E-mail from Phil T, Lafayette: "Some of the great stations, like KTVU, which used to have outstanding programming, what's happened, Rich?"
*Lot's of things; a combination of the times we're presently in; consultants run amok. less viewership; poor management; KTVU isn't the only station affected, but since it's here locally, we center on it since we watch.
*It's a shame really what has happened to KTVU. It used to represent the gold standard of local TV news journalism but it's now just run so poorly and misguided heads have buried it into the ground. Notice how many reporters and anchors have left? People like Rita Williams, Randy Shandobil, Lloyd LaCuesta, people like that? Sure, many left, took retirement and decided to get out at the right time. Lee Rosenthal, the current News Director, scouts people he can control. Nobody with any pull anymore over at KTVU respects the guy. Said a station source: "Lee hires people who he knows more than others....they're young, inexperienced, and have little background in old school investigative journalism....and no interest to learn..,the fish stinks from the head down....dumb leading the dumber."
Staffers, editors, writers, anyone inside the newsroom still complain about the overly-prolific story count, the lack of direction, the newfound personnel situation where loads of people leave.
Do this: Watch 2's shows, particularly early evening: they all have a pattern. Every other minute: "In two minutes...at 6: 15, we will tell you...in 10 minutes, ..." What the hell is this? Like, that's going to keep the viewer to hang and wait? How about just doing basic reporting! You guys have more teases than a Broadway strip club. Just give us the damn news. Quit trying to reinvent the wheel. But no, KTVU's present leaders have no respect for you, the viewers; the short-attention span theatre of the absurd-syndrome is now the pervasive business model. No wonder they're losing viewers.
I should point out that there's an awful lot of good people still at KTVU. People like Somerville, Castaneda, Ken Wayne, but their work is blunted by the yahoos that run the station. The "10 'o Clock News" is but a shadow of its once-vaunted, highly-respected reputation. It looks like any other news program only with a plethora of teases, short stories, and out-of-place packages that aren't indicative of a major-market news operation. So sad, really.
**I haven't directly commented on KTVU's "special" to the Korean community in response to the Asiana Namegate affair because, frankly, I still thinks it's some kind of SNL joke. You should hear what some of the veteran people still there are saying, I'll leave it at that. No, I didn't watch it are you kidding?
**A new low at KGO Radio: "sponsored" guest interviews on the weekend. A reader advised me that some big bank threw a wad of money at the Cumulus geniuses in Atlanta; pronto!, "guests" disguised as real guests being "interviewed" by disgusted hosts who have to partake in this circus. It's yet another indication of the total farcical situation at the albatross station; nobody takes them seriously anymore and this latest gimmick is one for the ages.
**If Stephanie Miller is considered "entertaining" radio for the progressives, then we have problems. Of course, Miller's syndicated show was just removed from LA, her home market--not good.
**I don't like radio shows that are deemed "conservative" or "liberal"--I like provocative, entertaining, radio, I could care less about political content. Savage used to be entertaining but as of late, he's gone back to bash Obama every day and that's so old and boring--just like Hannity, Sussman, Levin, Beck. Political radio, for that matter, is essentially lazy radio. The public is fed up with Washington politics, (have you seen the polls? They hate BOTH parties, hello Congress!); they'll be a day soon when even Limbaugh jumps the shark if he hasn't already.
*My happy ending: A lot less Kaiser ads and the latest one having to do with "happy endings." Allison Janney, dear God, do you need the money that bad? Oy!
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