Longtime New York anchors Kaity Tong and Jim Watkins will be moved into lower-profile positions at WPIX-TV as the Tribune-owned station is hiring a new anchor to lead its 10 p.m. newscasts solo, reports the New York Daily News.
The CW-affiliated station is hiring Jodi Applegate to take over the newscast, the story says. The plan to bring in Applegate, who has been an anchor at Cablevision’s News 12 Long Island, is designed to bring in new viewers to the news program. Before joining Cablevision last year, she had been a co-anchor on WNYW-TV’s "Good Day New York," the story adds.
For Tong and Watkins, it means the end of their roles leading the station’s main newscast, which they have done since 1998, the story says. The station also recently canceled its 6:30 p.m. newscasts, which they had also anchored, the article adds.