The Matier & Ross column in today’s Chron lists the reasons why Leslie Griffith (left) probably won’t be returning to the KTVU anchor desk. She’s been MIA for more than seven weeks now and the column quotes a source as saying the split is due to the station’s changing newsroom personnel, the pressures of added broadcasts and shorter news stories, and greater news control being exerted by the station’s ownership in Atlanta — plus tensions with longtime co-anchor Dennis Richmond (right). Matier & Ross said the final straw appears to have been the station’s lack of reaction to an Oakland Tribune column a few months ago headlined, “How long do we put up with Leslie Griffith?” Apparently the station’s management made a few phone calls to complain about the article and that was it. [PPC, May 6: Moore, Griffith sound off about TV News]

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