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Jill Manuel Named Assistant ND at WFLD

manuel_wewsJill Manuel has been named assistant news director for WFLD, the Fox-owned station in Chicago. Her appointment is effective April 15.

Manuel joins WFLD from WEWS in Cleveland, where she has been the news director since 2008. Manuel previously worked at CLTV and WBBM in Chicago. She has also worked as a senior producer for Fox News in Washington, D.C. and New York.

“I am thrilled to be returning to Chicago to work with the FOX 32 news team. I look forward to collaborating with them to produce quality journalism and tell stories that impact our audience on broadcast and digital platforms,” Manuel said in a statement.

“Jill is a seasoned news professional and leader, with a tremendous passion for storytelling and journalism. We look forward to her contributions to FOX 32,” news director Tom Doerr said.

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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.

Mike Dunston Leaving WEWS

MikeDunston_WEWSWEWS morning anchor Mike Dunston has announced he’s leaving the Cleveland ABC affiliate.

“After more than two years at WEWS, it’s with a heavy heart that I’m sharing with you that my last day at the station will be March 7th,” Dunston wrote on his facebook page. “I want to thank the Northeast Ohio community for their kind words and support. See ya at the next Cavs game!”

Dunston started working at WEWS in 2011. According to his station bio, he has also worked at WOFL in Orlando, FL, The Washington Post and stations in Houston, Washington, D.C., Raleigh and Dayton, OH.

News Directors Weigh In On Sweeps, Dog Meat

Sweeps does strange things to people.  Journalists who appear rational and level-headed for much of the year begin taking their clothes off, dating prostitutes, and ordering dog meat.

So what gives?

TVSpy asked a handful of veteran news directors from around the country to weigh in on the all-important sweeps periods.  We asked them about what makes a good story, the pressure reporters may be under to deliver big ratings, and the mistakes stations often make when sweeps roll around.  Here’s what they had to say… Read more

Macie McInnis Jepson Returns to Cleveland, Joining WEWS Morning Newscast

Macie McInnis Jepson is returning to Cleveland TV as the new co-anchor of WEWS‘s morning newscast.

The ABC-affiliate announced this week that McInnis Jepson, who worked at Cleveland Fox-affiliate WJW in the 90s, would be joining the station in November.

“Announcing Macie as one of our morning news anchors is another step in strengthening this very important news daypart,” WEWS news director Jill Manuel said in a statement.  “Many viewers already know Macie, and her knowledge of the people, places, and things that matter to Northeast Ohioans will be advantageous to everyone who engages with NewsChannel5 in the morning on-air, online and through our social media platforms.” Read more

Cleveland’s WEWS Cuts Morning Anchor Team

Cleveland’s WEWS did not renew the contracts of morning anchors Kimberly Gill (right) and Pete Kenworthy, TVSpy has learned.

“My contract with WEWS was set to expire August 5, 2011,” Gill told TVSpy in an email. “I was told Tuesday, July 5, 2011 that it would not be renewed.”

“Our employment relationships are private,” WEWS news director Jill Manuel told TVSpy in an email. “We do not discuss them in public.”

Gill and Kenworthy have  not been seen on the Cleveland ABC affiliate since July 5. “Good Morning Cleveland” has been anchored by Curtis Jackson since then. However, both anchors have been active on their Twitter feeds, responding to eagle-eyed Cleveland viewers who noticed the two were not in their usual morning seats.

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