Anchor Departs Tampa’s WFLA for Infomercial Show

By Andrew Gauthier 

St. Petersburg Times

For the first time in nearly 20 years, when Gayle Guyardo speaks to Tampa Bay area TV viewers in March, she wont be doing it on WFLA-Ch. 8.

That’s because Guyardo is leaving WFLA today, starting an infomercial-style program called “Access: Gayle.” And though she hoped to air it on her former TV home, the five-minute spots will begin airing instead as paid programming on WFTS-Ch. 28 the weekend of March 6 and 7.

The anchor bid a tearful farewell to her co-anchors and crew this morning, amid taped goodbyes from former anchor partner Bill Ratliff and her mother, along with an in person visit from the Tampa Bay Rays’ mascot. More…