WKRC News Director Kirk Varner is headed out the door at the Sinclair Owned station.
Varner was the longest serving News Director in the market at just over 4 years.
Here is the internal email he sent to the staff and obtained by FTVLive:
From: Kirk Varner
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 9:56 AM To: Cincinnati WKRC News
Subject: A Personal Announcement
I’ve written a good number of emails about personnel changes here at Local 12. It is =me to write one about myself.
The headline is that I’m leaving the position of News Director for Local 12 on July 3rd. It will be some 4 and 1⁄2 years to the day since I started working here and to put it as simply as I can, I don’t believe that in my forty years of being a broadcaster, I’ve ever enjoyed a station, a market and a group of colleagues as much.
But in the growth and development of any organization, there are =mes when it is appropriate to bring in a new coach to help lead the team to the next level. AMer discussing it with Jon Lawhead, we’ve agreed that this is that =me for WKRC-TV.
I’ve had a series of great opportuni=es in my career, and this ranks one ranks amongst the very best. I’m hoping my next chapter allows me to stay in Cincinnati, because Denyse and I like this place and the people here, so much. Plus, I’m looking forward to being a loyal viewer and a cheerleader for your con=nued success as “Cincinnati’s News Leader”.
I’ll try to communicate my appreciation personally to each one of you over the next two weeks, but for now--thank you for your support, your hard work and your friendship.
I appreciate every bit of it.