KTVU Bullet Points and some Bay Area Media Notes...
** KTVU's ridiculous gag order on all its personnel is only further eroding its credibility on the Asiana Namegate affair. That doesn't mean going out and yapping all over the place. I get it. Especially now that one of the four people that were fired has hired a lawyer. Management has an excuse now. The idea that they've clamped down on people talking indicates their still in CYA mode. That's not exactly the best strategy when your a well-noted local TV news station. Want further fodder? Read this gem from Sam Louie that says it best.
**If I'm Frank Somerville I'd be damn sure that the bosses at KTVU and Cox Media gave me assurances that my loyalty act was met with some extended contract action. It was Somerville that went on-air to offer the station's apology, not once, but three times! It was genuine and well done and remember, Somerville had ZERO to do with the whole zany thing. The people who asked Somerville to read the apology were nowhere to be seen. Gees, what a coincidence.
**The feeling inside the KTVU newsroom from someone up the broadcast food chain: How can anybody trust News Director, Lee Rosenthal? Rosenthal wasn't directly responsible for what happened on July 12, but it under his watch, and it was HIS writing on that infamous PR release that sort of KARMAed its way through this whole ordeal. If Rosenthal survives all of this then he's luckier than Kate Upton's future husband.
**Quick advice to KTVU: Very simple and no charge. The way you should have handled this: Somerville doesn't read the apology. At the end of the newscast at 5, Rosenthal talks to the Bay Area and offers deep regret, apology and explains, innocuously, but sincerely, that "we're sorry, we're humbled, and we're going to get to the bottom of this." Boom, done, end of story. Would it have ended the affair? No. Would it have defused the embarrassment and scorn and ridicule? Hardly, but it would have been the first step in the transparency tour--and most people, if not in the biz, the viewers at least would have moved on.
**The, If you Care Dept: whether or not you want to hear this, the various lemmings in the biz, locally and beyond, but especially in the newsroom, are still talking about this. I've even heard talk about a movie or book deal. I'm not kidding, which is both good and bad, maybe.
**Those of you who think Roland De Wolk is looking for a whole lot of $$ from his dismissal may be way off base. Sure, De Wolk isn't stupid and his lawyer will do the best to take care of his interests, but I wouldn't be surprised if this matter were to go to the courtroom. Just a hunch.
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