Elliott Wiser, who oversees Central Florida News 13, is leaving Bright House Networks to become president and general manager of WTSP, the CBS affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg.

Wiser will depart his job as corporate vice president of news and local programming on July 5, Bright House announced Thursday. He also oversees Bay News 9, Bright House Sports Network and a range of On Demand services.

His departure represents a major change for Bright House. His main office is in Tampa, where he has worked for 16 years. He helped start Bay News 9 there.

"We have competent people in place. We're looking for the best replacement for Elliott," Bright House spokesman Donald Forbes said.

Bright House also released a statement saluting Wiser's contributions "in building outstanding news teams of dedicated professionals who will successfully continue to bring award-winning news and sports programming to the markets we serve."

Bright House added that it "continues to be highly dedicated to its local programming operations."

In January, Bright House dropped General Manager Robin Smythe, who had been with News 13 since its start in 1997. Her counterpart at Bay News 9, Rod Gramer, was dropped, too. Wiser then cited "a redundancy in our organizational structure" in explaining why the positions had been eliminated.

On Thursday, Wiser was pondering his future. In a statement, he said, "I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to lead WTSP. With remarkable investigations, unwavering dedication to the community and an award-winning staff, they are tremendous advocates for the people of Tampa and poised to become the go-to destination for local news and information."

WTSP is owned by Gannett Broadcasting, whose executive vice president Lynn Beall announced Wiser's hiring.

"Elliott's record of success in multimedia broadcasting and business, plus his deep connections in the Tampa area, will be a huge asset to WTSP," Beall said in a statement. "We're confident in his ability to strengthen the WTSP brand and help position it as the leading local news organization in the Tampa market."