UPDATE WITH NEW INFORMATION - 3:35 PM 4/19/07
There has been a lot of turnover in Cleveland TV over the past few months, and it's happening again. We have two items in just one day.
OMW hears that WKYC/3 news director Mike McCormick has announced his resignation from the Cleveland NBC affiliate this afternoon, effective immediately.
McCormick came to the station less than a year ago from Gannett sister station "First Coast News", the NBC/ABC combo in Jacksonville FL. We have no idea where he's headed.
And starting later this month, you can count the number of people working on-air in the WEWS/5 "NewsChannel 5" sports department by using just one finger.
As we hinted earlier, it's WEWS sports anchor John Chandler exiting the local ABC affiliate, not long after the departure of sports director Chris Miller.
OMW hears that Chandler will be a short shuttle flight up the eastern seaboard from Miller, who's now anchoring at Comcast SportsNet in Washington DC. We hear his last day at 3001 Euclid is April 26th.
We don't know his new station yet, but Chandler is taking a job in the Boston TV market - thus, our reference to the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics in the earlier item.
OMW hears that Chandler basically received an underwhelming, short term contract offer from the local Scripps-owned station, and decided to take the other option. Oh, that, and Boston is a larger TV market than Cleveland.
The move leaves "NewsChannel 5" with but a single sportscaster - Sue Ann Robak - as the Cavaliers' playoff run heats up.
They'll now have to look for both a sports director and a sports anchor/reporter. We're hearing that elevating Robak to the sports director role is not considered likely, just as the station wasn't looking to move Chandler up to the top sports spot as well...