After months of filling in for beloved, long-time anchor Frank Somerville on KTVU’s weeknight newscasts, Mike Mibach has officially been named as his replacement.
The announcement that Mibach was promoted to co-anchor, alongside Julie Haener, for the 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, was reportedly made to KTVU staffers Wednesday via a Zoom meeting. Mibach was expected to formally let viewers know about his promotion on “Mornings on 2” Thursday, said a spokesperson for Fox Television Stations, which owns KTVU.
Former KTVU anchor Frank Somerville anchors the five o’clock news at the KTVU studio on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, in Oakland, Calif. (Jane Tyska/Staff)
“KTVU has been a part of my life for nearly five decades; from growing up in the Bay Area as a viewer, and for the last 17 years as a reporter and anchor,” Mibach said in a statement. “It’s an absolute honor to be trusted to deliver stories in a way that continues the legacy of journalistic excellence for which KTVU has always been known.”
KTVU news director Amber Eikel praised Mibach in a news release, calling him a “dedicated storyteller who cares deeply about the community and our role as journalists in the Bay Area.”
Mibach’s appointment comes after nearly a year of uncertainty at the station, due to turmoil surrounding Somerville, long one of the Bay Area’s most popular news personalities.
KTVU decided not to re-sign Somerville’s contract in January, Somerville said, ending his 31-year career at the station.
Somerville was let go after he was twice suspended from anchoring duties in 2021 and after he was arrested on Dec. 30 in Oakland on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Somerville’s arrest came after he crashed his Porsche into another car in a downtown intersection in an accident caught on video. Earlier this month, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office filed two misdemeanor charges against him.
In an interview with this news organization, Somerville said he didn’t think his arrest was a factor in KTVU not re-signing him. The crash “had nothing to do with it,” Somerville said, saying managers had decided to cut him loose months earlier. “They had told me long before that.”
Somerville was off air for much of the summer of 2021, following his now-infamous newscast last May, when he repeatedly slurred and stumbled over his words and appeared to have trouble reading off the teleprompter.
Somerville returned to anchoring duties until Sept. 21. That night he …read more
Source:: The Mercury News