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Julie Durda In, Michael Smith Out at WPLG

Julie Durda, who signed off in September from Miami’s WSVN, is joining rival WPLG.

Bill Pohovey, the news director of the Miami ABC affiliate, announced the news in an email to WPLG staffers Tuesday morning.

“Most of you have heard the rumors … today I can confirm them,” Pohovey wrote. “Julie Durda is joining the Local 10 Weather Team. Julie was one of the most popular weather anchors in the market while she was at WSVN and we are thrilled she’s joining WPLG.”

In his note, Pohovey also said Michael Smith, who is the weekend evening meteorologist, will be leaving the station.

“We want to thank Michael for his dedication and wish him continued success,” Pohovey wrote.

Durda will begin on the air in April, likely because she is sitting out a non-compete clause in her WSVN contract. Despite Smith’s departure, Pohovey said her WLPG assignment has not yet been finalized.

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Vivian Gonzalez Moves From Weekend to Weekday Mornings for WSVN

SFLTV is reporting Vivian Gonzalez will be the new weekday morning meteorologist for WSVN.

Gonzales, who is currently the weekend morning meteorologist at the Miami FOX affiliate, will fill the slot left by Julie Durda‘s departure in October.

Gonzalez is a Miami native who joined WSVN as a weather producer in 2005.  She was promoted to weather anchor in 2007.

Julie Durda Leaves WSVN Earlier Than Planned

Julie Durda, the WSVN morning meteorologist who had planned to leave the Miami FOX affiliate in December will sign off this Friday instead.

On her facebook page Durda told viewers, “I will NOT be on (WSVN) after this Friday.  I can tell you this is not the last you will see of me.”  You can see the screen shot of the complete post after the jump.

Durda, who recently married a WSVN staffer, had originally planned to let her contract run out in December.  According to gossipextra.com, FOX publicist Lily Pardo said Durda is leaving of her own accord. “Julie recently got married and asked us if she could take a break and leave early to start her honeymoon, and we wanted to accommodate her.”

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Julie Durda Leaving WSVN

Julie Durda will be leaving Miami’s FOX affiliate, WSVN.

Durda , who was part of the station’s top rated morning show for four years, will be leaving sometime in December when her contract is up, according to sfltv.com.

Barely a month after she wed a WSVN ad executive Julie Durda has decided she’s moving on from WSVN and ‘Today in Florida’. Surprised and excited 7Newsers were contacting us on Friday after an internal memo went out that announced to Plex employees Julie Durda will not be renewing her contract. Her last day will be sometime in December.

The morning meteorologist joined the station in 2007 and previously worked for KPHO in Phoenix and KXTV in Sacramento, CA.

[gossipextra.com][sfltv.com]

Miami’s WSVN Expands Morning News Broadcast

WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami, will expand the morning news broadcast into the 9 a.m. hour beginning at the end of this month.

WSVN’s current morning show begins at 5 a.m. and leads in to “Regis & Kelly,” which airs in the 9 a.m. timeslot. “Regis & Kelly,” which is syndicated nationally, is moving to ABC affiliate WPLG beginning this fall, leaving the 9 a.m. timeslot on WSVN open for the extra hour of news.

The extra hour brings the total weekly news time on WSVN to more than 63 hours a week, which is more than any other station in the country, according to the Sunbeam-owned station. “The extra hour in the morning reaffirms our commitment to local news and our viewers,” EVP-GM Robert Leider said in a statement.

The additional hour will be anchored by Christine Cruz and Diana Diaz, with meteorologist Julie Durda contributing. Their first broadcast will be August 22.