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.