Posts Tagged ‘WPEC’

Cathy Younkin is out as News Director at WPEC…

(from – 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 Younkin is no longer at the station but declined to comment further.

Since she arrived in 2009, Younkin overlooked a newsroom in transition where big salary earners like former anchors Curt Fonger, Juan Carlos Fanjul and Emily Pantelides either quit or were let go, and cheaper talent was brought in….Cont….


01 2014

No charges for Tweeting moron….

(from – Charges have been dropped against a Florida man facing criminal charges for a tweet he sent to WPEC anchor John Discepolo (right).

Martin Pierro  (left) was facing charges of intimidation through a written threat to kill or injure for his tweet. He told supporters on “We Support Martin Pierro” facebook page he had spoken with his lawyer, “She informed me that the charges against me had been dropped. I was nothing short of ecstatic, I thanked her profu…sely and told her to make sure she billed me for the little bit of time it took her to call me (what was I thinking? – LOL).”….Cont….


12 2013

WPEC welcomes Jeff Berardelli, and a Q&A…

(from Berardelli is no stranger to severe weather. After all, he’s been a meteorologist at the CBS affiliates in Fort Lauderdale-Miami (WFOR-Ch. 4) and New York City (WCBS-Ch. 2), where he’s forecasted hurricanes, blizzards and storms.

Now he’s brought that experience to WPEC-Ch. 12, having recently joined the team as a severe weather expert appearing on the 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts. We caught up with the West Palm Beach resident and newlywed.

Q: Are there any differences between forecasting weather in the Fort Lauderdale-Miami area and West Palm Beach?

A: It’s a little more active up here. Our viewing area is more expansive to the west. All of Miami-Dade and Broward counties is 20 miles wide and then you hit the Everglades and you are done….Cont….

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12 2013

Man threatens WPEC anchor on Twitter…

Our friends at report that WPEC anchor John Discepolo received a threatening message on Twitter back in October.

Martin Thomas Pierro was arrested last Friday after sending the following tweet to Discepolo. “Someone is hiding in your house waiting to kill you…find out where…tonight at 11.”

Pierro said he was responding to a tweet by Discepolo about an upcomming story and that it was meant to be a joke. Pierreo said he was “just poking fun at” the anchor’s “teases for the nightly news.” Discepolo responded that this was “not something to joke about…not cool.”

Stay tuned to Florida News Center for how this story ends.


12 2013

November 2013 Sweeps: West Palm Beach…

The November 2013 ratings period have been announced for the West Palm Beach TV market…and they are quite telling. Historical market leader WPTV-TV continues to dominate this market, crushing its competition in virtually every news time slot. WPBF-TV take second place, in every slot except for noon, where WPEC-TV finally makes it on the radar (could CBS’s syndicated “The Price is Right” have helped WPEC at noon…hmmm?). H/T to our friends at

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12 2013