November 26th, 2001
THE PLOT THICKENS: The countdown is on for the big NBC affiliation
switch in the Bay Area. Or is it? On January 1st, KNTV is
supposed to become the new NBC station for ADI #5. Owner Granite
Broadcasting dumped its ABC affiliation, signed a deal to
pay NBC for the right to carry the network, and
expanded its newsroom to try to cover the entire Bay Area.
The deal came after Young Broadcasting, which bought KRON
from the Chronicle, failed to reach a new affiliation deal.
Now, there's word from several sources that Young is back
talking to NBC, but this time its offering to sell Channel
the network. NBC had originally hoped to buy a station in
the Bay Area. Making things even tricker: NBC had a clause
in its deal with Granite giving it the first rights to buy
KNTV if the broadcaster couldn't meet its financial obligations
to the network. Granite has been entertaining offers for its
Detroit WB affiliate to help raise cash in the wake of the
sagging ad market. Don't go away...it could get interesting
in the next few weeks!
BELT TIGHTENING AT TRIBUNE: The Chicago-based Tribune Company,
which owns KTLA, KTXL (Sacramento), WGN, and much more recently
announced more cost cutting moves. Salaries are being frozen
for thousands of non-union employees, and 140 managers are
talking 5% salary reductions. The company cited the sagging
economy, and the effects of the terrorist attacks and the
FROM THE SLOT MACHINES TO CORN FIELDS: Julie Akins is
the new N.D. at KSEE/Fresno. She was last at KTNV/Las Vegas.
FROM LA TO CNN: Former KCAL Assistant News Director Davida
Plummer is now an Executive Producer at Headline News.
TECH FALLOUT: The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that
TechTV is the latest victim of the tech slowdown. The newspaper
cable network has cut more than 100 employees, and reduced
the number of
hours of live programming it produces daily.
DODGERS MOVE: No, the Los Angeles Dodgers aren't moving to
Washington, D.C. or any other baseball-hungry city. But you
will find them on a different
spot on the Southern California TV dial next season. The News
Corporation-owned baseball team is moving its telecasts from
KTLA/Los Angeles to KCOP/Los Angeles, which is now a Fox-owned
Channel 13 will air 50 regular season games, up from the 20
to 30 on KTLA.
The contract is a three year deal. It's the biggest sports
deal for KCOP besides its wall-to-wall coverage of the Los
Angeles Marathon (WWF Smackdown on UPN doesn't really count
as a sports event!)
November 12th, 2001
WHO'S NEXT? GE's NBC is swallowing up Spanish-language Telemundo.
Now, Viacom (parent of CBS and UPN), Disney's ABC, and AOL/Time
Warner are reportedly looking at rival Univision.The price
tag could scare some folks out, though...with some industry
estimates in the $10-12 billion dollar range. Univision owns
26 stations, the Univision Network, the Galavision network,
and is preparing to launch a second national network early
next year. Univision's 6 p.m newscast on West Coast flagship
KMEX often tops the English-language competition.
O'BRIEN SAYS GOODBYE TO THE BAY AREA: Longtime Cox Communications
President/Independent Stations and KTVU/Oakland President
and General manager Kevin O'Brien is now President of Meredith's
12 station television group.
O'Brien has been courted by many companies over the years
as a result of his
successful reign at KTVU. Meredith owns six stations in the
top 30 markets.
HEADED SOUTH: Krista Saari is now a part of the sports staff
at ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, Alabama. Her last gig was at KTVN/Reno.
PULL OUT THE SUNBLOCK: Carter Evans joins the reporting staff
at KNSD/San Diego from WAVY-TV.
November 5th, 2001
TERRY'S BACK ON THE AIR: Former KTLA/Los Angeles "News At 10"
co-anchor Terry Anzur is back on the air, after a stint teaching
at the University Of Southern California. Anzur is now at WPEC-TV/West
Palm Beach, Florida.
MOVING SOUTHEAST: KYMA Yuma/El Centro News Director Bruck Kirk
is now n.d. at WSET-TV/Lynchburg, Virginia.
PROMOTION ON THE COAST: Shelly Harr is now anchoring mornings
at KSBW/Salinas-Monterey, after moving inland from the station's
IT SOUNDS LIKE TV: Listening to KFWB-AM/Los Angeles the other
afternoon was kind of like listening to TV. The afternoon anchors
were Tracie Savage (former KNBC-TV anchor/reporter), Larry Carroll
(former KCBS-TV anchor), Bill Seward (former KCBS-TV sports
anchor), and Richard Saxton (former KWHY-TV business news anchor).
SALT LAKE SHUFFLE: Big changes at the ABC affiliate in Salt
Lake City, with an ownership change bringing the tenure of general
manager Steve Cohen and news director Adam Bradshaw (both formerly
of KCOP/Los Angeles, but promoted to Utah when Chris-Craft still
owned the station). In at the station is Jon Fisher, most recently
news director at the Fox station (WFTC) in Minneapolis. In fact,
Fisher started up the news operation at the station, which is
now under the Fox umbrella with UPN affiliate KSTP/Minneapolis.
Fisher also had a stop at KCOP, and at KTLA in Los Angeles.