EXCLUSIVE — CBS4 Hurricane Guru David Bernard: I’m Outtahere!

David Bernard

WFOR’s David Bernard has been telling colleagues he is leaving the station! (CBS News photo)

flag-exclusiveCBS4 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.

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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.”

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Comments

  1. cecilia sigler says

    SHANNON WAS A GREAT LADY,ELLIOT IS A VERY FAMILIAR FACE AND A GENTLEMAN, SOME ONE THAT YOU LIKE TO SEE, EVERY DAY AND DAVID WAS ONE OF THE MOST ACCURATE WETHER PERSON IN THE STATION AND BECUSE OF YOUR GREED YOU PLAY DAWN THE CLASS OF THE STATION.HOPEFULYSOON ZIMMERMAM,ROLDAN,AND LEVY WILL GET THERE PINK SLIP
    AND SOME NEW YOUNG BLOOD WITH BETTER IDEAS WIIL COME IN AND REVIVE THE NETWOK

  2. Melba Wilkat says

    It was a big mistake you made letting David Bernard get away from you. He is one of the best news people you have ever had. I am not looking at your station any more. I really miss David. He is a fine person and a gentleman…shame on you CBS.