WPLG morning meteorologist Scott Padgett has been moved to weekend mornings. He effectively takes over for meteorologist Michael Smith who is leaving the station and clears the way for Julie Durda to start her weekday morning gig starting Monday April 12. That puts Durda right up against her former co-workers at WSVN. You didn’t really believe they’ll let her do weekend weather did you?
And after watching yesterday’s and today’s shows, I can see why viewers are reacting so strongly to the changes on Facebook. The show is heavy on personality and their ability to riff off each other’s humor so Julie would have to do a lot more than just talk about the weather.
Any way you look at this though, it is a demotion for Scott Padgett, who joined WPLG in April 2008 from Oklahoma City FOX affiliate KOKH where he worked as the chief meteorologist. And doing a bit of guessing and matter, he probably extended his contract with WPLG in April of 2012 so they can’t fire him and he can’t quit, but as tv news contracts go, there may be an out clause in it. Those are usually in the second year of a four-year contract, allowing the talent or the TV station to part ways legally, so we shouldn’t be surprised to see him leave for another gig. Unless he really loves living in South Florida.