Forgive me for being late--much too much errands and personal business to attend to which is a civilized way of saying I screwed up and am late filing but there's worse things in life
The Brian Williams saga is quelled for the moment --which only means both sides have bought time. Not that Williams is coming back...ever. He's probably thinking about a book and offers from 4th-tier networks because he's done at NBC and the peacocks are taking a look at resumes other than Katie Couric. I don't believe Lester Holt is a long-term project--even NBC thinks he's too cable and I agree. It's either Couric or someone in the background like a Savannah Guthrie but her softballs to Obama pre-Super Bowl probably nixed her.
*Most of you seem to be irritated, really damned irritated at KTVU's new graphics and music. I'm not that critical because at this point it's fairly small and trivial--more to the point, as I indicated, I like the new look and sound. FOX has its style and mechanics and if this is the worst thing that happens to KTVU/FOX2, (its new moniker) then we should be so lucky. The business model has changed; the thrust of Twitter and Facebook into the modern news domain has dictated everyone's style of presentation. It's not necessarily that disturbing. Good content, always, will supersede all of this new change. I liked what I saw of Eric Rasmussen's special report on a slummy Downtown Oakland residence hotel that was old-fashioned camera-moving, detailed TV News business and reporting at its best. It wasn't sexy-looking but in a short time most effective and compelling--same too Steve Stock's NBC Bay Area report on the state's precarious levee system--if there's a big earthquake near the Delta we're all in for some living hell and kudos to Stock's info-special that spelled it out in its entirety.
NOTES: This is the beginning of sweeps so expect to see a whole lot of M-F talent and a slew of special news reports. Hopefully it's as good as Stock's and Rasmussen's pieces...The more I listen to Chip Franklin the more I want to like the guy but I'd like more "NEWS" talk and enough of the human interest crap out of the Bakos handbook. And there's a ton of things in the news...The suspect that was picked up, (and subsequently released) in the mutilated-body case, has died. The cops kind of think he was involved even though the DA let him go and didn't press charges. There's a story out there I'd like to see worked over: He mysteriously dies less than a week before he was picked up. We have a mysterious mutilated body, a dead suspect and lots of questions--paging Matier and Ross...Up and Comer: Nick Smith over at KGO-TV, (ABC7)...Still keeps going and going and going: Vic Lee...I spoke to Don Sanchez the other day and he's enjoying life...Willie Brown's column in the Chronicle on Sunday is a good read--about as close to the old Herb Caen as anything I can remember only Willie can't do six days. Hell, no one could!...The weird thing about Brian Williams is that he was #1--so was NBC--why in the heck would the guy risk $10M a year and job security for the rest of his life? To puff his chest out and impress everyone over false war stories? Bizarre.
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