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Anchor Leigh Moody leaves Bay News 9; general manager Mike Pumo leaves Tampa NBC affiliate WFLA-Ch. 8

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Leighmoody2 Palm Harbor native Leigh Moody was fired from her anchor job at Bright House Networks' 24-hour local cable newschannel Bay News 9 on Monday.

Both Moody and officials at Bay News 9 declined to provide specifics, saying it was an internal personnel decision, though the anchor acknowledged she wasn't the first local TV personality to lose a job in recent months.

"I don't think this is anything surprising, given the current economic state," said Moody, who anchored weeknights and overnights on the channel. "It's certainly not unusual for the business."

The newschannel has already posted notices seeking a replacement, indicating cost cutting may not have been an issue. Moody, a broadcast journalism graduate from the University of Central Florida, anchored at Bay News 9 for nine years, coming to the Pinellas County-based newschannel after stints in Orlando, Charleston, S.C. and Flint, Mich.

Mikepumo Across the bay in Tampa, Mike Pumo has left his job as general manager of Media General-owned NBC affiliate WFLA-Ch. 8, according to an email circulated to staff.

The email was sent by John Schueler, president of Florida Communications Group, the arm of  Media General which runs WFLA and all of the company's locally-based platforms. Schueler said he would take over Pumo's duties, which also included supervising advertising sales for other Media General outlets in Florida, such as TBO.com and the Tampa Tribune.

Pumo is the second high-ranking manager to leave Media General’s Florida outlets in recent weeks; on Dec. 18, Tampa Tribune executive editor Janet Coats left the company to join her husband in Knoxville, Tenn..

Schueler and other officials at the company did not return calls placed late in the day for comment.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:04pm]

    

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