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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.

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Carolyn Johnson Joins KNBC in Los Angeles

carolyn johnsonCarolyn Johnson is joining KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles, in June. Johnson comes from KGO, the ABC-owned station in San Francisco, where she has worked since 2007.

“Carolyn is an excellent journalist whose passion for journalism is seen through her exceptional story-telling abilities,” KNBC vice president of news Todd Mokhtari said in a statement. “Carolyn grew up in Southern California and now she is returning home to join the most talented and respected journalists in the market at NBC4.”

In her new role, Johnson will co-anchor the noon newscast alongside Whit Johnson and the 6 p.m. newscast alongside Chuck Henry.

Carolyn Johnson Leaving KGO

kgo_bio_carolynjohnson_160x200KGO anchor Carolyn Johnson is leaving the San Francisco Bay Area ABC owned station.

In an email, KGO news director Tracey Watkowski told staff Johnson has, “accepted a new opportunity to be an anchor at a TV station outside of the San Francisco market.”

Johnson was a producer at KGO in the programming department before leaving for an on-air position at KSBY in San Luis Obispo. She returned to KGO in 1998.

There’s no word where Johnson is heading.

You can read the email after the jump. Read more

San Francisco Stations Report on Death of Steve Jobs

Shortly after 4:30 p.m.PT yesterday, Apple confirmed the death of its visionary co-founder, Steve Jobs. He was 56.

KGO was the first Bay Area station to report the news, at 4:37 p.m. Anchors Carolyn Johnson and Larry Beil were in the middle of their regularly scheduled 4 p.m. newscast. KNTV‘s Jessica Aguirre was next, at 4:38 p.m., followed by KTVU‘s Gasia Mikaelian at 4:40 p.m.

KPIX was the only San Francisco station to take the special report from their nationally affiliated network, airing the CBS special report anchored by Scott Pelley at 4:46 p.m.

KGO to add 4pm News after Oprah says goodbye

San Francisco ABC O&O KGO is the latest station to add a 4pm local newscast after Oprah Winfrey gives her final farewell to daytime TV next Wednesday.

On Thursday, ABC7 News at 4pm will launch with co-anchors Carolyn Johnson and Larry Beil.

“The launch of ABC7 News at 4pm furthers our goal of providing Bay Area viewers multiple, convenient options for getting the latest news and information,” says news director Kevin Keeshan. KGO joins WABC in New York, WSB in Atlanta and others, producing local news instead of another syndicated show in the Oprah timeslot.

In the days ahead of Oprah’s sign-off, several ABC O&Os will air a special, “Oprah Looks Back; 25 Years of the Oprah Winfrey Show.” It’s hosted by KGO’s Carolyn Johnson and includes an interview with Oprah done by WLS anchor Cheryl Burton.