Holly Steuart, who has served as a general manager at three television stations, has been hired by WTVM to replace the retiring Lee Brantley.
Steuart, 57, was most recently employed as the general manager of the CBS affiliate in Harrisburg, Pa. She left that job in December when the station changed ownership. Steuart, with more than three decades of broadcast experience, has also served as a general manager of the NBC affiliate in Bismark, N.D., and the Fox affiliate in Las Vegas.
The decision was announced to WTVM employees this week. Brantley leaves at the end of July, while Steuart starts in late June.
“Columbus is a great town in a strong market area,” Steuart said Friday by phone from Harrisburg. “I like the strong military presence. It is a stable community with a good economy.”
Brantley’s retirement was announced two months ago. Montgomery, Ala.-based Raycom Media conducted a national search. Brantley, who turns 65 the week before he retires, has been the WTVM general manager for 18 years.
Steuart, who visited Columbus once before her hiring, praised Brantley.
“I know it is a great situation,” she said. “I am very fortunate to follow Lee Brantley, who has done a terrific job. It is a solid performing station.” Brantley said he and his wife, Lin, plan to remain in Columbus for the time being.
“We are going to stay here for awhile,” he said. “A few years down the road, we might relocate.”