston to co-anchor the PIX Morning News with veteran Sukanya Krishnan. Earlier this year, commentator Lionel was given hosting duties for the two-hour early edition of the morning news.
WPIX has traditionally trailed WNYW in the ratings. However, the Tribune flagship made inroads during the July sweeps period, edging Channel 5 for a portion of Good Day New York. As we reported earlier today, WPIX has been struggling due to a Cablevision retransmission dispute, leaving millions of customers without access to Channel 11 since mid-August.
From 1994 to 1999, Carey worked for WCBS-TV, including the last three years as news director. Yesterday marked the 16th anniversary of the Channel 2 “massacre.” Carey was at the helm of a major shake-up which included the firing of seven on-air staffers.
Carey spent time at WABC/Channel 7 as senior producer. He’s a 1979 graduate of Fordham University with a B.A. in communications.