Differrent results in media access cases

In the past few days, in unrelated cases, local media has won access to a trial in San Jose but was denied the names of government employees identified in public records. The victory came in San Jose, where Judge Roger Efremsky reversed himself Thursday and agreed to open the trial of chip-maker Nvidia, which is being sued by creditors. Originally the judge wanted reporters to sign a confidentiality agreement before attending the trial. First Amendment attorney James Chadwick, representing the

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Ch. 2 tops in late news, Ch. 5 first at 11

In the February sweeps, KPIX CBS5 is claiming a first-place victory among the four stations airing news at 11 p.m. though KTVU Channel 2 continues to top all of the news stations in the market with its 10 p.m. news. CBS5 says in a news release that it’s Monday-Friday rating at 11 p.m. was 4.4 compared to 3.7 for KGO ABC7, 3.0 for KNTV NBC11 and 1.4 for KRON4. However, KTVU got a 5.6 rating for its “10’O Clock News,”

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Local news on KGO ABC7 goes HD

KGO ABC7 on Thursday (Feb. 17) became the second station in the market to broadcast its local news programs in high definition. KTVU Channel 2 was the first, making the switch in October. KGO’s high-def newscasts will include coverage from HD cameras installed in the station’s news helicopters. Channel 7 in the San Francisco area, KGO will also air View From the Bay, a daily news show hosted by ex-Good Morning America weatherman Spencer Christian, in high-def. Tvpredictions.com says there

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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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KGO’s SKY7 is first local chopper to go HD

KGO-TV Channel 7 has upgraded its news helicopter so that it can transmit in high definition. While Channel 7 carries network programs in HD, it’s local programming is still broadcast in the traditional NTSC format. The copter was the first switch the station made to HD. KGO’s sister station, KABC Los Angeles, switched all of its studio cameras to HD in February. According to Broadcasting & Cable, nine stations nationally were airing local newscasts in HD as of March 6.

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KSFO, KGO-AM sold; 7 may change call letters

Disney’s decision yesterday to spin off its radio division into a new company, a $2.7 billion deal that includes KGO-AM and KSFO, raises some questions: Will KGO Radio and KGO TV continue to share on-air talent and newsroom resources? Will they continue to operate out of the same building on Front Street? And who will get to use the “KGO” call letters in the future? Traditionally, when a TV and radio station share the same call letters and then one

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