Big changes in store for WPBF-Channel 25.
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.