Who’s the Bay Area’s highest-paid news anchor?

With the media landscape now so fragmented, the glory days of television anchors — and their colossal salaries — are pretty much over.

That doesn’t mean, however, that news-desk jockeys in major markets still can’t make some decent coin.

Take Frank Somerville, for example. According to Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman, the KTVU evening anchorman hauls in a whopping $615,000 a year — making him the market’s highest-paid anchor. That info, writes Lieberman, comes from a “reliable 415 Media source.”

Still, that salary is dwarfed by the one pulled in by Dennis Richmond — the man Somerville replaced. Richmond, according to Lieberman, was being paid “around $800,000 a year” when he retired in 2008.

It’s not difficult to see why Somerville makes the big bucks. KTVU’s “The 10 O’Clock News” continues to dominate the local ratings — just as it did in Richmond’s days — and remains a cash cow for the station. As Lieberman writes, “while it’s not the Rolls Royce it used to be its still a baby Bentley.”

Let’s just hope that Somerville’s nightly co-anchor, Julie Haener, is paid a commensurate salary, or station management has some explaining to do.

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Source:: The Mercury News

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