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San Francisco Reporter Buys $600 Worth of Pot. For a Story.

KPIX reporter Mike Sugerman said he recently had bacteria in his aorta. In addition to the array of drugs he was prescribed, Sugerman was given medical marijuana.

His experience with the varying degrees of the quality of that pot prompted the reporter for the CBS owned San Francisco station to do a sweeps story on the regulation of the medical marijuana industry in California. He went to 12 different pot dispensaries in San Francisco and Oakland to test their wares.

Of course, to expense the $600 in pot he bought, he had to get those pesky expense reports signed by his bosses at the San Francisco CBS owned station.

“They [the bosses] actually were cool with it,” Sugerman said on the station website. “It turned out to be a great story and I think one that will really resonate in the community. We’re flying blind here. And it’s medicine.”

The big question several of Sugerman’s colleagues asked was what happened to the $600 in marijuana after the testing. Sugerman confirms, “The laboratory kept everything.”

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KRON Ready to Move in With KGO Next Week

San Francisco MyNetworkTV station KRON is showing off its new office space on the station website.

As we reported earlier, Media General owned KRON is moving in with ABC owned KGO. KRON said it plans to make the move into the third floor of 900 Front street the weekend of November 14 and 15th. KGO occupies the first and second floors.

Despite rumors that this move is the start of some ownership/shared services move by the two station groups, an internal memo obtained by TVSpy shows the realities presented by such a move: parking, security and signage. In other words, KGO and KRON employees are more worried about where they’ll park and if staffers from the rival stations will be nosing around while they’re working.

The answer? Some KGO employees will have to make room for the new tenants by giving up their parking. Those given spaces when the former third floor tenants moved out will most likely be first to go. The memo also said KRON and KGO will stay separate through new security key cards and/badge readers and KRON will get a new sign on the Front Street side of the building. Note to KRON, most of the foot and car traffic is on the other side of the building facing The Embarcadero, which is the main artery between AT&T Park and the tourist mecca of Fisherman’s Wharf.

See the entire memo after the jump. Read more

Cox ‘Welcomes New TV Stations in Boston, Memphis’

cox_media_group_304Cox Media Group sent out a press release today welcoming the employees of its two newest stations and updating them on management changes.

Cox acquired WHBQ in Memphis and WFXT in Boston from FOX in exchange for KTVU in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In what is essentially a GM swap, KTVU GM Tom Raponi will follow the station group to Boston, becoming the new GM of WFXT. FOX announced yesterday WFXT GM Gregg Kelley will follow FOX to KTVU and replace Raponi. John Koski will stay on as GM of WHBQ.

“Countless hours of hard work have taken place over the last few months to prepare for today, and I want to thank everyone at Cox Media Group, in Boston and in Memphis who made today a reality,” Jane Williams, CMG’s EVP of Television said in a statement. “We look forward to supporting these new stations as they continue playing key roles in their communities; providing vital news, information and entertainment to their audiences; and offering targeted sales solutions to their clients.”

FOX Deal for KTVU to Close this Week, New GM and News Director Announced

KTVU LOGO_304x200TVSpy has learned the deal for the San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate KTVU is expected to close this week.

FOX Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy has revealed the new management for KTVU as part of the ownership change from Cox to FOX.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, Abernethy told staffers WFXT GM Gregg Kelley will be named VP and GM of KTVU-KICU while, as FTVLive first reported, Dana Hahn from FOX’s Washington, D.C. station WTTG will be named VP and news director. Abernethy also announced Mellynda Hartel will be named VP and GSM of the soon-to-be FOX owned station.

KGO Adds South Bay Bureau Reporter

nguyen kgoChris Nguyen is joining KGO as its South Bay Bureau reporter.

Nguyen will also co-anchor the San Francisco Bay Area ABC owned station’s Saturday morning news alongside Katie Marzullo.

Nguyen comes to KGO from KXTV in Sacramento. He started his career at KOMO in Seattle before moving to KCPQ. He has also worked as an anchor at KREM in Spokane and WAND in Decatur, Illinois.

KTVU News Director Following Cox to WFXT

wfxt logoLee Rosenthal, news director for current Cox Media owned FOX affiliate KTVU, has confirmed he’s following the station group to WFXT in Boston.

Both WFXT and WHBQ in Memphis will become Cox stations, while KTVU will become a FOX owned station, when a swap between the station groups in June becomes official.

Rosenthal told TVSpy he’s not sure when he’s leaving the San Francisco Bay Area station for Boston. Chances are it will happen sometime after the deal goes through.

He came to the Cox owned FOX affiliate in April 2013 from WXIN in Indianapolis.

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Exotic ‘Super Cat’ Appears in San Francisco Anchor’s Yard

Super CatThere may not be “news in the newsroom”, but sometimes it does wander into your backyard. Ken Bastida, anchor at San Francisco CBS station KPIX, discovered an “exotic hybrid cat” roaming in his yard. “I live near Mt. Diablo and see mountain lions and bobcats all the time… this is different.”

Bastida told the station’s website the cat appeared to be a trendy hybrid:

Bastida confirmed with experts that the cat is likely a very large “super cat” derived from breeding a domestic house cat with an up to 40-pound African serval to create a designer breed known as a “Savannah.”
The anchor took to social media and Craigslist to try to find the rightful owner of the full-grown female, adding that it appears she may have recently given birth.

He’s seen the animal for the past few weeks, being elusive, but not elusive enough to evade his camera. She is not wearing a collar, and is very large compared to a house cat.

KGO Staffers Updated on Upcoming KRON Cohabitation

kron kgoSan Francisco Media General station KRON is moving in with ABC owned station KGO in the next couple of months.

A memo obtained by TVSpy sent out to KGO staffers to prepare them for the new roommate confirmed our our initial speculation that while outsiders fret over a planned merger or takeover, insiders are fretting about where they’re going to park. It was the first thing addressed in the memo.

If you currently have a parking location that becomes a KRON parking spot you will be relocated to another parking position. For some of you who were temporarily able to begin parking in the garage – when you were not able to prior to the vacancy on the 3rd floor – your temporary parking spot may no longer be available when our new tenant moves in.

KGO occupies the bottom two floors. KRON gets the top floor where a law office used to be. The memo said the two stations will stay separate through a new set of key cards and badge readers.

In addition to these new electronic measures to keep our stations’ operations independent, you are asked to respect the fact that the third floor is not our ABC7 workspace.  We should not be on the third floor unless invited/escorted by a KRON employee.   KRON is issuing a similar policy for their employees in respect to our KGO work areas. KRON’s staff will not have access to the 2nd floor and most of the 1st floor.  KRON’s control room will be on the 3rd floor and some KRON employees will use some first floor hallways to access their studio.

KRON will also get a sign on the building, facing Front Street.

Reporter Sandra Bermúdez Joins San Francisco’s KSTS

9beb91bea2e560c6_orgSandra Bermúdez has joined Telemundo-owned KSTS in San Francisco as a reporter, the network announced Wednesday. “Sandra’s excellent journalism skills will help us deliver the latest information and breaking news to our Bay Area viewers,” said Freddy Oldenburg, Vice President of News at Telemundo 48. “We are very excited to have Sandra join our team.”

Bermúdez previously worked as the morning anchor Univision’s KUVN in Dallas. She also worked as a morning anchor. Previously, Bermudez worked at Univision San Diego where she was the anchor for both the morning and evening newscasts. She has also worked at Televisa in Mexicali, Mexico as an anchor.

One SF Bay Area Reporter Beaten, Another Robbed in Two Separate Incidents

Oakland_Bay_Bridge_Western_PartSFGate reports, KRON reporter Jackie Sissel was robbed this morning while sitting in his news van working on a story.

Two men with bandannas hiding their faces got out of a car, opened the van doors and put a gun to Sissel’s head while ordering him to get in the back, police said.

The assailants stole a laptop computer, a wallet and a camera tripod before fleeing in their car. No arrests have been made.

Sunday, SF media blogger Rich Lieberman first reported, KTVU reporter Cara Liu was beaten up by a female assailant in Oakland.

KTVU news director Lee Rosenthal told TVSpy Liu is OK. “She was conducting an interview with someone when another person, not a part of the interview, suddenly leaped in and struck Cara several times in the head,” he added. Rosenthal said police have identified the suspect.

TVSpy has asked Media General for comment about the KRON robbery. We will update when we hear back.