June 2013


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In This Issue of "Off Camera":
Emmy 2013: Emmy Awards Gala June 15 in San Francisco
Emmy 2013: 2012-13 Emmy Nominations
Emmy 2013: Make It Quick! New Rules For Emmy Speeches
Emmy 2013: Numerous Sponsors Backing Awards Gala
Emmy 2013: Nespresso Pours Gourmet Coffee At Emmy Gala
Emmy 2013: SnappyTV To Stream Emmy Awards Live
Emmy 2013: Raffle At Awards Gala Benefits Scholarship Fund
Emmy 2013: Don Sanchez To Receive 2013 Governors Award
Emmy 2013: KGO-TV's Wayne Freedman To Receive 2013 Governors Citation
Emmy 2013: Craig Franklin, Steve Shlisky, Kevin Wing Tapped For 2013 Governors Service Medallions
Belva Davis Receives Honor
End Of An Era For KCSM
Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge Coming Up
Gold & Silver Circle Profile: Dave McElhatton
"Soundbites": KTVU's Tom Vacar
"THe Health Reporter": Slimming Down For The Emmys
Scholarship Deadline Extended
Angelo Stalis, Legendary Fresno Weatherman Retires After 43 Years At KFSN-TV
Viviana Paez Named Co-Anchor At 6 And 11 P.M. For KUVS
TV A Go Go
"Off Camera" Takes Top Honors
NATAS National Honors Students With Scholarships
High School Students Receive Pillar Awards
ABC Goes Into Live Streaming Service
Cable TV Suffers First-Ever Subscriber Loss


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the board of governors



Keith Sanders, San Jos State University, President

Kevin Wing, ABC-TV/"Good Morning America," VP San Francisco

Christian Anguiano, KUVS 19, VP Sacramento

Richard Harmelink, KFSN ABC 30, VP Fresno

Justin Fujioka, KITV 4, VP Hawaii

Terri Russell, KOLO 8, VP Reno

Mike Garza, KXTV 10, VP Smaller Markets

Kym McNicholas, PandoDaily, Secretary

Terry Lowry, LaCosse Productions, Treasurer

Javier Valencia, Consultant, Past President


national trustees:

Alison Gibson, Media Cool

(National 2nd Vice Chairperson)

John Odell, CCSF, Emeritus

(National Rules Chair)

Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (Activities)

Linda Giannecchini, KQED (Alternate) (Museum)



Brent Ayres, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

John Catchings, Catchings & Associates (Museum)

Janice Edwards, Edwards Unlimited

Luis Godinez, KDTV Univision 14

Scott Humber, Hawaii News Now

Mistie Lackey, KOVR CBS 13

Valerie Landes, KRCB 22

Da Lin, KPIX CBS 5

Ronald Louie, KTVU Channel 2

Bryan May, KXTV 10

Sidney Milburn, KITV 4

Karen Owoc, The Health Reporter

Jim Parker, KPIX CBS 5

Jack Pavelick, Springboard TV Bob Redell, KNTV NBC Bay Area

Gary Schultz, KGO ABC 7

Sandy Sirias, KFTV Univision 21

Matt Skryja, AAA 

Kim Stephens, KMPH Fox 26

Karen Sutton, Stanford Video

Julie Watts, KPIX CBS 5

Ken Wayne, KTVU Channel 2

Justin Willis, KSEE 24

Pamela Young, KITV 4

Patty Zubov, Platonic TV



committee chairs:

Craig Franklin, (Awards)

Mark Pearson, ARC Law Group (Legal/Bylaws)

Steve Shlisky, KTVU Channel 2 (Education)

James Spalding, Spalding & Co. (Finance)


execUtive director:

Darryl R. Compton, NATAS 

Dear (Your Name)

Your June 2013
Off Camera Newsletter

    June is Emmy month!

      All of us at Off Camera, your monthly publication that is a benefit to you as a member of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, hope you will enjoy this special Emmy edition!

      Learn more about the Emmy Awards Gala, to be held June 15 at the San Francisco Hilton on Union Square! Find out more about our numerous Emmy sponsors, all of whom have something very special to offer you if you're planning to be there that evening. You can also be a part of our special Emmy raffle. Buy tickets for the chance to win some special prizes and support our Chapter's scholarship fund!

      Think that's all? Guess again! Read more about all of our Emmy nominees and Governors award recipients!

      There's much, much more in this special edition, and we know it'll get you even more in the mood for the Emmys! If you're a nominee, we wish you the very best of luck, and we hope you'll be going home with a gold Emmy statuette under your arm!

      Most of all, have fun and enjoy the night! Good luck!

Kevin Wing / 2012  




Kevin Wing


Off Camera

EMMY� 2013

San Francisco Is The Place To Be For Emmy Night


By Kevin Wing
Regional Vice President, San Francisco 
       San Francisco is the place to be on the evening of June 15, when the 42nd Annual Northern California Area Emmy Awards are presented from the Grand Ballroom of the San Francisco Hilton on Union Square.Emmy statuette

     More than 500 people are expected to attend the Emmy Awards Gala. This year, the program's theme is "Past, Present and Future", as the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honors and celebrates excellence in television in the following markets: San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, Fresno, Salinas-Monterey, Chico-Redding, Eureka, Reno and Hawaii.

     With the "Past, Present and Future" theme, television journalists who once worked in markets served by the Chapter will be presenters at the Emmys. The Chapter chose the theme for this year because it wants to showcase how far the industry has come during the last 50 years.

    This year's Emmy Awards Gala has an illustrious lineup of sponsors, all of whom will be represented that evening at the Gala Reception. A raffle, the proceeds of which will go to the Chapter's college scholarship fund, will also be featured. 

EMMY� 2013
Emmy� Nominees Represent Chapter's Best
415 Individuals Receive Nominations For Their Work in 2012
       The suspense will soon end for individuals, stations and media outlets nominated for an Emmy� Award!
     Just a few days remain until the June 15 EmmyAwards Gala at the San Francisco Hilton on Union Square.
     The 42nd Annual Northern California Area EmmyAward nominations were announced May 1.

     The Emmy Award is presented for outstanding achievement in television by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). San Francisco/Northern California is one of 20 chapters awarding regional Emmystatuettes. Northern California is composed of media companies and individuals from Visalia to the Oregon border, and includes Hawaii and Reno, Nevada.

     Entries were aired during the 2012 calendar year.

     This year, 674 English and 115 Spanish entries were received in 60 categories. English and Spanish language entries were judged and scored separately. A minimum of five peer judges from other NATAS chapters scored each entry on a scale from 1 to 10 on content, creativity and execution. Craft categories were judged on creativity and execution only. The total score is divided by the number of judges. The mean score is sorted from highest to lowest in each category. The Chapter Awards Committee looks at blind scores (not knowing the category) and decides on the cut-off number for nominations and recipients. The results are tabulated by the Chapter's accounting firm, Spalding and Company.

     In highest number of nominations, KNTV NBC Bay Area received the most with 27, followed by Comcast SportsNet 24 and KPIX 5, with 22 each. KUVS Univision 19 topped the Spanish contest with 18 nominations.

    Among the highest number of individual nominations received, there is a tie, at seven nominations each, with Brian Hackney of KPIX 5 and Jeremiah Ysip of The Filipino Channel. Tony Kovaleski of KNTV NBC Bay Area was next with six nominations. A total of 415 indiviuals received nominations.

    The June 15 black-tie event will be webcast live this year by Tagged.com. Snappy TV will webcast a second channel with recipient interviews.

    Tickets for the event are $145. Television Academy members receive a $10 discount, at $135.

    The no-host reception begins at 6 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, Parlor A. Dinner and the awards presentation will take place in the Grand Ballroom, Parlor B, at 7 p.m. A Recipient Celebration will be held in Parlor A after the awards are presented.


Link to NOMINATIONS Press Release



$145 per person - NATAS members $135 per person

To sit with friends - reserve a table of 10 for $60 per table

E-Tickets will be sent to you - no check-in - go directly to reception.





EMMY� 2013

New Rules For Emmy� Speeches? You Don't Say!

Strict 30-Second Time Limit For Designated Speakers To Keep Show Moving Along

By Julie Watts
Chairperson, Emmy� Awards Gala Committee
       Congratulations, 2013 Emmy� nominees on behalf of the NATAS 42nd Annual Emmy� Gala Awards Committee! This year's Gala promises to be one of the best ever, featuring a few procedural changes aimed at speeding up the evening's program. So, before you start planning your acceptance speeches, please note the changes:

DESIGNATED SPOKESPERSON: No matter how many people are named on your entry, only one pre-designated spokesperson will be allowed to speak on-stage on behalf of your entry, should it win. All of the nominees on the entry are invited to join the spokesperson on stage and receive their EMMY� statuette. Deadline to email the name of your entry's spokesperson was May 24.


NO SPOKESPERSON: If no spokesperson was pre-designated by May 24, no on-stage speech will be given. If the pre-designated spokesperson does not attend the gala, no on-stage speech will be given. If there is no spokesperson in a category, the presenters will announce the winning entry and move on to the next category. The award recipients in that category will proceed directly to the reception area to collect their Emmy� statuette.
ONE SPEECH PER NOMINEE: Each spokesperson will be invited to give only one on-stage speech
regardless of the number of awards they receive. You may submit your name to speak on behalf of as many entries as you are nominated, but after you give your first on-stage speech (regardless of the category), the microphone will be cut when you walk onstage to accept your remaining awards.

30-SECOND SPEECHES: A strict 30-second time limit for on-stage speeches will be adhered to this year, but not to worry...


BACKSTAGE SPEECHES: Thanks to our live back-stage webcast, everyone will have the opportunity to thank Mom, Dad, Susie the Intern, Fido and anyone else they didn't get to thank on stage. Everyone nominated on a winning entry (including the spokesperson) will be invited to give a speech on the red-carpet backstage. As in the on-stage speeches, these red-carpet speeches will be webcast live and archived for re-posting on social media, texting, tweeting, embedding, emailing and sharing with anyone and everyone in your life. If you can't make it to the Gala, be sure to check out our first of its kind dual webcast at http://2013awards.emmysf.tv featuring simultaneous onstage and backstage programs -- sponsored by Tagged.com and SnappyTV 
EMMY� 2013
Sponsors Support EmmyGala In A Big Way 
From Diamonds To Wine To Chocolate, There's Something For Everyone
By Julie Watts
Chairperson, Emmy� Awards Gala Committee
       This year's Emmy Awards Gala begins at 6 p.m. with a fabulous EmmyPre-Show Reception, sponsored by Steve Padis Jewelry featuring the Forevermark diamond.
       From 6 to 6:45 p.m., guests will enjoy complimentary passed appetizers and Domaine Chandon sparkling wine, as well as complimentary espresso drinks provided by Nespresso and wine tasting, courtesy of our wine sponsor, Watts Winery.  
       Come early and bid often on the Silent Auction to benefit the NATAS TV Academy Scholarship Fund.
        This year's offerings range from an evening of fine dining and entertainment in San Francisco, to an in-home organizing session courtesy of NEAT Method. Winning bids are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
       And, if you don't walk away with an Emmythis year, you could walk away with diamonds! During the pre-show reception, we will also raffle off Forevermark Diamond Earrings and a Double Magnum of Padis Napa Valley Cabernet ($5,000 value), courtesy of Steve Padis Jewelry. Each $20 raffle ticket will also be entered to win one of 144 bottles of Anthony August Wine ($35 value).
       Many of the party perks will continue throughout the evening as recipients make their way to the Red Carpet, sponsored by Tagged.com and SnappyTV. Guests are invited to enjoy the Silent Auction, Bubbly Bar, Cash Bar, and complimentary Nespresso coffee drinks all night long.
After the big night, both the on-stage speeches and the red-carpet speeches will be available for download courtesy of Tagged.com, our Marquee Emmy� Awards Gala sponsor and webcast sponsor.
      If you can't make the show, be sure to watch our first-of-its-kind two-channel Emmy
webcast at www.emmysf.tv.

Padis ad half 
Watts ad half 
Chandon ad half
Snappy TV ad half 
  Anthony August ad
Be The
       On Emmy� Night, stop by the Silent Auction table in the Reception Hall and bid for some fabulous deals! Bidding continues until 10:00 PM.
       After the Ceremony, check the Silent Auction table to see if you're the top bidder and collect what you've won.
       The Silent Auction benefits the NATAS TV Academy Scholarship Fund. Bids are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Credit Cards will be accepted.
Silent Auction Items and Experiences:
Two Night Hotel Stay with Breakfasts.
3 Hours of In-Home or In-Office Organizing Services & NEAT Method's Favorite Organizing Items from the Container Store.
$100 Gift Certificate and Four Featured Skincare Items.
4 Tickets to either Steve Miller Band & The Doobie Brothers on Friday, June 21 at 7:30 PM- OR - "Best of Tchaikovsky" with the San Francisco Symphony on Saturday, July 20 at 7:00 PM - at San Francisco's newest concert venue, Pier 27/29.
Dinner for Two at Pier 7 on the Embarcadero, San Francisco.
"All About Ghirardelli" Gift Basket.
Artisan Tour and Tasting for Four at Hall Rutherford Winery in Napa Valley.
Martin Yan's China Cookbook (Autographed by Chef Yan), Ultimate Chinese Home Chef Knife, 2 sets of Lacquer Chopsticks, Yan Can Cook Apron.
Two tickets for the World-Renowned San Francisco Musical Revue.
LE COLONIAL (Value $120)
Dinner for Two at the French Vietnamese Restaurant, San Francisco.
SCALA'S BISTRO (Value $100)
Rustic Italian / French / Northern California Cuisine, San Francisco.
Classic Sunday Brunch with Live Drag Entertainment, for Two, San Francisco.
JOHN'S GRILL (Value $100)
"Home of the Maltese Falcon, where good friends and famous personalities have met since 1908." San Francisco.
Top Bidder At Emmy Silent Auction
EMMY� 2013

Nespresso Sponsors Gourmet Coffee 

At This Year's Emmy Awards Gala


By Kym McNicholas

Chapter Secretary


       When Nespresso moved into Union Square, at first glance you might have said, "Not another coffee shop." That's actually why I decided to walk into the shop at Grant and Geary streets in San Francisco. It almost felt like I was walking into an Apple Store, not a Starbucks competitor. It's truly a retail store to showcase and demo their latest Nespresso gourmet coffee makers.

       They have plenty of customer service representatives to welcome you and walk you through making a cup of coffee using their machines (you get to drink it, too). If you'd rather sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and have a fresh-baked snack instead, you can do that as well. You just can't take it to go unless you buy a machine.

       When I asked if Nespresso got the idea to open a hands-on retail store such as this from Apple, they said it wasn't clear who got the idea from whom as they both opened their first shops the same year.

       Take a look:


       Nespresso is sponsoring the coffee at this year's Emmy Awards Gala and showing all of us how easy their machines are to work. They've also donated machines for our silent auction, so if you love the taste, you can bid on one to take home that night!


EMMY� 2013
Emmy Gala Sponsor, SnappyTV,
To Provide Live Stream Of Awards Show

By Kym McNicholas

Chapter Secretary


      When I started working for tech blog, PandoDaily, I was tasked with building their video department from scratch, which included searching for live streaming vendors. I tried so many of them, including uStream, Livestream, Ooyala, and more. And, although their technology was great, I wanted to do something more. I wanted to be able to easily cut clips from the live stream to post on our Vidcaster video platform on www.pandodaily.com. There is a workaround using a video screen grab and a Quicktime player. But who has time for workarounds during a live broadcast.

     That's when I discovered SnappyTV.

     Imagine being able to create segments from your live news broadcast, real-time, and post them on the web and send them virally through social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn? SnappyTV can do that. I cut clips real-time during a live stream of what we call our PandoMonthly events, where my CEO, Sarah Lacy, interviews a Silicon Valley executive on stage for two hours. We post those clips immediately online, with an easy to input headline and description.

     They are going to give all of us a taste of their technology at this month's Emmy Awards. They are donating their time and technology to stream both the awards ceremony as well as the speeches.

     Clips of each and every speech will be available to the winners to share through their social graph.


Here are a few facts about SnappyTV:

  • Cloud-based, real-time editing tools allow broadcasters to be the first to break the stories and instantly deliver that headline along with compelling video.
  • Deep integrations with social channels allow you to publish content that reaches your audience when and where they want their news - on mobile, on Twitter, and on Facebook.
  • SnappyTV enables news broadcasters to fully comply with FCC closed-caption regulations for both live and on-demand video content. By automatically capturing the closed captions used in over-the-air broadcast feeds, any clips and live streams can carry data across and automatically display closed captions on both websites and mobile devices.
  • Create new monetization opportunities around breaking news content with video inventory inside social media channels.

EMMY� 2013

Emmy Awards Gala Raffle Benefits

NATAS Academy Scholarship Fund


By Karen Owoc

EmmyⓇAwards Gala Committee


       At this month's Emmy Awards Gala, attendees will have a chance to participate in a raffle drawing that benefits the scholarship fund of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

       The grand prize: 1.05 karat Forevermark Diamond Earrings and a Double Magnum of

Padis 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Total value $5,000).

        Or, win one of 144 Bottles of Napa Valley 2008 Anthony August Proprietary Red Wine
(Value $35/bottle)

       Raffle tickets can be purchased on the night of the gala:

$20 for 1 ticket, 3 tickets for $50, and 7 tickets for $100 (two tickets free).

Winners will be announced during the Emmy� Awards ceremony and you must be present to win! 

       Steve Padis Jewelryfeaturing Forevermark, the exclusive sponsor of the 2013Emmy Gala Reception, is also donating a pair of 1.05 karat Forevermark Diamond Earrings and a Double Magnum (3L) Bottle of Padis 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to be raffled off together at this year's Emmy� Awards Gala (a $5,000 value). 

       Steve Padis Jewelry is one of the most trusted names in the industry, specializing in fine jewelry for nearly 40 years. The family-owned and operated jeweler has three locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

       Steve Padis Jewelry is known for its high quality, responsibly sourced diamonds. They are among a select group of top-level jewelers in America chosen by De Beers to sell its exclusive Forevermark diamonds. Forevermark is a diamond brand produced by De Beers, the world's largest mining company and distributor of diamonds. Each Forevermark diamond comes with a promise, that it is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced.

       The Padis family also owns the Napa Valley Padis Vineyards, offering three wines made by renowned winemaker Robert Foley. They all share the trademark Foley style: big flavors, aromatic density and balance. The double magnum Padis Cabernet Sauvignon to be auctioned off at this year's gala is rich with dark berry flavors and is crafted to be enjoyed young, but also has the structure to age gracefully for patient connoisseurs.

 Anthony August Vineyard, Napa Valley is in the Oak Knoll AVA, the newest appellation in the Valley, producing delicious Merlots, Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and most notably, Cabernet Sauvignon, from the fewest number of wineries per square mile than any other appellation in the region. The mixture of hot sunny days and cool summer nights, fed by moist air off the San Pablo Bay, creates a unique climate for grape growing and wine production that rivals the Carneros region or Up Valley appellations in offering excellent growing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon.

       2008 Proprietary Redis crafted in the same style, perhaps a little richer on the palate than its 2007 predecessor. The spicy character of the Zinfandel and floral and berry tones of the Cabernet Franc comes through on the nose. On the palate, the Zinfandel contributes a nice acidity, while the Cabernet Sauvignon maintains a nice balanced midpalate. The wine is well balanced with a moderate acidity, medium weight tannins and long finish.

EMMY� 2013
Don Sanchez Receiving Governors Award
KGO-TV ABC 7 Veteran Of 40 Years Tapped For Chapter's Highest Honor
By Kevin Wing
Regional Vice President, San Francisco
          In a career at San Francisco's KGO-TV ABC 7 that spanned four decades, it could be said that Don Sanchez nearly was everything in front of the camera.
        The widely-popular Sanchez retired in December as the station's arts and entertainment reporter after a 40-year career there. Prior to that position, Sanchez worked as a general assignment reporter, news anchor, sports anchor and host.
        At the Emmy Awards Gala June 15, Sanchez will be honored with the prestigious 2013 Governors

 Don Sanchez

2013 Governors Award Honoree

Award from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
      The Governors Award will be among four special awards handed out at the Emmy� Awards Gala. The Chapter will also present a Board of Governors Citation and the Governors Service Medallion to four individuals who, like Sanchez, are Bay Area broadcasters.
      The distinguished Governors Award is the highest honor a Chapter can bestow. Sanchez is being recognized for his many professional achievements during a 50-year television career that began at KSBY-TV in San Luis Obispo in 1963.    
      Sanchez says he wanted to be a broadcaster "as soon as he could walk."
      "My folks told me I used to stand outside using a spoon as a microphone," he says. "In my early days, I'd go over to my grandma's and listen to radio, fascinated by talk shows, variety, comedy, news. I was a junior in high school when I got my first radio show in my hometown of Santa Maria."
      Sanchez remained at KSBY-TV for nine years before moving to KGO-TV in 1973. He remained at the ABC station for the rest of his career.
      "That's right, I've only worked at two TV stations in 49 years in television, 40 years of it at ABC7," Sanchez says.
      As a reporter and anchor at KGO-TV, Sanchez has practically done it all. Beginning his long tenure there as a news reporter, Sanchez was eventually tapped to be sports anchor for the station during its News Scene years through the 1970s. Later, he anchored the station's 5 p.m. newscast. He also anchored on weekends and on weekday mornings, prior to becoming the station's arts and entertainment reporter. At one point, in the late 1980s, he co-hosted Good Morning Bay Area, the successor to KGO-TV's long-running AM San Francisco. Both programs aired after ABC's Good Morning America.
      During Sanchez's long career, he has received three Emmy� Awards, one for a harrowing whitewater adventure in the Sierra Nevada; the second was for a multi-part series on the Special Olympics. A third Emmy� was awarded to Sanchez to recognize his Good Morning Bay Area hosting talents.
      In 2000, Sanchez was inducted into the Chapter's distinguished Silver Circle for his contributions to the Bay Area television industry during a 25-plus-year career. 

EMMY� 2013

KGO-TV's Wayne Freedman To Receive

Board Of Governors Citation At Gala

Veteran Reporter's Accomplishments Include 51 Emmy� Wins


By Kevin Wing
Regional Vice President, San Francisco
     He's known as much for his style of storytelling as he is for winning 51 Emmy awards.

     Wayne Freedman, the much-celebrated feature reporter and general assignment reporter who has spent the last 22 years at San Francisco's KGO-TV ABC 7, will be recognized at the

Emmy Awards Gala June 15 by the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

     Freedman will be honored with a 2013 Board of Governors Citation.

     The KGO-TV broadcaster is perhaps best-known for the sheer number of Emmy� statuettes he has won during his career. Winning one Emmyisn't easy. Neither is winning 51 of them.

Wayne Freedman

     Freedman has been a part of the Bay Area television landscape for 32 years. Originally from Los Angeles, he arrived in 1981 when he was hired at KRON Channel 4 in San Francisco. Prior to joining KRON, Freedman worked in Louisville and Dallas.

     In 1989, after eight years at KRON, Freedman left the Bay Area for a national assignment: producing and reporting feature stories for CBS News. In 1991, he returned to San Francisco to work for KGO-TV.

     In addition to his Emmy� wins, Freedman also received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award in 2012, for writing.

     He was inducted into the Chapter's Silver Circle in 2002, recognizing his significant contributions to the Chapter in a career spanning more than 25 years. He is the author of

It Takes More Than Good Looks To Succeed At Television News Reporting. The book is now in its second edition, and is required reading for major college journalism programs in the United States, Canada and Europe.


EMMY� 2013
Governors Service Medallion To Bay Area Trio
Craig Franklin, Steve Shlisky, Kevin Wing Tapped For Gala Honor
       Three Emmy� Award-winning San Francisco Bay Area broadcasters have each been chosen to receive the 2013 Governors Service Medallion at the Emmy� Awards Gala at the San Francisco Hilton on Union Square June 15.
        When the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognizes excellence that evening, it will also recognize the three Bay Area television veterans for their talent and contributions to the Chapter.
       The Chapter will bestow Governors Service Medallions to Craig Franklin, retired producer/photographer at KPIX 5 and KRON 4 in San Francisco; Steve Shlisky, longtime producer/writer/editor at KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland; and Kevin Wing, a Bay Area-based producer for ABC-TV's Good Morning America and a former assignment editor/reporter/producer at KTVU, KGO-TV in San Francisco and KNTV/NBC Bay Area in San Jose.
      Franklin, the longtime producer/photographer who recently retired as senior producer for news
Craig Franklin
special projects at KPIX, began at KRON in 1977 as a broadcast engineer and news photographer. In 1983, the station promoted him to special projects producer/photographer.
     In 2004, Franklin left KRON, heading across town to KPIX, where he became executive producer for 30 Minutes Bay Area, a pilot version of CBS's long-running 60 Minutes. The KPIX program ran until 2006.
     During his long career, Franklin has won 19 Emmy� Awards for producing, camerawork, video editing and writing. He has also received three George Foster Peabody Awards and an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award.
     In 2008, Franklin was inducted into the Chapter's Silver Circle for his contributions to the television industry during a 25-plus-year career.
     A longtime member of this Chapter's Board of Governors, Franklin is the dedicated chairperson of the awards committee, a commitment that not only encompasses this Chapter, but other NATAS chapters across the country. The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter is regularly called upon to assist in judging Emmy entries from other chapters. Franklin coordinate the judging, recruiting colleagues and his fellow members serving on the Chapter's Board of Governors.
     Shlisky, who has worked in the Bay Area television industry for more than 33 years, has
Steve Shlisky
been a producer/writer/editor at KTVU since 1980. Prior to joining KTVU, he worked briefly at KNTV.
     For the last two years, Shlisky has served as the education chairperson on the Board of Governors, which is instrumental in offering journalism and broadcast scholarships to college students. Shlisky annually oversees the judging and awarding of $16,000 in college scholarships in seven categories.
     In addition, Shlisky also serves as a judge for high school news and video entries and participates in media literacy and the Chapter's speakers bureau. He devotes time to the Emmy� Awards Gala committee, and is a regular contributor to Off Camera.
     Shlisky is also co-chairperson and instructor in the media communications department at Laney College in Oakland. Previously, he worked as a part-time lecturer at San Francisco State University.
     The recipient of 12 Emmy� Awards, which includes four national Emmy� nominations, Shlisky has also received six Radio Television News Directors Awards, the Associated Press's Mark Twain Award, 12 Telly Awards and seven Joey Awards, for video production. He has also received the Benjamin P. Draper Award for recognition of writing about the media industry, along with a best feature story honor from the Society of Professional Journalists.
      Wing, who celebrates the start of his 27th year in Bay Area television news this month, became a Bay Area/Northern California producer for ABC-TV's Good Morning America in 2006. He also hosts and produces a new travel series. Additionally, he is a communications lead for VTA BART Silicon Valley, an arm of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, which is building the long-awaited BART extension from Fremont to San Jose.
Kevin Wing / 2012
Kevin Wing
  The recipient of two Emmy� Awards -- the first in 1996 for best breaking news at KTVU, and the second in 2000, also for KTVU, for best daytime newscast for Mornings On 2 -- Wing has worked as a news reporter, feature reporter, assignment editor, news and field producer, news writer, special projects producer, assignment manager, news anchor and executive producer. In addition to his 11-year tenure with KTVU, Wing has also worked at KGO-TV, KRON, and most recently, KNTV/NBC Bay Area. Early in his career, he briefly left the Bay Area to work as an assignment editor and news anchor in San Diego and Eureka, respectively, before returning to the Bay Area to join KTVU and the the original staff of Mornings On 2 upon its debut in 1991.
      Very involved with Chapter activities and events, Wing joined the Board of Governors in 2010 as secretary. Last year, he became the Board of Governors' regional vice president for San Francisco. Since 2007, he has written more than 65 Gold and Silver Circle inductee profiles for Off Camera. After serving a year as associate editor of the monthly Chapter newsletter, Wing became editor in April. In addition to his editing and writing duties for Off Camera, he authors Soundbites, a new monthly Q&A-style column, which debuted in April. It features mini-profiles of television professionals, on-camera and behind the scenes, within our Chapter.
       Before his involvement with the Chapter, Wing was chapter co-president and vice president of broadcast for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.
       In addition to his two Emmy� wins, Wing has received accolades from the Radio Television News Directors Association, the Associated Press Television Radio Association, the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, the Telly Awards, the Joey Awards and the Communicator Awards.
Bay Area's Belva Davis Honored By RTDNA
West Coast's First Black Anchorwoman To Receive John F. Hogan Award
      Belva Davis, longtime Bay Area anchor and reporter and the first African American anchorwoman on the West Coast, is being honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) with the 2013 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award.
      The award recognizes an individual's contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press.
      "Belva Davis embodies the very best of our profession," says RTDNA Chairman Vincent Duffy. "At a time when women of color were rarely seen on television, let alone presenting the news, she blazed a trail for a generation of journalists."
      "Through hard work and determination, Belva Davis became one of her area's most trusted voices," adds RTDNA Executive Director Mike Cavender. "We're proud to honor the outstanding contributions she's made throughout her 50-year career."
      The award will be presented on Aug. 25 at the Excellence in Journalism 2013 National Convention at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Anaheim.

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Bill Moore, in February

A reception will follow to honor
      At a time when stories about African Americans and/or women rarely made the news, Davis, a young single mother struggling to raise two small children, refused to be deterred - the fact that a racist mob pummeled her with insults and trash at the 1964 GOP convention only made her more determined to persevere. Ultimately, she did, rising to become one of the most respected and trusted local journalists in the country.
     Davis, who retired last November, has won eight regional Emmy awards during her career. In 1961, she became an on-air interviewer for KSAN, an AM radio station in San Francisco. She made her television debut in 1963 at KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland, covering an African American beauty pageant. Davis also worked as a disc jockey for KDIA, a soul-gospel radio station based in Vallejo. That is when the 1964 Republican National Convention, which was being held at the Cow Palace in Daly City, inspired her to become a reporter.
     She worked for KNEW, an AM radio station in Oakland, as an announcer in 1966. She became the first female African American television journalist on the West Coast when she was hired by KPIX in San Franciso 1966, spending the next three decades working for the CBS station. She became an anchor in 1970.
     Davis' autobiography, entitled Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman's Life in Journalism, was published in 2010.
     Named for the founder and first president of RTNDA, the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award was established in 1959 to recognize an individual's contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press. Past Hogan Award recipients include Jorge Ramos, Lara Logan, Christopher Glenn, Don Fitzpatrick, Hugh Downs, Walter Cronkite, Terry Anderson, Rob Downey, Col. Barney Oldfield, David Sarnoff and Frank Stanton.

End Of An Era For KCSM-TV

Non-Commercial Station To Shut Down After 49 Years On The Air

       Non-commercial KCSM-TV in San Mateo will be shutting down next year after 49 years of broadcasting.
       The San Mateo County Community College District, which has been losing about $1 million a year on the station, agreed last month to accept a bid from LocusPoint Networks, which wants to sell off the station's spectrum space at an FCC auction next year.
       The deal, which was outlined at a meeting of the college district's board, calls for LocusPoint to pay up to $3.6 million over the next four years in annual installments of $900,000.
       The FCC is planning late next year to conduct an auction for TV spectrum space that broadcasters aren't using. Companies like Sprint, Nextel, AT&T and Google are expected to buy the bandwidth, yielding a windfall for broadcasters who want to give up some or all of their spectrum space.
       LocusPoint, owned by the private equity firm Blackstone Group, has bought stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay in anticipation of the auction.
       Under the deal, LocusPoint would get 36.5% of the auction proceeds for KCSM's bandwidth and the rest would go to the college district.
       The college district received four bids for the station and a team of district employees recommended the LocusPoint offer.
       The college district withheld the amounts of the bids prior to last month's meeting, and only announced the numbers after the public hearing.
       Former KRON 4 reporter Henry Tenenbaum, speaking during the public hearing, asked why the public was not able to see the offers and the bid amounts before the meeting.
       "I'm concerned about the absolute lack of transparency," he said. "This issue is not going to go away."
       Tracy Rosenberg, executive director of Media Alliance, an Oakland-based social justice and media advocacy nonprofit, also took issue with the secrecy surrounding the bids.
       "This asset belongs to the public. You ask them first. What you're doing is wrong," Rosenberg said.
       She said there were more lucrative options that would allow the noncommercial station to continue broadcasting.
       District board member Dave Mandelkern said that the district's job is to educate students, not run a TV station.
       The board has been seeking a buyer for KCSM for more than a year so that it can use the funds to operate the station in the classroom. Under the deal, KCSM-TV would continue to operate until the spectrum space is sold at the auction. KCSM-FM is not being sold.

Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge

Registration Now Open For August 17 Event

By Barbara Rodgers
Special Contributor to Off Camera
     I am so pleased that many of you have supported Friends of Faith over the years by joining my team at our annual Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge and I hope you will be joining me again this year. This is our ninth walk to benefit the organization started by KTVU reporter, Faith Fancher, before her life was cut short by breast cancer.
     If you have walked with my team in the past, you know that it is lots of fun to come out on a Saturday morning and join a bunch of other people who are all walking for a very good cause.
     This year's walk takes place on Saturday, August 17. This year, you will get to sleep in a little longer because we are starting later -- 8:30 a.m. to noon at Oakland's Lake Merritt.
     Please go to our website, www.faithfancher5k.org, to join my team, Barbara's Buddies, and to learn more about Friends of Faith and the people who benefit from the money we raise. Just click on "Registration," then pay your fee. Don't forget to buy some raffle tickets for a chance to win some great prizes.
     The team registration happens on the second page, after you pay your registration fee. Just go to the pull-down menu and look for Barbara's Buddies. If you can't walk with me, then please do consider making a donation of any amount to help low-income women -- and some men, too --with breast cancer.

     If you would like to get others to sponsor you, download a pledge form from the website, or I can mail one to you if you send me your mailing address. Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you August 17th for a walk around Lake Merritt and a fun morning. Please encourage some of your friends and family to join my team and walk with us!!

Silver Circle Profile: Dave McElhatton

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        Some 20 years ago, I had an opportunity to lunch with the one and only Dave McElhatton. It was for a project I was working on at the time. Back then, McElhatton was approaching his 20thyear as lead anchor at San Francisco's KPIX, and I was working on the morning show across the Bay at KTVU in Oakland.

  McElhatton_1      The project had nothing to do with KPIX or KTVU, but it had everything to do with McElhatton, who had been a presence on Bay Area airwaves - radio and television - since 1951. It was not only an honor and a joy to meet him, but, for me, it was an afternoon of education for me. It was an opportunity to speak with a newsman who had seen it all, who had done it all.

       A four-hour lunch interview at Scott's Seafood and Grill at Jack London Square goes way back now, but I remember the day fondly (and yes, I certainly didn't mind spending four hours at lunch with "Mac", learning all about him, and the business, from one of the best in the business).

       This month, as a tribute to our "Past, Present and Future" theme at the 42nd Northern California Area Emmy Awards in San Francisco June 15, I thought it would be fitting to feature McElhatton, who anchored at KPIX from 1975 to 2000, becoming a true Bay Area television icon in every sense of the word. "Mac", as most of his friends and colleagues called him, was 81 when he died in 2010.

      Inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1988, the Emmy Award-winning McElhatton received the Governors Award two years later, the highest honor the Chapter can bestow.

      Born David William McElhatton on Dec. 8, 1928, and raised in Oakland, he attended the city'sMcElhatton_2  Fremont High School. Later, he graduated, in 1951, from what was then called San Francisco State College. Two weeks after graduation, he went to work for KCBS radio in San Francisco at the tender age of 22. McElhatton eventually went on to host a popular all-night radio show there, titled Music 'Till Dawn. By the 1960s, the future KPIX anchor was hosting McElhatton In The Morning on KCBS, a mix of news and comedy with sidekick, Homer "Friendly Clyde" Welch.

      Shortly after, McElhatton began hosting Viewpoint, a radio program unique to the San Francisco Bay Area, because it was the area's first call-in radio show. His phenomenal success at KCBS led him to become news director of the station. As news director, he helped change the station's design to an all-news format, which remains to this day.                                             

     While working at KCBS, McElhatton began to dabble in television, becoming host of KTVU's TV Bingo, a daytime show at the station's Jack London Square studios.

  McElhatton_3    By the mid-1970s, KPIX was looking to change its Eyewitness News anchor lineup in an effort to challenge cross-town rival and Bay Area ratings champ, KGO-TV. The latter's News Scene, with anchors Fred Van Amburg and Jerry Jensen, was very popular with viewers throughout the 1970s since that station's news format brought the duo together as a team in 1969.

     In 1975, McElhatton made the full-time leap to television when KPIX hired him to anchor Eyewitness News. Unlike Van Amburg and Jensen and anchors at the other competing stations, McElhatton lacked formidable TV news anchoring experience, even though he was a seasoned Bay Area news veteran. It didn't matter; the station still brought him aboard, and their decision would eventually pay great dividends as viewer habits began to change.

    In the late 1970s, McElhatton was on the air for many of the Bay Area's most high-profile news events, including the Patty Hearst kidnapping, the Jonestown massacre in 1978, the assassinations of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk that same year, and the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.

    In 1980, McElhatton was paired on the anchor desk with Wendy Tokuda. Along with meteorologist Joel Bartlett and sportscaster Wayne Walker, the KPIX news team began to soar in the ratings, achieving what was then thought impossible - usurping KGO-TV from the top of the ratings for the first time since the late 1960s. Throughout most of the 1980s, the McElhatton-Tokuda team was No. 1 with Bay Area viewers. McElhatton continued to stay atop the ratings years later when he anchored with Kate Kelly.

    After 25 years at KPIX, McElhatton, in 2000, decided it was time to retire. And, he did so, quietly, on his last night on the air in November of that year.

    At the time, McElhatton said, "It's been a wonderful 50 years doing what I always wanted to do - work in broadcasting."

    In his last years, McElhatton left the Bay Area and had been spending time living in Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs.

    I never had the opportunity to work with "Mac", but I always admired him and his work ethic from the view at other competing stations I had worked for during that time. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to meet him and get to know him. He was a born storyteller, and during his 50 years in Bay Area broadcasting, he did it with class.



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Soundbites is a new Q&A-style feature introducing you to the people of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Each month, Off Camera editor Kevin Wing features a one-on-one interview with a broadcast professional working on-air or behind-the-scenes. If you would like us to consider someone for a future Soundbites column, please drop a line to us at the email address below.


This month, we chat it up with multi-award-winning Bay Area consumer editor, Tom Vacar, of KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland.


Where did you grow up?

In Salem, Ohio, an industrial town of 12,000, halfway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Do you have siblings? If so, are you the oldest? Youngest? Middle? Vacar_1

I have one older brother.

When did you first realize, and at what age, that you wanted to work in television news? I guess I was in my mid-20's, and I knew a very funny guy who was a reporter who seemed to love his job. I was just finished with night law school and was practicing contract and consumer law. I really didn't like many aspects of it, so I looked to journalism.

Who has inspired you in your career? As a person?

I was one of the first wave of "Nader's Raiders", and though Ralph Nader was looking out for the interests of all those not imbued with great wealth, fame or power, I, like many Baby Boomers, was inspired by the likes of the Rev. Martin Luther King, the Kennedy brothers, the astronauts and the U.S. space program and great movements like the Civil Rights struggle.

Before KTVU, where did you work before?

WJW in Cleveland (1978-79 as a freelancer) - KGO TV, AM & FM from 1979 to 1985 - KCBS TV & KNX Radio from 1985 to 88, KTTV & KNX Radio from 1988 to 1991, and KTVU 1991 to present.

As a journalist, every day at work is different from the one before it. Can you describe a "day in the life of Tom Vacar"?

About 7 a.m., I write a little newspaper (TV Tommy Tribune) that has major business and consumer stories from a wide array of media sources, plus three enterprise ideas. In work by 8:30 to 9. At 9:30, I pitch those stories in our morning meeting. By 10 or 10:30, I have an assignment. I start organizing and go into the field. I write in the field and submit a 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and/or 7 p.m. story by 3 to 4 p.m. and execute it on the air during the early news block. Within that fairly rigid construct, is a whole world of discovery and experience.

What are your favorite types of stories to report on? Your least favorite?

Favorite -- when I can explain complicated issues to viewers in plain English, or demonstrate how a product, service or process works and affects viewers such as gasoline pricing, air traffic control, etc. Least favorite -- stories that have no moral or purpose other than to recite straight events without putting them into context or perspective. Specific achievements: getting 1.5 million Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth vans recalled for dangerous steering defects, amassing evidence to get several con artists put in jail for robbing people of their savings and homes, earning a reputation for making complex issues and stories understandable and taking many stories people overlook and developing them for what they should be.

What's your favorite ice cream flavor?


What do you enjoy most about your work?

The chance to impart information to people about things truly important to our viewers such as why the bridge bolts really failed, why a certain amount of bridge corrosion is inevitable, how we build infrastructure and why so many claims by special interests (e.g. oil companies, healthcare industry, financial institutions, etc.) have to be taken with a large grain of salt. They already own the legislatures. And, though we must be fair, we should not be taken in, either by them or their counterparts.

Do you have any mentors, and if so, who? Who do you look up to?

At my age, I'm often the mentor now. However, I've been extremely lucky to work with some of the true legends of our business such as Dennis Richmond, Belva Davis, Van Amburg and Bill Stout. I have extreme pride in working in the field with great photographers who make it fun every day. They are all my mentors and role models.

What do you do to relax? What hobbies and/or activities are you involved with?

Still photography, producing movies of trips I've taken and, of course, travel.

What do you like most about working at KTVU?

Because it's privately-owned and benevolently-owned, it is not a slave to Wall Street, venture capitalists or other non-media forces that hamper so many other so-called media companies. I suspect that's why we've not had mass layoffs nor a head-long plunge into VJ-ism (though it's coming) or other things that cut into our real role: find, produce and report news.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Given my age (64), I hope to still be working, since it's still a lot of fun to go out and report every day. I also want to travel more and take lots more pictures.

Who is your favorite television journalist? Is there anyone in the business who you emulate?

Any reporter who is given the tools and time to do good stories and takes advantage of that to do the work and not abuse the privilege. I can't stand those who let others do their work for them and then take credit for it.


Who is your favorite author?

The wires.

New York Times, or USA Today?

The internet which includes the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Reuters, Bloomberg and USA Today, and so much more.

Personality-wise, are you more of a goof than you are serious?! Tell me about your singing..

Because I've been at it for many years, I come from the old school of "Work Hard, Play Hard." I take the work seriously but never myself. I love being out in the field with the photographers and we make sure to have fun while we're getting the job done. Some of my past non-work exploits are legendary.

If you could do it all over again, is there anything you would change about your life?

In retrospect, I might have tried for more overseas work for the experience. But, to have lived in California, especially the Bay Area, has been an extraordinary experience on every level. I would have married my wife sooner.

"The Great American Toy Test" is your brainchild. How did this come about?

An executive producer at KGO back in 1982, Larry Rickel, said I should buy some toys and test them. We bought $50 worth and took them to an elementary school. By the time the Great American Toy Test ended 28 years later, we were placing huge sets of toys in dozens of markets nationwide and airing the results on more than a hundred stations. Changing news directives and the advent of video games and other electronics ultimately ended the project... for now.

Any words of wisdom for the next generation of broadcast journalists, especially those who would like to specialize in consumer news?

The business is NOT dying, merely changing. There have never been more venue to practice our craft than there are right now. So, don't always look to traditional "one employee/one station" opportunities. Figure out what you're good at and then follow your bliss. In the future, journalists may have many employers or be self-employed vendors who sell their wares to many outlets in TV radio, the Internet and God knows what else is coming our way. Technology has democratized media in a way that a person with something to say, who can earn trust and who means to succeed, can. Remember, radio was going to kill off stage performances. TV was going to kill radio and the movies. The VCR was going to destroy theaters. The Internet was going to kill off everything. And yet, all live on, constantly changing and adapting to a changing world. There's plenty of time and room for everyone who wants to work for it.
Giants, or A's?

If I want to root for a private, for-profit corporation, I'll take those businesses, big and small, Clorox to the corner store, Penney's to the Port of Oakland, who employ real people doing real jobs. Hearing millionaires argue with billionaires over who's going to get what slice of the league pie and have to pay $8 for a stadium beer is not my "cup of tea."

Favorite vacation destination?

I'm fascinated with wild Africa and Australia. The Caribbean is a ton of fun.Vacar_2 

During your career, has there been a story that you've "owned" that, up to now, has defined who you are as a journalist?

It's fair to say that I "owned" the California Energy Crisis of the early 2000s because I took time to learn how power generation and financing work. In the 1980s, I owned the pre-stressed concrete defects story that first surfaced when the Antioch High School auditorium roof collapsed. If anything, I have great pride in taking so called "consumer reporting" to wider levels. The majority of "consumer" reporters solicit and handle complaints and that is their choice. But, as I see it, if it comes out of your paycheck, it's a consumer issue. Whether it's a product you buy or something the government taxes you for, it's a consumer issue. That's why things like the recession, the electricity crisis, the bridge, earthquakes, infrastructure, technology and a million other things are as or more important than one person's transmission complaint to a wider media audience. If an individual consumer complaint can shed light on the greater issues that affect many, then the effort is worth it and that is how I have remained a consumer advocate from my first days as a Nader's Raider in the late 1960's, to this day.

What's the most favorite thing about your job? Least favorite thing, if anything?

Favorite -- seeing the wide array of things, meeting people and going places that no other job encompasses, and then passing it on to a large group of viewers. Least favorite -- doing a story simply because it appeared in another news venue, especially when I proposed it days, weeks or months before. Increasingly harder to do -- getting "man or woman on the street" (MOS) interviews because so many people just don't want to be bothered or quoted. Most in need of change: crime story after crime story, without taking a serious look at the gangs that hold whole communities hostage and hold up those cities and neighborhoods to ridicule day after day after day. One knowledgeable man who works with gangs tells me that some of the shootings and violence are done by young folks who want to get their crimes "on the air."

Favorite music? What's in your iPod (if you have one) or collection of CDs? Favorite TV show (besides The Ten o'clock News)? Favorite movie?
iPod - America, Motown, 60s soul across the board, Jimmy Buffett, James Brown, Eagles, Michael Martin Murphy, Aboriginal chants, Cajun/zydeco, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, The Band, Bee Gees, Indigo Girls, one-hit wonders, Paul Simon, a lot of Big Band stuff, Sinatra, light jazz etc. ad nauseam.

Favorite TV show?

NCIS, House of Cards (Netflix) The Newsroom (HBO)

Favorite movie?

Scarface, Forbidden Planet, The Right Stuff, Australia, Out of Africa, sci-fi, etc.

Wine tasting, or a cold bottle of beer?

Beer, plain old American beer (Bud, Miller, Pabst, etc.); a holdover from the days I worked in the steel mill and railroad.

What's the craziest thing you've ever done?

Went into a tavern in a South African "township" to talk to locals about the pending invasion of Iraq and racism. The white South Africans I was staying with thought I was crazy. I think they learned something when I showed them the video I recorded. The other crazy thing: surviving the 60s, 70s and 80s. (Especially the "anything goes) 80s news media golden age.)

From a journalistic standpoint, how would you prefer viewers to see you?

As a guy who loves the work but is not full of himself.

Favorite spot in the Bay Area?

I get around so much, I have to say: all of them.

What do you like about social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus? Does it help bring in new viewers?

Social media is a powerful force, but still very much in its formative stages. It can help attract viewers, but it can also turn them off if its purpose is to do teases without providing some real information. Because it is so much in its formative stages, even so-called experts say they don't fully understand its potential, its drawbacks and how much of it is destined to be discarded as other things come up or older forms recover.




Stay tuned: Next month, meet Lonni Rivera, a Sacramento reporter who works at Capitol Television News Service, loves golden retrievers and has a smile that will light up a room.
If you would like Off Camera to feature someone in Soundbites (or, even yourself!), please send an email to Kevin Wing, Off Camera editor, at kevin.offcamera@gmail.com.


The Health Reporter

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Preparing for the Emmys

Celebrity Slimming Secrets


Ever wonder how your favorite A-list celebrities maintain their million dollar bodies? Or snap back into silver screen shape so quickly post-pregnancy? Here are some of Hollywood's favorite health strategies that really work and a few that you should avoid.

1. Invest in Sweat Equity: Many celebs like Pilates, yoga and running to get fit, flexible and firm. To lose fat fast though, your choice of physical activity needs to be sustained at a higher intensity or for a longer duration. Long leisurely walks around the block or on the beach are great for de-stressing and innervating muscles, but won't knock off 10 to 20 pounds anytime soon.

To boost weight loss, you need to increase your volume of exercise (i.e., your minutes per day and number of days per week). Start out with a minimum of 30-60 minutes per day of moderate exercise per week (150 minutes/week), then gradually progress to 50-60 minutes/day (250-300 minutes/week). For some of you, however, 60-90 minutes of daily exercise may be necessary to diminish stubborn fat. Before starting, consult with your physician and an exercise physiologist. For some Fit Tips, go to: http://TheHealthReporter.tv.

2. De-bloat: Fruits and vegetables provide an abundant supply of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and eating them is a natural way to flush out your system. Before a high-profile event like the Emmy Awards, celebrities nibble on foods with a high water content, such as lettuce, watermelon, melons, celery, cucumbers, and oranges. On the flip side, they avoid gas-producing foods that can result in bloating and gas such as, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts in addition to onions, beans, apples, and prunes.


3. Choose Raw AND Cooked: Thanks to celebrities who embraced the raw food movement, it definitely stirred up a buzz (and a whole lot of hype). The raw food culture stands by their belief that cooking destroys valuable enzymes in food and practices eating uncooked food and non-pasteurized dairy products. It can promote weight loss primarily because high-calorie cooked foods, such as cookies, pizzas, and pastries are shunned, and low-calorie raw fruits and vegetables are desirable. However, heat breaks down the thick cell walls of plants which release some of the nutrients that are bound to their surfaces. Cooking makes antioxidants like cancer-fighting compounds, such as lycopene, beta-carotene, and indole, more available for absorption that would otherwise be unavailable or limited if only eaten raw.Health Reporter


4. Eat Breakfast: Research shows that starting your day with something to eat is the key to long-term weight loss. After running quietly and idly in fasting mode all night, your body needs energy (calories) to jump start your metabolism. Most of all, you'll keep food choices and portions under control by preventing the ravenous bouts of hunger later in the day. Good choices for busy on-the-go schedules include fresh fruit, nuts and fiber-rich steel oats or whole grain toast and a protein-rich hard-boiled egg.


5. Ban White Foods: Favor whole grains, like whole wheat, brown rice, oats, and barley over refined "white" carbohydrates, such as white flour, white rice, white potatoes, white sugar, and refined cereals. These foods are generally high in calories, sugar and fat. By banning white, processed carbs from your diet, you'll ditch the high-calorie cookies, crackers and chips for nutrient-dense complex carbs. But still be conscious of portion sizes. Whole grains contain lots of healthy fiber and vitamins, but aren't void of calories.

6. Graze: Eat small portions of food throughout the day. Snack! Follow the 3-2-1 principle. Three meals, two snacks and one round of exercise per day. Try to eat every three to four hours. Plan ahead and stock a cooler with ready-to-eat snacks for toting around wherever you go. Doing so will keep you away from grabbing the first thing you see and will keep your blood sugar stable. A carb snack for energy combined with some protein will keep you satiated longer. Good choices include fresh apple slices (dip in 1 Tbsp. lemon juice mixed w/1 cup water to keep them from turning brown) and low-fat string cheese; a handful of grape tomatoes, carrot sticks and hummus dip; or some brown rice sushi.


7. Don't Take ADD Meds: Reportedly, some Hollywood actresses are taking Adderall, a drug used for treating attention-deficit disorder and narcolepsy (sudden uncontrollable drowsiness). Adderall, also known as dextroamphetamine or amphetamine, is a stimulant that increases the metabolism. Some forty to fifty years ago, it was marketed as a diet pill. This drug is potentially dangerous if not prescribed and under the care of a physician. It can affect heart rate and blood pressure as well as psychological disorders and growth problems and should never be used for weight control. 

8. Ramp Up the Heat: Add red pepper flakes, jalapenos, and hot pepper sauce to your meals. They make food more satisfying by adding another layer of flavor. Inevitably, you'll also eat more slowly if you're cooling down your throat and wiping away your tears! Studies reveal that people who ate fiery foods burned more calories and tend not to overeat.

9. Watch What You Drink: Drink a minimum of one liter (about four cups) of water a day. Your brain, body and skin need water to function and be at its best. Avoid soda as the carbonation (and artificial sweeteners) can lead to bloating. Hollywood starlets make their living off of their smile and carbonated drinks can cause tooth erosion from the acid and decay from the sugar. Choose plain water over fortified and/or flavored ones. They contain extra calories and increase the risk of vitamin toxicity if you're already taking a supplement or eat fortified foods. Coconut water is a healthy option especially if you're bloated. It's naturally high in potassium which helps flush out excess sodium.

10. Don't "Cleanse": Cleansing, i.e., sipping on not much more than water spiked w/lemon juice for 10 days, is a drastic regimen and weight loss can be dramatic. Modified 1,000-calorie fasts add to this craze and involve consuming shakes and diuretic snack bars. But don't be fooled (or foolish). Your body will no doubt drop pounds, but mostly in the form of water and muscle, NOT fat. Moreover, the cleanse is counterproductive to weight loss in that your body responds to this starvation technique by slowing down your metabolism and breaking down muscle to survive. And without calories (fuel), you can't sustain a fat-burning workout. The end result? A greater proportion of fat and less muscle. Muscle not only gives your body a nice toned look, but is essential for your heart, brain and lungs to function.

New Deadline For Students To Apply For Scholarships
$16,000 In Scholarships Honor Best Students; Must Apply By June 17


By Steve Shlisky
Chapter Education Committee Chairperson
     Scholarship funds totaling $16,000 from the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will honor talented college students, but only if they meet a new application deadline to be considered.
     Students now have until June 17 to apply for the scholarships.
     The Chapter is sponsoring a total of seven awards: five $2,000 scholarships and two $3,000 scholarships. Each award is named for former NATAS members who have honored the Chapter.

The following four awards are memorial scholarships:

The Peter J. Marino, Jr. $2,000 Award, recognizing production;
The Sheldon "Shelly" Fay Award, recognizing videography;
The Kenneth Sloat Langly Award, recognizing writing;
The "Miss Nancy" Besst Award, recognizing an outstanding graduate student.

     Three additional scholarships are also available:

The Rigo Chacon Reporting Scholarship; and for a third year, two $3,000 scholarships, underwritten by George Lang of The Big Picture, will be awarded to one outstanding graduate and one undergraduate student.

     These scholarships memorialize two former Bay Area television journalists who worked with Lang at KGO-TV: Jerry Jensen, who co-anchored News Scene from 1969 until his death in 1984; and Steve Davis, an anchor/reporter for more than 20 years in the 1970s and 1980s.

     Scholarship applicants must be actively engaged in a collegiate-level curriculum in one or more areas of the television industry. They must attend a college in northern California (Visalia to the

Oregon border), Hawaii, or Reno, Nevada.

     All entrants submit a sample of their work, their transcripts, an essay, and a letter of recommendation from their professor or dean. All entries are screened by a panel of judges culled from the NATAS Education Committee. The committee meets to decide the recipient in each category. The committee can either award, or not award, a scholarship for each category.

    In 2012, there were many outstanding entries; five out of seven possible scholarships were awarded to students.

    There were no outstanding entrants for the the Kenneth Sloat Langly Writing Scholarship or

Shelly Fay Videography Scholarship.

    If you know of any qualified college students, please let them know about these scholarships, or share the following link: http://emmysf.tv/graduate.html

    The scholarships will be presented during this year's Gold & Silver Circle Induction on October 19 at the Parc 55 San Francisco Wyndham Hotel.

    For more information, visit http://emmysf.tv/silver-circle.html

    The Chapter awards the scholarships to encourage individuals who demonstrate leadership and talent in advancing the artistic, cultural, educational and technical qualities of television.


After 43 Years At Fresno's KFSN-TV,

Longtime Weatherman Angelo Stalis Retires

"You Don't Replace Someone Like Angelo", Station President/GM Says
      It was May of 1970 when Angelo Stalis first stepped into Fresno's KFSN-TV as an employee. Little did he realize at the time how legendary he would become on Fresno television as a very popular and much-loved weathercaster.
      Stalis began at the station as an announcer/director. But, six years later, he became a weatherman at the station, embarking on an illustrious career in front of the camera.
      After 43 years at KFSN-TV ABC30, Stalis retired May 31 from the ABC-owned station. Stalis is recognized as the "dean" of Central California Weathercasters.
KFSN-TV's recently-retired Angelo Stalis reminisces about his 43 years at the ABC station.
    The Fresno native has also been recognized by his peers throughout the West. During his career, he was inducted into the Silver Circle of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for making significant contributions to the Chapter and the television industry for 25 years and more.
     "You don't replace someone like Angelo. He is a fixture within this community, and he will be greatly missed by his co-workers and his fans," says Dan Adams, the station's president and general manager.
     Stalis began his broadcast career while in college at Fresno State University at what was then a volunteer campus-only radio station, KFSR. He then moved to KFIG radio as a part-time employee. On May 8, 1970, Stalis joined KFSN-TV as an announcer/director.
     In 1976, Stalis delivered his first weathercast. Since then, he has broadcast live from countless locations, including Yosemite National Park, Disneyland, San Francisco, Millerton Lake, backyard barbecues and countless community events, including the Big Fresno Fair.
     Throughout his career, Stalis has enjoyed visiting schools in central California to talk about weather and his career. Over the years, he also helped run Moments For MS, a longtime campaign for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He has also been involved in many ABC30 community events, including the Toys for Tots Drive and the Central California Pint for Pint Blood Drive. 
     Born and raised in Fresno, Stalis attended Fresno High School and graduated from Fresno State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting. He and his wife, Barbara, have been married 47 years. They have three daughters, Wendy, Kimberly and Nicolette. They also have 10 grandchildren.
    Stalis is looking forward to traveling and spending more time with his family with the next chapter of is life.
    To view stories about Stalis and his retirement plans, visit the station's website at abc30.com.
New Gig For Viviana Paez
Promoted To Co-Anchor of KUVS' 6 and 11 P.M. Newscasts
        Viviana Paez is getting a promotion at KUVS Univision 19.Viviana Perez
       Paez is the new co-anchor of the station's 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. She began her new gig in April.

      She joins Jairo Diaz Pedraza as co-anchor Noticias 19 a las Seis and Noticias 19 a las Once.

Paez graduated with honors from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton with a degree in communications and obtained her masters degree in journalism from Miami University. She also studied French at the Sorbonne University in Paris.

      "We are excited to have Viviana Paez as our new evening anchor and we are thrilled to see her move up in our organization, as we strive to promote from within", says Steve Stuck, vice president and general manager and director of sales.

      "Viviana is involved in our community and dedicated to serving Hispanics in Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto and surrounding areas."

      "Viviana P�ez is an excellent communicator with outstanding and extensive experience in journalism. She has demonstrated professionalism, energy and creativity in our morning show, A Primera Hora, says news director Pablo Iacub. "Viviana will bring a new dynamic to our broadcast."

      The Emmy Award-winning Paez joined Univision as an intern for the Network Despierta America program, and in 2004, was hired by Univision 23 Miami. In 2005, she was promoted as anchor of the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Univision News in New Mexico. In 2007, Paez joined the Univision 19 team as weather anchor and news reporter for the A Primera Hora morning show.



TV A Go Go..

New Beginnings And Opportunities Around The Chapter


      Lesley Martin is promoted to morning executive producer at KPIX in San Francisco. Previously, she was the station's 5 p.m. producer.


      Katie Marzullo, reporter and fill-in anchor at KGO-TV ABC 7 in San Francisco, has been named anchor of the station's Saturday morning newscast. Marzullo had been filling in on the newscast for the last several months.


      Ryan Takeo joins KPIX in San Francisco as a reporter. Takeo leaves WOOD in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has been a reporter since 2010. Prior to WOOD, he was an anchor, reporter and producer at KOMU in Columbia, Missouri. Takeo's first day at KPIX is June 10.


     Got a new gig? Get a promotion? TV A Go Go (formerly On The Move) and Off Camera want to know and help you spread the word! Please drop us a line at kevin.offcamera@gmail.com and let us know! And congratulations!


Off Camera Takes Home First Place Honors

At San Francisco Peninsula Press Club Awards

      Off Camera, the monthly publication of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, has been honored with a first-place award by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club.
     The publication received the honor at the organization's 36th Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards dinner, held June 1 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City.
      In the Newsletter category, Off Camera took top Public Relations honors under the direction of Keith Sanders, former editor; Kevin Wing, contributing writer; Linda Giannecchini, associate editor; and Darryl Compton, executive director.
      It is the sixth consecutive year that Off Camera has received an award in this category.
      The Chapter also received an Overall Excellence first-place award, under the direction of Javier Valencia, Keith Sanders, Sultan Mirza and Darryl Compton.
NATAS Honors Students With Scholarships
Posthumous Honors Named After Legendary Jim McKay, Mike Wallace


        The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the winners of the Jim McKay and Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship.

        In addition, a special one-time scholarship honoring Dr. Norman Felsenthal, chair emeritus of NATAS' Scholarship program since its inception, was also announced.

        The Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship, now in its fourth year, honors sportscaster Jim McKay, perhaps best known as the longtime host of Wide World of Sports on ABC. This is the inaugural year of the Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship, honoring longtime CBS newsman Mike Wallace.

        These scholarships are available to outstanding high school seniors from across the United States who intend to pursue communications-related baccalaureate degrees in pursuit of a career in any aspect of the television industry. Each of this year's scholarships is awarded to a college-bound applicant who demonstrates exceptional talent as a creator of video programming as well as outstanding academic achievement and potential for success in a highly competitive profession.   

        "The Jim McKay and Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarships reflect the best traditions of NATAS, honoring the contributions of two great broadcasters as well as the creative and academic achievements of a new generation," says Adam Sharp, chairperson of the NATAS Scholarship Committee.

        "This year was incredibly competitive, easily the most competitive group of finalists we have reviewed in many years. I was particularly delighted that NATAS helped honor this tremendous class of applicants with the creation of a one-time $5,000 scholarship in honor of Dr. Norman Felsenthal's great service to the Scholarship Committee as its founding chair these past 18 years."  

        None of the scholarship winners were from the regions represented by the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

2012-2013 Regional Student Television

Awards For Excellence Winners Announced
 Student Pillar       The Board of Governors of the San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012-1013 Regional Student Television Awards for Excellence.

Entries were submitted by high schools with media programs in the Chapter's region, Visalia to the Oregon border including Reno, Nevada and Hawaii, for work performed during the 2012-13 school year. The "Award for Excellence," an engraved glass pillar, is presented to the school with each student recipient receiving a certificate. The "Award for Merit" student receives a certificate.

Seven Pillars for Excellence and ten Certificates for Merit were awarded. The Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media, Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley received a total of six awards; Wildcat Productions, WCTV 19, Whitney High School, Rocklin, three. Single recipients included: Flying Pepper Productions, Analy High School, Sebastopol; Maui High School, HI; Media Enterprise Alliance at KDOL-TV, Oakland Unified School District; Eye of the Tiger, Roseville High School; GetSports Focus.com, Saint Francis High School, Mountain View; ArtQuest @ Santa Rosa High School; K9 Studios, Sheldon High School, Sacramento; Searider Productions, Waianae High School, Oahu. HI.

Steve Shlisky, of KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland who serves as the Chapter's education chairperson, is excited to see new schools participating this year.

"One of our biggest challenges is finding and contacting high schools with media programs, Shlisky says. "This year's entries were among the best we have ever judged."


The complete list of winners follows:



     Award for Excellence

Searider Productions, Waianae High School, "Searider News," Jamie Lee Evangelista, Moana Faumuina, Producers; Shayla Ader, Claire Agmata, Charlemaine Blue, Shayla Bradley, Brandee Burgess, Crystal Cebedo, Daynalynn Chabotte, Jesa Mae Delos Reyes, Devn Desha Vierra, Gary Domingo Oka, Thomas Dupa, Maelani Eder, Kahunui Foster, Jaysha Hampp-Iriarte, Tressa Hoppe, Faron Jove, Kerstye Kau, Keani Malo, Kayla Manuel, Mahelani Nieto Lopes, Monique Paogofie, Autumn Pereira, Krystian Pi, Tancy Lee Smith Chee, Dezalynn Tiell, Diamond Tuisano, News Staff.

     Award for Merit

Eye of the Tiger, Roseville High School, "TigerCast News," Daniel Wetter, News Director/ Anchor; Meghan Julin, Anchor; Robbie Short, Reporter; Megan Blumm, Switcher/CG Operator; Danii Ulle, Audio; Haylee Sex, Sarah Looper, Teleprompter Operators; Bobby Ritter, Adviser.

Award for Merit

WCTV19, Whitney High School, "Unleashed," Alina Barragan, Alex Espinosa, Taylor Hines, Shelbi Meyer, Samantha Willis, Reporters; Michael Abshear, Sophie Butler, Ashley Carstons, Justin Conti, Eric Franklin, Natasha Gose, Kelsey Lake, Brayde Leedy, Hunter Lemay, Sydney Mendoza, Rachel Peters, Hunter Pietrzak, Daniel Schetter, Jordan Traynor, Kalli Turner, Frankie Wenson, Photographers.



Award for Excellence

 Flying Pepper Productions, Analy High School, "Phat Brahms," Max Brickey, Producer/Special Effects; Miles Pepper, Director/Writer/Editor; Sean Lea, Assoaite Producer; Nali Seeber, Writer; Sarah Diamond, Actress; Nick Rose, Actor.

     Award for Excellence

ArtQuest, Santa Rosa High School, "Priceless," Angelo Iervolino, Filmmaker/Editor.

Award for Merit

K9 Studios, Sheldon High School, "Dadvid Garibaldi and his CMYKs," Lauren Morgan, Producer; Tyler Castelo, Matthew Klein, Directors;Andres Chavez, Editor; Kate Allen, Animator/Character Design; Cassis Cancilla, Paris Draper, Treh Faraj, Heather Fletcher, Nathan Foley, Amber Houseman, Stanley Smith, Kyle Spencer, Animators; Alexander Winters, Background/3D; Victoria Ibarra, Ink and Paint; Daniel Hargrove, Sound Design. 



Award for Excellence

Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media, Tamalpais High School, "Elvia," Sophia Ellingson, Sam Gates, Daniella Hunt, Alex Takeshita.

Award for Merit

Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media, Tamalpais High School, "American Horsepower," Adrian Duann, Brent Ferguson, Lyndsey Romjue, Elliott Siu.

     Award for Merit

     Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media, Tamalpais High School,

     "Where Have All The Cellos Gone?," Hana Dahl, Daniel Green, Cella Wright, 

     Hannah Yerington.



Award for Merit

WCTV19, Whitney High School, "CAL Championship Game," Spencer Elmore, Director; Matt Judy, Play-by-Play; Justin Chandler, Color Commentator; Frankie Wenson, Sideline; Brady Bellini, Kyle Branderhors, Brandon Rogers, Cameras; Zach Bennett, Audio/Social Media Reporter; Kolton Kruzic, Hunter Pietrzak, Grips.



Award for Excellence

Maui High School, "Notice a Difference?," Jessica Green, Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor.

Award for Merit

WCTV19, Whitney High School, "The Wrong Choice," Eric Franklin, Daniel Schetter,



Award for Excellence: Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media, Tamalpais High School, "A Special Education," Alexis Agoustari, Stephanie Lee, Kayne Nau, Mad� Sandrolini.

Award for Merit: Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media, Tamalpais High School, "Art is Power," Sean Eghtessadi, Ryan O'Boyle, Elliott Siu, Riley Sykes.




Award for Excellence

Media Enterprise Alliance at KDOL-TV, Oakland Unified School District, "Wake Up Call: Time to ACT on Climate Change," Guayo Cartagena, Kevin Gonzalez, Lawrence Newsome, Francisco Palma, Karen Perez, Dontae Sharp, Pancho Toscano, Hector Verduzco, Samaiyah Zareef-Mustafa, Producers.



Award for Merit

Academy of Integrated Humanities and New Media, Tamalpais High School, "Monkey Street," Jack Brown, Francesca Chiliorio, Erika Witt, Emmanuella Zachariou.



Award for Merit

GetSportsFocus.com, Saint Francis High School, "Alex Simon Talent Composite," Alex Simon, Sports Reporter

ABC Sets Live Streaming Service
First Broadcast Network To Allow Local Access To Pay-TV Subscribers
By Andrea Morabito
Broadcasting & Cable
     Marking a first for a broadcast network, ABC has launched its Watch ABC app to allow pay-TV subscribers access to live, linear streaming of viewers' local ABC station programming -- including network, local and syndicated content -- starting in the New York and Philadelphia markets.
     The service first launched as a free preview May 14 to coincide with the network's upfront presentation in New York. It will be available to all viewers through a special open access preview with WABC-TV and WPVI through the end of June.
     After that, it will be available to authenticated subscribers in New York and Philadelphia, with Disney-ABC having agreements in place for the authenticated product with Comcast, Cablevision, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent Communications and AT&T U-verse.
     The app will roll out in the other six ABC-owned station markets this summer -- Los Angeles (KABC-TV), Chicago (WLS-TV), San Francisco (KGO-TV), Houston (KTRK-TV), Raleigh-Durham (WTVD-TV) and Fresno (KFSN-TV).
     The network has also reached an agreement with Hearst Television to launch the service in their 13 station markets, which include Boston, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Milwaukee, in the coming months. Deals with other station groups are expected to be announced prior to the start of the fall season."Watch ABC is a game-changing innovation for the broadcast television industry," says Anne Sweeney, co-chairperson, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.
     The Watch ABC app will include live streaming of ABC shows and local programming plus on demand content currently found on the ABC Full-Episode Player and app. The live streams will carry different ads but the same ad break lengths, according to an ABC spokesperson.
     The company launched similar services for Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior in June 2012, as well as WatchESPN. The company plans to roll out a Watch ABC Family app in early 2014.
Cable Suffers First Annual Net Subscriber Loss
Slow Growth For Satellite, Fiber Services in 2012

     U.S. cable companies suffered their first net annual subscriber loss in 2012, according to research firm Leichtman Research Group, Inc. 
Satellite services (e.g. DirecTV, DISH) and fiber services from AT&T and Verizon experienced gains, but their growth slowed.
     The 13 largest multi-channel video providers in the U.S., which represent about 94 percent of the market, added approximately 195,000 net additional video subscribers in the first quarter of 2013. However, quarterly net multichannel video gains in that quarter were down compared to the first quarters of 2012 and 2011, which had a a net gain of about 445,000 and 470,000, respectively. 
     These gains were not enough to offset subscriber losses from the second and third quarters of 2012, leaving major providers with a net loss of about 80,000 subscribers over the past year, compared to a net gain of about 380,000 over 2011.
     The top multichannel video providers account for about 94.9 million subscribers. The top nine cable companies have over 51 million video subscribers, satellite TV companies have 34.2 million subscribers, and top telephone companies have nearly 9.7 million.
     The top nine cable companies lost about 264,000 video subscribers in the first quarter of 2013, and about a 1,560,000 over the course of the past year. The year prior saw a loss of about 1,535,000 subscribers.
     The top telephone providers added 401,000 video subscribers in the first quarter of 2013, and 1,319,000 over the past year. These companies had 1,475,000 net additions over the prior year.
     Satellite TV providers added 57,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2013 -- that is the fewest in any first quarter over the past decade. These providers added 160,000 subscribers over the past year; the prior year, they experienced a gain of 439,000.
     "First-time ever annual industry-wide losses reflect a combination of a saturated market, an increased focus from providers on acquiring higher-value subscribers, and some consumers opting for a lower-cost mixture of over-the-air TV, Netflix and other over-the-top viewing options," says Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc. "The traditionally weak second quarter is sure to show additional net subscriber losses, but it is unlikely that these current modest industry losses are a harbinger of a more dramatic near-term market decline."




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