I'm not a frequent KQED viewer and outside of a few notable local shows, most of their product content comes outside from PBS. All well and good, but the quest for more local programs is on the list of one of the big suits. That would be a welcome development in my view.
*What I like most about Ken Wayne is he's one of the few anchors that doesn't draw attention to himself. The anchor you see on the air is the same guy you see off the air as well. A rare form of un-ego in an ego-minded business. I hope KTVU and he can come to an agreement because the Bay Area needs more good anchors.
*Over at NBC Bay Area, (KNTV), the mood is supposedly mucho-gleeful. The ratings are decent enough and morale, according to a few of the inside workers, has never been better. Helps too that that corporate has more deep, deep, pockets to maintain projects like the "Investigative Unit."
*At KRON, new graphics and a new website. Looks good. And a nice new neater design. Here's hoping that translates in to the newsroom where a few of the quality people have managed to stick around and keep going.
*Unfortunately, as I'm told, stalking is almost a fact of life in TV News departments. And it isn't confined merely to women either but men too. Frightening indeed.
*If you happen to have been out in North Beach the past week, the high-profile loudmouth reporter from one of the Battery St TV machines was at it again shouting a bit too much and making a few bartenders wince. He may want to tone down the act because the owner wasn't exactly thrilled with his antics and besides, his tab wasn't all that spectacular that would allow for such wimpy behavior.
*My repetition vs your repetition dept: KCBS has to find a way to undue its nasty habit of habitually repeating the same story virtually every hour on the hour. This is both lazy and tiresome and quite embarrassing, particularly on the weekend where the same story, same time line can be re-broadcast over 10 times a day. Not becoming of a station that is a Bay Area radio news constant.
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