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TV newsman Derek Hayward leaves Ch. 7



TV news veteran Derek Hayward, a star at WSVN-Channel 7 since 1991, resigned his job suddenly Tuesday.

It’s the end of an era at the Fox affiliate. But the divorced father of two, 62, says it was time for a life change.

“I’m at that point when I need a change in my life,” Hayward told me. “The timing is right.”

Known for his English accent and flamboyant Fleet Street-style delivery, Hayward says he’ll miss the fast-paced biz and his buds at the station.

Hayward was hired soon after WSVN lost its affiliation with NBC, at a time when it was changing to a more sensational news format. He eventually became the newsroom’s highest paid reporter.

“I leave with absolutely nothing but the highest regard for WSVN,” he said. “They’ve treated me wonderfully in the course of the past two decades.”

He declined to comment further but added that WSVN management knew for weeks he was pondering his future.

While sources in TV land told me Hayward reached out to other local stations after difficult contract negotiations at Channel 7, he’s telling friends it’s unlikely he’ll remain on the tube.

Hayward, who lives in Margate, told newsroom sources he’s working on a novel about the local television market. He also wants to spend more time working for his pet charity.

Hayward’s a volunteer trainer at Tomorrow’s Rainbow, a Coconut Creek nonprofit that uses interaction with horses to help children cope with the loss of a parent.

WSVN’s publicist had no comment about losing one of the station’s most recognizable faces.

In 2010, Derek and his anchorwoman ex-wife, Lisa Hayward, landed in the slammer within three days of each other. Lisa was arrested on DUI charges; Derek, for allegedly roughing her up while talking about the DUI.

Cassidy arrested

David Cassidy, the long-ago teen heartthrob of The Partridge Family, was pinched in upstate New York Wednesday on DUI charges.

The Fort Lauderdale resident’s arrest in the town of Schodack is his second DUI incident since 2010. Then, a state trooper arrested him on Florida’s Turnpike near Port St. Lucie in 2010.

According to Schodack Police, the 63-year-old singer of I Think I Love You was asked to take field sobriety tests after he failed to dim his headlights. He failed and spent the rest of the night in jail. Cassidy’s out on $2,500 bail.

On Nov. 3, 2010, Cassidy was allegedly weaving all over the turnpike when he was stopped by a trooper. The dashboard cam video of that arrest went viral even though Cassidy swore he only had one glass of wine and a prescription hydrocodone pill for his back.

He pleaded no contest and was placed on six months probation.

Bieber fires back

From one heartthrob to the next: Ju stin Bieber’s attorneys filed his response in the lawsuit brought by a Miami paparazzo who says Bieber’s bodyguards had their way with his camera in June outside The Hit Factory.

The 19-year-old singer of Beauty and a Beat denies all of the allegations, including that he was negligent in the hiring and controlling of the bodyguards.

All except for one: Bieber agrees with the description of him in the complaint as “an internationally famous recording artist.”

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