Report: John Kessler leaving CBS5

Kessler Media blogger Rich Lieberman reports that John Kessler, morning co-anchor at CBS5, will leave the station after his contract expires in mid-October. “I’m not in their plans,” Kessler told Lieberman. “I’m very disappointed I was not able to deliver the audience they expected from me. For those that did tune in, thank you. It’s been a great ride.” Before he got to KPIX in 2002, Kessler was an anchor at KRON. Before that, he was a radio disc jockey,

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How McElhatton got into TV: reluctantly

Dave McElhatton 1928-2010 Former KPIX news director Joseph Russin wrote the following letter in today’s Chronicle: I read with extreme sadness of the passing of Dave McElhatton (“Respected TV and radio news anchor,” Aug. 25).  As your story says, Dave was one of the sweetest people in the business. He was not, however, immediately enthusiastic about television. I was news director at KPIX and wanted an anchor knowledgeable about the area and able to beat Van Amburg at KGO. I

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Anchorman Dave “Mac” McElhatton dead at 81

Dave “Mac” McElhatton, a long time anchor at KCBS Radio and KPIX Channel 5, died this morning from a stroke related illness at his home in Rancho Mirage, surrounded by loved ones. He was 81. McElhatton, an Oakland native, retired from the CBS5 KPIX anchor desk on Nov. 30, 2000 after nearly 50 years on the air in the Bay Area. Among the major stories McElhatton covered were the 1978 assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the

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Investigative reporter let go for financial reasons

Media blogger Rich Lieberman reports that KPIX CBS5 investigative reporter Anna Werner has been let go due to financial reasons. News director Dan Rosenheim would only confirm that Werner is no longer at the station, but Lieberman said he was told by a source that it was a financial move. She has been at Channel 5 since 2004 and has earned several Emmys. Previously she was an investigative reporter at the CBS affiliate in Houston, KHOU. Her bio page at

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Judge drops most bias claims against KPIX

A federal judge has thrown out most of a discrimination lawsuit that John Lobertini and Bill Schechner had filed against CBS and KPIX-TV over their firings in 2008. Lobertini (left) and Schechner (right) argued they were victims of age and sex discrimination because they part of a round of layoffs involving five on-air employees who were all older men. At the time, Lobertini was 47 and Schechner was 66. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, in an 18-page order released

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Roberta Gonzales: Yeah, you can call me ‘hot’

SF media blogger Rich Lieberman interviewed KPIX weather anchor Roberta Gonzales and could hardly contain his enthusias. Here’s his first question: Rich: So, Roberta, you are considered one of the most popular, jovial and sorry, yes, “HOT!” weather predictors in the Bay Area. What’s your secret? Roberta: “HOT?” Hahahaha! It is believed I have been consistently forecasting weather full time on television longer than any other woman in the country (since 1982). So, to be considered “HOT,” well, I’ll take

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TV news pioneer Wanda Ramey dies

The Marin IJ reports that Wanda Ramey Queirolo, the first woman anchor in the western United States and only the second woman anchor in the country, died of cancer Saturday at her home in Greenbrae. She was 85. She is perhaps best known as the co-anchor of the noon news on KPIX in the 1950s. In fact, she holds the distinction of being the co-host of the first local television noon newscast in America, according to Bay Area Broadcast Legends.

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‘Eyewitness News’ goes VJ on Saturdays

Columnist Bill Mann reports that KPIX CBS5 has begun having reporters shoot, report and edit their own stories on Saturdays as a cost-saving measure. KRON was the first to switch to VJs for all of its newscasts a few years ago. Mann reports that the Channel 5 newsroom is in an uproar over the VJ switch. Mann quoted one longtime “Eyewitness News” staffer as saying the training for the switch hasn’t gone well: “Even before they started, one of the

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Former MTV executive joins KPIX in sales

CBS stations KPIX and KBCW have hired Kerry Andrews as an account executive who will be apart of the business development team. Andrews most recently was at Prime Point Media, which operates a network of pay phone advertising kiosks in the United States. He has more than two decades of experience in advertising, including television broadcast, Internet and alternative out-of-home. Prior to joining Prime Point Media, Andrews was vice president of sales for Autowrap-Freecar and vice president of national sales

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TV innovator George Resing dies

Former KPIX general manager George Resing — who helped create “The Phil Donahue Show,” “Good Morning America” and “Evening Magazine” — died of a brain tumor June 6 at his Novato home. He was 80. Resing began his broadcasting career in the early 1950s as a stage hand for WLWD-TV (now WDTN) in Dayton, Ohio, where he worked his way up to management. His hunch on Donahue, a radio host in Dayton in the late 1960s, eventually turned into a

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