Former WFTS-Ch. 28 general manager Bill Carey hired as news director in New York City
The station made it official today, announcing Carey as its new news director, importing him to his New York hometown from a job as station manager and news director at WQAD in Moline, Ill.
Carey resigned his job at WFTS six months after he was arrested and accused of burglary and battery following a hit-and-run crash. Police said Carey initially didn't stop after the accident and struggled with the other driver to take back his license after she announced plans to call law enforcement. Carey maintained he was the victim of a misunderstanding.
Hillsborough County prosecutors decided not to file charges against Carey, after the victim in his case signed a waiver of prosecution and reached a civil settlement with him for an undisclosed sum.
Now he's taking the reins at a TV station in the country's largest market.
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NEW YORK VETERAN JOINS WPIX STATION NOVEMBER 30
NEW YORK, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- PIX, Tribune Broadcasting's New York CW affiliate, has named Bill Carey its 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.