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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Channel 19 GM Stepping Down, Local TV News in Flux

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 10:11 AM

click to enlarge FRED D'AMBROSI, VIA TWITTER
  • Fred D'Ambrosi, via Twitter
The announcement of Dee Perry’s retirement from WCPN, last week, arrived as local TV continues to hemorrhage on-air and executive talent left and right.

The latest departure from the turbulent landscape: Channel 19 / Channel 43 Vice President and General Manager Dominic Mancuso. Mancuso reportedly told staff last week that he’d be stepping down. His last day will be Friday.

During two years at the helm, Mancuso presided over the re-branding of Channel 19. He coaxed the station from its in-your-face “19 Action News” approach to the softer, more upbeat “Cleveland 19 News,” the stated editorial goal of which has been to “champion all that is great about Cleveland.”

Though an executive behind-the-scenes, Mancuso was also a recurring on-air presence, sounding off in short editorials on the issues of the day — he’s a huge Chief Wahoo partisan, among other things. Mancuso was also the spirit and force behind Channel 19's tenants-rights activism: He sent a dead mouse to the corporate landlords at K&D to protest the station's hellacious working conditions.  

Mancuso’s quiet departure follows closely behind the news that Channel 5 Multimedia Journalist Homa Bash has taken a gig in Dallas. In May, Channel 19 Investigative Reporter Scott Taylor jumped ship to the ABC affiliate in D.C. 

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