Dave Cocchiarella departs News 13….

News 13 meteorologist Dave Cocchiarella has departed the Orlando cable-only station on Wednesday.

He did not respond to repeated requests for comment, when asked by the Orlando Sentinel. However, on Thursday Bright House Networks released the a statement saying that “Dave Cocchiarella chose to no longer be with News 13.”

He announced the news on Twitter yesterday after noon and thanked his viewers, in the following tweet: “It has been my sincere honor to serve the Central Florida community for 16 years. I am looking forward to many more…”

He joined News 13, 16 years ago. So why did he chose to leave the station so suddenly? Industry watchers suggest to the Orlando Sentinel that maybe Cocchiarella was not named chief meteorologist, to fill the opening left by Jeff Day.

However, Florida News Center might suggest that he was getting out while the getting was good as the urge to merge continues to be on top of the rumor mill along the I-4 corridor, linking Orlando’s News 13 and Tampa’s Bay News 9. Stay tuned for any further information.

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