ABC7 visits Danville, security on hand

Geoff Gillette of the Danville Weekly reports that when KGO-TV holds a town meeting as part of its “ABC7 Listens” program, it brings security guards along. In his story about Wednesday night’s meeting in Danville, Gillette noted that guards monitored the proceedings and escorted the news reporters back out to their cars afterward. News Director Kevin Keeshan said they bring security with them for crowd control as much as to safeguard the TV personalities. “Depending on the community, we can

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Chron’s Cecilia Vega headed to ABC7

Chronicle San Francisco City Hall reporter Cecilia Vega is quitting to become an on-air reporter at KGO-TV ABC7, the SF Weekly reports. But Vega won’t be covering her old beat — she’ll be working out of Channel 7’s Oakland bureau starting Sept. 8. At the Chron, she helped report some big stories such as Mayor Gavin Newsom’s affair with the wife of his campaign manager. ABC7 News Director Kevin Keeshan tells the SF Weekly that Vega has made numerous appearances

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Rosenthal: Journalists are being eliminated

Former Chron managing editor Robert Rosenthal (right) told a Commonwealth Club audience that downsizing in the news business has resulted in 400 to 500 fewer journalists in the Bay Area in the past five to six years. At the start of the 2000s, he estimated the region had about 1,000 to 1,200 journalists. “Journalists, in a sense, are being eliminated,” Rosenthal said, according to SFSU’s Golden Gate Express Online. Rosenthal, former KTVU anchor Leslie Griffith, KGO ABC7 News Director Kevin

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Group petitions KGO-TV to keep Aguirre

Sources tell the Contra Costa Times’ TV writer Chuck Barney that KGO ABC7 doesn’t plan to renew the contract of Jessica Aguirre when it expires at the end of the year — and an Hispanic organization has launched an online petition drive urging the station to keep the veteran anchor. “Jessica Aguirre has a track record of commitment to the Latino community and now it is time we show our commitment to her,” states the petition by the Oakland-based Centro

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KGO-TV to launch 9 p.m. news on TV20

Three months after KRON 4 dropped its “Nine O’Clock News,” KGO-TV plans to fill the void with an hour newscast in that time slot that will be shown on KBWB-TV Channel 20 starting Jan. 8. Dan Ashley, who co-anchors KGO’s 11 p.m. news, will solo anchor the new 9 p.m. hour. He will be accompanied by Sandhya Patel with weather and Larry Beil on sports. The newscast will also include contributions from 7 On Your Side, the I-Team and Dr.

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