Two TV Items

BYE, STEFANI!: OMW hears that the last day for WEWS/5 anchor Stefani Schaefer will be Friday.

As reported earlier, Schaefer is leaving NewsChannel 5 for the “big time”, as one of the hosts on the new NBC-syndicated show “iVillage”. The show will air on the NBC owned-and-operated stations at first, and will be offered to other stations later. Since WKYC/3 is not owned by its network anymore, it won’t be on in Cleveland until it’s offered in syndication.

Channel 5 mainstay Lee Jordan will add the “Live on Five” show to her duties starting next week, taking Stefani’s place alongside Leon Bibb at 5 PM…

GRILL THE GMS: We got this a bit too late to allow our readers to RSVP to this invitation, but it sounds like an interesting event nonetheless.

Monday at noon at the Cleveland City Club, all of the Cleveland TV market’s general managers will gather for the “Ask the General Managers Luncheon”, sponsored by the local NATAS chapter. Quoting a release on the event:

Dan Salamone, John Butte, Trina Cutter, Kit Jensen, Mike Renda, Lou Spangler, and Brooke Spectorsky will be on stage to talk about what’s in the future for their respective stations. That’s followed by questions from the audience moderated by David Glassier, television critic for the News-Herald and past President of the National TV Critics Association, and Plain Dealer TV critic Mark Dawidziak.

Unfortunately, the NATAS release on the event reached us too late for the RSVP date of, well, Wednesday. You can blame us and “real life” for that one, but if you’re going, feel free to share anything interesting gleaned from the luncheon…

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