July 23rd, 2001
KEVIN RETURNS TO THE BAY AREA: Kevin Keeshan is the new news
director at KGO-TV/San Francisco. It's old home week for the
USC grad, who spent six years at the ABC-owned station, including
a stint as an executive producer of special projects. Kevin
never left the ABC family...he went from KGO to ABC's KFSN/Fresno
as news director.
GE SAYS "NO SALE" FOR NBC: Robert Wright, NBC's Chief Executive
Officer, told the Los Angeles Times that General Electric
has no interest in selling the television network. Wright
told the newspaper GE likes the business. There has been some
questions about NBC's future with the retirement of NBC's
biggest booster, GE Chairman Jack Welch. The article notes
NBC's cable properties, CNBC and MSNBC are worth an estimated
15-billion dollars...about half of the company's value.
A SPORTING MOVE: Alex Flanagan trades uniforms, moving from
Fox Sports in Los Angeles to ESPN, as a Los Angeles based
MAYBE IT'S NOT EXCITING...BUT IT AFFECTS YOUR TV STATION:
Cable television giant Comcast is trying to buy AT&T's cable
television unit. The proposed 40 billion (yes, that's with
a B!) would create a company which would sever 23 of the nation's
70 million households. The kind of clout could determine the
future of new, and existing cable networks. The company would
have the ability to move cable services, or broadcast stations
to prime spots on the cable dial...or to cable Siberia (think
cable channel 77, for instance!) One major flaw in Comcast's
plan: AT&T has rejected the offer. However, most analysts
say that AT&T could use the money, and will have to eventually
consider selling its cable operations.
ARBITRON BATTLE: The ratings service is facing a battle from
one of its major customers, Clear Channel Communications.
Clear Channel is the nation's largest radio station owner,
with almost 12-hundred stations. The battle is mainly over
money. After nine months of talks, Clear Channel didn't renew
contracts for more than half of its stations. The company
also wants changes in the way ratings are compiled. Arbitron
officials say they're negotiating to try to solve the stalemate.
July 16th, 2001CONGRATS
TO KCOP DIRECTOR AND TV ACADEMY GOVERNOR HARRY KOOPERSTEIN
whose all smiles these days after snagging an Emmy at the
Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards June 30th. The award, handed out
at the Scottsdale, Arizona ceremony, was for Best Entertainment
Program for producing and directing "Salute to the Symphony."
It showcased the Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestra. Harry
did the program for Salt Lake City station KTVX. Way to go
Harry Kooperstein's article in From the Field NOW!
LEAVING A BAD TASTE IN THEIR MOUTH: The big...and bad news
from the San Francisco Bay area is the apparent demise of
the seven year old "Bay TV" Newschannel. The 24-hour a day
service on cable Channel 35 featured newscasts, talk shows,
college sports, and more. It's a partnership between KRON-TV
and AT & T Broadband. KRON owns a majority interest in the
channel, but AT & T provides the cable channel. Cable company
officials say the service has been a long-time money loser,
and they plan to plug in the popular Food Channel to the more
than 1.5 million subscribers who get Channel 35. Officials
with KRON, which is now owned by Young Broadcasting, say they
don't want to discontinue the service, but now have no choice.
It's expected that more than 40 employees will be laid off
when the servce shuts down July 31.
NATALIE MAKES A MOVE: Natalie Tejeda is now El Centro Bureau
for KYMA-TV Yuma/El Centro. She was working for a cable station
in Garden Grove. Natalie is also one of the graduates of the
first ever APTRA Academy at Pepperdine University. Check out
comments from her right
here on our website!
July 2nd, 2001
WE'RE GLAD FOR GRAD: Longtime KNX-AM/Los Angeles sports anchor
(and sports director) Steve Grad is adding television to his
schedule. He's the new weekend sports anchor for KTLA/Los
Angeles. Grad has focused on radio in recnt years, winning
a boatload of Golden Mikes and APTRA awards...but he did television
sports in Portland and San Antonio earlier in his career.
Grad will continue sports duties at KNX. He joins KNX Business
Anchor Bob McCormick, and KTLA's Entertainment Editor Sam
Rubin is splitting time between the two stations.
CALL HIM MR. PRODUCER: Bill Applegate Jr. is the new producer
of the KCOP/Los Angeles 10 p.m. weeknight newscasts.
APTRA TIME: If you're trying to get ahead on television or
radio, write this date down: July 21st. That's when APTRA
will again host its biggest regional seminar of the year at
the studios of KEYT-TV, in Santa Barbara. News Directors will
be there to critique your tapes, panels will include feature
reporting, producing, television and radio anchoring, and
there's much, much more. Plus, unlike some of those for-profit
seminars around the country, this one will only cost you $30.00
in advance (and that's for a tri-tip barbeque lunch!). Space
is limited...it's always a sellout...and registration after
July 14th goes up to $45.00. Get complete details, and registration
information from the APTRA.ORG
website. KEYT's John Palminteri and I coordinate the seminar.
You can call (805) 493-3043 for more information.