San Jose Mercury News

ABC O&O Shuffles News Anchors

Oct 9, 2015  •  Post A Comment

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.

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  1. The biggest mistake ABC has made. I feel like I’m watching a college news report. ABC doesn’t report news but rather fluff. Reggie needs to remember he is supposed to report the news not offer his opinion on the news. Reggie, take notes from David Muir please. Report objectively and professionally.

  2. The newer young Latino morning news team replaced a seasoned trustworthy multicultural news team- what a mistake indeed! I can’t relate to these youngsters. I’ve also noticed that the black newscasters are now scarcely visible. I avoid watching abc news unless I see Eric Thomas or Kristen Zse

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