The ESPN purge is not surprising given the overall state of broadcast TV/radio media. Those who were once considered untouchable no matter the state of the business are now no longer safe.
*Pat Thurston is no longer the 7-10 PM, M-F host on KGO Radio (she'll be moving back to her weekend gig --Sat. and Sunday evening and afternoon) Albatross KGO is cutting again, thanks to Cumulus. We'll know more of the specifics later on but yes, it appears John Rothmann has been screwed.
*The weeknight 7-10 PM slot on KGO, I'm hearing through the grapevine, is primed for an hour, taped bore-a-thon with one of the daytime stiffs ..the other two hours? I don't know and I don't care.
*It's not so much the misdirection at KPIX exists; that's a common occurrence in today's TV News business; it's the lack of a cohesive plan; it's having no concrete map out for the future. What you have now at 855 Battery is a building full of mediocrity personified. New reporters galore who look like Nordstrom sales clerks. Vanilla anchors with no passion. A News Director who really isn't a TV guy resting on his newspaper laurels --no wonder Bruno Cohen left the Titanic.
*A very prominent KGO -TV News veteran has been absent from the building for quite a while. The word on the street is that she's royally pissed off. A potential battle royale looms large at 900 Front.
*2 Black on-air people at PIX. Two. The union might be sending out a memo.
*Stay away from Berkeley today.
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