KRON Reporter Robbed at Gunpoint

Just a short time ago, FTVLive told you that a KTVU Reporter was beaten up while covering a story.

Now word comes that a Reporter in the same market was robbed at gunpoint this morning.

The San Francisco Chronicle says that a KRON Reporter was robbed of equipment and personal property early Tuesday in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood.

The employee, whose name wasn't released, was sitting in his news van on the Interstate 280 overpass near 18th and Pennsylvania Avenue about 5 a.m., preparing a report on recent work that was completed on the freeway.

Two men with bandannas hiding their faces got out of a car, opened the van doors and put a gun to the reporter's head while ordering him to get in the back, police said.

The assailants stole a laptop computer, a wallet and a camera tripod before fleeing in their car.

No arrests have been made. Station managers declined to comment Tuesday.

KTVU Reporter Beaten Up While Covering Story

A scary story out of KTVU in Oakland....

Word is that KTVU Reporter Cara Liu, was beaten by a female assailant on Sunday afternoon while covering a homicide story at a local flea market. 

Liu was on the scene when she was confronted and beaten up and struck repeatedly.

While shaken and unnerved, Liu is OK and recovering, according to a station sources who indicated her injuries was not serious.

Cops have made no arrests in the case. 

H/T Rich Lieberman 

51 Years Ago Today at CBS.....

51 years ago Today, CBS broadcast their first ever half hour newscast. 

Since 1948,  the newscast anchored first by Douglas Edwards and then Walter Cronkite was just 15 minutes long.

On September 2, 1963, that newscast was stretched to a half hour.

Of course, if you count all the commercials and promos, some would argue that Today's CBS Evening News is still just 15 minutes of actual news. 

Could This be the Start of a Very Long Run?

For us older people (I hate saying that), we can remember the days of Tom, Peter and Dan. Those were the network evening news anchors you could count on seeing on your TV each night.

Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Dan Rather were like old faithful, you could trust that they would be there each night at 6:30, giving us the news.

But, then things got unstable in the network news game. Jennings died, Brokaw retired and Dan Rather just went bat shit crazy.

Since then, there has been all kinds of changes. ABC tried the duel anchor team Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas. Just into the experiment, Woodruff was critically injured in Iraq and ABC soon put Charles Gibson in the chair. Not long after that, Gibson was gone and replaced by Diane Sawyer.

Over at CBS, after Rather was pushed out, the network turned to Bob Schieffer. Schieffer was then replaced Katie Couric. Couric was pushed out and replaced by Scott Pelley.

NBC was the only one to complete and successful handoff. When Brokaw stepped down from the chair, he handed it off to Brian Williams and BriWi has been there ever since.

But, now with David Muir replacing Diane Sawyer, we could be going back to the future. It is likely that we might not see another network anchor change for a decade or longer. The current anchors could be the Peter, Tom and Dan of the future.

Scott Pelley is the oldest of the three at 57. There is no dount he could stay in that job until he's 70 at least. BriWi is 55 and looks like he's 45. David Muir is the baby on the block at just 40 years old.

As anyone that works in this business knows, there is no such thing as stability in TV news. But, this could be a long run without an anchor change network news.

Just like the old days.....

God, I sound like my grandpa. 

Never Thank Video Tape

Why back when I started in TV News, a very smart News Director told me, "You don't thank video tape."

What the ND was saying, is never let the anchor say, "thank you" to a video taped report. If the Reporter is live and you want to thank them after their live shot, that's ok, but never if it's a taped package.

My ND told me it looks awkward and unprofessional.

Check out this video of David Muir's first newscast as the new Anchor of ABC's World News Tonight. Correspondent Cecilia Vega sigs out on video and than Muir says he name again and then thanks her.

It was awkward and it proved to me once again that my old ND knew what he was talking about. 

25 Years Anchoring the News in The Burgh

In January, WPXI (Pittsburgh) Anchors David Johnson and Peggy Finnegan will have been anchoring the news together for 25 years.

The co-anchors are already longest-running local news-anchor team in Pittsburgh television history and one of the longest in the nation. 

Twenty-five years for a single anchor is extraordinary, says Robert Thompson, professor of media and culture at Syracuse University. 

“For a team to stay together for 25 years is almost unheard of,” Thompson says. “You're talking about two different people who have to be incredibly stable in a field that is unstable. Those in TV news tend to move around all over the place, to bigger markets or for personal reasons, or new management shakes things up and they're fired.” 

After an anchor team reaches 10 years together, they have the advantage of nostalgia working, he says. “When you have that kind of continuity of 25 years together, a lot of people living in Pittsburgh may never have known a world without these two people together. A lot of these viewers' parents may have broken up, but these anchors are still together.” 

Their achievement, begun in 1990, surprises even Johnson, who has been in television journalism for 35 years, and Finnegan, who got her start in radio in 1982 before moving to TV in 1983. Johnson has been through 11 news directors and two general managers since coming to the station in 1985. 

When he arrived in Pittsburgh, Johnson decided to give it three years and then re-evaluate. “You just never know when you get hired some place if you'll catch on, if they'll like you and you'll like them, or if you'll connect with your co-anchor,” he says. “We loved it.” 

Finnegan's original intent was to work for a few years in Pittsburgh — “a great TV market,” she says — and then move on to a larger city. “Nothing like marrying a Pittsburgh boy and starting a family to make you realize you're exactly where you're supposed to be,” she says. 

“Part of what David and I have together is mutual respect and admiration for the abilities and talents of the other. When you add that we also truly like each other, you've got the foundation for a good team.” 

Johnson offers this assessment: “I think we're both good journalists. I'm not bad at being a ‘hard news' reader. She is so wonderful at delivering emotion and compassion. I don't possess that like she does. Together, it seems to work. 

“She is a good reporter who, as such a good person and mother, can translate that in a way the viewer can relate to, better than I can. She's Catholic, I'm Jewish. She lives in the suburbs, I live in the city. We have some contrasts, but we love each other and love working together.”

FTVLive spent 4 years working with both Johnson and Finnegan and we can say that both are some of the nicest people you will meet in this business full with not so nice people.

H/T Pittsburgh Tribune Review