Why Ed Chapuis is OUT at KTVU--
(Although I broke the story first).
*Increasing concern with staff morale and its contribution to KTVU's lack of ratings success in the early evening news blocks, notably the 5 and 6 PM shows. KTVU' s dominant constant, the vaunted "10 O'Clock News" is and will always be the station's bread winner, but early evening counts too and when you're getting killed, on occasion, by the likes of KNTV, (NBC Bay Area), and KRON, (although KRON has improved its coverage immeasurably), bad things tend to happen. Management went straight at Chapuis who ultimately took the fall.
*Chapuis, known by some in the industry, sarcastically, as, "Special Ed", wasn't so special even to the most tenured people at the station, anchors, reporters, and editors and writers alike. On several occasions, according to a well-placed station source, he'd call a staffer into his office and offer harsh critiques. That's not particularly unique, but when the staffer is a thirty-year-plus anchor, people don't soon forget and word gets around.
*Chapuis is ultimately gone, however, due to the poor KTVU numbers in the evening. He didn't help himself with his prickly behavior, however; a more well-liked ND might have bought himself, (or herself), more time. A source, who worked with Chapuis, when told of his firing, offered back a stern "karma" text. No, he really wasn't liked.
Then again, with a solid resume and a nearly decade-long reign at one of the most celebrated and respected TV stations in the market, expect Chapuis to land on his feet. Somewhere.
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