Well, apparently 6:30pm local news in New York City is unwatchable and local TV history has proved it twice in the past six years. Too bad it came from the same station, WPIX.
After Friday September 9th, the station will no longer air a local newscast at 6:30pm. PIX 11 News at 6:30 will be cancelled after that day’s edition and will be replaced on Monday, September 12th with Celebrity Name Game with Craig Ferguson. This will mean that, after just 8 months of debuting the newscast, NYC will be back to NO local weeknight news at 6:30pm again, unless if you have cable and watch either NY1 – New York One, one of the News 12 Networks or FiOS1 Long Island in which it does offer local news at 6:30pm.
The fate of Kaity Tong is unclear but the same can’t be said for Brenda Blackmon, a legendary NYC TV news anchor as I’m being told that WPIX 11 will soon drop her from employment at the station. She was hired last year to join Kaity for what was a new newscast at 6:30pm that was launched in January. Now heading into 8 months later, the newscast will soon go away.
This is the second time that WPIX 11 has dropped its own 6:30pm newscast. It has done so once in 2010 but was cancelled a year later. This second attempt has lasted in even shorter time than that.
A Tribune spokesperson telling TVSpy about this…
“We’re reconfiguring PIX 11’s daytime lineup and making changes to the schedule to create a better flow into our evening newscasts.Celebrity Name Game will move from daytime and return to its original 6:30 p.m. time period where it had great success. These changes will be effective Sept. 12.”
And just like that, WPIX 11’s struggles will continue. Cutting another newscast is a sign that WPIX 11 is continuing to struggle to gain viewership across NYC TV viewers as they continue to watch somebody else for local news. Sucks for WPIX 11, but its what happens when messing up a good product comes back to you.