KRON to sell building, move in with KGO-TV

KRON’s home at 1001 Van Ness Ave. KRON’s owner, Media General, announced today that it is listing its 1001 Van Ness Ave. building and moving in with Channel 7 at the ABC Broadcast Center on Front Street. “KRON will remain an independent station with its own staff and separate broadcast facilities. No staffing changes are expected as a result of the move, which is expected to be completed in the next six to nine months,” a statement from Media General

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2 arrested in robbery of KRON crew

The Bay Area News Group reports that two men have been arrested in connection with an attempted robbery of a KRON 4 news crew Friday night in San Francisco. Police said the KRON 4 crew was at Third Street and La Salle Avenue in San Francisco’s Bayview district when the robbery was reported around 7:58 p.m. A short time later, a person with a gunshot wound arrived at San Francisco General Hospital. On the station’s 11 p.m. newscast, KRON 4

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Vernon Glenn jumps from 4 to 5

Glenn Vernon Glenn, former weekend sportscaster at KRON 4, has been hired by KPIX CBS5 and will replace freelancer Kim Coyle, who had been doing weekends. Glenn started at KRON in 1990, back when it was the Bay Area’s NBC affiliate. In 2009, the independent and struggling KRON cut his pay and turned him into a VJ, in which he reported and shot video for his own stories.

KRON plans to move out of 1001 Van Ness

KRON’s home at 1001 Van Ness Ave. KRON 4 owner Young Broadcasting wants to sell its longtime home at 1001 Van Ness Ave. in San Francisco and move to a smaller but more modern facility elsewhere in the Bay Area. General Manager Brian Greif said the 90,000-square-foot building has much more space than the station needs. “While we love the Van Ness building and the location, the space required for a state-of-the-art digital television station is a fraction of what

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KRON wants tighter stories but not so tight clothes

Dayra Folsom Dayra Folsom A couple of interesting notes about KRON from media blogger Rich Lieberman, who seems to have a lot of sources at Channel 4. First, he says management has told producers and reporters that their stories have “too many details.” Apparently management wants shorter, tighter stories. Second, he says management has shown no interest in keeping morning anchor Dayra Folsom when her contract ends at the end of the year. Lieberman says Dayra has “suddenly” started acting

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Vince Young departs KRON parent company

Young Vince Young, the broadcasting executive who paid a record $832 million for KRON only to see the station’s value drop like a rock after it lost its NBC affiliation, has resigned from the company that bears his family’s name, according to TVNewsCheck.com. His exit isn’t a surprise after a group of creditors removed him as CEO last August and made him “non-executive chairman.” A lawsuit he filed for $2 million in compensation has been settled, board member Tony Cassara

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KRON hires rapping weatherman

An Akron, Ohio, meteorologist and DJ, who gained fame on Youtube as the “Rapping Weatherman” is headed to KRON 4. But KRON general manager Brian Greif said he hired Nick Kosir for his skills as a weather anchor, not a rapper. “He’s very good on-air. He has a good personality — without having to rap. He knows weather. He’s proven himself to be very flexible.” Greif told the SF Weekly. Media blogger Rich Lieberman, who first reported the story about

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Vincent Young booted as CEO of KRON parent

Vincent Young, who decided to pay a record $823 million for KRON only to see its value drop like a lead balloon when NBC pulled its affiliation, is no longer chief executive officer of the broadcasting company that bears his name, according to Broadcasting & Cable. In a struggle between two groups of creditors, Young was apparently removed from the CEO position and given the new title of non-executive chairman of the board, according to a company memo from Chief Restructuring

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KRON grounds copter, KTVU changes beats

SF media blogger Rich Lieberman reports that KRON 4 no longer operates a traffic helicopter due to financial constraints. For the same reason, almost all of the station’s employees are being paid at an “at-will” scale, which means “no personal services” contracts that bump up one’s take-home pay. Even Gary Radnich, perhaps the station’s best known personality, is on the “at-will” scale, Lieberman indicates. At Channel 2, David Stephenson will replace Rob Roth as SF Bureau Chief. Rob has been

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Creditors take control of KRON’s owner

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Arthur Gonzalez, who presided over the Chrysler bankruptcy, yesterday approved the sale of bankrupt Young Broadcasting to its secured lenders. Three of Young’s 10 stations, including KRON 4, will stay under control of a new company with a board of directors that includes Vince Young but also more representatives of the creditors. The other stations will be opearted by Grey Television, which owns 31 stations in small, medium and large (Atlanta, No. 9, is their largest)

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