The situation is described as “musical anchor chairs” for a major-market ABC-owned TV station. The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that KGO-TV in San Francisco continues to shuffle its on-air personnel.
“Kristen Sze and Eric Thomas are reportedly being moved off the morning desk to be replaced by recent hires Natasha Zouves and Reggie Aqui,” the paper reports. “Those moves are in addition to the one made last week involving 36-year KGO veteran anchor Cheryl Jennings. She announced that she would be leaving the 5 and 11 p.m. anchor desk to devote her time to ‘long-form in-depth stories’ and continue her duties as host of KGO’s public affairs show ‘Beyond the Headlines.'”
Jennings, whose long stint at KGO is a rarity for a major-market station, said on social media that she is excited about her “new opportunity,” but the report notes that some observers have “speculated that management may have nudged her in that direction.”
The report adds: “Just last year, Carolyn Johnson, one of KGO’s most high-profile anchors, left the station after telling this publication that she was asked to take a pay cut amid budgetary trimming at KGO. Johnson had two years left on her contract but opted to move to a station in Southern California.”
Sze and Thomas have reportedly been a part of the station’s morning telecast for at least 15 years. Sze will fill co-anchor spots at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to the article, after Jennings shifts to her new duties, while Thomas moves to weekends.
The San Francisco area is the nation’s sixth-largest television market.