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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.

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

Steve Poitras Returns to KTVU

KTVU LOGO_304x200KTVU has announced that Steve Poitras is coming back to the San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate to lead the marketing department.

Poitras left KTVU in 2003 after 15 years at the Oakland based station to be the director of marketing at KPIX, the CBS owned station across the bay. He was promoted to station manager at KPIX before moving to KTLA in 2008. Four years later he joined KFMB in San Diego as director of creative services.

Some might see this as KTVU trying to get its old mojo back after the Asiana Airlines goof-up in July.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with such a talented marketing professional again,” KTVU VP and GM Tom Raponi said in a statement. “Steve made many significant contributions to KTVU and TV36 during the time we worked together from 1996 through 2003. Steve has a passion for our stations and a special talent for creating remarkable connections with our viewers and community.”

Poitras created and produced the much talked about “Classical Gas” tribute to KTVU’s 40th anniversary in 1998. The spot won an Emmy and a Promax Gold for the station. Watch it after the jump. Read more

KTVU Airs Show About Korean Americans as Part of Apology for Asiana Airlines Gaffe

Kwon_KTVUKTVU, the San Francisco Bay Area market FOX affiliate, aired a special highlighting prominent Korean Americans last Saturday in an attempt to reach out to the community after its much publicized reporting of “joke” Asian sounding names in the Asiana Airlines crash last July.

The show titled “Success Makers” featured Yul Kwon as host. Kwon, a past winner of “Survivor,” interviewed guests like Daniel Dae Kim from “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-O” as well as Gideon Yu the president of the 49ers.

“I’m glad they did the show, but let’s face it – it was in response to the backlash they got from Asiana,” Ravi Kapur, a local vice president of the Asian American Journalists Association, told SFGate.

KTVU general manager Tom Raponi told TVSpy, “…the special did grow out of our efforts to reach out to the Korean community following our correction and apology. Like all television stations, we air a variety of community programming, and we were happy to air this special when Korean community leaders raised the idea.” Read more

Amber Eikel Joins KTVU as Managing Editor

Amber Eikel has been named managing editor at KTVU, the Fox affiliate in San Francisco. Her first day will be September 30.

Eikel comes from KTVU sister station KIRO, Cox’s CBS affiliate in Seattle, where she has been an executive producer for the past two years. She has also worked as an EP at KTNV in Las Vegas and as a senior writer and producer at WTMJ in Milwaukee.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Amber’s caliber in the Cox Media Group family. Her great work at KIRO and previous experience covering big stories will make her a great leader here at KTVU,” news director Lee Rosenthal said in a statement.

Her hire comes on the heels of staff upheaval at KTVU related to the station reporting fake names of the Asiana Airlines flight 214 pilots.

More from KTVU after the jump. Read more

Ed Chapuis Joins KTXL as News Director

Ed Chapuis is joining Sacramento Fox affiliate KTXL as vice president and news director. His first official day at the station will be Monday.

It is a return to Sacramento for Chapuis, who spent more than a decade at NBC affiliate KCRA. Most recently, he was news director of KTVU, the Fox affiliate in San Francisco.

“His experience and tenure at #1 ranked stations in both the Bay Area and, more importantly, here in Sacramento will prove to be invaluable for our station,” KTXL general manager Jerry Del Core said in a statement.  “He will take FOX40 to new heights.”

Chapuis replaces Brandon Mercer, who left KTXL earlier this year. Read more in the official announcement after the jump. Read more

Source in KTVU Gaffe Reportedly an Ex-Pilot

KTVU‘s source of the fake names for the pilots of Asiana Airlines flight 214 was an ex-pilot familiar to the San Francisco Fox affiliate, Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman reports.

The source of the names, which were read by anchor Tori Campbell on a newscast last month, has been the cause of much speculation. The source, who had reportedly “worked with KTVU in the past and was considered to be trustworthy,” sent the names to the station electronically, via email or text, according to Lieberman.

Three producers were fired in the aftermath of the incident. Lieberman also reports that one other person who approved the names, the station’s managing editor, remains at KTVU.

TVSpy’s requests for comment to KTVU and to Roland DeWolk, one of the producers fired over the incident, were not returned.

‘My Hard-Earned Reputation is Intack,’ Says Producer Fired from KTVU

Roland De Wolk, one of three producers reportedly let go from San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate KTVU, said he doesn’t think being connected to the on-air gaffe that went viral will affect his career.

“My hard-earned reputation is intack (sic),” De Wolk told The Wrap‘s Sara Morrison. “There are lawyers, so eager as I am to anser (sic) all questions, I must refrain.”

De Wolk talked about the spelling errors with TVSpy, “Naturally, I know what it’s like to be on deadline and out of professional courtesy I quickly responded on my iPhone to Ms. Morrison’s request for comment.” Read more

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