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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.

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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.

Meteorologist Kurt Schmitz Settles Lawsuit With WTVM, Joins Rival WRBL

Veteran meteorologist Kurt Schmitz has settled his lawsuit with WTVM, the ABC-affiliate in Columbus, GA, and is set to resume forecasting this weekend for rival station WRBL, the CBS-affiliate in the market.

Schmitz was cut loose at WTVM in April after 22 years. He called his departure “sudden and unexpected” at the time, noting he had recently signed a contract renewal that lasted through 2014. In June, Schmitz filed a lawsuit against WTVM, accusing the station, and general manager Lee Brantley, of terminating him with the knowledge that his opportunities in Columbus “would be very limited due to several factors,” according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.

The terms of the settlement are protected by a confidentiality agreement, but Schmitz has been released from his non-compete clause — he will be permitted to join WRBL, where he will work Sunday nights and occasional other shifts. Read more

Veteran Meteorologist Kurt Schmitz Explains Why He’s Suing WTVM

Veteran meteorologist Kurt Schmitz has filed a lawsuit against WTVM, his former employer, for breach of contract.  Schmitz, 55, was fired in March after serving as the ABC-affiliate’s chief meteorologist for 22 years.

“A contract is a contract and I was executing my part in good faith throughout,” Schmitz explained on Saturday to his Facebook fans, who have started a “Bring Back Kurt Schmitz to WTVM” campaign. “I’d be happy just to be back in my office again making and delivering forecasts, but if that doesn’t happen there are other ways to make good. And that’s what I hope to achieve.”

Schmitz has been outspoken about his dismissal since it occurred. In March, he told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that WTVM was trying to position his departure as a resignation but said emphatically that “that is not the case.”

The lawsuit hinges on whether Schmitz resigned or was fired and also on the contract renewal that he says he signed in September, which would extend his employment until February 2014. Read more

WTVM Shows Chief Meteorologist the Door

WTVM, an ABC-affiliate based in Columbus, GA, has let go of its chief meteorologist. After more than two decades covering the weather in the Chattahoochee Valley, Kurt Schmitz has left the station.

“Their official line was that I did quit,” Schmitz told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer recently, “but that is not the case.”

Calling the move “sudden and unexpected,” Schmitz, 55, says that he recently signed a contract renewal and had planned to finish out his career with WTVM.  Now he’s left looking for work, hoping to stay in the Columbus market.

WTVM hired Schmitz as its chief meteorologist in 1989. The station has so far remained mum on the details surrounding Schmitz’s dismissal.

As ALNewsWatch points out, Schmitz’s is just the latest high-profile departure in the last couple of years. WTVM cut veteran anchor Dee Armstrong in 2008 after twenty years with the station and Wayne Bennett, another longtime WTVM anchor, retired in 2009.