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.