Fire at old KNTV studio destroyed more than an abandoned building

Scott Herhold of the Mercury News says the fire that roared through the old KNTV building in San Jose on Sunday not only gutted an aging and empty structure, but it destroyed the last remnants of the early era of local television — a time that was more fun and less calculated than today’s broadcasts. “From the weekday ‘Record Hop,’ which drew its inspiration from ‘American Bandstand,’ to a kids’ show called ‘Hocus Pocus,’ to the used-car ads late at

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NBC Bay Area to launch i-team, hires 2 reporters

Kovaleski Susko Look out Dan Noyes! NBC Bay Area is launching an i-team early next year. A press release from NBC Bay Area says the station has hired two reporters for its investigative efforts: • Tony Kovaleski, an investigative reporter at KMGH-TV, the ABC affiliate in Denver, since 2001. Previously he worked for KIEM-TV in Eureka, KTVN-TV in Reno, KTVK-TV and KNXV-TV in Phoenix, and KPRC-TV in Houston. He was born in Michigan but grew up in San Jose. Here’s

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NBC Bay Area gets points for diversity

Wang Mathai The Asian American Journalists Association, or AAJA, is praising NBC Bay Area (KNTV) for hiring KGO-TV’s Janelle Wang and putting her on the 5 p.m. news alongside Raj Mathai. The association says they will be the only U.S. team of Asian American main news anchors outside of Hawaii. “This move clearly demonstrates NBC Bay Area’s strong commitment to diversity and to creating a newsroom that reflects the communities it serves,” AAJA National President Doris Truong said in a

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Janelle Wang jumping to NBC Bay Area

Kelley Wang Janelle Wang is jumping from KGO ABC7’s “View of the Bay” to KNTV NBC Bay Area’s 5 p.m. news, co-anchoring that show with Raj Mathai, the NBC station announced today. They also announced that Jon Kelley, former host of the ABC primetime reality show “The Mole,” will join Laura Garcia-Cannon as co-anchor of the weekday morning news program, “Today In The Bay.” Garcia-Cannon’s co-anchor and husband Brent Cannon is anchoring the 7 p.m. news on NBC’s California Nonstop

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NBC 11 turns over sports to Comcast Bay Area

The Bay Area News Group reports that NBC Bay Area (KNTV-11) will begin using Comcast SportsNet Bay Area to provide content on its 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts starting in June. NBC Bay Area president Rich Cerussi told BANG’s Jonathan Okanes that the sports segments won’t be like what viewers are used to seeing on a local newscast. Instead of scores and highlights, NBC Bay Area plans on airing live interviews. “Everybody knows the scores by the time the

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Lisa Kim departs NBC Bay Area

After 11 years as an anchor on KNTV NBC Bay Area, Lisa Kim signed off last night at the end of the 5 p.m. news. Choking back tears, she said, “Today is my last day. I want to thank everybody out there — I don’t want to break up here — for putting up with me for more than 11 years. I am humbled and very appreciative for letting me into your living rooms, your homes every night. “I’ll still

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Nov. sweeps: CBS5 narrowly leads ABC7 at 11

Please note two corrections at the bottom of this item. Incorrect information is crossed out and new information is underlined. KTVU Channel 2 is crowing about its ratings during the November sweeps when it was first for every weekday newscast in the 25-54 demographic except at 5 p.m., when KGO is tops, and 6 p.m., when KDTV Univision 14’s “Noticias 14” is No. 1.  KTVU’s dominance isn’t news since it’s been at the top for decades. But among the four six

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Live shots now being done VJ style

An item this morning in the Mercury News’ political column “Internal Affairs” illustrates how much local TV stations have cut back their budgets. Used to be that it took two or three people to do a live shot. KNTV NBC 11 now has that down to one person. Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone likes to rise with the sun — about 5 a.m. most days. But Thursday morning, he found himself up an hour earlier than usual so he

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Shaw joins NBC11 as editorial director

Suzanne Shaw, who left Bay Area broadcasting eight years ago, has been hired by Channel 11 as its new editorial director. She will help “guide and present editorials,” a press release from the station says. Shaw began her television career in 1975 as Suzanne Saunders at KSBW-Salinas-Monterey. She worked as a producer at KTVU, and later co-anchored at both KGO-TV and KRON. After a stint with PBS’s “Nightly Business Report,” Shaw left television in 2001. About her return to local

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NBC 11 co-anchors have triplets

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/video.NBC Bay Area morning news anchors Brent Cannon and Laura Garcia-Cannon became the proud parents of two girls and a boy Wednesday night. All are reported to be doing well. “I’m still kind of in shock,” Brent Cannon told viewers. “The delivery was amazing. Because it’s triplets it is different.” Each baby had its own doctor and nurses, he said. He said the babies arrived “bang, bang, bang, in seconds.” He added, “They were prepared

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