A bit of excitement in Palm Beach as GossipExtra reports their spies observed former WPEC anchor Curt Fonger having a “long lunch” with WPBF general manager Caroline Taplett at TooJays recently. GossipExtra also says Fonger was seen visiting the WPBF studios in Palm Beach Gardens. WPBF are looking to fill the main co-anchor chair next to Tiffany Kenney after Victor Blackwell left to anchor weekends at CNN HQ in Atlanta.
Curt Fonger left WPEC in August 2011 after 22 years at the station. SFLTV sources at the time claimed he was offered a new contract but for “significantly less” money. WPEC, at the time still owned by bankrupted Freedom Communications, was up for sale as creditors JP Morgan and Aurelius Capital were in the midst of trying to cut their losses to a minimum by selling assets.
Ric Blackwell, the former WFLX/WPEC anchor who was bumped out at the end of 2010 shortly before WPTV was set to produce the newscasts for the FOX affiliate, is also said to be in the running for main co-anchor.