Meteorologist Craig Allen Increases Workload at WPIX, Lisa Mateo Shifts Temporarily to Mornings

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.”

Of course, Allen has been enjoying the ride for three decades. Allen has been a constant presence as the even-keeled morning and afternoon chief meteorologist at WCBS 880 since 1981.

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.