KCBS has been swimming in good news recently, with a new ND, Jack Swanson, and a top-radio constant, but one of its most tenured, veteran news anchor outside of Stan Bunger, is ROYALLY pissed off. At almost everyone and everything --this according to my KCBS Insider.
Longtime newswoman, Rebecca Corral, has been major-gripping. I mean, big time. She's apparently angry at just about everyone at the station, including management, and specifically, Swanson, whom she fears is about to turn KCBS into an old KGO news style, but Corral seems to be a lone wolf. Then again, her influence at the CBS outlet is that of 27 years and many people fear her. If the name, Corral, sounds familiar, it should be. Rebecca Corral is the younger sister of Al Corral, a veteran Bay Area newsman and exec, and ex-husband of former KTVU anchor, Elaine Corral.
Seems Rebecca Corral is mightily worried about the direction and future of KCBS, although, as we said, she's apparently in the minority, but her constant bitching seems to have made for internal discomfort at 855 Battery. Said the Insider:
"Corral is the major troublemaker... Not. Colross, (Melissa)--who is sweet. Corral bitches and moans about management constantly. Evil bitch. She HATES JACK. thinks he is a fraud. Hated Ed (former ND, Ed Cavagnaro who retired in April)--too."
Corral is not some cub reporter picked up off the street. She's a major player at one of the Bay Area's most powerful radio stations therefore her bitterness should not be dismissed as some sort of trivial nuisance.
Swanson is respected throughout the industry and at KCBS even though there's a well-known feeling that he's about to inject some old-time KGO nuances into the CBS station. As I indicated in a previous column, the changes are fairly subtle but according to those in the know, will become more pronounced as the days grow.
That said, Corral's act has been met with the usual twerping--good and bad. Most staffers respect her but a good portion thinks she's also a royal pain in the ass.
"I hate to use this word, but she's a complete bitch. A trouble-maker, " offered one prominent news hound, who asked to remain anonymous.
So far, Corral's state of discontent seems to be contained but many station staffers think a showdown between Corral and Management (read: Swanson) is inevitable.
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