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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

KTVU Fires Three Producers Over Asiana Airlines Mistake

San Francisco Fox affiliate KTVU has fired three producers involved with reporting fake names of the Asiana Airlines flight 214 pilots.

Investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock — who tweeted “oh shit!” immediately after the names were read on the air — have been fired, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The employees’ names were first reported by San Francisco media blogger Rich Lieberman.

The Chronicle reports a fourth producer on the noon newscast, Elvin Sledge, is leaving the station for health reasons.

Anchor Tori Campbell read the fake names, which included Sum Ting Wong, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow, on the noon newscast July 12. The station apologized later in the newscast and released a written apology later that evening, saying the names were confirmed by the NTSB. The NTSB said a summer intern had “acted outside the scope of his authority” and confirmed the names.

Earlier this week, KTVU filed copyright claims to remove video of the gaffe from YouTube. General manager Tom Raponi told TVSpy that the mistake was insensitive and offensive and “continuing to show the video is also insensitive and offensive.” Social media journalist Matthew Keys filed counterclaims with YouTube on fair use grounds; some of the videos have since been restored.

KTVU did not immediately respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.

>Update: “It is KTVU’s policy to not comment on any personnel issues,” general manager Tom Raponi told TVSpy in an email.

Poll Results: KTVU Shouldn’t Have Pulled YouTube Video

The results are in on yesterday’s poll asking whether KTVU made the right call in pulling the YouTube video of anchor Tori Campbell reading the fake crew names of the crashed Asiana Airlines flight 214.

Nearly two-thirds of the 432 readers who voted said the San Francisco Bay Area FOX affiliate made the wrong call to claim copyright on the YouTube video.

Smart or Not? KTVU Blocks Fake Pilot Name Video from YouTube

KTVU has made the wrong move     56.94%

KTVU has made the right move        39.81%

Some left us comments disagreeing with the station’s decision. One commenter wrote, “Lame attempt to put the genie back in the bottle.” While another said, “Classic hypocritical thinking. We can report on you but you can’t report on us.”

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