Raponi to Boston's WFXT--, (Fox)--Gregg Kelly to Oakland to run KTVU and KICU
*The big fish in all of this was the desire to acquire King programming NFL Football--It all appeals to Fox because IT has the rights to the National Football Conference and SF is home to the 49ers.
*Conservative, family-run, Cox Media has been less than thrilled with its Bay Area cash cow, KTVU and don't think for a moment, the Asiana Fake-Name gaffe wasn't a major part of it. It WAS. Sure, it wasn't the impetus for this deal but it sure accelerated it--and as I reported HERE, FIRST, Raponi was feeling the heat and off back east he is headed.
I wouldn't be shocked if News Director, Lee, (Wonder Boy), Rosenthal is the next to BOLT KTVU. Rosenthal isn't liked by many in the newsroom and his Asiana Press Release only a few days after the crash, boasting of ratings success, was the beginning of his undoing among staff.
*Early on, Fox thought KRON would be the more attractive purchase--thinking Cox would never pull the trigger on KTVU, but price was too good. Add to that the lengthy amount of FCC obstacles it would have presented combined with financials. Fox ultimately snatched its own Bay Area affiliate. How convenient.
*KTVU repercussions: No immediate difference for viewers. Everything remains the same until FCC approval which should be no issue. The unions are worried. As they should be. There's fear of an unusually large amount of personnel reduction. Read into that what you will.
*KTVU is the biggest biller in the Bay Area TV department. It has a estimated value of about $900 to a BILLION dollars.
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