A legal storm is brewing between two weathermen at WCMH-TV (Channel 4). Bob Nunnally has filed a libel lawsuit against fellow forecaster Jym Ganahl in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
A legal storm is brewing between two weathermen at WCMH-TV (Channel 4).
Bob Nunnally has filed a libel lawsuit against fellow forecaster Jym Ganahl in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
The lawsuit says that Ganahl and perhaps “an unknown individual or individuals” made false statements that injured Nunnally in his “trade or profession” and exposed him to “ridicule, hatred or contempt.”
The complaint, filed on Nov. 5, says the statements were written in June, but does not reveal what Ganahl is accused of writing or where he wrote it.
Attaching the written material to the complaint would cause further injury, according to Nunnally’s lawyer, Jennifer Joseph. She wants to provide the material to the court under seal.
“I’d rather not go into the details,” Joseph told The Dispatch yesterday. “This is really sensitive right now.”
Attorneys for Ganahl also wouldn’t detail what allegedly was said.“The claims asserted by Mr. Nunnally in his complaint are not viable,” said Jeffrey Dittmer, one of Ganahl’s attorneys. “We are hopeful that upon reflection, Mr. Nunnally will dismiss the complaint.”
Ganahl did not return a message left for him at the station last night.
Ganahl has been with Channel 4, the NBC affiliate, since 1979 and is the station’s chief meteorologist, appearing on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.
Nunnally, a radio and TV personality for 25 years in central Ohio, is the morning meteorologist at the station.
The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $25,000, the threshold for filing cases in Common Pleas Court.
The case was randomly assigned to Judge Daniel T. Hogan, who recused himself because his wife is Gail Hogan, who hosts Daytime Columbus on Channel 4. The case is now assigned to Judge Richard A. Frye.