Struggling NY Station Names New News Director

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WPIX has finally gotten around to hiring a new News Boss for the struggling station.

The station has gone with longtime news veteran Mark Effron.

Effron will become Vice President/News Director starting April 17.

Effron has 30 years of television news management experience, most notably at MSNBC and Post-Newsweek.

At MSNBC, Effron was Vice President of News and Daytime Programming; while at the helm he reorganized MSNBC Daytime and led the expansion of weekend programming for the network.  

Prior to his post at MSNBC, Effron was the Vice President of News at Post-Newsweek, the broadcasting division of The Washington Post, Inc. 

“Mark brings decades of television news management experience and a proven track-record of success. I’m confident that paired with PIX11’s talented newsroom staff, Mark will take our newscasts to the next level,” said Eric Meyrowitz, PIX11 Vice President and General Manager.

“Mark’s expertise, leadership skills and successful record of news expansion and ratings growth make him the perfect fit to lead and revitalize our newsroom in New York," said Larry Wert, President, Tribune Broadcasting.

Said Effron, “I am so excited to join the great team at PIX11 and Tribune. I've been watching Channel 11 ever since I was a kid growing up on Loring Place in the Bronx; I started with cartoons and then became enamored with the news and I can't wait to help create the next generation of great PIX11 newscasts: news by and for people who love this place, even as we affirm our right to complain about the noise, the crowds and the prices."