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Steve Poitras Returns to KTVU

KTVU LOGO_304x200KTVU has announced that Steve Poitras is coming back to the San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate to lead the marketing department.

Poitras left KTVU in 2003 after 15 years at the Oakland based station to be the director of marketing at KPIX, the CBS owned station across the bay. He was promoted to station manager at KPIX before moving to KTLA in 2008. Four years later he joined KFMB in San Diego as director of creative services.

Some might see this as KTVU trying to get its old mojo back after the Asiana Airlines goof-up in July.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with such a talented marketing professional again,” KTVU VP and GM Tom Raponi said in a statement. “Steve made many significant contributions to KTVU and TV36 during the time we worked together from 1996 through 2003. Steve has a passion for our stations and a special talent for creating remarkable connections with our viewers and community.”

Poitras created and produced the much talked about “Classical Gas” tribute to KTVU’s 40th anniversary in 1998. The spot won an Emmy and a Promax Gold for the station. Watch it after the jump. Read more

KTVU Airs Show About Korean Americans as Part of Apology for Asiana Airlines Gaffe

Kwon_KTVUKTVU, the San Francisco Bay Area market FOX affiliate, aired a special highlighting prominent Korean Americans last Saturday in an attempt to reach out to the community after its much publicized reporting of “joke” Asian sounding names in the Asiana Airlines crash last July.

The show titled “Success Makers” featured Yul Kwon as host. Kwon, a past winner of “Survivor,” interviewed guests like Daniel Dae Kim from “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-O” as well as Gideon Yu the president of the 49ers.

“I’m glad they did the show, but let’s face it – it was in response to the backlash they got from Asiana,” Ravi Kapur, a local vice president of the Asian American Journalists Association, told SFGate.

KTVU general manager Tom Raponi told TVSpy, “…the special did grow out of our efforts to reach out to the Korean community following our correction and apology. Like all television stations, we air a variety of community programming, and we were happy to air this special when Korean community leaders raised the idea.” Read more

Former KOMO Anchor Peggy Bunker Joins KNTV

peggy bunkerPeggy Bunker is joining KNTV, the NBC owned station in San Francisco. In her new role, Bunker will anchor the 11 a.m. newscast, as well as serving as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for the station’s morning newscast.

Bunker most recently worked at Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO, where she was the morning and midday anchor. She is a former anchor of “World News Now” and “America This Morning” for ABC News.

“We’re happy to have a journalist of Peggy’s caliber joining our newsroom. She brings with her a wealth of experience at both the local and national news levels,” KNTV vice president of news Jonathan Mitchell said in a statement.

More from NBC after the jump. Read more

KRON Reporter Doesn’t Report Crime, He Reports on ‘People Behaving Badly’

roberts_pbb_croppedStanley Roberts said he doesn’t report on crime. He told SF Weekly, “I do the quality-of-life issues that affect us all.”

SF Weekly recently did a profile on Roberts whose franchise on the San Francisco Bay Area’s independent station KRON is called “People Behaving Badly.”

Roberts travels the Bay Area looking for people doing things, well, badly. Do you ride your bike through stop signs? Did you forget to publicly post your restaurant’s most current health department report? If the answer is yes, chances are you’ll run into Roberts at some point.

A couple of years ago when Roberts recorded a man who was getting a ticket from the CHP for driving illegally in a carpool lane, he became the subject of a viral video. (watch the video after the jump)

He refers to the misbehavior he’s been seeking out for nearly eight years as “minutiae … there are always more important things.” But this, for his own reasons, is what he’s compelled to film. And, God help us, it’s what we’re compelled to watch. Footage of city workers dozing on the job or men hurling buckets of human filth onto one another on Seventh and Market are wildly popular, even in far-off lands where, perhaps, this may qualify as normal behavior.

Roberts’ inbox is constantly full. KRON established a hotline just for his segment. When he’s on BART, fellow riders monopolize his commute with People Behaving Badly pitches; his minor adventures have earned him celebrity status. In a moment of unintended irony, Roberts was asked, “So, is someone behaving badly here?” by a tone-deaf guest at a funeral both were attending. Read more

Reporter Betty Yu Joins KPIX-KBCW

betty yu (2)Betty Yu begins today as a general assignment reporter at KPIX-KBCW, the CBS duopoly in San Francisco.

Yu comes from WTVJ, the NBC owned station in Miami. She has been a reporter there since 2011. Prior to that, she was an anchor and reporter for News 12 the Bronx and Brooklyn for four years, covering crime, politics, sports and weather.

Yu, a Bay Area native, is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley.

One Shot, Two Arrested in Attempted Robbery of San Francisco News Crew

Two men have been arrested after an attempted robbery of a KRON news crew Friday night led to one of the men being shot by a station security guard.

Police say Jeff Bush, a reporter for the San Francisco independent station, and a security guard hired by the station were approached by the two suspects in San Francisco’s Bayview distict. The men demanded Bush’s computer and camera gear. After Bush surrendered the equipment and took cover, the unidentified security guard fired on the suspects, hitting one in the leg.

According to the station, one of the suspects drove himself to San Francisco General Hospital and was treated for a gunshot wound.

The San Jose Mercury News is reporting the two 19-year-old suspects are from San Francisco. Armani McFarland has been arrested on suspicion of robbery, conspiracy and possession of a firearm while John Woods was arrested on suspicion of robbery and conspiracy.

Bush and the security guard were not injured.

This is the first robbery involving a news crew in San Francisco. There have been multiple incidents across the bay. In August a KGO crew was robbed at gunpoint in West Oakland.

Amber Eikel Joins KTVU as Managing Editor

Amber Eikel has been named managing editor at KTVU, the Fox affiliate in San Francisco. Her first day will be September 30.

Eikel comes from KTVU sister station KIRO, Cox’s CBS affiliate in Seattle, where she has been an executive producer for the past two years. She has also worked as an EP at KTNV in Las Vegas and as a senior writer and producer at WTMJ in Milwaukee.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Amber’s caliber in the Cox Media Group family. Her great work at KIRO and previous experience covering big stories will make her a great leader here at KTVU,” news director Lee Rosenthal said in a statement.

Her hire comes on the heels of staff upheaval at KTVU related to the station reporting fake names of the Asiana Airlines flight 214 pilots.

More from KTVU after the jump. Read more

WATCH: ‘Look! I’m on Television!’ Steve Jobs Preps for First TV Appearance

Though the actual interview may be lost, hidden deep within KGO, or lying in a vault at San Francisco State University’s TV Archives, footage from 1978 has surfaced online of now-deceased tech guru Steve Jobs prepping for what’s being billed as his first TV appearance.

The footage shows Jobs, one-half of the team that founded Apple Computer, getting wired up at the San Francisco Bay Area ABC owned station. “God, look at that!” said the then 23-year-old Jobs seeing himself on a monitor off set. “Look!  I’m on television!”

Pretty wonky stuff to hear the guy who set the bar for consumer tech so excited about vacuum tube technology. But the uber-hip Jobs was still more than 20 years away. Read more

Layoffs at ABC Stations Eliminate Last Political Reporters in San Francisco Bay Area

Political reporting in Northern California recently took a hit after ABC closed its Sacramento bureau and laid off bureau chief Nannette Miranda along with KGO political reporter Mark Matthews.

Miranda provided the ABC owned stations in Los Angeles (KABC), Fresno (KFSN) and San Francisco Bay Area (KGO) political and regional coverage from the state’s Capitol while Matthews was the lone political reporter left in the San Francisco Bay Area market.

Randy Shandobil, former political reporter for FOX affiliate KTVU, wrote in SFGate.com yesterday that after veteran political reporter Hank Plante retired from CBS owned KPIX in 2010 and Kevin Riggs left Sacramento NBC affiliate KCRA, the craft of reporting about politics in Northern California has gone the way of the dinosaur. Shandobil said when he told Plante about the latest layoffs, Plante said, “think of all the stories not being told.” Read more

Source in KTVU Gaffe Reportedly an Ex-Pilot

KTVU‘s source of the fake names for the pilots of Asiana Airlines flight 214 was an ex-pilot familiar to the San Francisco Fox affiliate, Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman reports.

The source of the names, which were read by anchor Tori Campbell on a newscast last month, has been the cause of much speculation. The source, who had reportedly “worked with KTVU in the past and was considered to be trustworthy,” sent the names to the station electronically, via email or text, according to Lieberman.

Three producers were fired in the aftermath of the incident. Lieberman also reports that one other person who approved the names, the station’s managing editor, remains at KTVU.

TVSpy’s requests for comment to KTVU and to Roland DeWolk, one of the producers fired over the incident, were not returned.

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