Charles Perez has gone very public about his firing from WPLG as the station’s main co-anchor. A 3-page long blog post written by him for TheDailyBeast titled “Why I Committed Career Suicide” where he talks about his decision to file a complaint against WPLG. He bemoans the lack of substance in the news business and says a “higher-up” at WPLG told him wanting to have kids with partner Keith he’d be better off anchoring weekends because it is “a lot less high-profile there”
On page two he shares another insider bit, this time from former employer WSVN.
Perez writes that the news business becoming “a place of fear, where principle and the news have become the casualties and ratings and dollars the prizes”. As an example he cites the runup to the Iraq war and reading about the top weapons inspector who found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. That all of Europe watched the press conference but it was buried in The New York Time
I went to one of my bosses at Miami’s Fox affiliate, WSVN, and said, “We have to run this. This is big!” He said, “Charles, that’s not what our advertisers want to see.” We never ran it.
He says he hoped to be at WPLG for the rest of his career but that he “could not choose that career over the man I love and our commitment to build a family together.”