Berlamino Out as WPIX GM
Kersting will run Tribune outlet until replacement is found
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 6/8/2010 9:38:38 AM
Kersting told WPIX staff he's in the process of taking a hard look at station management in the group. "For several weeks I have been in the process of evaluating the management teams across our television stations, and today I decided it was time to make a change at WPIX--General Manager Betty Ellen Berlamino has left the station," he said in a memo. "Please join me in wishing her the best. While we look for a new GM, I will be overseeing WPIX in addition to my other duties.
Kersting called WPIX "one of the real jewels" within Tribune.
Berlamino's dismissal was previously reported in the New York Daily News. The paper reports that high-profile WPIX anchor Jim Watkins' contract was not renewed either.
WPIX has been fighting to stand out in the nation's largest DMA. Bill Carey came on as news director late in 2009. Last month, the station was one of several Tribune outlets to run promotions where select viewers of its 10 p.m. news won time in a vault to grab cash.
Whatever vestiges of decency at PIX is now gone with the departure of the GM and Watkins. It is the barbarians at the gate. Kersting's idea of programming is to pair a racist radio host from the Midwest with Jerry Springer. Even Springer tuned him down. God help them.
Gale Tomma - 6/8/2010 11:35:02 AM EDT
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