KGPE made a main Anchor change on the first day of ratings.
The station ditched Anchor Evy Ramos (pictured) and replaced her with Lindsey Pena as co-anchor of the 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts.
Matt Rosenfeld, general manager said knowing Ramos was planning to leave the station in June, plus the impending start of the important May ratings period, led to the abrupt change.
May is one of the four periods during the year when viewing numbers are tracked to determine advertising rates.
Rosenfeld said Ramos resigned. "Evy told station management she was leaving in June. That her husband was pursuing work outside the market. We decided to make the change earlier," Rosenfeld said.
But Ramos said that the change has nothing to do with her husband, and she doesn't have a job in another market. She wouldn't comment any further on the matter.
She wrote on Facebook: "Today is my last day at CBS47. It has been a wonderful 5 years and I have loved every minute of my time here. Thank you all for being a part of my life."
Ramos previously worked in San Diego and at Fresno's KMPH Fox 26.
H/T Merced Sun Star