Both News Corporation, (Fox corporate) and NBC officials from NY are meeting in SF later next week to take a look at KRON and presumably, fight over what could be an interesting prelude to a news content and acquisition war, Bay-Area-rooted.
Make no mistake: Fox WANTS a SF property desperately so its sports division can have control over the NFL 49ers market interest. Right now, KTVU, a Cox Media-owned company, carries all 49ers-NFC games. (If Fox bought KRON, that would solve the issue. (Duh!)
There isn't any impending transaction soon on the horizon with KTVU even though conservative-oriented Cox has never been endeared to its Oakland high top--why? Because KTVU is Cox's biggest cash cow and is in the 6th -largest market in the country.
Then again, Fox might up the ante with a blown-away offer to acquire KRON. And then KTVU could conceivably be Fox-less.
One HUUUUGE factor still to be debated down the pike: KRON's building and studios at 1001 Van Ness: Although not officially on the market, it's widely believed corporate-- (Media General-New Young), want its building to be involved in any potential transaction. Most real-estate analysts in town say KRON's building could fetch anywhere from $100-$150M. That's a conservative estimate.
And don't forget about the TV station.
*The human blowhard with the most annoying voice in town, Spencer Hughes, (it's a fake name), has been filling in for KSFO's Brian Sussman. Sussman has taken a few days off amid some smoke that says the local tuna fish dept. at 55 Hawthorne is auditioning Hughes. Not so. Yet.
*The problem with KSFO's Morning Show, as I've opined several times, is that it has severely-MISPLACED, Katie Green as part of its AM show. Green is flat-out awful. Her voice is terrible; her involvement in interviews is embarrassing--even by KSFO standards and her back and forth with Sussman, (Hughes too) simply sounds lousy, crummy, like out-of-place.
*Those betting guys that appear on KNBR do so because they PAY for the interview, pure and simple. I'd only wish KNBR would let its listeners know. The password is: disclaimer.
*Sure, Tom Tolbert would be great to take over for the retiring Jim Barnett, (next year), but Tolbert has a family too and that afternoon gig on Knibber, (3-7 PM), works well as opposed to a lot of travel. It's Tolbert's job if he wants it.
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