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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Ch 12 GM Resigns

Chris Sehring, the WKRC-TV (Channel 12) general manager who guided the station into the "Local 12" branding, launching the CinCW digital affiliate and producing a Local 12 newscast for Channel 64, has resigned effective Sept. 14. He'll be missed. He was a great competitor and a nice guy -- even though his 11 p.m. news was No. 1 forever, and he did killer ratings with CBS prime-time, he was always gracious in talking about his TV competition in town, and never rubbed it in, at least in talking to me. He's a class guy, and a visionary leader not afraid to take risks with the CW, or Ch 64 partnership, or "The Dish" and Cincinnati State.

Sehring sent a mass email today to the other TV station managers here, TV managers in other markets, and advertising and media contacts entitled, "This is a GOOD THING!" Sehring said he's leaving Ohio for a "very interesting opportunity in a larger TV market with more responsibilities." He apologzied from being cryptic, "but it will all make sense soon."

Sehring is leaving Clear Channel about a month before the company sells off its TV division. He had been commuting between Cincinnati and Harrisburg as a regional VP over both stations.

Here's his email:

"Mass emails are a lousy (but efficient) way to communicate with friends. I hope to speak to each of you "in person" soon. But just so you "hear it from me" first, I will be leaving my beloved Local 12/CinCW and this wonderful city for a "new opportunity."
"I can't share any more details now, but I can assure all of you that this move, as tough as it will be, is a very interesting opportunity in a larger TV market with more responsibilities. My family and I don't want to leave Cincinnati (or Ohio -- my home state). And I don't want to appear so mysterious -- and I hate to be cryptic. But it will all make sense soon.
"More to come... but here's the head's up!"
PS: Again, my apologies for the "mass email."

Hopefully some of those who worked for Chris Sehring, or know him, will post some comments about him on this blog.


at 8/25/2007 4:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

12 is a good station. Good luck to Mr. Sehring.

at 8/25/2007 7:57 PM Blogger TreborRV said...

Chris is a great guy - both as a person and as a boss. I hate to see him leave and will miss him tremendously.

at 8/26/2007 7:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the kind words! I am a bit embarrassed but appreciate them nevertheless. I will miss Cincinnati, Local 12, my customers, competitors, and especially my colleagues at the station; this is a wonderful market with great people. I wish them and you continued success.


at 8/26/2007 9:13 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Chris professionally and have worked with him on a new project that he helped create. He is a class individual and clearly understands where things in the tv world are headed. Congrats Chris - you will be missed!

at 8/26/2007 5:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Chris leaving just because of the state that 12 is in being that it is being sold? Where is he going?

at 8/27/2007 9:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Minium, Clear Channel VP of News (based in Cincinnati) and former 12 News Director, also resigned today. He and Sehring had an intimate dinner with CC President Don Perry last week during a surprise visit to town. Coincidence?

at 8/28/2007 9:30 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

To Anon 9:02 p.m.
Minimum resigned because the new owners wanted a different VP for news. Here is his email:

Hello everyone:
I wanted to let all of you know that I will not be continuing with Newport Television at the conclusion of the sale of CCTV. Sandy DiPasquale told me there will be a Vice-President of News, but that he has decided to go in a different direction. I understand that decision.
In the meantime I’m excited about the prospects for our group under Newport ’s ownership. The fact is that in most cases, broadcast groups not under the continual scrutiny of investors and stockholders don’t have to react to never-ending earnings reporting cycles. It allows them time for deliberate investment in their properties. And that will be to your benefit.
I want to thank all of you for the opportunity of working alongside some of the strongest news and marketing professionals in the business. I’ve learned a lot from all of you…and I’m appreciative.
From now until the ownership transfer, I will be working hard, along with you, to make sure we deliver this company to the new ownership in the strongest condition possible.



at 8/28/2007 4:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Sehring stands as one of the nicest general managers I have worked with, radio or TV. He is a class act, and we at Local 12 will miss him.

Good Luck, Mr. Sehring!

at 8/29/2007 7:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both Chris Sehring and Steve Minium have been good leaders and good people for the employees at 12.

Good luck to both of them!

at 8/29/2007 9:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 9/02/2007 10:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris is a nice man but that station is in dire need of change. Management is the only way to get this done. Sales staff and news department need an overhaul, updating to more forward thinking. Have not kept up with the times... I work there so i know

at 9/02/2007 10:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris is a nice man but that station is in dire need of change. Management is the only way to get this done. Sales staff and news department need an overhaul...Updating. Have not kept up with the times...I work there so I know.

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