There's a whole lot of new faces on the Bay Area TV News airwaves, have you seen a sudden thrust of this especially on KTVU?
We're in a state of flux, particularly at Channel 2, which until recently was a place where most good reporters stayed and retention was a staple of the 2 Jack London Square outlet.
I haven't seen this many new people in years. Which only reinforces the rumor that the ND, Boy Wonder himself, Lee Rosenthal, has lost the respect of most of his staff. There's quite a lot of internal bickering inside the newsroom. The reporter-a-day shuffle has left many wondering what their status is; if Rosenthal were more transparent and had some influence within the senior ranks, I'm sure the situation at KTVU would be a lot more stable and cohesive. Meanwhile, the uncertainty and lack of direction has left quite a scar over the entire Oakland studios.
**Diane Dwyer signed off last night at KNTV, (NBC Bay Area), with a classy goodbye. Dwyer and management couldn't work out a deal that would allow her to continue to teach at Berkeley and maintain her weekend anchoring gig. Especially when it was made clear to Dwyer that the station wanted her to take a significant pay cut. Sound familiar? Just ask Carolyn Johnson, who told KGO/Disney to shove it when she left Channel 7 and will begin anchoring soon at KNBC in Los Angeles.
**Add KGO-TV: Spencer Christian's recent Good Morning America appearances had nothing to do with his contract status. Christian has done a lot of GMA fill-in, it's where he built up most of his tenure--maybe he's contemplating a move back East again, because as I reported her a few weeks ago, both Christian and Cheryl Jennings have been told that their contracts won't be renewed in December. If Disney wanted Johnson to take a major pay cut, you can apply basic common sense in their dealings with Christian and Jennings. They simply don't want to pay big bucks to talent they deem as expendable. It's as simple as that no matter how much KGO management wants to spin it.
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