|Ama Daetz and Dan Ashley|
For one, Daetz is a woman and while no one in management will say so officially, Channel 7, (like most stations), is keen on promoting women talent. Daetz brings in a variety of pluses; she's capable, she's a hit with male viewers and she's extremely attractive with just the right temperament and balance to bring to the table.
Unless KGO were to go out-of-market or pluck someone from another Bay Area station, (unlikely), Daetz is the best bet to take over for Carolyn Johnson...
*Johnson's LA destination: KNBC. An O and O, (owned and operated), Los Angeles NBC institution which needs someone big and immediately given their current meager situation. Helping matters is the Kevin Keeshan connection, Keeshan, a loyalist who is a Johnson fan and advocate, is the NBC News corporate bigwig who no doubt helped out Johnson migrate through the Southland wilderness. It was Keeshan who was KGO's News Director and a huge Johnson favorite.
Johnson's new position at KNBC should be announced sometime soon--both she and the LA outlet are just dotting the i's and crossing the t's before an official announcement is made.
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