Monday, June 13, 2005


Okay, so for all of us who want to deal with fact, here are some of the gossip items on the horizon:

  • KATU's 4:30 newscast, which goes live in three months, will probably have its format in place only a few weeks before air. Watch lots of in-house second guessing (since KATU is barren as Eastern Oregon desert at that time).
  • KOIN's interim management is thinking of making anchor changes, even though the station is up for sale. Don't think those big contracts make everyone safe. Some folks the old news director wanted out will likely remain in.
  • Look for layoffs and more changes when the Trib moves to Clackamas this summer. Same with KPAM. The money pit is only so deep.
  • Will the O have a new "around town" correspondent? Word is they're looking.
  • Plans are underway to create a social restaurant/bar club for journalists, pr and advertising folks. Sort of like press clubs in other cities. Late summer announcement. I like that.
  • KOIN's talent will likely give thumbs down on the AFTRA vote in July.
  • Will KGW give up it's 10pm experiment with PAX sooner or later?

Your turn...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katu Barren as an Eastern Oregon Desert? Did I miss something?

Monday, June 13, 2005 7:36:00 PM  
Blogger PDXMediaWatcher said...

Yeah, I blew it. I just should have said they can't buy an audience at 4:30.

Monday, June 13, 2005 7:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought June 24th was scheduled to be the day KGW puts the 10pm PAX newscast out of its misery... no?

Monday, June 13, 2005 7:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa...Anymore info on the "press club" bar?

Monday, June 13, 2005 8:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the WB? There were rumblings of a ten o'clock news to start in the fall. But I hear they've hired no one. Anyone know if it's still a go or ever was?

Monday, June 13, 2005 8:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Monday, June 13, 2005 9:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is more TV stuff to gossip about:

- KGW has hired a new weekend anchor from KNXV in Phoenix. Her name is Amy Troy. Does she take the weekend morning slot at KGW, or does she pair up with John Becker as part of a new weekend evening team? And if so, where does that leave Nancy Francis? Weekend mornings?

- About the WB, they've already tried to sell 10pm news spots to advertisers for a Fall launch. With no hiring news (or studio construction news), it means either the newscast idea has been shelved... or it means that someone else in town is going to do it for them. Maybe KGW's 10pm newscast will live on after all... but not on PAX...

- Who is KATU's primary female anchor? Natali still does the 5pm, but Steve flies solo at 6:30pm, and Deb just does the 11pm. What's up with that? Me thinks KATU might be looking for a new female face to sit next to Dunn on all the evening shows. And perhaps that female face won't be so "new" to longtime Portlanders. (Personally, I think both Natali and Deb are great... so I hope this isn't true)

- And what about KPTV adding newscasts to compete more with the others? 5pm/6pm has been discussed, and there's pressure from FOX to expand (the network is insistent that the O & O's launch early evening newscasts). It's expensive, so KPTV may not play ball. But an 11pm would be much cheaper...

Monday, June 13, 2005 11:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who will anchor KATU's 4:30 show? An all-female team of Natali, Deb & Rhonda perhaps? Or will it be solo-anchored like KOMO's 4pm show in Seattle?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 12:15:00 AM  
Blogger PDXNoir said...

Help me out here. What is the benefit of a 430pm newscast? What sizable audience is there for a valuable demographic that is any different than at 11am or 2pm?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous 2524212 said...

I think KATU knows they won't make much money off the new 4:30 show. KOIN and KGW have both tried pre-5pm newscasts, and have realized the same result: the demos just aren't there. KATU management knows that. So why launch a 4:30? Think of it as an investment to bolster their 5:00 show. The idea is that the 4:30 will draw the news-watching audience on big-story news days... and by being the first & only on at 4:30, that audience will stay with KATU News (mainly out of convenience) into the 5pm hour.

KATU is hoping they'll get increased sampling by adding the 4:30. And they probably will. But here's the problem: unless those new viewers like what they sample... they'll switch right back over to KGW at 5 o'clock.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 1:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which local producer(s) will be laid off when the new budget goes into effect at OPB?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 6:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATU is going to soon air twice weekly segments by the KXL talk show duo Rob Kramer and Mark Abrams, in which they will do some kind of "right/left" viewpoint commentary.

Kramer was hosting the Lars Larson show last week and announced it. He didn't say exactly when it was going to start or which news broadcast it was going to be on.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 8:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, KATU is trying a 4:30pm newscast?

Maybe they should check and see how KGW's "First At Four" is doing. I remember when their slogan was "First at Four and Last at Five".

Oh yes, "First at Four" was cancelled.

Never mind.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 9:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KPTV is apparently going to keep the 10 O'Clock Bloodbath going through 11:30. Don't know about a start date.

KGW's 10 pm show on Pax doesn't show signs of going away. The June 24th date is when Pax ends its JSAs around the country, but the Portland newscast isn't necessarily affected by that. The show certainly isn't competing with KPTV's 10 pm numbers, but it's not all that much lower than KATU's 11 pm, so KGW isn't anxious to kill it and open the door for another 10 pm newscast.

Expect to see it either move to another station, or Belo buy the station outright and program it like they do KONG 6/16 in Seattle.

Are there any markets where a 4:30 newscast has helped a 5 pm show? It seems like a desperation move stations try when they can't find anything to compete against Oprah, but it never stays on the air longer than a year in any market.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PAX's 10 beat somebody the other day.. I think KOIN's 11.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watch KGW on PAX because I cannot stomach Fox 12 news. The first seven or so stories last night were about sex offenders and meth. It is a joke. At least KGW on PAX does stories of actual interest to regular folks who arent paranoid about pervs. Folks- historically speaking- there have been sex offenders and pervs in your neighborhood since the dawn of man.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Brownstone said...

Was somebody trying to gossip about OPB?

Ha, Ha Ha, is such a thing possible?

I was wondering about the O's removal of Dennis Peck as Sports head. It was mentioned briefly last week in one of their page 3 columns. Bahtia said he would be working somewhere else in the organization. What else can an old sports editor do? Replace Steve Duin?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey anonymous 11:36? Just a quick question. If you "can't stomach FOX 12" and watch PAX instead.. how do you know what they were showing for the first seven or so stories last night? Admit it buddy.. you can't get enough FOX 12 just like everybody else.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easy... watch multiple TVs in the newsroom -- just like everyone else here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 12:10:00 PM  
Anonymous 2524212 said...


A new weather person is coming to town... but which station has hired him????

Read the article below...

Published June 9, 2005, in issue 0423 of The Hook


A year after signing on as news director for first one, then two new television stations, Ric Barrick is out of here.

Barrick, who was not available for last week's story, "Where's Ric? New weatherman off the radar," tells The Hook why he's no longer
forecasting for Charlottesville's newest stations.

"My one-year contract is up, and I decided not to renew," he says.
Besides, he has a weather forecasting job in Portland, Oregon, that leapfrogs
him from the 185th largest television market-- Charlottesville-- to market
number 24.

Ric Barrick says he's looking forward to heading west. "I have a huge connection with nature, and it's a part of the country I've never lived in," he says.

He declines to name the Portland station until the contract is signed, and says he may do some producing in his new job. And now he can add experience
with a start-up station to his resume.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is completely off topic. No gossip here. But I need to get it off my chest: The Portland Tribune had what appeared to be a big scoop today. It even looked like they really stuck it to the Oregonian big time. After the O dismantles Phil Stanford's compiracy theories on the Micheal Franke murder, the Trib comes back with a whopper. The key witness now recants his story, casting doubt on Frank Gable's conviction. Only one problem. They paid they guy! No, of course, not the Tribune itself, but Franke's brothers, who are on a campaign to free Gable. An ex-con who is unemployed gets $1000 for saying something newsworthy, and the Tribune treats it like gospel. Man!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 4:21:00 PM  
Blogger The One True b!X said...

"Plans are underway to create a social restaurant/bar club for journalists, pr and advertising folks. Sort of like press clubs in other cities. Late summer announcement. I like that."

Oh, yes, because there's a set of people who really need an excuse and opporunity to spend more time hanging out together socially.


Tuesday, June 14, 2005 4:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

b!x said: (blah blah blah)

Guess who's not invited for karaoke night....

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 5:22:00 PM  
Anonymous kptvrulesatkaraoke said...

karaoke night! yay! the best thing that happened to portland news!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 5:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear brownstone:
I don't understand why you would laugh at OPB gossip? The best, most highly produced TV in the market comes out of OPB.
And what's so fucking funny about people getting laid off?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Tribune pays for stories, natch, and as one expert said, "it's hard to play in the mud and not get dirty."

Anyone who thinks Francke was killed as part of some prison official "conspiracy" is smoking better meth than Frankie G. was that night!

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous brownstone said...

Boy people on these things are touchy. I find nothing "fucking funny" (please, none of us need the immature profanities) about people getting laid off. I did find it humorous that on this board that is so dominated by talk of commercial TV and Radio stations that one small voice would try to get folks talking about public broadcasting.

Yes, OPB is again/still in budget trouble. Yes, they do produce some of the best local television around (Field Guide and some specials, Art Beat's pretty lame in my book please don't swear at me if you disagree). Yes, they are about to lose some local producers. No, I don't think anyone on this board will notice or really cares.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 2:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is brownstone right? does no one care that talented producers are going to be out of a job? I'd like to meet brownstone in a dark alley some night, with a couple of those fired producers and make him care.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005 10:27:00 PM  
Anonymous brownstone said...

Why do you assume I don't care? Why are people so quick with their threats of physical violence? Can't I comment on the state of media interest in this nation with out someone saying they want to beat me up in a dark alley? Amazing what Fox news and talk radio have done to the intelligence of this nation.

Thursday, June 16, 2005 9:32:00 AM  
Anonymous brownstone said...

Okay, I reread the post and I did say "I don't think anyone on this board will notice or really cares" and since I'm on this board one could assume that I don't think I care about the impending OPB layoffs. Poor word choice I should have said I don't think many on this board will care....

I still don't understand the need for childish threats and playground bullying but I guess that's just the internet age. Intelligent conversation is a victim of snark.

Thursday, June 16, 2005 9:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

brownstone, your smugness is the hallmark of the internet age. wanting to meet you in a dark alley is how we used to settle things.

Thursday, June 16, 2005 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just for the record, I work at OPB and I have not heard of any impending lay offs, in radio or TV. That is of course if Congress fails (as I think it will) to slash CPB funding...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 2:59:00 PM  
Anonymous brownstone said...

brownstone, your smugness is the hallmark of the internet age. wanting to meet you in a dark alley is how we used to settle things.

I still don't get what grip you have with me. Why all the anger?

Thursday, June 16, 2005 3:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe he likes you... there are other things to do in dark alleys.

Thursday, June 16, 2005 6:21:00 PM  
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