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Senecal signs off at 11

Could land at Ch. 5

Far-flung locales are a specialty for Toni Senecal.
Toni Senecal, WPIX/Ch. 11's vivacious entertainment correspondent, has left the building.

Senecal has been off the air at Ch. 11 for about a week, using up vacation time before she leaves the station officially on New Year's Eve.

Insiders say Senecal E-mailed fellow 'PIXers earlier this week and said she was leaving to pursue work elsewhere.

A station spokesman confirmed Senecal had left Ch. 11, and her biography, picture and link to her segments have been removed from the station's Web site.

Sources familiar with Senecal's situation said yesterday that she could turn up at WNYW/Ch. 5, though nothing could be confirmed.

She had been at Ch. 11 for four years. While there, she covered the big entertainment stories in town, and wasn't afraid to poke fun at herself. For instance, for the recent premiere of "King Kong," she appeared on screen wearing gorilla gloves and a giant hat.

In addition to her entertainment reports, Senecal also produces a series of specials with her husband, Tracy Shea, called "Toni On!" In these, Senecal and Shea travel the globe to focus on various regions.

Where Senecal might fit in at Ch. 5 is just a guess at this point.

The station's 10 p.m. newscast already has Naamua Delaney doing most of the entertainment stories.

It's also possible that Senecal's freewheeling, fun style could fit on "Good Day New York."

Should Senecal land at Ch. 5, it would mark the latest change at the station since Lew Leone was named general manager and Dennis Swanson was put in place in the management stream at the Fox-owned television stations.

As previously reported, weatherman Jim Castillo was let go, while WCBS/Ch. 2's Arnold Diaz is expected to sign with the station soon.

Originally published on December 24, 2005

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