Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Popular Latino journalist alleges being ousted because he's gay

Ousted Florida Anchorman Charles Perez Speaks Out
Rob Kuznia--HispanicBusiness.com, Sept. 21, 2009

For two decades, Charles Perez has been one of television's most high-profile Hispanic journalists. In the 1990s he hosted a nationally syndicated talk show in his own name. He has been the face of television news in large Hispanic markets, such as Los Angeles, New York and Miami.

Mr. Perez has built a career explaining the news stories of the day and chronicling the lives of public figures, but now he's telling a different, more personal story: His own.

Perez is locked in a high-profile public dispute with WPLG-ABC, the South Florida station where he worked up until this summer. In a situation that has drawn national media attention, the station terminated Perez in August. Executives claim it was because of budget cuts.

Mr. Perez, however, alleges the termination was for a different reason. He is openly gay. MORE….

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