|Jaxon Van Derbeken|
*Jaxon Van Derbeken had a juicy, informative, special report alleging SF strip clubs ripping off patrons --to the tune of several thousands of dollars...it was the kind of nifty, spot-on reporting that should highlight KNTV (NBC Bay Area) "We Investigate" promos; indeed it got a lot of play from outside Bay Area media including a hit on Drudge Report. Yet the dweebs in San Jose didn't even mention it in their daily rundowns much to the chagrin of its key coordinators --until the last minute when the station put it on the website. Too late guys. If you're going to tout your reporters repertoire --and this was prime picking--then make sure you get the good stuff.
*Katie Marzullo looks much better behind the anchor desk than she does out in the field for KGO-TV (ABC7) which is surprising given Marzullo's lack of presence when on air. Of course the politically correct thing would be to say that Marzullo is just fine and dandy but I'm telling you the truth.
This whole subject has always been perplexing.
*Which just goes to further explain that the TV News business, especially on the local level, has changed quite dramatically. In the old days, reporters out on the street had years and years of experience and got to know their beat and develop a bond; credibility really, with both themselves and viewers.
Nowadays, reporters, for the most part, are only slightly better than rank amateurs and just merely get by with the basics. They often don't even know their geographical territory and couldn't ad-lib their way out of a paper bag. It's actually quite gruesome and embarrassing but so goes the state of the business which is more depressing each and every day.
|Veronica De La Cruz|
KRON could have hired a local treasure like Tom Sinkovitz at a quarter of the salary they gave to Aveson but that would required actual thought and creativity--something foreign at the local albatross station.
*There will be a lot of coverage of today's latest rain storm wreaking havoc in the Bay Area, particularly in Marin, Napa and the South Bay and Santa Cruz. As there should be. But wouldn't it be great if a station were to go beyond the usual endless live shots of Hwy 17 mud slides and Marin flooding updates? These are important stories, don't get me wrong, but as they become so repetitious and standard faire they lose focus. Viewers become bored unless in the immediate vicinity. Why not an anchor doing a two-shot with a local meteorologist as to what is happening? I'd much rather listen to a Paul Deanno or Bill Martin rather than the obligatory live shot from the Napa River but that's just me.
*The best TV anchors always prefer going outside and reporting in the field. It's the meat-and-potatoes of actual TV News journalism --the pros will tell you that, especially the great ones like a Sinkovitz or the late Pete Wilson.
|Mark Ibanez and Alyana Gomez|