Things are not exactly rosy at KGO-TV.
My newsroom insider tells me that morale is lousy; lots of bickering among many staffers and News Director, Tracey Watkowski, and to top it off, the ratings on the 4 and 5 PM newscasts are lousy.
And we haven't even mentioned the hostile-work environment lawsuit in the offing. A process server served papers last week in the newsroom. It involves one of KGO's senior Executive Producers and although some say it has no merit, others are not so sure. The specifics of the suit aren't entirely known however it doesn't involve sexual harassment.
My insider, who is a veteran camper at 900 Front, says acrimony is especially evident between Watkowski and staffers. "She'll look at 100 things of which 97 are great and she'll complain about the three things that aren't," says the source.
Furthermore, the EP who is the target of the proposed lawsuit is not popular among the rank and file although the individual has been at the station for 14 years. If there's an ounce of merit to the suit, expect Disney, (which owns KGO-TV), to settle this; Image-conscious Disney does not like the prospect of depositions and the potential land mine of information that could get out that doesn't suit their interests.
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