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Adam Smith no longer to be part of Bay News 9’s Political Connections after next week

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Political Connections, the Tampa Bay area’s version of Meet The Press, has featured Tampa Bay Times Political Editor Adam Smith as its co-host along with Al Reuschel since 2006.

But that relationship will end after the March 8 broadcast. Smith’s name has already been removed from the program’s website.

That news was omitted on Thursday when the Times reported on their new joint broadcast with WTSP-Channel 10, to be called 10 News Sunday Morning With the Tampa Bay Times that debuts this Sunday. Sources say that the wheels were put in motion for Channel 10 and the Times to collaborate after Bay News 9 creator Elliot Wiser left to become the president and general manager of WTSP in the summer of 2013.

The Times‘ did report that their relationship with Bay News 9 was “expiring.”

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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