Live shots now being done VJ style

An item this morning in the Mercury News’ political column “Internal Affairs” illustrates how much local TV stations have cut back their budgets. Used to be that it took two or three people to do a live shot. KNTV NBC 11 now has that down to one person. Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone likes to rise with the sun — about 5 a.m. most days. But Thursday morning, he found himself up an hour earlier than usual so he

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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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Channel 4’s owner to cut work force by 11%

Young Broadcasting, owner of 10 stations nationwide including KRON Channel 4, announced Thursday that it is reducing its work force by 11 percent company wide. Also to cut costs, Young put KRON 4 up for sale last month and it hopes to select a buyer by the end of March. A press release on the budget cuts did not say how many jobs would be eliminated in San Francisco, but the company plans to increase its use of the VJ

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