Tom Merritt Leaving Twit

Leo Laporte:

I’ve known Tom Merritt for more than a decade – since the grand old days at TechTV. He’s a trusted colleague and I consider him a dear friend. When Tom moved to LA last year we agreed to try having him anchor his shows from Southern California via Skype. We’ve been mostly happy with the result, but I’ve always felt that TWiT had lost something by not having Tom’s leadership in the studio with us.

After some soul searching, I’ve decided that we do need an in-studio anchor for Tech News Today, and a News Director who can help us build the kind of organization you can count on for authoritative tech news and information.

So it’s with a heavy heart that I’m announcing that we’re not going to renew Tom’s contract as host of TNT. His last show will be at the end of the month.

Sad news. Tom Merritt is the best tech podcaster on the planet. No one can explain complex stories as well as he can, and he’s an incredibly thoughtful and generous host. As for the segues, well, no one is perfect.

The good news is that Molly Wood has recently left CNET. Could we possibly see the Buzz Out Loud band back together? One can hope.