There's the usual drama that permeates most TV News rooms, particularly those in large markets. KGO-TV's abode at 900 Front is no different.
Then again, things could be, according to one of my moles, a "whole, hell of a lot better."
Among other things, the disconnect between ND, Tracey Watkowski and the rank and file is supposedly overly toxic.
Watkowski has a lot on her plate:
*The low numbers at 5, and 6 PM. 4PM isn't the problem because hardly anyone watches local newscasts at 4 PM and I've heard rumors KGO might be looking down the road to shelve the 4. KGO usually puts out a glossy press release highlighting their evening numbers but curiously none has made it's way out. Coincidence? Perhaps, you be the judge.
*KGO doesn't have a Super Bowl to build around this week and the Olympics are on NBC, advantage KNTV, (NBC Bay Area) next week, which means, "we're pretty much screwed the next three weeks, said my source. No shit. That's not Watkowski's fault but the big suits don't care.
*The continued Heather Ishimaru on-going tragedy. Medical issues, legal entanglements aside, the whole affair was totally mismanaged by both lower and top-level management. Ishimaru recently suffered a massive stroke and faces a long and arduous recovery.
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