The TV News Management business is a lot like pro sports. When a new GM comes to town he usually hires his own coach, not always mind you, but definitely more likely then not.
The same would apply to what's going on at KTVU and what bodes for the future.
With Fox's acquisition of 2 and the subsequent move by Tom Raponi to leave Oakland and take a new job in Boston does not bode well for certain players.
Gregg Kelly is headed to Oakland as GM and will run both KTVU and KICU. He's probably going to want his own News Director.
Combine that with Lee Rosenthal, currently the ND in Oakland, and who was largely a Raponi hire and his lame-duck status at 2 Jack London Square. A prominent station source tells me Rosenthal is "polishing up the resume".
I asked the source on a scale of 1-10 the likelihood of Rosenthal leaving, with 10 being the highest and 1 the lowest. 8 was the answer. Rosenthal is all but gone.
Rosenthal never warmed up to staff at KTVU. His post-Asiana press release was the beginning of the end. The ensuing fake-name imbroglio and its aftermath has never been erased nor will be. The string of continuing embarrassments regarding misplaced graphics, out and out mistakes, internal bickering and a slew of personnel turnover is squarely on Rosenthal.
Cox Media, a company sensitive to its brand and run by an old-school Atlanta family, was never forgiving on the Asiana matter and seriously wanted to 86 Rosenthal. Only Raponi stepping in and firing the four newsroom staffers saved Rosenthal's job, I'm told.
Rosenthal, with a new ownership and GM hovering will not have that cushion of protection when Fox comes on board.
I don't have a timetable on when Rosenthal will take off but it's imminent.
Meanwhile at KTVU, I'm told, "people are apprehensive." Not entirely shocking.
UPDATE 3: 27 PM: Rosenthal's East Bay home is for sale, just posted on a real estate site as of today.
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