April 29, 2002
KNTV CHANGES: The soon-to-be NBC owned station in the San
Francisco Bay area is making more changes. The Washington
Post reports that WRC/Washington, D.C. President/General Manager
Linda Sullivan will become KNTV's GM after the FCC approves
the station's purchase from Granite Broadcasting. Sullivan
has been at WRC for five years. VP/News Scott Diener left
KNTV, while current n.d. Bob Goldberger is expected to stay
on, but in a different capacity.
TECH CHANGES IN TECH TV: Bay Area based Tech TV announced
a new round of layoffs, cutting 50 more employees. The move
follows huge cuts last fall. The cable net has also announced
some changes in its orientation from its mainly instructional
programming to add entertainment shows to its mix.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW: That's the promo line for KNX/Los Angeles...so
here's what you need to know about them!
Longtime n.d. Bob Sims retired, after 20 years at the helm...and
34 years at
the station. Ed Pyle has been promoted from assistant n.d.
to n.d. Pyle has
been at KNX for more than a decade, and is a former n.d. at
cross town rival
(and now co-owned) KFWB. And, longtime KNX staffer Ronnie
Bradford has been
promoted to Executive News producer.
MOVING UP AT CNN: Former KCBS-TV/Los Angeles anchor/reporter
Sophia Choi has
been promoted to an evening anchor slot at CNN.
BACK AGAIN: Bob Jordan just can't stay away from WFTV/Orlando,
for his third stint at the station.The former KCBS-TV n.d.
is now n.d. at the Orlando station.Jordan was most recently
the g.m. at WPTV/West Palm Beach.
HOW DO YOU SAY "TOUCHDOWN" IN GERMAN? KCAL/Los Angeles
Horton is also handling announcing duties for NFL/Europe games
on Fox Sports
April 15th, 2002
FCC SAYS OKAY TO NBC, TELEMUNDO DEAL: The Federal Communications
Commission this week gave final approval to NBC's purchase
of Telemundo, and its 11 television stations. As part of the
deal, NBC...which owns KNBC-TV/Los Angeles...will have to
sell one of Telemundo's two stations in Los Angeles in the
next 12 months. That's not a fun proposition for the employees,
because they've already gone through a long period of instability.
Telemundo owned KVEA/52 as its West Coast network flagship.
Then, about 18 months ago, the network bought KWHY/Canal 22,
one of the most successful independent Spanish-language independent
stations in the country. Telemundo spent the next year combining
operations, and dealing with the logistics of moving 22's
news operations into thesame Glendale complex. Just about
the time all that is completed, word comes NBC is buying the
network. NBC says it will sell Channel 52. NBC's master control
facilities in L.A. could get pretty crowded...it already handles
KNBC, KNSD/San Diego, and KPXN. the Pax television station
in Los Angeles, plus KWHY.
April 8th, 2002
PARTY TIME IN VEGAS: Okay, newsrooms...it's time to fly the
chopper and not worry about whether the boss is looking over
your shoulder on that breaking news story!!! News directors
and GM's are in Las Vegas for the next few days for what promises
to be a wild party...combined RTNDA and NAB conventions. You
can bet tight budgets...and doing more with less will be among
the hot topics.
ANOTHER MESSAGE TO THE FCC: There's another sign the big
are going to get bigger in the TV world. A U.S. appeals court
ruled last week that federal regulators haven't sufficiently
justified rules which limit multiple station ownership in
about half of the nation's TV markets. The FCC hasn't responded,
but there are rumblings it may throw many of its current rules
out on station ownership limits.
MOVING UP THE COAST: Aimee Carl moves to KATU/Portland as
a weekend morning
anchor and reporter, moving up from KCBA/Salinas.
IT'S ABOUT TIME: Jennifer Sabih is now a staff reporter at
Angeles, after one of the longest freelance gigs in history.
She's on her
third news director, and has been there longer most of the
ROLLING THE DICE: Veronica Sanchez is now at KTNV/Las Vegas
as a reporter,
moving from KMPH/Fresno
April 2nd, 2002
SHAKEUP CITY: Four major newsroom executives are gone from
KNBC-TV/Los Angeles. Special Projects Executive Producer Keiko
Johnson started the avalanche, when she quit in early March.
Then, on March 25th, Assistant News Director Jamie Foster,
Managing Editor Jim Huntington, and Executive Producer Stacy
Scholder were all fired.
LAYOFFS VERSION 2002.4: Bay Area based TechTV made more cuts.
The cable network cancelled its "Silicon Spin" and "AudioFile"
shows...laying off a number of staffers. Last year, the network
made huge cuts in the amount of fresh programming it produces,
and fired a number of staff members.