Nov. sweeps: CBS5 narrowly leads ABC7 at 11

Please note two corrections at the bottom of this item. Incorrect information is crossed out and new information is underlined. KTVU Channel 2 is crowing about its ratings during the November sweeps when it was first for every weekday newscast in the 25-54 demographic except at 5 p.m., when KGO is tops, and 6 p.m., when KDTV Univision 14’s “Noticias 14” is No. 1.  KTVU’s dominance isn’t news since it’s been at the top for decades. But among the four six

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Report: Copeland tapped for ABC7 3 p.m. show

Media blogger Rich Lieberman reports that comedian, commentator and radio host Brian Copeland has been picked by KGO ABC7 to host a weekday show at 3 p.m. Lieberman based his report on a reliable broadcast source, and he quotes Copeland as saying, “That’s an interesting rumor.” Copeland’s show would replace “View from the Bay,” but no date has been set for its start. A live audience is planned, according to Lieberman. Copeland was a regular for several years on “Mornings

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Jennings receives highest honor at Emmys

CBS 5 won more Emmys than any other station at the 38th Annual Northern California Area Emmy awards presentation but KGO-TV ABC7 anchor Cheryl Jennings (right) received the Governors’ Award, the highest honor a regional chapter of the Emmys can bestow. It is a lifetime achievement award for service to the community and television industry. Three station awards were presented at Saturday night’s event at the Palace Hotel. Overall Excellence went to KGO ABC 7. KGO ABC 7 also received

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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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ABC7 photographer attacked during protest

KGO ABC7 photographer Dean Smith was attacked Wednesday night while covering an Oakland protest over the shooting of an unarmed man by BART police. He was photographing the protest when some one jumped him from behind and cut his face, Channel 7 reported (video). “I got slammed in the back of the head and then on the left side of the head,” Smith said. “They tried to grab my camera. I had my hands gripped on the hand grip of

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Oh no! Oprah interrupted for news

Just as Oprah was about to ask Barbara Walters about her affair with Sen. Ed Brooke, ABC News broke into the program with a special report on the North Carolina primary. The switchboard lit up at KGO ABC7. The Chron’s Joe Garofoli asked General Manager Valari Staab what happened. “(I) ran downstairs to try to get Master Control to come back to Oprah exactly where it left off, but the news bulletin was only 2 minutes long and Master Control

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ABC7 creates Wilson journalism scholarship

ABC7, KGO-TV has established The Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship to be administered and awarded annually by The Radio and Television News Director Foundation (RTNDF.) The endowment will provide an annual $4,000 journalism scholarship in perpetuity in Pete Wilson’s name. It will be awarded to students from the Bay Area pursuing a journalism undergraduate or graduate degree. Individuals may add to the fund, increasing the annual scholarship amount, with tax deductible donations to the fund. Donations to the fund in Pete’s

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KGO’s Pete Wilson dies at 62

Veteran KGO-TV news anchor and KGO radio host Pete Wilson died Friday night at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto from a massive heart attack suffered during hip replacement surgery, the station announced today. The heart attack occurred during surgery on Thursday and doctors battled to save him for more than a day, but he was removed from life support and succumbed at 9:20 p.m. Friday. Wilson, 62, is survived by his wife, Sandra, and son Brendan, who is in college.

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ABC7 offers ‘futures market’ for news

KGO ABC7 is promoting an online “futures market” where viewers can vote on the probability of certain outcomes of news stories, such as “When will the Waste Mangement lockout be resolved?” or “Will Ed Jew complete his term as a San Francisco Supervisor?” Based on voting, the possible outcomes to such questions rise and fall like stock prices. The premise is that a crowd is more likely to generate an accurate answer than so-called experts. Matt Novak of the SF

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