Channel 11: No Fuckin’ Problem!

Arthur Chi’en, the victim of Opie and Anthony’s demonstration that they can get someone besides themselves fired, will be returning to New York television news. Two months after a follower of the shock jocks goaded Chi’en into saying “What the fuck is your problem?” while a live camera was still (whoop!) rolling–leading his weak-kneed employers at Channel 2 to ax him–Channel 11 is bringing the reporter back. The offical announcement follows:

NEW YORK, August 17, 2005 – Reporter Arthur Chi’en has joined “The WB11 News at Ten,” the prime time newscast of Tribune Broadcasting’s WB Television Network affiliate, WPIX Channel 11 (The WB11), it was announced today by the TV station’s news director Karen Scott. Chi’en, a New York native who spent all but one year of his journalism career here, was a reporter for New York’s WCBS-TV Channel 2 until May 2005. His appointment to WPIX is effective Monday, August 22.

“Arthur is a great reporter,” said Scott. “I am looking forward to welcoming him to The WB11 news team.”

Chi’en began his journalism career as a photographer for the Columbia Daily Spectator, the daily newspaper of Columbia University, where he graduated with honors in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He joined NBC News in 1993 as an associate producer. There he worked on the “NBC Nightly News,” “Today,” and for cable news channel MSNBC. Chi’en moved in front of the camera in 1998 when he joined Time Warner’s New York 1 News. As a general assignment reporter he covered the September 11 attacks, the crashes of American Air Lines flight 587, Swissair 111, and Egypt Air 990, the Amadou Diallo shooting and trial, as well as transportation and clergy sex abuse stories.

After a year at Boston’s Fox TV station, WFXT, Chi’en returned to New York in December 2003 to join WCBS-TV Channel 2. There his notable reporting assignments included coverage of Hurricane Frances from Florida and the aftermath of the Tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka.

“I am very enthusiastic about joining The WB11 News,” said Chi’en. “I think that they are a top notch group who are ahead of the curve on a lot of things.”