KRON's entire staff--everyone in the building at 1001 Van Ness, even the stars will be meeting Monday in the early afternoon in studio B with interim GM, Stan Knott. Haven't heard the details yet on whether this is a run-of-the-mill encounter or something of substance but my spies are on it.
**You can dismiss my word, "bloodbath" as hyperbole but I'm sorry, call me crazy, when you outsource 90% of your traffic to Dallas, that's a bloodbath in my book.
Already, this clusterfuck took place on-air early Saturday morning when some dickhead, clearly out of the loop had some Waterloo moment. (Listen to the newscast at midnight, 12: 15, 12: 30, 1 AM, etc)
And by the way, those of you that ridiculed me over my report of a possible "blow up", a little info: Thursday's layoffs were entirely independent of an impending change at the KGO outpost. I predict, with strong support from a few in the building, that a tweaking of the current format is being honed --like a hybrid. They shorten the news blocks, (like 5-9AM, Noon and 4-7 are safe) and bring in out-of-towners and a few local tonsils to do talk.
They're getting killed by KCBS. Their numbers are so down and out, they got beat by KSFO in the last numbers chart--granted, a slow period; the holiday ratings, but KSFO?!! And their ad buys are virtually in the toilet. There's something brewing.
Another BTW: I have several friends over there in the KGO news dept. I won't mention any names because they know who they are. And this constant ridicule by yours truly is not and has never been about some of the fine staff who work under extraordinary conditions, not the least of which consists of a bunch of assholes and consultants from outside the area who have wreaked havoc at the office. Your hard work and determination to report the news with all the distractions and chaos is and will always be admirable.
**Seriously, mobile weather lab? Jesus Christ, get a grip, PIX! Screw the gimmicks. Report the fucking news and don't insult the viewers. They're smarter than that.
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