“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.”
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@abc7newsBayArea oh is that what the family meant when they asked for privacy?
— David Snyder (@davidhfe) August 12, 2014
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.
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.
Lost Remote reports on ABC News’ Apple TV launch this morning, which in addition to a variety of national and global news content, offers some local news flavor.
The new Apple TV product, which launched this morning at 10amET, offers a local news section, which showcases top video-on-demand clips from some of the country’s biggest markets. At launch, content from eight ABC-owned stations — including WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia, KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston, WTVD in Raleigh and KFSN in Fresno — can be found under the local tab. Content from WISN, Hearst’s ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, will also be offered.
“The local experience is something that we’re very eager to launch and then expand upon,” Doug Vance, ABC News VP of Product Strategy, said.
Only two of the stations in the San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland market are in San Francisco. ABC owned KGO and CBS owned KPIX are actually about a block away from one another. FOX affiliate KTVU is across the bay in Oakland while NBC owned station KNTV is about an hour south in San Jose.
Despite their geographical differences, the stations pretty much covered the same range of stories with only a few variations.
Here’s what they covered in the first five minutes:
San Francisco ABC owned station KGO has responded to Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman’s report the station will not renew the contracts of veteran anchor Cheryl Jennings and weatherman Spencer Christian come December.
“This is the latest in a long string of inaccurate and venomous ramblings by a local individual on his personal website” KGO said in a statement sent to TVSpy. “His latest post regarding two beloved KGO employees is not true and further demonstrates that he and his so-called ‘sources’ have no actual knowledge of any of our business dealings.”
Jennings has been with KGO since 1979 and has long been a fixture on the early evening and noon newscast. Christian was hired by former KGO GM Joe Ahern in 1999 after 13 years as the weatherman for ABC’s Good Morning America.
“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 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
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.
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.
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