Orlando GM ‘To Step Aside’

By Kevin Eck 

Skip Valet, gm of Orlando’s WKMG, has announced his is leaving the Graham Media-owned CBS affiliate.

Orlando Sentinel media writer Hal Boedeker writes Valet told staffers, “WKMG is becoming more competitive, but not fast enough. So, with regret, it’s time for me to step aside and let someone else lead the team.”

This is Valet’s second time leaving WKMG. He left for Houston’s KPRC in 2006 to be news director. He came back in 2009.

In his memo to staffers Monday, Valet said he had spent 35 years with Graham Media Group/Post-Newsweek Stations. “I have loved every minute of this career, and I’m very grateful to the people who taught and led me along the way,” he wrote.

A former staffer described Valet as a great boss and a positive person whose goal was to make sure employees enjoyed where they worked. He was supportive when journalists Lauren Rowe and Jessica Sanchez shared their health problems with the public. During his time at WKMG, the station won praise for its investigative reports by Tony Pipitone.

Valet in his note told staffers: “Thank you all for your hard work and thank you for your dedication to being better each and every day.”

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