TED ROWLANDS is leaving KTVU for "personal reasons" --his last day was Friday. The move shocked many of his colleagues in the newsroom --not so much for his own leaving but what it bodes for the future at the Fox Bay Area O and O.
415 Media has learned that Rowlands is heading back to the Midwest to work for an athletic shoe company and not a TV News operation.
Fox is making waves at its Oakland division for the implementation of staff cutbacks--particularly those individuals that are high-salaried anchors, reporters and producers. High on the list are some big money reporters and anchors who have contracts coming up and might be non-renewed or simply have their salaries cut.
That distinction may have hastened Rowlands move to leave as he was only back a brief time at KTVU and whose return to Jack London Square was heralded as an uplifting decision for the staff and Rowlands himself who was leaving CNN to come back home.
The feeling amongst some senior staff is Rowland's move will trigger more people leaving and/or a series of big-money staffers being directly axed out at KTVU in the coming months.