A source close to KTVU tells me, exclusively.
*Ed Chapuis: The former News Director, according to my Insider, ,has been telling people that he was ordered to fire "higher-paid, senior people without contracts" (Chapuis was not present during the Asiana affair, having long been let go months earlier.)
Chapuis refused, said the source, because supposedly, he, (Chapuis), regarded these staffers as the "best in the business." But GM, Tom Raponi wanted them gone so he could hire "easy-to-manipulate" kids at cheaper prices.
SO they fired Chapuis. (On his way to a new gig in Sacramento.)
And brought in a new ND, the current person, Lee Rosenthal, "TO DO THE EXECUTIONER'S WORK."
*The latest on the Asiana NameGate affair:
From my sources: There's still considerable angst in the newsroom over the four fired staffers let go by management last month. Moreover, according to my chief source, those let go were made to be scapegoats.
A direct quote: "THE ASIANA THING WAS A JUST A RUSE! THOSE PEOPLE DID NOTHING WRONG. THE ONLY ONE WHO DID IS STILL WORKING THERE!"
Figure it out. Michelle Toy, the ex-Managing Editor and/or Tori Campbell, the veteran news anchor who read the fake names.
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