If you like a fast-paced, no-nonsense, crisp, hour-long newscast with minimal chit-chat and straight-forward pacing, then you must watch KGO's 9 PM news program on KOFY (TV20) --for my money, the BEST newscast on Bay Area TV.
Ironically, this best news offering is on KOFY's air, which has a news share agreement with ABC (KGO).
In either case, the 9 PM cast is a winner.
Anchors Dan Ashley and Ama Daetz (sometimes they go solo) keep the program running with quick stories and rundowns --its frenetic pace gives the newscast a nice flowing show that doesn't have any useless giggles nor false banter if any banter at all and that's the main thing that gives it its quality and signature look.
That's not to say there's robots anchoring the news at 9 o'clock, far from it in fact, it's just Ashley and Daetz reading the news and keeping it straight --a good portion of the content too comes from a staple of ABC News correspondents--so if you like a variety of both local and national stories, you get quite a bit of that at 9.
So many newscasts these days sound and look so much alike --there's really nothing there. Furthermore a lot of these news programs are chock full of wasted time with useless stories, anchor banality and phony interaction with reporters doing live shots. The faux look of concern. The patently ridiculous back and forth between weatherman and anchor. The usually silly remark at the end with sports guy.
This sort of clumsy performance gives viewers a legitimate reason to mostly hate local TV News not just here but in other markets too. Gone are the days of the old-style "10 o'clock News" on KTVU which at one time was considered the gold standard of TV newscasts.
KGO's 9 PM news broadcast is lean and mean and gets right to the point and I like it like that.
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