Wald steps down at Channel 5

KTLA News Director Jeff Wald informed his department this morning that he's leaving the station to spend more time his family. Wald's wife died suddenly last December, and he has been raising their teenage daughter and caring for his elderly father. A conversation with his daughter over the weekend led to "sort of an epiphany" that he needs to spend more time with her, Wald just told me. "The last seven months have just been very, very difficult...It was not an easy decision [to leave], but sometimes you have to make these kinds of life choices." No successor was immediately named. The station also recently lost assistant ND Marcia Brandwyne, who left the TV news business.

Noted: KTLA has spiffed up its news website and has live video of the Phil Spector trial.

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