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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.

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.

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?

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