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Anchor Leigh Moody leaves Bay News 9; GM Mike Pumo steps down from WFLA

Palm Harbor native Leigh Moody was fired from her anchor job at 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 newschannel, featured on the Bright House Networks cable system.

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.

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Mike Pumo has left his job as general manager of Media General-owned NBC affiliate WFLA-Ch. 8, according to an e-mail circulated to staff.

The message was sent by John Schueler, president of Florida Communications Group, the arm of Richmond, Va.-based 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, such as 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.

Anchor Leigh Moody leaves Bay News 9; GM Mike Pumo steps down from WFLA 01/05/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 7:15pm]
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