(Photo courtesy of Brandon Rudat)
By Johnny Diaz, Globe Staff
WHDH-TV (Channel 7) is letting go of another anchor: Brandon Rudat, the station's weekend anchor.
Rudat, 29, was called into a meeting Wednesday morning with news director Linda Miele, who told him the news.
"I was told I am not the right fit for the station, that I am very skilled and that I am very talented but I am not right for the station,'' said Rudat, who began at the station in early 2007. His contract with WHDH expires April 22. He also anchors weekends at CW-56, a sister station. "Good things will come out of this."
Chris Wayland, WHDH's vice president and general manager, would not comment Wednesday afternoon on Rudat.
His departure is the latest in an exodus from WHDH. Last weekend, Randy Price, a 12-year anchor for WHDH, abruptly left the station after he said he was told by station owner, Ed Ansin, that the station was moving in another direction. Two weeks ago, the station laid off Jorge Gonzalez, the station's 11 p.m. news producer. The station, which has traditionally dominated the 11 p.m. news slot, has fallen to third place in the past year.
All three men have been vocal about the station's flashy news content and direction and have lobbied for a more thoughtful approach to stories that define the city.
"I will say, along with Randy, that I am a very vocal person. That is what local news should be," said Rudat, who grew up in Los Angeles. In May 2007, he won a regional Emmy for a story he reported for WHDH about a fire chief who was a convicted child sex offender. Rudat was nominated for five other Emmys. Before WHDH, Rudat worked as an investigative reporter and fill-in anchor at WVIT-TV (Channel 30) in Hartford, Conn.
"We should be able to debate what the story should be,'' said Rudat. "If you debate, you suddenly become a target ... It's really hard. We have some of the best people in the business."
Rudat said that he harbors no hard feelings for the station.
"This is a business. They say I am not a good fit for them. I stand 100 percent behind my work. If someone doesn't like your work, why do you want to be there?'' he said. "It's a relief. My lifelong dream is to work in Los Angeles where my friends and family are."