WFOR chief meteorologist David Bernard is said to be on his way out. According to GossipExtra, Bernard was offered a contract by the station for less than what he makes now so he decided to walk. He is the third high-profile personality to leave WFOR in less than a year, after main anchors Shannon Hori and Antonio Mora left just recently.
There is some disagreement about what’s actually prompting these changes. To some, WFOR management is freshening things up with new blood, to others it is management not wanting to spend big bucks on talent anymore, so those that don’t want to play along can leave and be replaced by less demanding talent. Or both. Though it does kind of make you wonder how big or small a check WFOR and CBS had to cut for Rick Folbaum to bring him from the network level down to a TV station in the 16th largest market? One whose newscasts local viewers are not exactly rushing to watch.
David Bernard joined WFOR in 2005 from WWL in New Orléans, selected personally by Bryan Norcross, he would eventually take over for him as chief meteorologist in 2008 when Norcross left the station to form his own company.
Want an interesting factoid? WSVN, once the perennial revolving door for talent, now has the longest-serving anchor team on Miami TV, at least among English stations. Belkys Nerey and Craig Stevens have been together since August 2003. Also, three of the station’s four main news anchors have been there for 20+ years each. And Phil Ferro, the longest-serving chief meteorologist since 2004, if you don’t count John Morales’ time at WLTV and WSCV. And of course Christine Cruz and Diana Diaz on ‘Today in Florida’ both of whom have been with WSVN since 1996 and 1998 respectively.
David Bernard will officially leave WFOR sometime in November.