Thieves take equipment from KTVU van

The Chronicle is reporting that thieves broke into a KTVU news van parked in Oakland’s Fruitvale District on Sunday and stole camera equipment. It was the latest in a series of crimes targeting the media in Oakland. The theft happened after Reporter Katie Utehs and photojournalist Jacob Unger parked their van in a lot at 35th Avenue and East 12th Street at about 10:45 a.m. Sunday to cover an event. When they returned to the van, they found that someone

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Former commercial pilot gave KTVU fake names of Asiana pilots, 2 bloggers report

Two bloggers are reporting that KTVU got the phony Asian names of pilots on the Asiana Airlines jet from a former commercial pilot who previously consulted with the station and was considered a reliable source. Blotter Matthew Keys reported this on July 25 and Rich Lieberman had the story on Aug. 6. The sources quoted by Keys and Lieberman wouldn’t identify the former pilot who told the station that the names were Captain Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho

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3 fired over fake pilot names gaffe

KTVU has fired three veteran producers over the now famous gaffe in which anchor Tori Campbell read fake names for the four pilots in the Asiana Airlines crash. They are: • Roland DeWolk, investigative producer;  • Cristina Gastelu, special projects producer;  • Brad Belstock, producer who was not part of the gaffe but lost his job for tweeting immediately afterward “Oh Shit” In addition, Elvin Sledge, a veteran producer who works on the noon news and was on duty the

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A glimpse into Frank Sommerville’s off-camera life

This photo on Channel 2 anchor Frank Sommerville’s Facebook wall is generating a lot of interest. It shows him patiently taking out the braids in his daughter’s hair. The SFGate’s Mommy Files writes: The photo resonated with Sommerville’s fans because it captured one of those daily moments that parents often come to value most — and it showed a white father bonding with his black daughter.  Frank’s daughter Callie is adopted and he says, “If someone were to ask me

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Rita Williams to retire next February

Williams The same month that longtime KTVU reporter Lloyd LaCuesta retired, another Channel 2 veteran, Rita Williams, announced she plans to retire in February 2013. Upon her retirement, she will have put in 35 years at KTVU, about the number of years LaCuesta has. Williams goes back so far that she is credited with opening Channel 2’s San Francisco news bureau. Here’s a link to Williams’ announcement.

LaCuesta retiring after 35 years at Channel 2

Lloyd LaCuesta, one of the best known and most tireless reporters in the Bay Area, announced Wednesday that he’s retiring on June 15 after 35 years as a reporter at KTVU. LaCUESTA “I have spent half of my life at KTVU which makes it all the more difficult to say goodbye. But it is time,” said LaCuesta. “I need to slow down and truly enjoy life.” The Chronicle’s Peter Hartlaub calls LaCuesta the “iron man” of local journalism. Hartlaub starts

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Channel 2 unveils new set, graphics

In the past few months, three Bay Area TV stations have introduced new sets and/or new graphic packages — CBS5, Univision 14 and NBC Bay Area. Tonight, KTVU Channel 2 unveiled its new set and graphics package that aims to modernize the station’s look while maintaining the top-rated station’s legacy. “The set design features woods, brushed metals, Plexiglass and laminates that translate into a modern presentation that is warm and sophisticated,” said a news release from KTVU’s Jeff Holub. “The

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KTVU responds to helicopter noise complaints

In response to complaints from Berkeley residents about noise from news helicopters, KTVU news director Ed Chapuis said his station’s aims not to fly below 1,000 feet, and much of the noise people are hearing could be from police helicopters, which fly lower. Chapuis, in a Q&A with the Berkeleyside.com news website, also said people may be noticing helicopters now because of the Occupy Oakland demonstrations. “We recognize that noise is an issue and we try to get in and

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KTVU using ‘over the top’ technology to deliver programming via Internet

TVNewsCheck.com reports that KTVU is among the stations that are quietly experimenting with technology that can deliver programming to Internet-connected TVs and conventional TVs linked to the Net through Blu-ray players and other set-top boxes. The technology is called “over the top” or OTT. KTVU’s OTT service is still in a soft-launch phase, running only on Vizio sets, News Director Ed Chapuis said. After some fine-tuning, he said, it will be launched later this year on more sets and promoted

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