NEW YORK, N.Y.—PIX, Tribune Broadcasting's New York CW affiliate has named Bill Carey News Director. This is a homecoming of sorts for Carey, a native New Yorker who held roles of significant responsibility in station management at WCBS and WABC during his award-winning broadcasting career. Carey will assume his new duties at PIX on November 30th.
Carey has more than 20 years of management experience in television news and a proven track-record of success. He comes to PIX after serving most recently as Station Manager and News Director for WQAD-TV, the ABC affiliate in Illinois owned by Local TV LLC, a Tribune Company partner that runs 17 television stations across the United States. Prior to his position at WQAD, Carey founded Bill Carey Consulting in 2008 to work with cable, broadcast and internet clients including Cablevision in New York and New Jersey.
"Bill's expertise and experience will be a huge asset to PIX. I look forward to working with him and continuing to grow our presence in local news," said Betty Ellen Berlamino, PIX President and General Manager.
From 2004 to 2008, Carey served as Vice President and General Manager for WFTS-TV, the ABC Affiliate in Tampa. In that capacity, Carey led a staff of over 160 to ratings growth with national recognition for the station's investigative journalism and hurricane coverage. While in Florida, Carey served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Broadcasters, regularly lobbying congressional leaders on behalf of broadcast industry issues. Carey was elected by his peers as Chairman of the group in 2007 and was invited to testify before the FCC about issues facing broadcasters.
Prior to his work at WFTS, Carey served as the top news executive at WXYZ-TV in Detroit, the flagship television station of the E.W. Scripps Company.
From 1994 to 1999, Carey worked in leadership positions in his native New York, serving as News Director for WCBS-TV (1996 to 1999) and assistant news director (1994 to 1996). Under Carey's leadership, WCBS was recognized with numerous broadcast journalism awards including the prestigious George Foster Peabody award, Edward R. Murrow award, and several local Emmy awards.
"I'm honored to be selected. I watched Officer Joe and Captain Jack growing up in Maspeth, and always dreamed of pitching for the Mets. WPIX already feels like home and I'm eager to get to work," said Carey.
Prior to his tenure at WCBS, Carey held a series of station management roles at WBBM-TV the CBS O&O in Chicago and before that at WABC-TV in New York including senior producer, responsible for all news content at the station. He produced Eyewitness News at 6 and was the executive producer of Eyewitness News at 11, returning both of those newscasts to first place.
Carey has served as a Board of Director for the Suncoast Golf Classic, (the non-profit entity that raises funds for charities in conjunction with the annual PGA golf tournament), led the Jessica Marie Lunsford Foundation (a nationally recognized advocate for protecting children) to non-profit status in 2006, and served on its board until its mission was done in 2009. Carey is the proud recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy award, for his work in and around the Tampa Bay community. In 2002 he was selected and graduated from the FBI Citizens Academy, and has lectured local and national law enforcement on media relations.
Carey attended St. Francis Prep and is a 1979 graduate of Fordham University, with a B.A. in communications.