WPLG weekend meteorologist Michael Smith will be leaving the station. TVSpy metions the internal memo to staffers that went out this morning from WPLG news director Bill Pohovey announcing Smith’s departure and also confirmed the rumors that Julie Durda will be joining the TV station. Oddly, according to the announcement Durda’s job description at WPLG hasn’t been settled yet! Sounds like they saw an opportunity to poach her away from WSVN and took advantage of it.
I doubt they’re going to stick Julie Durda doing the weekend weather. That would be a demotion for her considering she was on the market’s number one morning newscast for the last 5 years. Plus, there are the rumors she allegedly wanted a certain pay increase from WSVN, and didn’t get it, which would then mean WPLG paid that or more to get her on their side. I did hear around the time she left WSVN that we could be seeing her out and about reporing at her next job or that she wants to move away from weather altogether. So around March or April will know for sure, until then it’s all speculation.