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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 sports segment comes on,” Cerussi said. “But if something unusual happens at a Giants game, we will have a reporter right there. It’s going to allow us to go much more in-depth.”

Comcast acquired NBC in January, and the move will allow Channel 11 to leverage SportsNet’s resources.

CSNBA already produces a nightly sports news show, “SportsNet Central,” which focuses almost exclusively on Bay Area sports. CSNBA plans to build an additional set strictly for its NBC Bay Area segments.

CSNBA general manager Ted Griggs said the NBC Bay Area segments won’t be an abridged version of the content airing on CSNBA. The content that airs on NBC Bay Area will be original.

“This is not a revolutionary move. It’s an evolutionary move,” Griggs said. “The thing we’re bringing to KNTV is not just content but context.”

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