Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Sussman backs down on "child abuse" comment; purge rumors heat up; KQED furloughs; Wednesday round-up
I chided Sussman. He shot back an e-mail saying that if I had kids, I might think differently. Fair enough, but "child abuse" is crazy. How about, say, "inappropriate", Brian?
"Inappropriate" is not strong enough. "Child abuse" might be pushing it. How 'bout "emotional trauma?", said the Sussman. Trauma?
Suss and I disagree, we'll leave it at that, but give the guy credit for nixing the child abuse angle.
**No, the purge rumors have nothing to do with KRON; in fact, KRON's parent, Young has made it out of BK, restructured, and shed about $800 million or so of debt and looks like prime picking for a would-be media suitor. Said one observer: This paves the way for Young to sell off KRON at a lower price than before. Look for KRON to become part of a duopoly with ABC7 or KOFY20.
Don't rule out NBC, just yet.
**On the purge? Think local TV outlet in the media gulch near Broadway and Battery.
**Furlough news at KQED, the eternal "we're always broke" leader. Time to consider more pledge breaks and how about re-igniting the auction?
**Mike Krukow getting down on "The Panda". Scary, there's hope.
**The Giants media coalition: KNBR, Comcast, et al has to secretly love their current abyss. Although the beloved Bochy bunch has hit a wall, the ratings haven't tanked, (even if the team has) and while winning is great, if you're going to lose like totally, dude, the Giants forklempta makes for good copy and anguish.
**Word from Chicago through my vast media network is that Oprah's people are checking out SF for a possible week's worth of shows; I'm only interested if I can get a Caddy out of it.
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