KGO-TV’s Staab to head NBC station group

Staab Valari Staab, president and general manager of KGO-TV ABC7 for the past nine years, is jumping to NBC to become president of its owned and operated stations group, which includes KNTV, according to Broadcasting & Cable and TVNewsCheck. “Throughout her career in local television she’s had tremendous success growing the businesses she’s worked for and placing a premium on creating quality local news that resonates with viewers,” said Staab’s new boss, NBC Chairman Ted Harbert, in a statement. “She

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Two channels may pull analog plug early

The Chronicle reports that Most Bay Area television stations will delay until June the switch to all-digital broadcasts, now that Congress has given them the option. But two stations, KICU 36 and KOFY 20, are apparently going to all digital later this month, according to KGO-TV president and gm Valari Staab, who heads up the Sutro Tower committee this year. Management from those stations couldn’t be reached, but shutting down an analog transmitter will save a station between $15,000 and

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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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