EXCLUSIVE — CBS12 Cans News Director Cathy Younkin

WEST PALM BEACH -- After years of downward ratings, WPEC-CBS12  abruptly fired news director Cathy Younkin this morning, Gossip Extra has learned. "An announcement was made, something about her leaving to pursue other interests," said a newsroom source, "but it's pretty clear to everybody that she was canned." The mood in the newsroom? "It doesn't appear that too many people are crying." General Manager Michael Pumo confirmed that … [Read more...]

Charge vs CBS12 Anchor John Discepolo’s Twitter Jokester Dropped, Viewers Ballistic!

Prime-time CBS12 anchor John Discepolo and Liz Quirantes (WND.com photo)

WEST PALM BEACH -- New WPEC-Channel 12 prime-time anchor John Discepolo is getting into a nasty back-and-forth with viewers on Twitter after the Palm Beach County State Attorney dropped a criminal charge filed against the Lake Worth man whose tweet to Discepolo got him arrested. The misdemeanor charge of intimidation through written threat was dropped against Martin Pierro, 41, on Friday, according to court records. Here is the offending … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE: Owner of Website With Reporters’ Private Info Puts Out Creepy Statement

Using an image that's become the symbol of many protest movements around the world, the owner of a website that appeared this week with the DOBs, and home addresses and private hone numbers of Palm Beach County reporters released a statement today. After Gossip Extra reached out to the person through the deadbeatlink.com website to ask what's up, the video above was included in the otherwise-empty email sent in response. In the statement … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE — CBS12 Cancels Nightly News Slot!

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WPEC-CBS12 is canceling its 7 p.m. news show over the next few weeks -- leaving anchors Ben Becker and Stephanie Watson to wonder about their jobs! The 7 p.m. news became a unique local product in the market but never caught on with viewers as it competed since its inception seven years ago against lighter fares like gossip TV and Wheel of Fortune. Becker and Watson, who was hired in December, will be replaced by the syndicated tabloid … [Read more...]

BREAKING — CBS4 Miami Weatherman Jeff Berardelli Joins WPB’s CBS12!

The exodus of talent continues at CBS4 Miami as weekend weatherman Jeff Berardelli has told his buds in the newsroom he is hightailing it to West Palm Beach! According to mediabistro.com, the six-year rough-weather veteran is slated to start at WPEC-Channel 12 within weeks. The news comes in the wake of yet another Gossip Extra exclusive: Berardelli's boss, CBS4 Chief Meteorologist David Bernard, told sources he's leaving in the fall … [Read more...]

OPINION — Time For TV Stations to Level With Viewers!

With arrests of staffers with ties to two local television stations, one mysterious firing at a third and hush-hush wholesale changes at a fourth, South Florida's boob tube officials have been less than forthcoming. And for a business that depends on openness and transparency to make money, that's inexcusable. Gossip Extra says: It's time for TV's corporate hacks to rethink what passes for policy on employee privacy, and stop taking us … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE — Ex-CBS12 Director Gets 10 Years in Underage Sex Attempt

A WPEC-Channel 12 newscast director fired after his arrest for trying to hook up with a 15-year-old boy quietly pleaded guilty to felony enticement. He was sentenced to 10 years behind bars! It's another Gossip Extra exclusive: Christopher Siegert, 30, who produced newscasts for the West Palm Beach CBS affiliate, just checked into the low-security Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Central Florida to serve his sentence. He's … [Read more...]

EXCLUSIVE — Ex-CBS 12 Anchor Curt Fonger: I’m Selling Houses!

Two years after WPEC-Channel 12 refused to renew his anchorman's contract, Curt Fonger has reappeared in a new gig. He's now in real estate, bow tie and all. "It was time to reinvent myself," Fonger says. "Viewers kept asking me when I'd be back on the air, but no television station manager asked the same question. So, I'm looking for listings." -- For more of South Florida's best media gossip, click to register for the alerts After … [Read more...]

CBS 12 Anchor Suzanne Boyd Divorced!

WPEC-Channel 12 morning star Suzanne Boyd is officially and legally back on the old single's market. And by most standards, it was a quickie split, according to court records. Boyd was able to change her Facebook status to single just four weeks after ex-husband Jeffrey Phipps filed for divorce. -- For more of SoFla's best gossip, click to register for the alerts Both Boyd and wealth management expert Phipps agreed to abide with a … [Read more...]

CBS 12 Anchor Suzanne Boyd in Divorce Court!

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Sexy WPEC-Channel 12 anchorwoman Suzanne Boyd is soon to be single again! Her husband of 13 years, wealth management adviser Jeffrey Phipps, filed for divorce in a Palm Beach County family court last month, claiming that their marriage is "irretrievably broken." The couple has two children, ages 3 and 7. "It is what it is," Boyd tells Gossip Extra. "We're still friends and it's all amicable. We have two children, so that's what is … [Read more...]

VIDEOS: It’s Dancing With The Stars — West Palm Beach-Style!

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The Palm Beach Post can't win a Pulitzer Prize -- but it sure can deliver a song and a dance! Two Post employees placed in the Top Three of the yearly Reach for The Stars dance competition and fundraiser April 20 at the Kravis Center for The Performing Arts! (Click on the slide show above for more!) Gwen Berry, the paper's fleet-footed photographer, won the Dancing With The Stars-like ballroom wingding after a thunderous fox-trot with pro … [Read more...]