Smythe, Gramer Out at Bright House News Channels

Tampa, Orlando GMs Dismissed in Reorg
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Robin Smythe, Central Florida News 13 vice president and general manager, and Rod Gramer, vice and general manager at sister Bay News 9, have been let go from the Bright House Networks cable news channels, according to published reports.

Their dismissal in the reorganization was reported in the Orlando Sentinel, which notes that Smythe has been with News 13 since its start in 1997.

The Sentinel quotes Elliott Wiser, vice president of local programming for Bright House Networks, in a staff memo: "Through careful analysis, we became aware there was redundancy in our organizational structure. Therefore, effective [Jan. 7], the VP/GM positions at Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13 will be eliminated."

"I want to thank Robin Smythe and Rod Gramer for their service and wish them success in their future endeavors," he added. "This was a difficult decision, but it makes the most sense for our business moving forward."