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Ken Wayne to Stay with KTVU

ken wayne_304Ken Wayne, longtime weekend anchor at KTVU, will remain at the San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate.

“I’m very happy to be here in the Bay Area where I’ve been working and living for a long time.” Wayne told Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman who first reported the news. “I’m happy. My wife’s happy too.”

Lieberman reports the contract keeps Wayne at KTVU through 2017.

Wayne has worked KTVU since 1992. He first worked in the Bay Area at then ABC affiliate KNTV.

KTVU Adds Reporter from Las Vegas

azenith smithAzenith Smith is joining San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate KTVU as a reporter.

KTVU news director Lee Rosenthal told TVSpy Smith’s first day will be 4/23.

Smith comes from Las Vegas FOX affiliate KVVU where she was a reporter. She has also worked at KION in the Monterey-Salinas market.

KPIX Names Veronica De La Cruz Evening Anchor

delacruz kpixSan Francisco Bay Area CBS owned station KPIX has announced Veronica De La Cruz as co-anchor for its 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscast.

“Veronica is the best kind of broadcast news anchor – a passionate journalist dedicated to reporting the news with insight, accuracy and balance. We’re thrilled that she’s joining the team at KPIX 5” KPIX VP and news director Dan Rosenheim said in a statement.

De La Cruz, who will anchor alongside Ken Bastida, comes to KPIX from MSNBC where she was a host of First Look and NBC’s Early Today Show. She starts Monday, May 5.

Leigh Glaser Leaving KGO After 23 Years

glaser_kgo facebook smallTVSpy has learned Leigh Glaser, veteran meteorologist for KGO, is leaving the ABC owned San Francisco station.

Glaser has been the weekend meteorologist for 10 of the 23 years she has been with KGO.

In an email obtained by TVSpy, KGO news director Tracey Watkowski told staffers, “[Leigh] told me she wants to be able to go to 49ers games, NASCAR races and attend all of her daughter’s activities.  Leigh wants to fully enjoy the family events that only happen on the weekends.”

Her last newscast will be this Sunday, April 6.

Melanie Woodrow Set to Join KTVU

Melanie Woodrow is leaving KCBS, the CBS-owned station in Los Angeles, for KTVU, the Fox affiliate in San Francisco. She announced the news on her Facebook page.

Woodrow has previously worked at WAVY, the NBC affiliate in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, and for the nationally-syndicated show “The Doctors.”

Thieves Steal Gear from KTVU News Van Over the Weekend

KTVU LOGO_304x200When KTVU reporter Katie Utehs and photojournalist Jacob Unger came back to the parking lot where they left their news van Sunday morning, they found the van was still there but some of their gear was missing.

According to SFGate, “When they returned to the van, they found that someone had smashed the locks on the passenger side and stolen a LiveU portable camera-backpack system used for live broadcasting, a laptop computer, a tripod and other gear.”

The pair had been covering an event in the Fruitvale District in Oakland.

This is the latest in a growing string of incidents involving news crews in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose market.

In response, several TV stations, including KPIX, KRON and KGO, have hired security guards to accompany reporters and camera operators in Oakland. Many of the guards are retired police officers.

KTVU does not automatically send security guards out with its crews, but employees who are concerned about their safety can request the escorts, several KTVU staffers said.

One employee who didn’t wish to be identified said “We are afraid,” in light of recent confrontations involving the media. “Our crews continue to be crime victims.” Read more

Two for One Blooper Deal: WPBF Anchor Drops ‘S’ Bomb and KTVU Reporter Drops a Snot

Since neither of the following bloopers merits a solo post, TVSpy thought we’d deliver them in a double shot of pure schadenfreude.

The first comes to us by way of Gossip Extra’s Jose Lambiet. It’s Felicia Rodriguez from the West Palm Beach ABC affiliate WPBF dropping an “Oh shit, yeah!” while tossing to a story about a big lizard.

The second comes from the San Francisco Bay Area market FOX affiliate KTVU where reporter Heather Holmes drops a snot and licks it up in one fell swoop. Watch it after the jump. Read more

KRON Moving into KGO Building

kronSan Francisco Bay Area MyNetworkTV station KRON has announced it will soon share a building with ABC owned station KGO.

Media General, which owns KRON, said it will sublease space from KGO for its operations. The station said it will remain independent with separate broadcasting facilities. No staffing changes are expected in the move.

“We see this move as an excellent opportunity to invest in KRON’s future and its ability to even better serve the San Francisco market with outstanding local news,” said  George Mahoney president and CEO of Media General. “The new space will provide a separate studio for our use that is a significant upgrade from our current studio, and we will configure other space to meet our specific needs. The new space will enable our employees to collaborate more effectively as well as enhance their ability to serve our viewers and advertisers.”

KGO has its studios and control rooms on the first floor. Its newsroom and offices are on the second floor. An ABC spokesperson told TVSpy KRON will occupy the third floor of the building.

Former San Francisco Anchor Running for Seat on Oakland City Council

dana-king_bio-headDana King, recently retired anchor for CBS owned station KPIX, has announced she’s running for a seat on the Oakland City Council.

“I don’t come from (the political) world, but there are many parallels to journalism,” King told the Oakland Tribune. “I’ve spent 25 years figuring out what is the truth in a story. I think that’s pretty good training of what’s required of a city council member.”

King quit KIPX to become a full-time artist last year. She moved to Oakland in 2012 and said she started thinking about running for office after hearing council member Patricia Kernighan wasn’t running for re-election.

“I suppose I might be looked at as a carpetbagger, but I chose to move here because I want to be part of this exciting, vibrant community,” she said.

King said she will finalize her platform after meeting with district residents. Key issues will include police staffing, quality of life concerns such as tagging, and affordable development. “We have to recognize the historical aspect of this community and make sure that the people who spend their lives here don’t get pushed out,” she said.

Four ABC Owned Stations Pick Up Rachael Ray Show

ray show_croppedStarting this Fall, CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray show will air on seven of eight ABC owned stations.

The show will make the switch from CBS owned stations in Los Angeles (KCAL) and San Francisco (KBCW) to ABC Owned stations KABC and KGO. In Chicago, the show will move from Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago (WGN) to ABC owned station WLS and in Houston it will switch from Titan Broadcasting’s KUBE to ABC owned station KTRK.

Rachael Ray currently airs on ABC owned stations WABC in New York, WPVI in Philadelphia and WTVD in Raleigh-Durham.

The show is expected to be a replacement for the short-lived Katie Couric talk show Katie.

[Broadcasting & Cable]

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