Matt Mosler and Julie Mayberry are out as meteorologist and host of KATV-TV, Channel 7’s “Daybreak” program, which is top-rated in the Little Rock market but facing stronger competition.
Sources say Melinda Mayo, the Saturday Daybreak co-host and weekend weather personality, and Steve Powell, co-host of the weekday Good Morning Arkansas show, will replace them.
Mosler’s contract was not renewed last week, the station confirmed, and Mayberry was informed of the change Friday. News director Bob Steel said KATV did not renew Mosler’s contract but, because the station considers it a personnel matter, would not comment further.
There’s no indication yet whether the move portends any tweaking of the morning show, which, like KARK-TV, Channel 4’s program, saw a household rating and share decline in the latest survey from Nielsen Media Research.
KTHV-TV, Channel 11’s “This Morning” was the only morning show of the three to show ratings growth since last year, but it still placed a distant second to “Daybreak.”