Richard "Rich" Pegram III, vice president and general manager of ABC affiliate WFTS in Tampa, left his post Wednesday after seven years on the job.
Pegram, 63, led WFTS Channel 28 as it surged in ratings in recent years. He joined WFTS after 26 years with top NBC affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis and CBS affiliate WTVR in Richmond, Va.
WFTS Channel 28 is owned and operated by E. W. Scripps Co., a media conglomerate that includes such properties as HGTV, the Food Network and various ABC and CBS affiliate TV stations. A recent spinoff contains the company's daily and community newspapers.
Steve Wasserman, Scripps television's divisional general manager, declined to comment about the nature of Pegram's departure other than to say, "Rich is no longer with the Scripps corporation."
Pegram could not be reached for comment.