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Andrea Clenney Named WLTZ News Director

wltz logoAndrea Clenney has been named news director of Columbus, Georgia NBC affiliate WLTZ.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, WLTZ GM Drew Rhodes told staffers, “We are looking to continue to grow our local shows and our news product as well as ratings. We know that Andrea will help us do that, and we are excited to have her join the hardest working news team in the market!”

Clenney started her career at WFTV in Orlando, Fla. working in production, engineering and then news. She comes to WLTZ from WCJB in Gainesville, Fla. where she was news director. Before WCJB, she was senior executive producer at KMGH in Denver, Colo. She has also worked in Greenville, N.C., Wilmington, N.C., Syracuse, N.Y. and Augusta, Ga.

Her first day is Tuesday, December 2. Read more

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Columbus Anchor Appeals for Support in Noncompete Fight

Columbus anchor Kurt Ludlow has decided not to go quietly. In June, Ludlow was released by CBS affiliate WBNS after 23 years of service. In his on-air farewell, he promised he’d keep viewers informed about his next moves via social media. “I can’t tell you what I’m going to do next, because the truth is, I don’t know. But once I have it figured out I’ll share it with you on Facebook and Twitter.”

Ludlow’s kept his promise, and now he’s using Facebook and Twitter to launch a grassroots campaign to get back to work. On Tuesday, Ludlow uploaded a video to YouTube, informing Columbus viewers he’d landed an offer to return to local news in the market–but was prohibited from getting back to work because of a noncompete clause enforced by WBNS. “My family and I have lived here in Columbus for more than 23 years. This is our home, we don’t want to move.”
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Duane Pohlman Joins WCMH in Columbus

duane pohlmanDuane Pohlman will join WCMH, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, TVNewsCheck reports. Pohlman comes from WLKY in Kentucky, where he has been an investigative reporter since 2011.

At WCMH, Pohlman will be the lead investigative reporter and co-anchor of the 5:30 p.m. newscast. He begins in Columbus on February 3, 2014.

Before joining WLKY, Pohlman worked at WEWS in Cleveland, KING in Seattle, WTMJ in Milwaukee and WRAL in Raleigh-Durham.

Deidre Johnson Joins WRBL

johnson_wrblDeidre Johnson (pictured far left) has joined WRBL as morning news anchor.

She will anchor alongside Tammy Terry (center) and senior meteorologist Kurt Schmitz for the Columbus, GA, CBS affiliate.

“I’m thrilled to join the News 3 On Your Side team,” said Johnson. “Being asked to co-anchor the morning newscasts with Tammy and Kurt is an honor and privilege. I look forward to telling the stories that matter the most and starting the day with the WRBL viewers. ”

Johnson joins WRBL from WXIA in Atlanta where she was a writer and traffic producer. She has also worked at WJCL-WTGS in Savannah, GA.

WTVM Celebrates 60th Anniversary

WTVM, the ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ga., is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month. The station brought some of its former anchors and reporters, including Dick McMichael, Eddie Bland and Al Fleming, back to the studio (video above).

“People will recognize me and they say you’re, you’re? And I’ll say I used to be Dick McMichael,” McMichael said. “They walk up to you cause they feel they know you because they’ve been watching you on TV and they’ve invited you into their home and consider you a friend.”

Curtis McCloud to Join WWBT From WTVM

curtis mccloud Curtis McCloud is joining WWBT, the NBC affiliate in Richmond. McCloud, who has spent the past three years as a reporter at WTVM in Columbus, Ga., announced the news on his blog:

During my time at WTVM I have had the chance to better my skills, make some lifelong friends and be a member on the team of one of the stations I grew up watching. I want to thank all of you for inviting me into your homes (through television of course), sharing your stories and teaching me so much not just about myself but about life. I won’t say goodbye because Columbus, Georgia will always be my home.

Adam Slinger Joins WSYX-WTTE as Weekend Morning Co-Anchor

Adam Slinger has joined WSYX-WTTE, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s ABC and Fox affiliates in Columbus, as the weekend morning anchor.

It is a return to the stations for Slinger, who worked as a nightside reporter before joining KNXV in Phoenix in 2011. At WSYX-WTTE, he anchors the weekend morning newscasts, which launched last weekend, alongside Maria Durant and meteorologist Phil Kelley.

“I’m thrilled to return to Columbus and ABC6/Fox28,” Slinger told TVSpy in an email. “Our lives are here. Ohio is home. There’s no place like it. The GOOD DAY COLUMBUS brand is one of the most recognizable in the market, and getting to be part of the weekend edition’s launch is incredibly exciting.”

WRBL Promotes Meteorologist, Adds Weekend Newscasts

WRBL, the CBS affiliate for Columbus, GA, announced it has has beefed up its weather team and expanded its weekend news schedule.

Part-time meteorologist Kurt Schmitz goes to full time. He will join Tammy Terry on the morning and midday news.

The station also announced starting this weekend it’s adding an 11:00 p.m. Saturday newscast and a Sunday 6:30 p.m. newscast starting September 29. The weekend shows will be anchored by Sydney Cameron, meteorologist David Reese and sports anchor Dayne Young.

“At News 3, we pride ourselves in being On Your Side,” WRBL vice president and general manager David Hart said in a statement. “That means being a watchdog news organization that serves the public and having the area’s most experienced weather team to protect them during severe weather. These additions to our staff and our weekend newscast expansion reinforce that commitment.”

Schmitz joined WRBL in September 2011 from Columbus ABC affiliate WTVM where he’d worked since 1989.

Greg Majewski to Join WTVM as Weekend Meteorologist

Greg Majewski will join Raycom’s Columbus, GA, ABC affiliate WTVM as weekend meteorologist on August 19.

Majewski is an Army reservist who served as deputy director of communication infrastructure with the 335th Signal Command in Kabul, Afghanistan. Recently, he has been chronicling his deployment at his annual Army training in Georgia. Last week he wrote, “Have the uniform on today for the next 16 days until I head down to Columbus to start my new gig at WTVM.”

Majewski, who has freelanced for WVTM in Birmingham, AL, and WTVC in Chattanooga, TN, replaces Justin Logan who left for Raycom’s Jonesboro, AR, station KAIT.

Holly Steuart Named VP-GM of WTVM

Holly Steuart has been named vice president and general manager at WTVM, Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ga.

Until December, Steuart was general manager at WHP, the CBS affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa. She was let go when Sinclair Broadcasting bought the station from Newport Television. She has also worked as general manager of KFYR-KQCD in Bismarck, N.D. and KVVU in Las Vegas.

Steuart replaces Lee Brantley, who will retire in July after 18 years at WTVM’s general manager.

“I feel really honored to follow in Lee’s footsteps and be able to have the opportunity to build on the past 18 years of his leadership,” Steuart said in a statement. “I think WTVM has a great team in every department and I’m just delighted to join them and be part of Raycom Media.”

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