Alabama ETV Commission hires replacement for Allan Pizzato

By Dru Sefton

Roy Clem (Photo: University of Alabama)

Roy Clem, a 36-year broadcasting executive and former g.m. of the ABC affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., will join Alabama Public Television as its executive director, replacing longtime pubcaster Allan Pizzato, who was fired in June. The Alabama Educational Television Commission made the announcement at its meeting Saturday (Aug. 18).

Clem most recently served as director of commercial broadcasting and g.m. for broadcast operations for the University of Alabama College of Communication and Information Services. His responsibilities included the university’s Center for Public Television and Radio, which produces series, specials and corporate videos on topics including history, sports, arts and culture, health and business.

The commission also voted to hire Windell Wood as APT’s chief operating officer. Wood was previously APT’s chief engineer. He replaces Charles Grantham, the longtime c.o.o. who resigned effective Aug. 31 after publicly speaking out against the ousters of Pizzato and Pauline Howland, c.f.o., who was also fired on June 12.

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