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Frank Willson Leaving WBNS After 16 Years

Frank Willson, the longtime director of operations at WBNS, is leaving the Columbus CBS affiliate.

Willson will join AEP Energy as the vice president of marketing. His departure caps off a 16-year career at WBNS. He joined the station in 1997 as director of marketing and was promoted to director of operations in 2003.

His last day at WBNS will be April 3.

GM Lee Brantley to Retire From WTVM

Lee Brantley will retire in July after 18 years as general manager of WTVM, Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate in Columbus, Ga.

“Lee has built a team on respect and candor – not to mention building WTVM as the market leader. We at Raycom are grateful to Lee for everything he has done to make WTVM a success,” Raycom VP of television Brad Streit said in a statement.

Brantley said he and his wife “have truly been blessed and are thankful for the support of great co-workers over the years.”

Raycom will undergo an “extensive search” for WTVM’s next general manager. Brantley’s last day is July 31.

Libel Lawsuit Between WCMH Meteorologists Settled

A libel lawsuit between two meteorologists at WCMH in Columbus has been settled, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Bob Nunnally sued chief meteorologist Jym Ganahl earlier this month, alleging that Ganahl and “an unknown individual or individuals” made false statements that hurt Nunnally professionally and caused him to be exposed to “ridicule, hatred or contempt.”

The Dispatch reports that court records state a settlement has been reached, but do not offer further details. Both meteorologists are veterans of the Columbus NBC affiliate: Ganahl joined the station in 1979 and Nunnally joined the station in 1996.

WCMH’s Bob Nunnally Files Libel Lawsuit Against Fellow Meteorologist Jym Ganahl

WCMH meteorologist Bob Nunnally (left) has filed a libel lawsuit against Jym Ganahl (right), the station’s chief meteorologist, in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the complaint was filed on November 5 and alleges that Ganahl and “an unknown individual or individuals” made false statements that hurt Nunnally professionally and caused him to be exposed to “ridicule, hatred or contempt.”

Attorneys for both parties would not detail what was allegedly said. The suit seeks damages of more than $25,000. Read more

Columbus Stations Crowded with Political Ads as Obama, Romney Visit Battleground Ohio

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are campaigning in Ohio Wednesday as the 2012 Presidential election heads into the home stretch. The candidates have also taken to the airwaves in the battleground state, leading to a crunch in the state’s largest city, Media Life Magazine reports:

TV stations in Columbus are near sell-out conditions in high-demand dayparts such as primetime and news, and the market is among the nation’s top 10 for political spending.

“It’s having a huge impact, and some stations did not predict how early it would hit,” says one buyer. “There will [also] be impact in November and probably into December because of crowd-out from September and October.”

After ONN Closes Shop, Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell Will Join WBNS

Eric Elwell, the chief meteorologist at Ohio News Network, is joining WBNS.

Elwell, who joined ONN in 1998, will begin at the Columbus CBS-affiliate in September after ONN shuts down at the end of August. During his time at the network, the ONN weather team won several Ohio Associated Press awards for “Best Weather Operation,” including in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Prior to joining ONN, Elwell also worked at WTVA in Tupelo and KAKE in Wichita.

Andrea Cambern Anchors Final Newscast at WBNS

“It’s the time we all knew would come but didn’t want to think about,” WBNS anchor Jerry Revish told viewers during the CBS-affiliate’s 11 p.m. newscast on Wednesday. “It’s time to say ‘thank you’ one last time to Andrea Cambern for her service to 10TV and Central Ohio.”

Last October, Cambern announced that she would be leaving WBNS after more than 20 years behind the anchor desk. With the May book coming to an end, she bid farewell to her longtime home this week. Read more

Jerry Martz Joins Weather Central From WSYX

Chief meteorologist Jerry Martz has left WSYX to join Weather Central, an independent weather data and graphics supplier.

Martz joined WSYX, the ABC-affiliate in Columbus, in 2006. Martz will be based in Pittsburgh, where he spent nine years as a meteorologist at ABC-affiliate WTAE prior to joining WSYX.

“After 6 1/2 years, my last day at WSYX,” Martz wrote on Facebook last week. “Going to miss a lot about the biz, but looking forward to what lies ahead!”

Sinclair Creates Virtual Triopoly in Columbus

Sinclair Broadcast Group has reportedly inked a shared services agreement to manage Columbus CW-affiliate WWHO, which would give the company a virtual triopoly in the market.

Sinclair owns ABC-affiliate WSYX and manages Fox-affiliate WTTE for Cunningham Broadcasting.

While WSYX and WTTE currently operate out of the same building, Sinclair CFO David Amy told Broadcasting & Cable that there were no immediate plans to move WWHO’s operations into the same complex. Read more

WBNS Picks WBBM Reporter Kristyn Hartman to Replace Longtime Anchor Andrea Cambern

Last October, longtime WBNS anchor Andrea Cambern announced that she would be stepping down from the anchor desk in May.  And now the Columbus CBS-affiliate has announced who will be taking her place alongside Jerry Revish, on the station’s main anchor team.

Kristyn Hartman, a general assignment reporter with Chicago’s WBBM for the past seven years, is joining WBNS and will take over for Cambern at the beginning of June.

“Kristyn embodies everything that was important to us in our search for a new anchor,” WBNS president and general manager Tom Griesdorn said, in announcing the move.  “An affinity for local news, a desire to impact change in her community, and a personality that will be a leader in our newsroom and a delight for our viewers.” Read more

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