New York's WPIX-TV Cuts Costs Aggressively

The Tribune station becomes the first in the Big Apple to do away with its sports department.

NEW YORK – Tribune-owned TV station WPIX-TV Channel 11 here has experienced aggressive cost cuts, including a move that has made it the first station here not to have a sports department, the New York Post reported Monday.

News director Bill Carey shuttered the sports department in the past few days, eliminating the sports director position and reassigning sports director Lolita Lopez, the Post said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the station plans to fold sports into the news coverage or outsource its sports coverage.

The station's human resources, research and community affairs departments have also been eliminated, according to the Post.

Plus, WPIX wants to change union rules to do away with a dedicated camera person during on-location news shoots, it said.

WPIX employees told the Post that besides the cost-cutting, they felt they were working in a deteriorating work environment. "There's no line that can't be crossed,” one of them said.

Carey was brought in late in 2009 to boost ratings and results at the station. The 10 o'clock news have over the past seven months risen to ratings of 1.1 from about 0.8, the Post said.