Of course now the mainstream trades have joined in to report the transaction involving the longtime Bay Area KGO-TV news anchor. She will be missed at 900 Front. She's also being forced to worked the last days of her contract.
I reported that Johnson was not keen on accepting a 20% pay cut affecting the majority of air-talent at KGO. Once Johnson's dissatisfaction was known in broadcast circles she was immediately on the radar to help sagging KNBC, a once-legacy station in Southern California and in the need of a big-name talent like Johnson.
Make no mistake: Carolyn Johnson is a MAJOR loss for KGO-TV here. She leaves behind a nearly 20-year run at ABC-SF and all in the name of budgetary slashes by the O and O Disney division --KGO makes lots of money and is neck and neck with KPIX in the ratings in the early evening but this departure is a significant setback.
The Dan Ashley -Johnson duo is one of the best pairs in Bay Area TV News and a great source of cohesion for ABC's Bay Area presence. Of course they'll survive--they all eventually do, only this will hurt a whole lot more.
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