Ad Spot

Grossman out as local TV station manager

By By Ben Alexander/The Meridian Star
Dec. 7, 2000
Amid reports of financial difficulties at local television stations WMDN and WGBC (24/30), General Manager Marc Grossman has resigned, according to corporate officials.
Ledbetter refused to say why Grossman resigned from his position.
In recent months speculation has been circulating the sister stations were having financial problems due to the failed launch of an Internet service provider the company had been trying to establish. Several Meridian businesses were caught flat footed when the service was abruptly halted without notice a few weeks ago, leaving their Web presences in limbo.
Rumors of financial problems were exacerbated recently when the television stations made tremendous staff cutbacks, including staff hired to build the Internet business. The stations currently maintain only one full-time news reporter.
The stations' owner, Frank Spain, also owns WTVA, the Tupelo station which Ledbetter manages, but could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Calls made to Spain's stations in Meridian and Tupelo were not returned, nor were calls to Grossman's residence.
Contrary to the rumors, Ledbetter, who also serves as general manager and vice president of WTVA, said the stations were doing fine and would not shut be shutting their doors.
According to Ledbetter, the current staff at the two stations should make the change in personnel a smooth transition.
Ledbetter says a replacement for Grossman hasn't been determined, but he says the search may not go too far.
However, Ledbetter says he will be making himself more accessible to the staff at the two stations during the transition period in order to help with any problems that may arise.
Ben Alexander is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail him at balexander@themeridianstar.com.

News

Russellville Elementary receives book donation from UNA honor society

Franklin County

FC Farm-City Committee receives state awards

Franklin County

NW-SCC to reopen nature trail

Franklin County

Job fairs shed light on employment options for HS seniors

News

RCS music department hosts second annual show choir camp

News

Local sites participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 24

News

RMS show choir returns to stage

Franklin County

Chucky Mullins Scholarship brings in football star to lead youth camp

Franklin County

Hospitals offer another vaccine clinic in Franklin County 

Franklin County

Chamber announces application period for Junior Leadership

Franklin County

DHR opens second round of pandemic grants for childcare providers

Franklin County

NW-SCC offers scholarship to put students back on degree path

Franklin County

Leighton donates to Phil Campbell Fire Department

Franklin County

State’s mask mandate expires

Franklin County

Food Share collects $11K, 970 items

News

Class of ’48 friends reunite

Franklin County

4-H takes applications for rabbit project

Franklin County

Statewide clean-up campaign continues through April

Franklin County

PC youth receive scholarships

Franklin County

Franklin County youth livestock exhibitor earns ribbon

News

City addresses storm damage at sports complex

Franklin County

FRANKLIN’S FINEST: Annual Partnership Awards honor county’s dedicated citizens

Franklin County

Studio X-Treme wins big at state, AAU Junior Olympic Qualifier

News

$8K goes to RHS’ Lauren Sturdivant

x