I WANT TO ECHO A READER'S SENTIMENT: What a joy it was to watch KTVU's "Mornings on Two" this Friday --what a delight to see and hear two bright, intelligent, news people read the teleprompter and provide the morning Bay Area viewership a quality newscast bereft of trivial, inane chit-chat more suitable for kindergarten class.
Brian Flores and Pam Cook are not spectacular but they possess what most of us want: sincerity, authenticity, and respect for the viewer.
That shouldn't have to be a commodity.
They also don't mug the camera incessantly like someone else on the payroll does.
They don't need to be gimmicky because they act like sincere adult news anchors; any sort of off-prompter conversation comes across as real, you know; like real people reading the news devoid of any dumb and stupid histrionics --congratulations, KTVU (Fox2), you got it right this Friday morning because intelligence and straight-forwardness superseded silliness and cheap bravado.
Cook has always been one of Channel 2's solid presenters. She's professional and succinct and delivers an almost compact and concise newscast no matter what story. Ditto Flores, who isn't the most exciting anchor on the staff but has just enough oomph to make it work. I wasn't initially warmed up to this guy but he's quickly earned my confidence.
KTVU once possessed the greatest of legacies; a hallmark local TV News operation with great reporters and writers; solid news anchors that didn't have to chit-chat for the sake of chit-chat; a news organization that was the envy of the industry not just locally but nationally and beyond. But things are different now. Their template has been obliterated by a Fox-infused, infusion, of, well, Fox.
Friday's "MO2" was a most welcome respite from kindergarten class.
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