I'm going to tell you who replaces Christina Loren at NBC Bay Area: it's Kari Hall from News12 in Connecticut --my San Jose spy confirmed she's already in the South Bay at the KNTV building getting acquainted.
*I don't know much about Hall but she comes to the Bay Area with a salary considerably less than what Loren was making; money was NOT the biggest factor in hiring Hall, but just enough .
*Hall is African-American; she's also known as someone who "won't rock the boat." Loren wasn't an it-disturber by any means but she was also fiercely independent --read that as you will.
*A source told me management might have been less than thrilled that Loren may have been looking at "other opportunities" down the road--just in case she was dealt cards handed down by NY and San Jose. (She was).
*Fact: KNTV had a stagnant ratings report during the recent sweeps that just ended. So did KTVU, who recently hired a young up-and-comer anchor to broadcast their new 4 PM News. No, it's not a coincidence that Keba Arnold is an African-American woman, just like Hall. Put two and two together.
*With her proven track record and viewer (male) popularity, Loren will land on her feet somewhere soon and most likely in a big market, maybe even the Bay Area too. Stay tuned.
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