Channel 9 covers fire at Welk's home

Channel 9's fire coverage in the 9 o'clock hour included several minutes with reporter Dave Lopez on the battle by firefighters to save the La Cañada Flintridge home of the station's helicopter pilot, Larry Welk.

Earlier Saturday: A reader sent along this observation on what Los Angeles TV stations were covering at 5 p.m.

It's 5 pm on Saturday, the biggest fire in year is in the backyards of thousands of homes from Lake View Terrace to Pasadena, and NOT ONE Los Angeles TV station is providing continuous coverage.

A few minutes ago, KTTV popped in with a brief update after the Dodger game, then returns to Whacked Out Sports.

KCBS did a half hour at 4:30 then went to an NFL preseason game. Sister KCAL is in syndicated schlock.

KNBC: regular programming, some sort of taped feature show on hot cars at Mt. Pinos.

KABC: live coverage from ABC News of the Kennedy interment.

KTLA: some show about warlocks and evil spirits.

Earlier today, Supervisor Mike Antonovich stood up at a news conference and said "I'm very sorry to say that much of the local television news coverage, that used to be covering fires live, is not covering this fire necessary to inform our people."

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