According to an article that appeared in today’s Miami Herald, WPLG anchor Charles Perez has been bumped from weekdays to weekends. According to the article, station officials say that the move by Perez was driven by economics, and not by performance. Mr. Perez told the Herald that he feels as if this was a flat-out demotion, and scoffs at the notion that his reassignment is budget-related. “They’re not saving any money by putting me in the field,” he says. They’re still paying me my full salary, and will continue to, until the end of my contract. I will be a very well paid weekend anchor and street reporter.” Perez brings up a good point, which begs the question of if his “personal issues” that occurred last April have anything to do with the demotion. Apparently, he feels the same way, as he’s hired employment lawyer Melanie Damian. He says:
“The station began to lower my profile at approximately the same time [the personal issues started]”
It does seem rather suspicious. The full article is available here. After the jump, take the poll about what you think. Was Charles Perez’s move due to a financial issue, or something more sinister?