Brendan McLaughlin to depart WFTS…

After 21 years at Tampa’s WFTS, veteran lead anchor Brendan McLaughlin is leaving the station. McLaughlin, who was one of the original anchors who started the news department at WFTS in Dec 1994, will sign off on Dec 18th.

He stated via Press Release: “Having reported on the people and events of my adopted home town for the last 21 years, I’m forever bonded to this special place and to you, my viewers and friends.

 Broadcast journalism can be an all-consuming career.  That’s why, after nearly three decades in the business, I’ve decided to take a sabbatical- time to read, travel and explore all the things there was never time for. Afterwards, I plan to get back to work pursuing other projects important to me right here in the Tampa Bay Area.”

However, on a Facebook post the message went more like this – “Friday December 18th will be my last day on the air at ABC Action News after 21 years. A six month sabbatical starts then, followed by a return to productive and meaningful work.” We here at Florida News Center read that as he will six out a six month non-compete and then join another local station. His former co-anchor Linda Hurtado, who retired in May of this year just finished her six month non-compete and will be signing on up the street at Fox affiliate WTVT. So where will he go??? We have our predictions…..stay tuned.

Before joining WFTS, McLaughlin worked in Austin, Seattle and San Francisco.

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