With Jim Watkins Out at WPIX, Kaity Tong Takes Weekends

By Jerry Barmash Comment

As we reported first this morning, anchor Jim Watkins has done his final broadcast on WPIX/Channel 11. Several sources with knowledge of the matter tell FishbowlNY that the longtime WPIX anchorman was fired.

WPIX management had very little to say about the situation except that Watkins “remains employed by WPIX.”

However, sources say Watkins, who became weekend anchor in 2010, is not permitted back in the building, let alone the studios.   

In addition, sources say Watkins’ former weeknight colleague Kaity Tong is handling the weekend anchor duties on a temporary basis beginning tomorrow night.

Tong has been reporting from the outer boroughs each night. She also has been a frequent fill-in for Jodi Applegate.