A few days after WTAE realigned its anchor lineup, WPXI announced yesterday that morning and noon anchor Newlin Archinal's last day at the station will be today.
WPXI news director Corrie Harding said he and Archinal had been in talks about her departure from Channel 11 "for a significant period of time."
Archinal joined WPXI in 1999 as morning and noon anchor. Harding said a replacement will be announced within 24 hours, another sign that this change has been in the works for some time. "This television station has a tremendous amount of respect for her, and the efforts she put forth for nine years," Harding said. "This decision is not specifically about her performance, or any other factor during her time here. It's a decision based on the totality of improving the morning news."
Harding said it was the station's decision to replace Archinal, which would indicate that either WPXI did not renew her contract or Archinal did not agree to terms of a proposed new contract. Harding said dropping Archinal was not a matter of cost containment. He said Archinal would like to stay in Pittsburgh.
"She's looking at opportunities here because she loves this city," he said. "She wants to stay in Pittsburgh."
Archinal could not be reached for comment. She is expected to bid farewell to viewers just before 7 a.m. today.
In advance of Saturday's celebration of Pittsburgh's 250th birthday, "Good Morning America" weathercaster Sam Champion will broadcast 7-9 a.m. Friday for the ABC morning show from locations along the North Shore near Heinz Field.