WFOR anchor Antonio Mora is no longer with the station after his contract was not renewed. Not really surprising news considering he has been the odd man out since last year when the station left him with one newscast to anchor.
SFLTV heard rumors Mora could be on his way out going as far back as April 2011, when we reported WFOR made changes to their anchor lineup and newscasts that resulted in Antonio Mora’s on-air duties being reduced to only the 6pm newscast from anchoring the 5, 6 and 11pm shows. Tipsters told us he may be on the way out but that his contract was into its third year and past the ‘out clause’ period so WFOR had to wait for it to run out, which just happened.
Antonio Mora came to WFOR in January 2008 as the new main co-anchor in a time when the station sought to recover from declining ratings. In time for his arrival, the 5pm newscast was split into two half-hour editions and long-time anchor Eliott Rodriguez was moved to anchor the noon and 5:30pm and Mora got paired with Shannon Hori who had arrived several months earlier as Maggie Rodriguez’ replacement. But about three years later in April 2011, and a year after WFOR had yet again changed its news director, the station announced its 5pm newscast is going back to an hour and that Eliott Rodriguez will anchor alongside Shannon Hori at 11pm as well, which left Antonio Mora with all of 20 minutes of air time and almost no other on-air presence.