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San Francisco Stations Break in Early Sunday After Earthquake

sf bay equake stationsResidents in the San Francisco Bay Area are cleaning up and assessing the damage today after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit the region just south of Napa at 3:20 a.m. Sunday. It was the largest shaker since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989.

The local stations broke in early, starting continuing coverage by getting viewers up to date on what happened. Most of the stations started with quick phoners with local residents and reporters living nearest the epicenter. Later in the morning, live shots and video started coming in showing the mess caused by the quake.

First with anchors on the air was ABC owned KGO which started running a crawl at 4:00 a.m. over infomercials, until Matt Keller broke in at 4:22 a.m. He was later joined by Kristen Sze and Cheryl Jennnings.

NBC owned station KNTV came on next at 4:33 a.m. Sam Brock tossed to a phoner with meteorologist Jeff Ranieri talking about the quake and expected damage.

CBS owned KPIX was first with a crawl, starting it about 15 minutes after the quake reportedly hit. At 4:40 a.m., anchor Anne Makovec could be seen on air, but not heard. The station came back a few minutes later with the problem fixed. At 5:00 a.m. the station took the network’s coverage anchored by Don Dahler, but broke back in with local coverage a little more than a minute later. Makovec was later joined on set by meteorologist Paul Deanno.

Newly owned FOX station KTVU, had an early start to its Mornings on 2 show. The station broke in at 5:00 a.m. with Claudine Wong and Mike Mibach in the studio. They were joined by meteorologist Mark Tamayo.

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KGO Names Ama Daetz Evening Anchor

amadaetz_160x200Ama Daetz has been named co-anchor of the 4:00, 6:00, 9:00 and 11:00 pm. newscasts for San Francisco ABC owned station KGO.

“Ama made it a homecoming to the Bay Area when she joined ABC7 News in October 2011 as weekend evening anchor and night-side reporter,” KGO news director Tracey Watkowski said in an email to staffers obtained by TVSpy. “She has done a terrific job as an anchor and reporter covering some big national news stories.”

Daetz replaces Carolyn Johnson, who left the station in April for KNBC in Los Angeles.

Media General Names New KRON GM

kronMedia General has named Ashley Gold Messina VP and GM of San Francisco MyNetworkTV station KRON.

Messina is currently the VP and GM of WDCW in Washington, D.C. She starts at KRON September 10, replacing Brian Greif who stepped down in January.

“Ashley is a strong leader and great competitor,” Deborah A. McDermott, SVP of Broadcast Markets for Media General said in a statement. “She is the right person to take the leadership role at KRON.”

Messina started at WDCW 2001 as a local account executive. She was named GM in 2010.

Viewers Angry with KGO for Promoting ‘Live Aerials’ of Robin Williams Home

Last night, San Francisco owned ABC station KGO tweeted out that it had ‘Live Aerials” of Robin Williams’ home after the actor was found dead from apparent suicide.

The viewer reaction was swift and negative.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Williams’ publicist said his family “asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

ABC News apologized today for posting a live video stream of Williams’ house on ABCNews.com. An ABC spokesperson told TVSpy they believe it was the same KGO helicopter shot.

“When we realized there was no news value to the live stream, we took it down immediately,” read ABC News’ apology. “Our intention was not to be insensitive to his family, friends and fans, and for that we apologize.”

We also asked KGO news director Tracey Watkowski for comment. We will update when we hear back.

Telemundo Bay Area Adds Sportcaster

TM_Master_ID_RGB_AWTelemundo 48 Area de la Bahia has added Gabriel Sotelo as sports anchor for its evening news and Telemundo Deportivo Edicion Gigantes, the San Francisco Giants highlight show.

“I am very excited and honored to join Telemundo 48’s team to help deliver sports news to the Bay Area’s Hispanic community,” Sotelo said in a statement.

Sotelo will join anchors Blanca Garza, César Bayona and weather anchor Gabriella Dellán on the San Francisco Bay Area Telemundo owned station’s 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news beginning Monday, August 18.

Sotelo last worked as morning anchor for Despierta San Diego at Univision’s KBNT in San Diego. He has also worked as a reporter for En Contacto Con Los Chargers, the San Diego Chargers highlight show on KBNT.

KGO Announces Partnership with Univision Station

kgo_univision_NEWSan Francisco Bay Area ABC owned station KGO has announced an agreement with Univision owned station KDTV to collaborate on stories they say would be of interest to both their audiences.

The stations will share news content and also cross promote newscasts. The agreement is part of a larger expansion of the relationship between ABC and Univision. The press release said the collaboration is the first of its kind in the SF Bay Area market.

“Our alliance with ABC7 in the Bay Area is a local progression of our relationship with ABC,” Raul Rodriguez, VP and GM of Univision’s San Francisco Radio/Television said in a statement. “The addition of the Bay Area to the roster of existing relationships reaffirms our commitment to informing, educating, and empowering the Hispanic community in the region.”

“We are very happy to work on all our platforms with KDTV and Univision, the premiere Spanish-language television brand on stories and information impacting our distinct set of consumers,” said William Burton, president and GM of KGO.

KPIX Crew Hit by Thieves a Second Time

KPIX crimeThe KPIX crew that was beaten and robbed while the two were still on-air in 2012 was hit once again by thieves in Oakland, reports SFGate.

Anne Makovec, a reporter for the San Francisco Bay Area CBS owned station, and photographer Gregg Welk were conducting interviews on a street in the Fruitvale District of Oakland around 11:00 a.m. this morning, with a security guard in tow, when their news van was broken into.

Reports say the thieves got away with a laptop, and “personal belongings.”

TVSpy has asked KPIX about it. We’ll update when we hear back. You can watch video of 2012′s camera heist after the jump. Read more

Pioneering TV Reporter Belva Davis: ‘There’s still a lot of good journalism out there.’

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Belva Davis made her TV debut in 1963, when she covered a black beauty pageant. She later made history as the first female African-American television reporter on the West Coast when she was hired in 1966 by KPIX in San Francisco. She stayed at the station for 30 years and later became an anchorwoman in 1970.

Davis hosted “This Week in Northern California” for more than 19 years and has been honored with seven Emmys. It’s safe to say that Davis is a bona fide pioneer and has paved the way for the multiculturalism we see in the media today. Here, she shares her keys to success for journalists, particularly women of color, today:

I used to always answer, ‘Work as hard as I did,’ but I realize you have to work harder. Black women have made progress since I started [in journalism], but you can’t go into it wanting to be a movie star. You can get by and make a living. But if you only prepare yourself to do the minute and 30 seconds they give you to do a story and didn’t get the background so that it could be the best that could possibly happen, it would be difficult to contribute to journalistic knowledge. I see in so many young women an obligation to broaden the storyline. That means there’s still a lot of good journalism out there.

For more from Davis, including what it was like to make her on air-debut, read: So What Do You Do, Belva Davis, Pioneering Broadcast Journalist, TV Host and Author?

KPIX to Launch Revamped 10:00 p.m. Newscast on CW Affiliate

delacruz kpixSan Francisco Bay Area CBS owned station KPIX-KBCW is launching a revamped newscast on CW affiliate KBCW starting Monday at 10:00 p.m.

The show, which replaces the regular KBCW 10:00 p.m. news Monday through Friday, will be called Bay Area Night Beat.

Veronica De La Cruz will host the show which mixes traditional local news with what’s trending on the internet and on social media and is targeted towards a younger audience.

“We are very excited about this newscast that augments our deeply held traditional news values with a social media lens and contemporary story-telling techniques” said Dan Rosenheim, VP of News and news director for KPIX-KBCW.

A station spokesperson promised no big set changes, no gratuitous live remotes and no co-anchors, just the news with science and environmental stories added to weather and a segment called “Jump on Tomorrow” giving news about what’s happening the next day.

‘No One in the Newsroom is Happy’ as Boston Station Prepares for New Owners

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The deal’s not done, but nerves are on edge at Fox 25 in Boston. “No one in the newsroom is 
happy,” the Boston Herald quotes an unnamed source inside the station. “No one here knows what’s happening.”

Fox is set to swap WFXT to Cox Media Group in exchange for Cox’s San Francisco station–and current Fox affiliate–KTVU. The companies will keep their general managers, sending KTVU’s Tom Raponi to Boston, while WFXT’s Gregg Kelley heads to San Francisco. The Herald reports staffers in Boston fear they may also inherit KTVU’s news director:

Raponi’s current news director in San Francisco is Lee Rosenthal, and a Left Coast blog reported that he has put his Bay-area house on the market — possibly signaling a move east. But Raponi told us yesterday that it’s too early to speculate about personnel moves.

“We have not even closed on the deal,” Raponi said. “It would be premature to make any personnel decisions, but as soon as we have something, we will announce it.” Read more

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