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KGO News Director Kevin Keeshan Named Ombudsman for NBC O&Os

After 11 years as the news director at San Francisco ABC O&O KGO, Kevin Keeshan has left the station to become the ombudsman for the NBC O&Os.

In his new role, Keeshan will be responsible for “ensuring that the high standards for news gathering and reporting set by NBC News are applied consistently across all 10 NBC-owned stations,” according to an NBC statement on his hire.

The move reunites him with Valari Staab, who was the general manager of KGO before taking over as president of the NBC O&Os earlier this year.

Keeshan announced his departure to the KGO newsroom on Tuesday and left immediately thereafter, station sources say. KGO general manager William Burton has not responded to TVSpy’s request for comment; an ABC spokesperson declined to speak on the matter, saying the company does not discuss internal personnel issues with the press. Read more

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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.

KGO News Crew Robbed at Gunpoint

A KGO news crew was robbed by gunpoint last week while covering a story in East Oakland.

Cameraman Stan Wong and reporter Tomas Roman were approached by two armed men around 7 p.m. on Thursday evening as they were working on a story about pit bull abuse in the neighborhood.

According to the Oakland Tribune, one of the men forced Roman to the ground and threatened his life while the other man beat Wong with his gun.  The men then made off with Wong’s Panasonic P2 camera.

“We’re very grateful they were not seriously injured,” said Kevin Keeshan, KGO’s news director. “They’re doing fine.”

The attack was the second to befall a local news crew last week.  In Memphis, a WHBQ crew was assaulted by a group of teenagers, landing cameraman Mike Moore in the hospital.