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Top WPBF-Channel 25 Anchor, Newsroom Boss Skipping Town

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Top WPBF-Channel 25 Anchor, Newsroom Boss Skipping Town

WPBF's Tiffany Kenney and Victor Blackwell

Splitting up: WPBF’s Tiffany Kenney and Victor Blackwell

Big changes in store for WPBF-Channel 25.

Gossip Extra hears that prime-time anchor Victor Blackwell is so desperate to exit the West Palm Beach/Treasure Coast ABC affiliate that he didn’t renew his contract.

What’s more, News Director Kyle Grimes is expected to be gone by mid-August.

Several newsroom sources confirm Blackwell is so public about his fleeing that he’s even put in his few cents about a replacement alongside Tiffany Kenney at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. (UPDATE: Blackwell headed to CNN)

One of those seen at station offices included former WPEC-Channel 12 anchor Ric Blackwell.

One of the few black anchors in the market, Victor Blackwell has been looking to move to a large market, particularly Atlanta.

Besides, his pairing with Kenney for more than two years doesn’t give anyone a warm-and-fuzzy feeling. I’m told the two have no relationship off camera — and it shows.

“There’s no love lost there,” said one source who asked to remain anonymous. “Victor thinks he is way too good for West Palm, and Tiffany’s a lifer. Victor’s here until something else materializes for him.”

Grimes, meanwhile, became newsroom boss in October 2008. He’s leaving to take over WPTZ-TV in Burlington, Vt./Plattsburgh, N.Y., like WPBF a Hearst station.

While he will be credited for lifting up Channel 25 to No. 2 in the market behind WPTV-Channel 5, Grimes will not be missed by many at the station.

“His management style is throwing a tantrum and slamming the door,” one of his employees said.

Neither Blackwell nor Grimes returned calls.

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