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KGO Names Ama Daetz Evening Anchor

amadaetz_160x200Ama Daetz has been named co-anchor of the 4:00, 6:00, 9:00 and 11:00 pm. newscasts for San Francisco ABC owned station KGO.

“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.”

Daetz replaces Carolyn Johnson, who left the station in April for KNBC in Los Angeles.

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Viewers Angry with KGO for Promoting ‘Live Aerials’ of Robin Williams Home

Last night, San Francisco owned ABC station KGO tweeted out that it had ‘Live Aerials” of Robin Williams’ home after the actor was found dead from apparent suicide.

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.

KGO Assistant News Director Heads to KNTV

adrouny kgoStephanie Adrouny is heading south to work as assistant news director for San Francisco Bay Area NBC owned station KNTV.

“Stephanie has been an important part of KGO-TV and a key contributor to ABC7 News for 14 years,” KGO news director Tracey Watkowski told staff an email announcing the move. “I am very grateful for the time we have spent working together.”

Adrouny was the assistant news director for the San Francisco ABC owned station. You can read the Watkowski email after the jump. Read more

Carolyn Johnson Leaving KGO

kgo_bio_carolynjohnson_160x200KGO anchor Carolyn Johnson is leaving the San Francisco Bay Area ABC owned station.

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

Leigh Glaser Leaving KGO After 23 Years

glaser_kgo facebook smallTVSpy has learned Leigh Glaser, veteran meteorologist for KGO, is leaving the ABC owned San Francisco station.

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.

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

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 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