As rumors swirl around WPIX anchor Jim Watkins’ contract situation, a new wrinkle as been added to the picture.
News 12 Long Island weeknight anchor Jodi Applegate is reportedly having discussions with WPIX to anchor the news at 10 p.m.
The New York Daily News reports that one possible scenario has Applegate replacing veterans Watkins and Kaity Tong to anchor the newscast solo, leaving Watkins and Tong to anchor other slots.
(In June, Tribune-owned WPIX pulled the plug on a 6:30 p.m. newscast.)
Sources tell FishbowlNY that, while wooing may be going on, there’s nothing definite.
The veteran duo, Watkins and Tong have been an on-air team since 1998.
A WPIX spokesperson had no comment, while messages left for Applegate were not returned.
Sources say there seems to be a sense that management needs to do something to impress new Tribune buyers, despite the fact that Watkins and Tong’s ratings are better than ever.
Applegate, who recently made news for her engagement to ESPN Radio/WEPN and Yankee announcer (YES Network) Michael Kay, is probably best known for her time at WNYW/Fox 5’s Good Day New York with Ron Corning.
Corning and Applegate are together again nightly at News 12.
Applegate joined News 12 in February 2009, after losing her Good Day anchor slot the previous September.
Watkins’ contract was to expire at the end of August. As Watkins remains on the air, reports indicate that both sides are still working toward figuring out his next step with the station.