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After a String of Media-Related Violence in Oakland, Stations Consider Private Security for Crews

Last week, a KPIX photographer was beaten and robbed of his camera while reporting from Oakland, the eighth violent incident involving a member of the media since April. The San Francisco Chronicle reports some stations are now taking precautions to protect crews in the field:

Several stations used private security after being harassed and attacked during Occupy demonstrations late last year in downtown Oakland. Ed Chapuis, news director at KTVU, said guards are now hired on a case-by-case basis, depending on the situation and whether a crew requests one.

Tracey Watkowski, vice president of news for KGO-TV, said her station is looking at private security and “evaluating it as an option.”

One reporter at a Bay Area television station, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said some videographers are refusing to do stories in Oakland. “It’s scary, there’s no doubt about it,” she said. “But we’re not going to stop covering news in Oakland.” Read more

KNTV Names Sara Bueno Director of Integrated Media

Sara Bueno has been named Director of Integrated Media for KNTV, the San Francisco NBC owned station.

“Sara joins our digital team with a wealth of experience having worked in this market for more than 12 years,” Jonathan Mitchell, vice president of news said in a statement. “I am confident that she will continue our commitment of providing the Bay Area with the go-to source for continuous, in-depth coverage of local news.”

Bueno comes to KNTV from KGO where she led the editorial direction of the San Francisco ABC O&O’s website and digital platforms.

KGO Inks Deal to Air Viral Videos During News

KGO has signed on to air internet celebrity Shira Lazar’s “What’s Trending” segments during its 4 p.m. newscast.  Lazar is host and executive producer of the “WhatsTrending” blog and live interactive news talk show.

“What’s Trending” is a great way for our ABC7 News viewers to sample some of the most viral news and videos of the day, said the San Francisco ABC O&O’s president and general manager William Burton.  “KGO-TV is glad to bring this interesting new segment to our 4pm news viewers.

“KGO-TV consistently embodies the innovative spirit of the Bay Area in their approach to programming and leadership in news,” said Lazar.  “We are excited to take a step in bringing What’s Trending to a new level in multi-platform entertainment. KGO-TV is a great partner in that evolution.”

The first episode (watch the video after the jump) featured flying kittens dressed in capes.

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Don Sanchez Marks 40 Years at KGO in San Francisco

KGO arts and entertainment reporter Don Sanchez is celebrating his 40th anniversary at the San Francisco ABC O&O.

KGO’s Cheryl Jennings looked back at Sanchez’s career in a tribute that aired during Tuesday’s newscasts (video above).

Katie Couric Makes Her Daytime Debut

After more than a year of planning and promoting, Katie Couric‘s syndicated talk show, “Katie,” debuts this afternoon.

“Katie” will air at 3 p.m. in all but two of the top 10 markets. The exceptions are Dallas and Washington, DC,  where ABC affiliates WFAA and WJLA will run “Katie” in the 4 p.m. timeslot, which was vacated by daytime fixture Oprah Winfrey last June.

The eight ABC O&Os — WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia, KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston, WTVD in Raleigh-Durham and KFSN in Fresno — are sticking with a commitment to local newscasts, some of which launched in the wake of Winfrey’s departure, in the 4 p.m. time slot.

Senator Dianne Feinstein Abruptly Ends KGO Interview

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) abruptly ended a recent interview with KGO‘s Mark Matthews after being asked a question about debating her opponent (video above).

Feinstein’s opponent, Republican Elizabeth Emken, says that Feinstein refuses to debate her. The Los Angeles Times urged Feinstein to agree to a debate over the Summer. When Matthews brought up the issue, Feinstein responded, “I’m running my own campaign,” then stood up and thanked Matthews, patting him on the shoulder as she walked away. [Hot Air]

Michael Carr Promoted to News Director at KFSN

Michael Carr has been promoted to news director at KFSN, the ABC O&O in Fresno.

Carr, an executive producer at the station, has served as acting news director since Tracey Watkowski left KFSN for KGO last month. He joined KFSN in 1999 as a weekend assignment editor.

In a statement announcing the promotion, KFSN noted Carr has overseen both the launch of a new newscast and a strong February ratings period.

“Michael Carr’s excellent credentials as a newsroom manager, his integrity and proven track record as a journalist at ABC30 make him the best choice for taking over the helm at ABC30 Action News,” KFSN president and general manager Dan Adams said in a statement.

KGO Cancels Interactive Local Talk Show ’7Live’

KGO is canceling “7Live,” the interactive local talk and entertainment program on the San Francisco ABC O&O.

In a statement to TVSpy, KGO general manager Bill Burton called the newscast “a bold experiment in locally produced TV.”

“We’re tremendously proud of everyone involved with ’7 Live’ and their terrific work that earned an Emmy Award and other recognition,” Burton said. “Unfortunately, ’7 Live’ was unable to build enough of an audience to justify the major financial commitment necessary to continue the show.” Read more

KGO Names Tracey Watkowski VP of News

Tracey Watkowski is climbing the ranks at ABC.

The ABC Owned Television Stations Group announced this week that Watkowski, the news director at KFSN in Fresno, has been promoted to vice president of news at KGO in San Francisco.  Watkowski served as assistant news director at KGO earlier in her career.

“Watkowski’s superb credentials as a journalist and news executive for more than two decades–and, in particular, her proven track record in San Francisco and latest accomplishments in Fresno–made her the natural choice for this senior post at KGO,” station president and general manager William Burton said, announcing the promotion.  “All of us here at ABC 7 are proud to welcome Tracey back to the Bay Area.” Read more

Earthquake Shakes KGO During Morning Newscast

Most San Francisco residents were asleep yesterday when a pair of earthquakes struck the Bay Area around 5:30 a.m. But Kristen Sze and Eric Thomas, the co-anchors of the early morning newscast on KGO, were wide awake.

“I believe we’re feeling an earthquake right now,” Sze said, interrupting a report on an education rally (video above). “In fact, a pretty big earthquake. The studio is shaking.”

“Good jolt, lasted for a few seconds,” Thomas responded. “In fact, it might have felt like what appeared to be two jolts, a smaller one and then a larger one. The lights were shaking pretty good in here.” Read more

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