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‘It’s Just the Right Time,’ WEWS GM Leaving Station

wewsSam Rosenwasser is leaving Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS on December 15.

The WEWS GM told TVSpy he was not sure what his next step would be.

“It’s just the right time,” Rosenwasser told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I’ve gone through an unbelievable health situation, as you know. I’ve been in and out of the office so much over the past few years. I don’t think it’s healthy for the station, and I need to step away and really get my life back in order.”

Rosenwasser’s health crisis began when his intestines were punctured during surgery for hip replacement.

“That led to peritonitis and a three-month stay in the hospital,” he said. “I was unconscious for several weeks, and there were 11 operations in 18 months. And it was a heavy-duty rehab. I had to learn how to walk and talk again. It has been a lot. This is an extremely competitive business, and you have to be running at 100 percent.” Read more

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Jill Manuel Out as WEWS News Director

manuel_wewsWEWS news director Jill Manuel is out at the Cleveland ABC affiliate.

Sam Rosenwasser, WEWS VP and GM, confirmed with TVSpy Manuel no longer works at the station.

Manuel came to Scripps owned WEWS in 2008 from CLTV, Tribune’s 24-hour local cable news channel in Chicago. She has also worked at WBBM in Chicago and FOX news.

WCPO GM Steve Thaxton Leaving Station

According to Cincinnati.com, Steve Thaxton, vice president and general manager of Cincinnati’s Scripps owned ABC Affiliate WCPO, has announced he will be leaving the station tomorrow.

Thaxton announced to the staff that he starts Monday as a temporary GM at Cleveland’s WEWS-TV, a sister Scripps station, as he begins a transition to teaching and consulting. He  came here March 21, 2011, to replace Bill Fee, who retired in December 2010.

According to the article, Thaxton agreed to Scripps’ request that he, “remain with the company and serve as the interim General Manager at WEWS in Cleveland on a temporary basis as Sam Rosenwasser remains out on a medical leave of absence.” Read more

Leon Bibb No Longer Anchoring WEWS 6 p.m. News

Leon Bibb is no longer the anchor of the WEWS 6 p.m. newscast, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

Bibb joined the Cleveland ABC-affiliate in 1995 and has been co-anchor of the 6 p.m. newscast since 2010. He will continue to anchor the station’s noon newscast, as well as its Sunday morning show, “Kaleidoscope.” He will also take over two new programs, “Leon Bibb’s Ohio” and “Leon Bibb’s Perspective.”

“Leon is still a very vital part of what we have here,” WEWS vice president and general manager Sam Rosenwasser told the Plain-Dealer. “We want to put a spotlight on what he has.” Read more

3 Scripps General Managers Take On Expanded Roles

The Scripps station group has announced a restructuring in station leadership, with general managers Ed Fernandez, Sam Rosenwasser and Steve Wasserman taking on expanded roles.

Fernandez, currently the general manager of WXYZ in Detroit, will also oversee KSHB-KMCI in Kansas City and the Azteca America affiliates. Rossenwater, general manager of WEWS in Cleveland, will add KJRH in Tulsa, WMAR in Baltimore and the LiveWell affiliates. Wasserman, general manager at WPTV in West Palm Beach, will also oversee KNXV in Phoenix, WCPO in Cincinnati and WFTS in Tampa. Read more

WEWS Launches ‘Building Better Neighborhoods’ Initiative In Cleveland

Cleveland ABC-affiliate WEWS has launched a year-long initiative intended to “target and seek out solutions” to the number of vacant homes in northeast Ohio (video of the announcement above).

The project, “Building Better Neighborhoods,” was conceived after the station noticed uptick in the number of reports in the past year about crime, house fires and vandalism at the sites of vacant homes, abandoned after the housing collapse. Read more