Television

Fishman gets 31 minutes

Hal FishmanKTLA's Prime News team remembered and praised their late anchor and managing editor Hal Fishman for the first half of the broadcast tonight. When they finally broke for the news, the top story was Barry Bonds clobbering his record-breaking 756th home run in San Francisco. After a few other stories, the broadcast returned to focus on Fishman with testimonials from his former co-anchors, competitors Paul Moyer and Marc Brown, the owner of his favorite restaurant, his co-pilots and from Hollywood stars like Tom Hanks, Julie Andrews and Leonardo DiCaprio, who said "It's a sad day in Los Angeles." Co-anchor Leila Feinstein said on the air "I've been crying my eyes out" and her voice cracked at a couple of points. The hour tribute was a little over the top, maybe even a bit hokey in the style of Fishman's newscasting and commentaries, but quite heartfelt. It ended with a darkened set, the silhouettes of tonight's anchors and a few seconds of silence.

Video at KTLA.com, CBS 2
Audio on Larry Mantle, Patt Morrison

Photo: KTLA


More by Kevin Roderick:
John Severson, 83, founder of Surfer magazine
LA Observed Notes: 60 Minutes, selling the Coliseum and more
Gil Cedillo, Nick Melvoin win LA runoffs*
LA Observed Notes: Baca goes down, LAX shuffle, media moves
LA Observed Notes: Big TV news, media moves, obits and more
Recent Television stories on LA Observed:
'SoCal Connected' gets new KCET season and exec producer
Cecilia Alvear, 77, trail blazing NBC News producer
Robert Osborne, 84, host on Turner Classic Movies
Midweek notes: Xavier Becerra, Jeff Michael, P-45 and more
Tony Valdez retires from Fox 11 news, last of a generation
Gwen Ifill, Washington journalist, 61
Vin Scully tribute to air live across SoCal
KTLA will air Vin Scully's final six games


 

LA Observed on Twitter