CBS4 Chief Meteorologist David Bernard may be yet another one of the station’s personalities preparing his exit.
I’m told by two newsroom sources that Bernard, 44, is telling friends he rejected WFOR‘s proposal for a new contract and has notified his bosses he’s leaving after hurricane season, in early November.
He is the station’s main forecaster and presents his reports weekdays at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Bernard is also the network’s official extreme weather specialist and is often seen discussing tornadoes and blizzards on CBS This Morning and CBS Evening News.
“I never comment about my personal work situation,” Bernard said when reached at his studio.
Neither station General Manager Adam Levy nor News Director Liz Roldan replied to emails seeking comments.
WFOR Spokesman Lee Zimmerman said: “We do not comment on personnel matters.”
I hear the new contract they presented Bernard would pay him less than his current one.
While he angered some viewers with his tweets denying global warming, Bernard has managed to become a highly-respected hurricane TV personality. He was lauded for his calm and composure covering hurricanes in New Orleans, especially Ivan in 2004.
He arrived in South Florida in 2005, a season that brought Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
The station, meanwhile, is undergoing radical changes in its prime-time news lineup. Anchorwoman Shannon Hori encountered similar contractual issues in the spring and high-tailed it to Louisville, Ky., after six years at WFOR.
And fellow anchorman Eliott Rodriguez, a 25-year veteran of local news, is scheduled to be replaced by Fox News Channel’s Rick Folbaum in late August. Rodriguez is staying at the station, on the noon and 6 p.m. newscasts.
Said one long-time CBS4 reporter, who asked that he not be named because station employees are not supposed to talk to other media: “It’s obvious to everyone here that they’re going after those with bigger salaries.”