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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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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.

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