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