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Surprise announcement confirms Brotman's resignation

A little more than a year after joining the Museum of Television & Radio, Stuart Brotman is out as president of the org.

In a surprise announcement Friday, the museum confirmed Brotman’s resignation.

Brotman took the helm of the New York- and Beverly Hills-based museum March 1, 2004. Appointment came after a lengthy search to find a successor for Robert Batscha, who had led the museum from its early days, in 1981, until his death in July 2003.

The museum didn’t elaborate on the reasons behind Brotman’s departure. In a statement, MT&R board of trustees chairman Frank Bennack only said the org was “deeply grateful” for Brotman’s service and that he “leaves with the respect of all involved in the museum’s work.”

It’s believed the org ultimately decided Brotman wasn’t the right fit for the museum. One of his early initiatives, bringing celebrity moderators to the annual William S. Paley TV festival, was widely criticized.

Brotman joined the MT&R from his own global consulting firm, having served as president of Stuart N. Brotman Communications since 1981. He was also a faculty member at the Harvard Law School and the Boston U. School of Law and taught at Tufts U.

Brotman also served as special assistant to the president’s chief communications policy adviser at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and has written or edited four books, including “Communications Law and Practice.”

“I leave with a profound appreciation of the museum’s mission and with a sense of accomplishment,” Brotman said.

Org has launched a new national search for Brotman’s replacement.

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