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San Francisco TV crew robbed while on assignment in Oakland

A sliding door at ABC affiliate KGO-TV (The Desk: Matthew Keys)
A sliding door at ABC affiliate KGO-TV (The Desk: Matthew Keys)

A television news crew was robbed at gunpoint in Oakland, California Friday afternoon in the latest case of aggravated crime against journalists in a city besieged by violence.

A news crew from San Francisco ABC affiliate KGO-TV was robbed of camera equipment while on assignment in West Oakland. The crew was held up at gunpoint but escaped uninjured.

The incident is the latest act of crime against television journalists working in Oakland. In May, thieves targeted a KGO-TV news van and stole camera equipment and personal items. Last November, a cameraman from CBS affiliate KPIX was injured during a live television report, and in June a thief stole a laptop from a news van belonging to FOX affiliate KTVU.

The rash of crime has prompted television stations to hire security guards to accompany journalists working on stories in Oakland. The San Francisco Chronicle reports a security guard was with the KGO-TV crew when they were held up at gunpoint on Friday.

The news crew was not identified, and station officials declined to comment.

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Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).