Suppelsa out at WFLD

Mark Suppelsa who is co-anchor of Fox-owned WFLD-TV’s 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. newscast, has stepped down.

No word was given on why Mr. Suppelsa is leaving the broadcast, but he recently rejected a four-year renewal pact from the station.

Suppelsa came to WFLD-TV in 2003 from NBC-owned WMAQ-TV, where he started on the noon newscast, then was promoted to 9 p.m. a year later, where he has anchored alongside Robin Robinson. He replaced long time vet Walter Jacobson.

This is a huge blow to WFLD’s struggling news operation, which trails WGN’s and unlike other Fox-owned stations and Fox affiliates in the rest of the country, is unable to benefit from its’ parent networks successful prime-time line-up, which is anchored by American Idol.

No word on the next move for Suppelsa (start your speculation engines.)