Tuesday, June 16, 2015
More Upheaval At KTVU; Fowler Leaving Only The Beginning; His Producer, OUT; 30-Year Special Projects Producer, Leslie Donaldson, Also OUT; FOX Bloodbath at Jack London Square; 415 Media Exclusive
KTVU has seen a staff shake-up/personnel reduction big enough to shock staff amid impending more maneuvering that won't be kind to morale.
Again, NEWS you will only read, first, at 415 Media.
I told you Monday that John Fowler, the veteran Health/Science reporter is gone. Fowler left on his own terms but knew he was about to get his walking papers any day now.
We can also report, according to my Fox/KTVU source, that Fowler's producer, Sharon Navratil, (who just so happens to be Tom Vacar's wife) was canned along with longtime Special Projects producer, Leslie Donaldson, who'd been at KTVU almost 30 years.
Said an Insider to me: "If I were Tom Vacar, I'd be worried." Indeed, Vacar is 66. And the fact he's an attorney (although he doesn't practice law) is no worry to FOX. They too have lawyers.
*According to my source, the whole graphic arts staff was cut. I don't know the total but it was significant and it involves key staffers to the early and late, "10 O'clock News" staff. Some of these people were canned months ago and moved with the COX (former KTVU owner) people to Boston.
*Fox model is, and will always be, "Low Overhead to Max out Profits." It should also be pointed out Channel 2's dismal performance during the May Sweeps, especially at 5 and 6, was the major impetus for the latest round of personnel shake-up and layoffs.
Fox affiliate and O and O (Owner and Operated) management was none-too-pleased about their new Bay Area station's performance and that more cuts are coming.
As my source says about KTVU's photographers? "They're really getting screwed!"
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