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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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Thursday, November 29, 2007

New GM At Channel 12

I've been able to confirm the buzz going around TV stations tonight that Dotsy Klei, WKRC-TV (Channel 12) acting general manager, was fired late this afternoon. Klei, longtime sales manager, has been running the station since Chris Sehring quit in September to run a station in Portland, Ore.
Giving some comfort level to the Channel 12 staff is the fact that Steve Minium, former Channel 12 news director, has been named interim general manager by Clear Channel. Minium has been Clear Channel news VP, although he was told by the prospective buyers (Newport Television) that he wouldn't be part of the new management team. However, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that the $1.2-billion deal for Newport TV/Provident Equity Partners deal to buy the 56 Clear Channel TV stations could be in trouble.
It's been a strange time at Channel 12. Things have been on hold for more than a year, waiting for the station to be sold.


at 11/30/2007 12:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission has approved the $1.3 billion sale of 35 television stations owned by Clear Channel Communication Inc. to Newport Television LLC, a private equity group, subject to certain conditions.

at 11/30/2007 1:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

ClearChannel sale just went through:

at 11/30/2007 4:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

FCC gave their approval, but the sale is still on hold.

at 11/30/2007 4:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Providence was trying to pull out of the deal. How does this approval affect that??

at 12/01/2007 11:10 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word on Dayna Eubanks (where she's at/what she's doing)??


at 12/01/2007 6:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

all kristin cornett fans she is now at wmov in st. louis

at 12/02/2007 7:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its really too bad they are not selling their radio ownership here in ole Mayberry.

at 12/02/2007 2:21 PM Anonymous rms said...

Dotsy... Man or woman?

at 12/02/2007 4:39 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

To Anon & RMS:
--Dotsy Klei is a woman.
--Haven't heard a word about where Dayna Eubanks landed. If someone knows, pls post here.

at 12/02/2007 7:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at what Channel 9 has done to their employees over the past year:

--dumped Brian Patrick
--dumped Michael Flannery
--dumped David Rose
--dumped Laure Quinlivan
--almost dumped Lisa Cornwell
--cut back the Sports Department

Are they doing all of this to pay for the "HD" stuff?!?!?!
I'd rather see these folks in regular definition than NOT see these folks in HD.

at 12/03/2007 7:21 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristen Cornett landed in St. Louis? Is she on the station web page?

at 12/03/2007 10:17 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You apparently didn't look very hard because it's right here:

at 12/03/2007 10:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont understand how after 25 years of hard work Local !2 can fire such an esteemed employee

at 12/03/2007 12:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Esteemed??? Just ask former employees.

at 12/03/2007 12:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know what happened to her?

at 12/03/2007 3:35 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

...just maybe he or she will get rid of the awful Liz Bonis...

at 12/03/2007 6:21 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have and HD set and for some reason when I watch the evening weather on Channel 9 I noticed that when the weather computer stuff is directly behind Steve Raleigh the HD picture is not as crisp as when I see Clyde Gray and Carol Williams on TV. I noticed that my picture was also the same when I saw Tonya O'Rouke in the room where all of the TV's were behind her on election night as well as the shots with reporters out in the field covering the election results. Are certain things at channel 9 in HD and certain things not? If so why are they lying? I migh justt be too tech savey.

at 12/04/2007 7:38 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristen Cornett was good. Ch 5 should have kept her in the mornings.

at 12/04/2007 10:53 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

9 does not Use HD cameras in the field. As of right now they only have HD Cameras in the studio.

at 12/04/2007 2:23 PM Anonymous Juliette vara fan club said...

since were talking about kristen cornett again, why not bring up juilette vara?

at 12/04/2007 7:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

but even some of the shots for channel 9s weather or the shot with Tonya (I have seen other reporters with that background also) in front of all of those monitors (I believe I saw a breaking news center sign in the background the other day) on't look as clear as others. They look just like the shots of reporters out in the field. Are all of Channel 9's cameras in their studio HD cameras?

at 12/07/2007 7:28 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why was Klei fired after such a short stint as GM considering she had such a long career at the station?

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