Salinas, the former Telemundo reporter who had an affair with then-mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, had been the local anchor on KRCA-62.
Johanna Maska goes back to 2007 with Obama and has just stepped down as director of press advance. She's the LAT's new veep for marketing and communications.
Two Pulitzers for the Times -- for television criticism and drought writing -- and the first ever for the Daily Breeze and the Los Angeles News Group.
Lopez says she is going to grad school fulltime. Alex Ben Block among those leaving the Hollywood Reporter, report says.
It's David Weinberg, a reporter at "Marketplace" and creator of the Random Tape podcast.
Bob Pool, the recently retired Los Angeles Times staff writer, posted a Twitter photo today of the former Daily News headquarters in Woodland Hills being razed.
Hillary Clinton woos reporters. Baquet, Baron and Beutner. KPCC hiring a political reporter. Daily News after Orlov. Plus more.
Laventhol created the Washington Post Style section and came to the Times through Newsday.
Nothing he can say about gender issues would trump his participation in the "cultural crime" of Kardashian hype.
A report by the Columbia school of journalism says Rolling Stone's epic screw up "is a story of journalistic failure that was avoidable." Inside: writer Sabrina Erdely's statement.
Mantle marked the occasion with a live broadcast in front of an audience in KPCC's Crawford Family Forum
News and notes from LA Observed on politics, media and place plus a couple of tweets of the day.
Michael Fleming says last week's story suggesting there was too much diversity in TV casting was a big mistake: "Our hearts are heavy with regret."
It's all about the acronyms: SPJ-LA, ASNE, ACES and ASJA. Congratulations to all the winners.
Alejandra Campoverdi is the former Obama aide named managing editor of #EmergingUS, the Times' multimedia venture on race and multiculturalism.
Fischbeck was Channel 7's weatherman for nearly 20 years in the 1970s and 80s.
Jeb Bush to raise cash in Bel Air. Supes look to raise minimum age. A new column in Daily News. More notes on politics, media and place.
Consumer columnist David Lazarus has been getting more openly anti-Republican on his Twitter feed. So get ready for cat videos.
S. Mitra Kalita says few jobs in journalism would make her "uproot my family, leave a neighbourhood and friends I love, and exit an innovative startup like Quartz."
Some news and notes of politics, media and place to get the week started.
Angel Rodriguez is deputy editor for mobile innovation at the Washington Post. He had been in sports roles previously.
Alejandra Campoverdi will be managing editor of #EmergingUS. She worked in the White House from 2009-2012 and has a media background.
Tobar writing for NYT opinion. Oreskes to run NPR news. KPCC adds veterans and military issues reporter. Plus more.
S. Mitra Kalita will be managing editor for editorial strategy. This year's addition from the NYT also gets a new title.
The traditional statement of total pages in each day's paper vanished last week from the printed LA Times front page.
Kimmel's audience for Obama was up 30 percent over the previous Thursday and turned out to be the show's fourth highest rating ever.
On Hoffarth's annual opinionated lists of the top LA sports radio talkers, McDonnell was an easy number one.
McDonnell died today at Good Samaritan after a brief illness. He "worked at almost every sports outlet on the local radio dial," LA Radio's Don Barrett said.
Hewitt is breaking stories, getting the GOP candidates on his radio show and filling the role of most respected pundit by the Republican establishment, a new profile says.
The Obamajam trope is old and tired, and even I'll admit it was kind of parochial to begin with. But today, the LA Times loves it.
Starting at the top of the home page, I count 22 headlines from various sections before they start steering us to older stories and features deeper on the site.
The Orange County Register just announced that Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz, the co-owners of Freedom Communications, have both resigned from all executive duties.
"Business, much like life, is not a movie and not everyone gets to have a story book ending," founder Om Malik posted.
Read the memo: Editors now meet at 7 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., with the focus the website more than the next day's front page.
Juliet Lapidos is an opinion editor and writer for the New York Times and formerly edited or wrote for Slate, the Atlantic, the Awl and other outlets.
Graham reported the Billionaire Boys Club stories in the 1980s and wrote for "NYPD Blue" and other TV shows.
Hale has been at Channel 11 since 2004 and with Fox TV Stations for 18 years. No replacement has yet been named.
Nancy Sullivan flacked for the Times during much of the Tribune years. Memos from her and Austin Beutner inside.
Prouser started with Reuters here on the first day of the Rodney King riots and shot close to 3,000 Hollywood red carpets before he was done.
Journalist who is famously undocumented will create a new section of the LAT website on race, immigration and multiculturalism.
The latest SoCal reporter to join the Buzzfeed News team in Los Angeles is Salvador Hernández, formerly of the OC Register. He's not the only one leaving the Register.
The Los Angeles-based entertainment reporter will "engage US readers by combining the Guardian's internationalist, online journalism with US voices and expertise."
She has been deputy editor in Sacramento. Here she will be an editorial writer. Read the memo here.
Current publisher Austin Beutner announced a new book club — his first selection is by one of his employees — and the previous publisher traveled to Antarctica with his sons for a blowout in the Travel section.
"I don’t think the chamber had seen such a large crowd since the city considered banning lap dances." Heh.
Best known for "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," Owens was an LA radio fixture first. "One of the most famous broadcasters in Los Angeles radio history," says LA Radio's Don Barrett.
KTLA just announced that Stan Chambers died this morning at his home in Holmby Hills. He did 22,000 stories in 63 years at Channel 5. Obits and tributes inside.
"He was the finest media reporter of his generation," executive editor Dean Baquet said in his email to the staff. Carr was 58.
New president for KABC-TV. Johnson Publications selling off photos. Los Angeles Magazine gets more vintage. Plus more.
Kraska is now the sports director at CBS 8 in San Diego. He was wounded outside his home.
"This was wrong and completely inappropriate for someone in Brian’s position,” the president of NBC News informs the staff.
"He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family," says the channel's president.
The embodiment of a mensch, said Mayor Eric Garcetti. The Daily News photo gallery includes Orlov's longtime Rolodex.
If you need another clear marker that BuzzFeed is a news operation with reach and not just a website with lists, this is a pretty good one.
Journalist or team selected will spend a year reporting on LA's most vulnerable populations. Deadline to apply approaches. Radio experience not required.
Maureen Dowd writes that for NBC, Williams puffing up his exploits "was a bomb that had been ticking for a while."
Turns out that the NBC Nightly News anchor has been using his bogus claim of being shot down in Iraq over the years.
The other shoe has dropped in political blogger Andrew Sullivan's recent decision to stop blogging.
THR's National Magazine Award comes in the category of special interest. Pacific Standard and Amanda Hess also win.
Colleagues and friends react to the passing of the Daily News' longtime presence at City Hall.
The Daily News announced this afternoon that Orlov died of diabetes complications. Mayor Garcetti: "City Hall is in mourning."
An editor is needed for the online Antarctic Sun newspaper. Must have good teeth.
This week's "SoCal Connected" on KCET features the author and founder of Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore.
No replacement host or centrist for the long-running show has been named.
The retirement tour of trial reporter Linda Deutsch continued today at the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration.
Editor Gustavo Arellano says, "Anyone interested in buying this rag gets a motivated band of mistfits, almost all of us OC natives…"
Maybe not everyone watching would know that Jones is biracial, but TNT's reporter and producers should have.
With a documentary on him debuting at Sundance, the restaurant reviewer says he will no longer pretend that no one knows it's him.
Stacey Leasca has been the LAT social media editor since last March. Today's her last day.
Top of the LAT website carries an ad for "Fire without the Fuss" beside a photo gallery on the Da Vinci apartment blaze.
Mara Shalhoup takes over Feb. 16. "LA has countless stories to tell…we're gonna have fun."
The former Daily News managing editor and head of Fleishman-Hillard in LA, now 66, has one client and some friends.
The KPCC politics reporter will split time between City Hall and working on "innovative ideas on how the paper can get its news out to readers."
Amanda Hess' manifesto about women and the Internet for Pacific Standard is also a finalist in the National Magazine Awards.
Editor Rob Eshman says no more "tiptoeing around terrorists’ sensibilities [or] kowtowing to the craziest elements among us."
Los Angeles Magazine goes longform on the life transition of the LA news helicopter pilot formerly known as Bob Tur.
The Bard of LA, as he was called, had a long career at the Los Angeles Times and had also written columns for the Topanga Messenger, the Daily News and AARP — plus books and TV episodes.
The Los Angeles Press Club will announce today that it is awarding the 2015 Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism to Charlie Hebdo.
The weekly has been targeted by Islamic terrorists before, and had just posted a satirical cartoon about the head of the Islamic State — and a taunt that the group had not yet attacked France.
Larry Ingrassia left the New York Times last year after a stint as deputy managing editor for new initiatives. He was the NYT business editor for eight years.
Laid-off LA Times writer Scott Timberg's new book about the pressures on journalism and the creative class is out, reviewed by the Columbia Journalism Review.
Variety sped up an announcement of Rainey's hiring tonight after I called him seeking comment. Orr is leaving for Colorado and a startup.
A staff video pays tribute to the sixteen-month run of the Register's presence in Long Beach. The final issue appeared Sunday.
Couple of media move memos from last week involving the local newspapers.
California Sunday Magazine has posted early its January issue story reconstructing the events of September 26, 2014 in Iguala. "Mexico is now a nation in mourning."
The trial reporter for Associated Press who got her start in the courthouse as a fill-in at the trial of the Charles Manson family in 1969 will retire on Monday. She plans to write a memoir, AP says.
Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to demand in court that James Risen, a national security reporter for the New York Times, reveal his source for a book that reported a CIA effort to sabotage Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
Stephen Battaglio, business editor of TV Guide, joins Company Town. KCAL cuts news shows. THR redesigns. Plus more.
The longtime politics writer and columnist for Spanish-language La Opinión is leaving the paper to become the communications deputy for new county Supervisor Hilda Solis.
The Weekly says "our focus for 2015 is utilizing our time and resources towards building, promoting, and evolving events that can bring us profitability for the new year. Unfortunately, this event does not help us towards meeting those directives."
Magazine's managing editor says "there now appear to be discrepancies" in the rape victim's account of what happened. Rolling Stone put everything on her being truthful by agreeing not to confirm her facts.
Times' business editor sends out a staff email with the rest of the quote that Beutner delivered at yesterday's Town Hall LA lunch speech. Plus: More of Buetner's comments on the LA Times' future.
Elder got the call after Tuesday's show. He was dropped from the station in 2008 as well.
New publisher who took over for Aaron Kushner says 'the business is not profitable' and announces about 100 layoffs, none in the newsrooms in OC or Riverside.
How many labor reporters are left at major American media outlets? Environment reporter Felicity Barringer is also on the list.
Solis' new chief deputy is a former reporter at the Los Angeles Times — and Solis' executive assistant was assistant to the LA Times editor. Plus more Solis and Sheila Kuehl staff news.
Neela Bannerjee is going to InsideClimate News, the nonprofit website that won a Pulitzer for national reporting in 2013.
TV reporter Bill Carter and newspaper and magazines reporter Christine Haughey are on the list of those leaving, along with a few who worked in Los Angeles.
The deputy in Controller Ron Galperin's office will become Vice President of Projects at the Times. She was the youngest deputy mayor in the Villaraigosa administration.
Editorial page editor Nick Goldberg calls the position of op-ed editor "one of the best at the paper." Read his memo inside.
Mayor Garcetti supports LAPD on protester arrests. Hillary Clinton got $300,000 to speak at UCLA. A political consultant advertises. An LA TV veteran retires. Plus Jian Ghomeshi, Cargoland, bacon-wrapped hot dogs and more.
A five-part series in the Desert Sun will look at the history of Mafia influence, including the taint on Frank Sinatra and kids who grew up romanticizing the scene.
The man who drove Tribune into bankruptcy plans a "personal and professional memoir [with] compelling stories about his biggest deals and share tips for entrepreneurs who want to follow in his footsteps.” Snicker.
The LA Times veteran devotes his final column to a menu of proposed fixes, such as expanding the City Council, abolishing the school board and doing away with term limits.
Read the memo: CEO Jack Griffin's email to the staff late on Friday night rescinds the policy that attempted to strip away accrued vacation time and force reporters and editors to make a case for paid time off they used to earn.
The reporter will be shared with public radio stations in Seattle and Raleigh-Durham and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Vice recalls the abuse that Saxon took covering the Angels and Dodgers for the Daily News when there were few women on the beat. Reggie Jackson gave her such trouble that other Angels stood up for her.
Charles Champlin wore a lot of hats on the Los Angeles arts and entertainment journalism scene: LA Times arts editor, film critic, book critic, columnist, author, host of TV programs and more.
Tribune Publishing calls it Discretionary Time Off, and says employees may actually get as many paid days off or even more. But to get even a sick day, you may have to convince a supervisor your performance merits it -- and no more banking vacation days. Read the memos.
After getting dropped after one column by the LA Times, Heisler will now cover the NBA for the competition. His column in the Times, by the way, paid all of $200.
Bob Sipchen returns to the LA Times as senior editor in the California section. He has been communications director for the Sierra Club and editor of the advocacy group's magazine.
Reston will stay in LA and cover politics and the 2016 presidential campaign for CNN's digital side and the TV network.
Any web content creator or headline writer who posted that Kardashian's nude pics broke the Internet is a shameless tool. Nice exposure, though, for Amanda Fortini.
Gustavo Arellano's column in the OC Weekly began humbly -- and now it's a freakin' empire and he's the editor of the whole paper. He celebrates in this week's column.
The OC Business Journal reports that two of the investors who helped Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz finance the purchase of Freedom Communications in 2012 say the company is 'insolvent.'
Heisler, laid off sort of famously in 2011, wrote one NBA piece last week then was dropped. He says he wasn't told why.
KTLA morning traffic reporter Ginger Chan accidentally calls Rubin fat, thinking her mic is off. Everybody laughs, the video goes global, but he has some reflections on it all.
Part two of the Times will go back to being the California section starting tomorrow. It's part of focusing on local news, says publisher Austin Beutner: "LATExtra only means something to those who work in the printing plant."
The Variety logo that used to shine from the tallest office tower on the Wilshire Miracle Mile is now on the facade of a non-descript mid-rise on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles.
The LA Times says it covered the tips that Register readers included for delivery men, but Aaron Kushner wouldn't reimburse. And other mooching by the flailing Register owner.
The San Francisco Bay Guardian witnessed a lot of Northern California progressive history since 1966, but the owner says "the economic reality is such that the Bay Guardian is not a viable business and has not been for many years."
The Orange County Register's horrible, terrible, not so good month continues. The suit seeks more than $2.4 million in damages.
A Las Vegas casino marketing executive with no newspaper experience will now try to clean up the mess at the Orange County Register.
Back from three weeks away from the routine with a hefty offering of items in politics, media, sports and more. Catching up will continue all week.
I'm still traveling and trying not to pay close attention to LA politics or media, but this is too intriguing to pass up.
Continued turmoil at the OC Reg, comings and goings at our local papers, and info on some offerings from SoCal Connected, just because.
Doug Dowie, the former Fleishman-Hillard executive and Daily News managing editor who went to federal prison, is back in business in the LA area with a new communications venture.
LA's longtime news anchor signed off KCAL last Friday (watch the video inside) and has the starring role in a new short film (watch it too.)
New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet has announced his first big remake of the organizational ranks of the paper, choosing to replace his old job of managing editor with four deputy executive editors and the new position of creative director. Reads the memo.
OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano says the final blow to the Los Angeles Register came when the company could no longer pay the LA Times to distribute the paper. Layoffs at the Register are beginning today.
An 11 p.m. email broke the news to Register staffers. The Los Angeles website will continue, as will Freedom's weekly papers here, but the surviving Register will focus on Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
After five years as a semi-independent website and a year under the name The Wire, the site is going back under the banner of The Atlantic.
We mean the actual chairs. In the screen grabs from Friday night's news, watch just the height of the seat backs behind Leyna Nguyen and Sylvia Lopez.
Passing along without comment or anything to add: "We now understand that many [staff reporters] were expecting L.A. Register to go belly up by today's end."
Fred Roggin, Jim Rome, Marques Johnson and Jeanne Zelasko are on the schedule. Also: The LA Times wants to know which of its sports scribes have radio and TV gigs.
The Spanish language daily newspaper rolled out an all-new look this week. There's now a section of English language news on the website.
Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism proposes new $10,000 fee on students. Robert Lopez says LAT tried to keep him. Allie Mac Kay out at KTLA Morning News. LAT hires for Wall Street beat. Plus Hilda Solis and more.
This morning's memo from Digital First Media CEO John Paton doesn't confirm or deny. Let the speculation continue.
The two stations will continue to operate separately but they will "share a single, over-the-air broadcast television channel," while auctioning off unneeded bandwidth and splitting the proceeds.
Chris Knap, the longtime Orange County Register investigations editor, moves to the radio-web newsroom in Pasadena. There's also a new education editor and a new regional desk. Memos inside.
Tim Molloy leaves as TV editor at The Wrap to join PBS "Frontline." Plus: TMZ scores with Ray Rice video clip. ESPN Films and Nate Silver. New seasons at KCET. New editor for Los Angeles Magazine's driving blog. And more.
The ranks of veteran newspaper writers just keep shrinking. This is the second we've posted about today.
Tobar, a former foreign correspondent, has most recently been a staff writer in books. His book on the buried Chilean miners comes out next month.
If you want breaking news in the LA area at night, you might be better off not going to the LA Times website. They prefer quakebot copy to real news.
The first video under a new Los Angeles Times Originals banner debuts Sept. 13. Noted: Ex-publisher Eddy Hartenstein founded DirecTV.
The Eastside campus has been hiring to raise its public affairs profile under a new president. Peter Hong is senior deputy for Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
The emeritus professor at Annenberg was a prolific author and had been a correspondent for the New York Times and Look, and a writer for the late Valley Times newspaper.
Daily News leadership, a new photo of and a threat directed at Nikki Finke, Heather Havrilesky's column moves, plus more.
Today's memo from LA Times Metro editor Shelby Grad announces a shake-up of the editing team following Grad's promotion from city editor.
KFWB at 980 on the AM dial is going away as an all-news (or news talk) radio station after today. Tune in and hear your favorite anchor say goodbye.
Here's how four of the local front pages look in print today: Times, Register, Daily News and La Opinión. Just a visual survey, nothing more.
David Montero, who got to the Register last year, will cover LA county government and some general assignment.
The survey asks readers to react to marketing messages that would announce a switch to a "new, compact size" but the LAT flack says it's just marketing research.
"With California in the midst of a drought, TheWrap opted against using water, and instead just waited for some of the ice to melt." Does Sharon Waxman's hair even get wet?
"We have never been prouder of our son Jim," Foley's mother says on Facebook. "He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people."
New Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner broke his media silence Tuesday and appeared in the morning on KPCC's "Airtalk" with Larry Mantle, and in the evening on KCRW's "Which Way, L.A.?" with Warren Olney. I gave my response on the KCRW segment.
Scott Olson of Getty Images was arrested then released after several hours, apparently for not staying in the pen that police set up for journalists. A total of six journalists and more than 30 protesters were arrested Monday night or Tuesday morning.
Silicon Valley "is one of the most amazing places on the planet," says Chris O'Brien on his way to three years in France.
The 3-year package starts with a base salary of $675,000 a year, an annual bonus of the same amount, and a $40,000 personal allowance each year. Plus equity and more, per an SEC filing.
New York Times Paris bureau chief Alissa J. Rubin, a former LA Times correspondent, dictated a reporter's notebook from her Istanbul hospital bed about the Iraq crash in which she was injured. The story runs with a graphic photograph of a bloodied Rubin.
The former mayoral candidate who looked into buying the Times says he won't be a caretaker or dictate coverage. "It’s an organization that has to change in order to prosper. If they’re looking for a caretaker, they picked the wrong guy.”
Studio SoCaL debuted Friday night as a weekly half-hour that repeats a few times. The first show had former LA mayor Richard Riordan and a discussion of "Silicon Beach."
The Los Angeles Times needs a new editor to run the sports department. If you're curious what the requirements are, check out the job posting.
Eight years and three children later, Matthew Garrahan is leaving Los Angeles for a new posting as global media editor for the Financial Times. He shares some observations of LA.
Melody Petersen joined the OC Register in 2012 as an investigations reporter.
Mike James announces his retirement, and Robert Faturechi leaves for ProPublica. They join the foreign editor, the lead Company Town blogger and others getting the heck out of Dodge while they can. But the Times is also hiring.
Marlow had a long career reporting or anchoring on KNBC, KCBS and KCET — 37 years in all, ending with the old "Life & Times” program on KCET.
KCBS and KCAL announced today that longtime anchor Kent Shocknek will retire at the end of September. He has been on TV in Los Angeles for 31 years, most recently as anchor of the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts on KCAL.
Kim Murphy to run both Foreign and National, Shelby Grad takes over Metro, Ashley Dunn moves to National and Brandi Grissom joins the Times from the Texas Tribune.
Quite a scene at UCLA on Tuesday. Plus Channel 7 falls for a fake DWP spokesman — but it takes a while.
LA Times staffers are restless about halted delivery of bottled water in the newsroom. Plus a veteran NPR voice dies, a SoCal media voice gets married, and more on Mission & State.
NBC4's honors included for investigative reporting and for regularly scheduled daily evening newscast. Channel 4's Mary Harris also won the Emmy for news writing for the seventh time.
Flint will be based in the LA bureau of the Journal. He covered media for the WSJ for seven years before joining the Times.
Drought effects. Bobby Shriver gets an endorsement. Obamajam keeps woman in labor from the hospital. Colbert will keep Late Show in NYC. What happens when film and TV productions are denied California's subsidy. Plus media notes: Maria Russo, Chris Long, KCRW's drone and more.
Casey Wasserman quietly leads LA's Olympic bid. The Mexican-born Stanford Law professor named to the state Supreme Court. Andre Birotte confirmed as judge. Sheila Kuehl gets County Fed endorsement. Plus Ron Calderon, George McKenna, Nick Ut, Donald Sterling, SoCal's bestsellers this week and more.
The Knight Foundation and the Santa Barbara non-profit behind the investigative news start-up have agreed that "unfortunately...the Mission & State experiment must come to an end."
News boxes observed, spotted on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana.
In the final email from CEO Peter Liguori, Tribune's newspaper story is a purely Chicago story. No Chandlers or LA Times.
NPR news chief leaves (see memo excerpt.) Perez recount could last until after the election. New editor of Slate. LA's sidewalks. Plus more.
Burch takes to the station's morning show to explain the details of how, at age 45, she decided to go the frozen egg route. The report runs almost six minutes.
An excerpt from Steve Oney's upcoming book about the history and future of NPR.
Russ Stanton becomes a senior executive with the public relations firm founded by his (and my) former LA Times colleague Glenn Bunting.
Rumor about Murdoch and Tribune papers. Hoffarth goes part-time. New producer at KCRW. Iranian journo gets 2 years and 50 lashes for her blog. "Los Angeles Plays Itself," the ESPN Body Issue and more.
Claude Brodesser-Akner, Michael Sigman, Zen Vuong, Dashiell Bennett, Robert Salladay and more — including the night the LA Times printed the Herald Examiner.
KPFK is a quirky little radio station. So this memo that went out to staffers Tuesday maybe isn't so odd.
Journalists of the year are Gene Maddaus of the LA Weekly, Alfred Lee of the LA Business Journal, Rolando Nichols of MundoFox, Saul Gonzalez of KCRW, Celeste Fremon of Witness LA, Cynthia Littleton of Variety and Ringo H.W. Chiu of the LA Business Journal. More winners inside.
In a long piece in the OC Weekly, Register rival Gustavo Arellano details all that has gone wrong with Kushner's experiment. About 70 staffers have now left the newsroom on buyouts that came down this month.
Marketplace Morning Report will now be a formal part of "Morning Edition" on NPR stations. Plus: A new "clock" for the morning and "All Things Considered."
Anne Thompson helps give some perspective to the latest back and forth between the Hollywood blogger and her former colleagues.
After the verdicts in the phone hacking trial of Rupert Murdoch's tabloid editors, Prime Minister David Cameron apologized to the cameras for employing Andy Coulson as his spokesman.
The Hot Property blog is back on the A-list at LA Times.com, with a new hire and a newsroom memo to explain it all.
NYU academic Clay Shirky reduces the battle for journalism to a fight between realists and nostalgists. He ranted at Ken Doctor and Ryan Chittum for not calling B.S. on Aaron Kushner, and they respond.
Melanie Sill ascends to vice president of content for Southern California Public Radio. Stanton says he's headed to the private sector.
Linda Deutsch of AP was the reporter Simpson felt he could talk to and be treated fairly. Jim Newton of the LA Times thought he was going to get into a fistfight when he interviewed Simpson. Plus more.
His email to the New York Times staff calls it "minimally invasive, completely successful surgery...my doctors have given me an excellent prognosis.”
When occupied in 2016, the new media center will get KCRW out of the cramped college campus basement it has called home for decades.
We're talking Eli Broad, Richard Riordan, Rick Caruso, Ramona Ripston and similar.
Jim Hayes was a longtime reporter and editor who taught journalism at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and who served as a writing coach in several newsrooms, including at the Los Angeles Times.
Lot more pictures and accessibility, easier audio playing, 20 years of archives. The timing coincides with groundbreaking this week on a new studio in Santa Monica.
Sports columnist T.J. Simers' rebirth with the Orange County Register lasted less than a year. Well under a year. He's joining this week's exodus from OC Register.
Even with his image as the guy who figured out how to make newspapers work wobbling, the Register's Aaron Kushner declined to make his case with numbers that could be checked.
The number of Spanish speakers on staff goes up by one with the addition of Carolina Miranda, formerly of Time and KCRW, a Valley native who worked as an LAT desk assistant more than two decades ago.
Two weeks off without pay within the next two months, and voluntary buyouts in the newsroom. The Long Beach Register will fold into the daily LA Register.
A.O. Scott in the New York Times says Adam Sandler's "Blended" is so bad it will make your child stupid. The LA Times calls it a "fun...enjoyable romp."
All media today: Sulzberger speaks to Vanity Fair. Another digital defection from NYT. Atlantic Cities rebrands. Moves at the LAT, LANG and KCRW. Plus more
The senior producer of a new arts and entertainment program will be Oscar Garza, former daily Calendar editor at the LA Times. Rounding out the team is an import from KCRW.
Dean Baquet, the former editor in chief of the Los Angeles Times who left during the worst of the Tribune Company manhandling of the LAT, today was named executive editor of the New York Times. Jill Abramson is out. No explanation.
Rihanna and Steven Soboroff, the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, are certainly making the most out of their recent encounter at the Clippers playoff game. The broken phone is paying off for the LAPD Foundation.
KPCC has been looking for awhile for the right person to host a new arts and entertainment program aimed at making the station a player in Hollywood and cultural coverage. They found their man at the LA Times.
Richard Fausset is leaving Mexico City to return to Atlanta, this time as a New York Times national correspondent. Plus another opening at the NYT.
Sterling talks with Anderson Cooper in interview to air tonight on CNN. He asks forgiveness from the NBA — if his words offended, that is. "If I said anything wrong, I'm sorry."
I guess nobody at the Daily Mail recognizes Steven Soboroff, the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission — dismissed as a "jolly older gentleman" and a "pensioner" in a Fail story on Rihanna attending a Clippers game while dressed.
Jarl Mohn takes over in July. A well known LA art collector and venture capitalist, he was previously GM of MTV Networks and founder of the E! Channel, as well as chair of CNET. NPR memo inside.
Ken Dilanian will cover intelligence for the Associated Press bureau.
The guy with no shirt on who asked out reporter Courtney Friel while both were live on the KTLA air last week is a new Inland Empire celebrity. Meet the ex-Marine behind the skin.
LATImes.com is finally getting the design makeover it has needed for years — see how Eddy Hartenstein flacks it. Plus the LA Register (remember it?) will now deliver to homes.
Selective catching up after staying away from the LA news for a little while. Don Sterling fallout, politics, media, more.
KTLA's Courtney Friel was covering the afternoon's brush fire in the Inland Empire foothills on Wednesday when a shirtless man carrying a dog asked her for a date.
New season begins May 14 with some of the old team and some new faces. Expect a show that's more like the KCET website than the TV series that won all those awards.
Two of Politico's bigger names are relocating to Los Angeles from the East Coast. It sounds less strategic and more about personal situations.
Memo to the staff from Eddy Hartenstein after last week's police incident says "the situation that transpired with a VXI employee on Friday night has been a cause of concern to us all."
Russ Mitchell will guide coverage of Silicon Valley and tech companies, and write for the paper's Tech Now blog.
The latest staff writer to jump ship at the Los Angeles Times is Metro projects reporter Jessica Garrison. Read the farewell memo inside.
Former national correspondent will double the allotment of Times staff to the Valley. Wonder if this move is Register related? Meanwhile, in Orange County the Register partners with a local startup newsroom.
The editorial in the first issue of the new Los Angeles print newspaper, out today, says the Register's opinion page "aims to infuse a new perspective into the political and public policy debate in our community and lead the charge for a new generation of liberty-minded, free-market intellectuals."
The Fields of Green is covering the money side of sports, with David Carter of the USC Sports Business Institute as the featured columnist and key player.
The Boston Globe wins in breaking news for its coverage of the Boson Marathon bombings. The New York Times wins in both photography categories. There are no local winners, but several LA Times finalists.
Los Angeles Magazine contributor Jesse Katz spent five months sorting out the story of how Puig was taken to Mexico and held by smugglers, and the deal that committed 20 percent of his future earnings to a small-time Miami crook.
The LA Register debuts Wednesday: staff of 40, available in 5,500 stores and newsracks. Still waiting for evidence that it will make a ripple in the LA news cycle, let alone thrive as a business. Meanwhile, things don't look so great at the Times again.
Longtime media watcher Rem Rieder talks to Aaron Kushner about next week's launch of the Los Angeles Register and observes that starting up a new newspaper on the turf of an existing paper (or papers) was a bold statement in the best of times. The LA Register lands on Wednesday.
Ana Garcia, the former KNBC anchor and investigative reporter, shows up on a new issue of "Kitchen Nightmares" interviewing the overheated proprietors of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Breitbart CA will be about "stories worth telling about the successes of the conservative movement in California and the failures of the left-wing establishment." Plus more.
The Associated Press says that an Afghan police commander opened fire with an AK-47 Friday on two AP journalists, killing Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon.
Channel 4's investigation of tour bus accidents and Lawrence Wright's "Going Clear" are cited by the judges, as well as an investigation into LA-area rehab scams. Details inside.
The Beverly Hills Courier emails a keeper headline to its readers about the huge earthquake on the coast of Chile.
Definitions and frequently asked questions from USGS at your fingertips, plus some other advice.
Ruth Ryon created the LA Times' Hot Property feature. Lonnie White covered sports and had played football at USC, where he set the school's single-season record for kickoff return yardage.
The LA Times maintains its silence despite fair questions about what else Jason Felch was reporting on and whether the editors and lawyers botched handling of Occidental College stories.
This perhaps bears repeating: The Hollywood Reporter is up for a general excellence award in the most prestigious magazine competition in the country. So is Pacific Standard.
Woman identified only as "a faculty member critical of Occidental’s administration" alleges a messed-up situation at the college. Oxy disagrees. Plus more details.
For several years Bay has been senior editor of the Huffington Post Los Angeles operation, but her roots are in television news. She takes over in July. Took a long time to fill this one.
There was a 2.7 micro-quake under Long Beach on Monday. The Times auto-story generator breathlessly reported the quake was centered "347 miles from Phoenix." That's helpful, thanks.
Brian Williams did a story on Friday about this being the final weekend for the NBC studios in Burbank. Lots of reminiscing about Johnny Carson, "Laugh-in" and Bob Hope.
Kimi Yoshino succeeds Marla Dickerson, who left the Times for the Wall Street Journal.
The new wrinkle is swipe cards for access. The Society of Professional Journalists LA chapter and the Radio-TV News Association of Southern California have scheduled an urgent meeting to make a protest.
Jim Hayes taught journalism at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and worked for many years as a part-time writing coach at the Los Angeles Times. Those two pursuits earned him a solid base of admirers and a story today in the Times.
Felch disputes a lot of what Occidental says about him. The college makes a point with me. And this whole story is starting to be a perfect storm of interlocking acquaintances.
Christine Pelisek has a new piece in LA Weekly on the 23-year murder spree she essentially uncovered, plus she's in a Lifetime documentary on the case and played by Dreama Walker in a movie. Meanwhile, suspect Lonnie Franklin is still awaiting trial.
Actor Wayne Knight did not die Sunday in upstate New York or anywhere else.
Jason Felch was dismissed for what the editor of the Times calls "an inappropriate relationship" with a source on the Oxy stories. We'll note, because the editor didn't, that Oxy retains Felch's former investigative reporting partner at the Times.
Stacey Leasca has been promoted to social media editor at the Los Angeles Times, where she will direct social media strategy across the newsroom. Memo is inside.
San Francisco Chronicle writers Joe Garofoli and Peter Hartlaub offer some savvy local tips to all the writers coming to town to "cover" the city. "Best thing on the Internet today," says a fan on Facebook.
The Register's Aaron Kushner sat for a Zocalo panel on the future of LA newspapers and explained his bet on print. But details have to wait for the April 16 launch of his new LA Register.
The Herald Examiner alumni on Facebook have posted the news that former city editor Larry Burrough died Monday in Washington state. He went to the Orange County Register and also was managing editor of the Denver Post.
The mayor held a wide-ranging interview with reporters and editors and said the city cannot afford raises for workers for a few years.
Freedom Communications "also will roll out more than a dozen community newspapers across Los Angeles County in coming weeks," the Register announces.
Can you spot the misspelling tonight on KCAL 9's weather report? Hint: There is no T in KCAL.
KCSN has been rocking the LA airwaves more lately and today put out a press release about a phone call from McCartney.
Freedom Communications, the parent company of the Orange County Register and the forthcoming LA Register, says it will introduce a new Spanish-language weekly newspaper called Unidos en el Sur de California on March 21. The weekly will combine the existing SoCal Spanish-language papers, Excelsior and La Prensa.
Chmielewski will join ex-Wall Street Journal tech writers Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at Re/Code.
Jack Griffin, a longtime print media executive who now runs the New York consulting firm Empirical Media, will take over this summer as CEO of Tribune Publishing. Eddy Hartenstein will become "non-executive chairman" of the new company.
Edited post: An earlier effort has quietly closed down for lack of interest among those who could finance a new website, writes Leo Wolinsky, the former LA Times managing editor. He notes that KPCC's hunger for grants also sucks up non-profit money that might otherwise go into creating new, better local news sites.
The list is unconfirmed but looks real, and indicates some interesting coverage priorities. Check it out.
There has been a new species of journalist spied recently at Los Angeles City Hall. That would be reporters for the as-yet-unseen LA Register.
Just when it seems from consuming any media that LA has abandoned its automobile ways — but in actuality hasn't — Los Angeles Magazine decides to zig where the others zag.
This farewell note went out to the Los Angeles Times newsroom today from former staff writer Sam Quinones. He's off to freelance and write books, most immediately about America's new upper middle class heroin epidemic.
KCRW on Saturday aired the new pilot for "Reveal," a show from the Center for Investigative Reporting and Public Radio Exchange. Featured are the heroin pipeline to Chicago, teenagers in solitary on Rikers Island and the reality behind that movie credits bug about no animals being harmed. Listen inside.
Los Angeles bureau reporter Miguel Almaguer did a field report for the "NBC Nightly News" Friday night while standing thigh deep in runoff debris. His rescue was not shown.
When a new comments engine debuts on Thursday, the banks of readers utterings already posted will apparently just go away.
It's stunning how fast this all happened. One day, the National Enquirer was posting a bogus story that claimed David Bar Katz was the secret gay lover of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Less than three weeks later, the tabloid is paying for Katz to create the American Playwriting Foundation.
Robin Abcarian, the LA Times columnist, stopped in to see her Venice neighbor this morning. They talked about the event that re-injected the former CBS 2 anchor into the news stream last week: Walker's arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in Anaheim, and the release of a police mug shot that showed her looking, in Walker's words, like rocker Steven Tyler.
Bill Thomas was editor of the Los Angeles from 1971 to 1989, a time in which the paper's reputation grew nationally due largely to the expansion in coverage and ambition he led.
Marla Dickerson will become Brazil bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal. Calendar writer Reed Johnson, her husband, is also jumping to the WSJ in Brazil.
We're starting to see Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner reach out in Los Angeles in advance of launching his new LA newspaper. He'll be in the journalism school at USC next Tuesday.
She was reportedly stopped by Anaheim police after running a red light then failed a field sobriety test. Walker was released on a promise to appear in court.
KCRW will get a new stronger signal on the Central Coast at 88.7 FM and produce Santa Barbara versions of "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." Santa Barbara will continue to hear classical music on 93.7.
“Deadly Delays” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel documented how delays at hospitals across the country undermine newborn screening programs, putting babies at risk of disability and death.
The New York Times has been building a new politics and data team to replace Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog. UCLA political scientist Lynn Vavreck will be a regular contributor. Plus more.
When last we saw Jillian Barberie, she was leaving Fox 11 once and for all. Now she will do talk radio on KABC.
The KTLA entertainment anchor made a mistake with Jackson on live TV this morning and has been the butt of jokes and social media comments the rest of the day. And probably will be tomorrow too, despite an on-air apology. Bad on KTLA: the video clip inside starts automatically.
Starting today, the 1-3 pm slot is filled by Mark Thompson, the former Fox 11 weather anchor, and Elizabeth Espinosa, the former Fox 11 and KTLA reporter and anchor. Yes, the LA home of angry white guy talk now has a Latina co-host.
Dylan Farrow's letter that ran on Nicholas Kristof's New York Times blog was shopped around first and turned down by the Los Angeles Times op-ed page.
New York Times media writer David Carr had some things in common with Philip Seymour Hoffman: wrestling, a role to play in the movie promoting machine, and addiction.
Plenty of stars show up on the cover of Vanity Fair despite Gwyneth Paltrow's ask that her friends shun the magazine. Editor Graydon Carter addresses the whole Paltrow saga in his editor's letter.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has revamped her media office with a trio of former journalists. Office veteran Jane Robison gets a new title and the office is on Twitter.
Conan Nolan, the host of "News Conference" on NBC 4, goes behind the scenes with a camera on the final show before the station moves a few miles onto the lot at Universal City.
KCETLink is about to announce that it has received a $1 million grant from the Ahmanson Foundation for a new season of the award-winning news series, "SoCal Connected." No word on staffing or format.
LA Stage Times is going on hiatus, effective immediately. Longtime theater writer Don Shirley will now post regularly at LA Observed.
The California Sunday Magazine will exist in several digital formats and be delivered on dead trees in the Los Angeles Times and other papers. It's coming out of the Bay Area — and they are hiring.
LA Times business columnist and blogger Michael Hiltzik and Register owner Aaron Kushner have a difference of opinion on the paper buying insurance policies on the lives of staffers, and directing any proceeds to the pension plan.
The Los Angeles Register now has a Twitter feed and a Facebook page, to go with the paper's first promotional ad and what looks like a prototype cover. A feature on Nixon and Agnew?
Too many lies over too many years to be a lawyer, the California State Supreme Court says in an unsigned, unanimous opinion.
On the ice it was just another hockey game (not that there is anything wrong with that.) LA Observed kept an eye on the fans and media.
Los Angeles writers Amanda Hess and Amy Wallace were on CNN with Brian Stelter this morning to discuss their recent pieces. Link to watch inside.
Media analyst Ken Doctor got his latest briefing from Aaron Kushner on the progress of the experiment at the Orange County Register and Freedom. Doctor adds some research and analysis of his own and concludes, in essence, it's on track.
Asra Q. Nomani was a close friend and Wall Street Journal colleague of Daniel Pearl. It was from her house in Karachi that the Los Angeles native left on January 23, 2002 for the interview he never returned from.
"California saved my life," the "Good Day LA" entertainment anchor says of the tumor discovered after she moved here and got bonked on the head by a surfboard.
UCLA Law professor Eugene Volokh — he graduated from college at age 15 — takes his popular center-right law, culture and politics blog to the Post, which loses Ezra Klein.
Times editors joke that BuzzFeed is "the online juggernaut known for hard-hitting reports such as 'The 25 Most Awkward Cat Sleeping Positions.'” But they regret losing Bensinger.
No changes in staff at the weekly are expected, but you can see Aaron Kushner working his way deeper into Los Angeles County.
New York Times media columnist David Carr becomes a skeptic about the great OC Register experiment. It's the layoffs and the lack of convincing specifics about the move into Los Angeles.
I guess that at 4:31 on Friday morning, Channel 4's tweets will begin. They did this before during the anniversary of the LA riots.
"The 32 friends and colleagues leaving us have helped the Register navigate through some very challenging times....We enter 2014 with real opportunities and real challenges."
Reports have been coming since last night about expected management changes and layoffs today in the Orange County newsroom. Sources are saying that editor Ken Brusic is being replaced by Rob Curley, with associated shifts down the line.
The position open now is for an on-air host of entertainment programing. As I understand the plan, the coverage will begin as a segment on "Take Two" then expand to a half-hour show.
A second round of layoffs at the Riverside Press-Enterprise since the purchase last fall by Freedom Communications includes back-office, newsroom, information technology and production workers. But new reporter hires will mean no net loss of newsroom head count. Plus an update on the LA Register.
The former NBC 4 reporter will host a monthly show on the economic life of Southern California on PBS SoCal. The first episode airs Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.
"Press Play" will debut Monday, Jan. 27 in the noon to 1 p.m. time slot. It will feature news and culture talk and be KCRW's first new daily program in more than a dozen years.
The Daily News package includes a dramatic shot of what the newsroom in Woodland Hills looked like when staffers tried to get in. The paper's executive editor recalls the day.
Lindgren will relocate to Los Angeles for three months to oversee The Hollywood Reporter as acting editor while Janice Min and other key editors are working on a remake of Billboard.
Bob Chamberlin of the Los Angeles Times and Brad Graverson of the Daily Breeze use iPhones to document today's rededication of the Korean Friendship Bell in San Pedro.
Former Fox 11 anchor Carlos Amezcua will handle 3 to 6 p.m. on the new LA home of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.
Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, Thomas Keller and Bradley Ogden are among the chefs who will join in Las Vegas dinners to raise funds for Jacobson, who was hit by a car while walking in Henderson, Nevada.
The editorial board of the New York Times refers to Edward Snowden as a "whistle-blower' and says it is time that the Obama Administration offer him a safe way home.
A spokesperson for the State Department took note today of Sunday's passing of Mike O'Connor, the former NPR and KCBS-LA reporter who was the Mexico representative of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Full text inside.
USA Today has gone without a formal chief of the Los Angeles bureau for about two decades or so. That changes on Wednesday.
O'Connor covered wars for NPR and the New York Times, and Los Angeles for Channel 2, before taking on the delicate mission of protecting journalists trying to cover corruption and the deadly drug wars in Mexico.
Lee Margulies and Sherry Stern retire from the Calendar section, and Scott Martelle will come back as an editorial writer five years after he was laid off while covering a presidential election for the Times. Details inside.
After ten years, Mickadeit is putting down his Orange County Register column to practice law in Costa Mesa. His first legal advice: "Never talk to a reporter without your lawyer present."
Aaron Kushner's year-end cheerleading note to the staff in Orange County includes the news nugget that the newspaper will sell its Santa Ana home. The editor of the LA Register will be an LA Times and Register veteran.
Rep. Henry Waxman posted a letter today to Tribune CEO Peter Liguori asking for more information about the company's intended spinoff of its newspapers and how it will affect the Los Angeles Times. Plus: Two more LAT retirements.
"It's an act of insensate stubbornness on my part," says Shearer. "But I get really remarkable feedback from listeners and as time goes on and things in the world get weirder, I think the intensity of the appreciation increases."
Most of the jobs lost are in sales, finance and circulation departments that duplicate functions also provided at the Orange County Register. No “frontline journalists” would be affected, Aaron Kushner says obliquely.
Andrew Walsh, formerly of KIRO in Seattle, is the executive producer. Three KCRW veterans are shifting to the new show, and three outside producers have joined the staff.
The end of the world as we know it, as might be reported by the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, TMZ, Twitter, Instagram and others.
News industry analyst Ken Doctor talked to the Register's Aaron Kushner and came away with some more details (and questions) about the strategy behind the Orange County newspaper chief's upcoming move into Los Angeles. Plus: Kushner is on KCRW and I discuss the move in tonight's LA Observed segment.
In Los Angeles in the 1960s, there were three huge local news stories that riveted people in front of their televisions — mostly to watch KTLA Channel 5, because that was the only station with a news helicopter.
Here's the Orange County Register newsroom email that went out looking for volunteers to cover Los Angeles.
The leak was accurate: the Orange County Register is planning to expand into Los Angeles County. The new paper will publish seven days a week after the first of the year, and they are thinking big.
Jerry Hairston Jr. retires as a player at 37 to join the TV crew, according to reports. "Game will not miss me but I will miss it," he says on Twitter.
KPCC is continuing to hire in strategic areas, but the Sacramento bureau is closing and three reporter slots were eliminated. The growing newsroom is now 95 strong, one of the biggest in LA in any medium.
One source says the topics will include expansion into Los Angeles.
There are two winners from print, two from broadcast, and a new media representative. Plus a special award to a local public information officer.
Weisman and the team announced he is leaving Variety (where he is a senior editor covering television) to become the Dodgers director of digital and print content. Dodger Thoughts will suspend publication.
Barbara Jones, who covers the LA Unified School District and the Board of Education for the Daily News, is leaving the newspaper business to become the chief of staff to board member Tamar Galatzan.
Clear Channel is moving Limbaugh from KFI to KTLK — which will drop 'progressive talk' and become The Patriot 1150, with Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck also on board.
Don Shirley at LA Stage Times has the toll: Capsule theater reviews will drop from the current seven or eight per week to about two, and commentaries by Steven Leigh Morris will appear every other week, instead of weekly.
The former Dodger infielder has been hired as a TV and radio commentator, according to Times blogger Steve Dilbeck, citing "a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity."
The newsroom at Channel 11 was told this afternoon that co-anchor Carlos Amezcua's last day was Friday. The word is that he's leaving to focus on his outside media company.
Sacramento Bee opinion page columnist and senior editor Dan Morain is moving up to editor of the editorial pages. Morain, 58, previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Herald Examiner.
Jean Smart portrays Finke as a secret blogger whose true identity is unknown to her family. Good line: "Mom, you're on the Internet."
Youssef, the longtime OC Weekly music writer-photographer who documented his battle against colon cancer in a column for the paper, died over the weekend surrounded by family and friends.
New York Magazine has been slowly tapering back from being a true weekly, putting out just 42 issues this year. But in March they make it official.
Only three news stories and no Column One. The rest is a garishly unattractive Disney ad for "Frozen."
The LA Press Club handed out the prizes it calls the National Entertainment Journalism Awards last night. Here are the winners.
Los Angeles Magazine says in the new issue that Miguel Contreras, the labor leader who died in 2005, was having an extra-marital affair with a state senator for nine years.
Patrick Goldstein, the longtime Hollywood watcher for the LA Times and others, has a good feature piece in Los Angeles Magazine on the current state of the four main movie biz trades. One of the best parts is the disclosure of his professional entanglements with the players.
Couple of updates to previous stories from the local TV news sector.
KABC Channel 7 will begin airing a live one-hour newscast in primetime — seven days a week at 8 p.m. — in January. But there's a twist.
Freedom Communications, the parent company of the Orange County Register, today completed its purchase of the Riverside Press-Enterprise for $27.25 million.
"For our current print subscribers nothing changes," says the publisher in an email to the staff. "As an employee you will have complimentary access."
"The Real Orange" with Ed Arnold has been on since 1997. Still no news about the station breaking from its OC roots to expand into LA and greater Southern California.
Several functions at Tribune's newspapers will be combined with new executives and about 700 jobs cut. CEO Peter Liguori says the cuts will be mostly not in newsrooms.
Kathy Thomson, the president and COO of the Los Angeles Times, sent around an email announcing her impending departure from the company. Also: projects editor Julie Marquis to Kaiser Health News.
The Daily News and the rest of the LANG papers will get a metered pay wall as soon as Wednesday, an edict from the parent company. Details to come.
Ouch, it's been a bad run in whatever they call the Chyron department these days at KCAL 9.
A.H. Belo Corp. announced today that its deal to sell the Riverside Press-Enterprise to Aaron Kushner's Freedom Communications did not close Friday as scheduled. Belo is looking at its options, while Kushner says the deal will go through.
Julie Chang is the entertainment news anchor on Fox 11's "Good Day LA" who joined the show about a year ago from New York. She explains that a surfing accident got her to the doctor.
His death was announced by KQED, the public radio station where he was executive director of news and public affairs. He previously was a reporter and editor at the San Francisco Examiner and the Oakland Tribune.
The media correspondent for NPR calls Murdoch “the most influential and important media figure in the English-speaking world." We talk about Murdoch's motivations, the trial of his former executives in London and the LA Times.
Stelter, one of the most high-profile New York Times staffers, produced scoop after scoop on the media beat while this year publishing his first book, “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV." He began TVNewswer in college and got hired full-time at the NYT at graduation.
I will be leading the conversation with NPR's media reporter for Zócalo Public Square on Monday night in Culver City. Come to the event or shoot me an email.
CBS Los Angeles took a page from baseball and announced today that it is trading some of its big name on-air talent between stations CBS 2 and KCAL 9. Here are the details.
A reader emails this screen grab: "What were they smoking at KCAL when they wrote this caption?"
Key staffers hired by Finke will carry on Deadline.com. Finke calls it "a great day" and says she is free to start a new career at a new website.
Former shareholders in Freedom Communications allege that buyer Aaron Kushner has wrongly held back $17 million from the 2012 purchase deal that put him in charge of the Orange County Register. He says they defrauded him on the deal.
She lets Kingsley Smith off easy, I think -- but his eyes might be bleeding anyway.
The announcement this afternoon by Fox 11 general manager Kevin Hale that Smith had resigned to pursue that magical career path — other opportunities — ends a 20-year association with Fox stations. It also smacks of being pushed.
Nikki Finke is "miscast as the victim in this drama," Deadline's senior actual adult, Hollywood trades veteran Michael Fleming, writes in a post on what used to be her site. He refutes several of her core claims and says "Nikki" has turned a personal feud with buyer Jay Penske into "a public spectacle."
I guess this is what happens when you sell your website to a guy with money, then challenge him openly.
On her Twitter feed, Nikki Finke has been posting in the past hour on what sounds like the beginning of a final break from Jay Penske, the investor who bought her Deadline.com some years back.
The Times updates its style guide to the use of tech terms and more. The stylebook itself may become public.
The VP and deputy general counsel has been so tied to the newsroom and sensitive news projects for two decades that she was given one of the paper's editorial recognition awards.
Jeffrey Fleishman is coming home to a new beat in Calendar as a senior reporter covering film, TV and the arts.
Brian Sumers, who covers Los Angeles International Airport for the Daily Breeze, continues to cover the heck out of LAX both in the paper and on his blog, LA Airspace. Today: shipping a Corvette to Europe.
Vanity Fair works some fun biographical facts into its November issue. Included are details on how he maintains his haircut, his Navy aviator roots and what he drives — and what time he gets to work.
Roger Smith will be the managing editor of the California HealthCare Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting at USC Annenberg.
Anchor Alycia Lane arrived from Philadelphia in 2009 with such hoopla — and a lot of baggage. Her legal cases have concluded back there, and now her time at Channel 4 here as well.
"It’s the way I’ve watched Dodger playoff games for as long as I can remember,” Kevin Fagan says of his cartoon about turning down the TV and listening to Scully on the radio.
The former longtime basketball writer for the LA Times joins T.J. Simers on the Orange County Register sports pages.
KCAL's weathercaster is almost five months pregnant, she announced on the air tonight. They pretty much had to say something.
Shopping center developer Rick Caruso told Los Angeles magazine that he was all set to run for mayor last year until his family hesitated. No longer a Republican, he says he still may run someday and he hopes that Eric Garcetti is bold enough to risk his job every day.
Photographers (mostly) wait outside the Stanley Mosk courthouse in downtown Los Angeles for the verdict clearing Anschutz Entertainment Group of liability in the death of Michael Jackson.
KPCC reports that in a recent interview, Scully said that he's leaning toward retirement after the 2014 baseball season. He will turn 86 next month.
Layoffs and retirements have left no one on staff to repair woodwinds. More than 2,600 broken instruments of all kinds sit on shelves, KPCC says in a story.
Old-timey Los Angeles lawyer Joseph Scott appears to be holding a presser for phantom cameras outside the Stanley Mosk courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. It's actually the sticks set...
NPR debuted its newly envisioned afternoon show this weekend from Culver City. It means more LA content for the network and less quiet around the studios, underused since the demise of "Day to Day."
Vin Scully doesn't get to do national TV any more, and every game will be on Fox or TBS. He will do the first three and last three innings on radio, per ESPN.
Mossberg and Swisher say they will continue writing about tech after the contract for AllThingsD runs out at the end of the year. No details, however.
The New York Times keeps its web ads in the usual ad places and still looks like the NYT. Compare to what the LA Times lets its ad execs get away with.
Egger arrives in October from The Weather Channel to take over as the meteorologist on "Today in LA" on NBC 4. She's a UC Santa Barbara grad from Grand Terrace in the Inland Empire.
Actually, for a limited time all the sports columnists are free. Simers aims a couple of zings at the LA Times in his OC debut.
Loved the headline on this morning's Los Angeles Times story about Elinor Otto, who began working as a wartime Rosie the Riveter in 1942. The kicker of the story is that, at age 93, she's still working in an aircraft plant.
This is from last week: Los Angeles Times editor Davan Maharaj and his number two, Marc Duvoisin, lavishing their praise on the emotional Sunday piece by Christopher Goffard and Rick Loomis.
All big newspapers face financial challenges, but only one turned the top of its page over to a video game bikini babe — on the same day the reporters are busy filling in details on a mass murderer who was obsessed with video games.
The Orange County Register put the story about T.J. Simers jumping from the LA Times on the front page of this morning's sports section — and outside the website paywall. No word on whether the columns themselves will disappear behind the wall.
Los Angeles Times staff writer Anna Gorman posted her job change on Twitter.
With the Dodgers heading to the playoffs, the former City Council member who helped get them to LA gets an award. Garcetti chief of staff Ana Guerrero is also dubbed one of ten LA women of the year. Here's the list.
Kelly von Hemert wrote about food and restaurants in Orange County for more than 14 years before the assignments stopped coming.
This morning's memo to the staff from the top editors of the Los Angeles Times explains nothing about the past three months of official silence regarding the T.J. Simers situation. It's noted that the sports editor is not one of the editors to sign the memo.
According to USA Today, the acerbic sports columnist said he had an offer to stay at the Los Angeles Times, but likes better what he's hearing from the Register in Orange County.
Sources have erupted with gossip that Simers has been seen at the Orange County Register and will become a columnist there. He hasn't written at the Times since June, without explanation to readers.
McDonald, the LA Weekly staff writer who recently co-authored a book with former mayor Richard Riordan, is leaving to write a book about AIDS.
"One of the most noble things Jay Penske could ever do would be to give me back Deadline," Nikki Finke says in an interview with the WSJ's Ben Fritz. Plus: Finke notes still no correction by Sharon Waxman.
The reporters and editors at the OC Weekly are old school: they keep booze in the desks. After some unexplained drainage, they set up a video camera to catch the culprit.
Frantz was the Los Angeles Times managing editor who served as the top deputy when Dean Baquet was the paper's editor. Frantz followed Baquet out the door after a public dust-up with staff writer Mark Arax over the handling of a story on Turkey's genocide of Armenians.
The new BuzzFeed office is on Beverly Boulevard at Fuller Avenue. That's in the El Coyote neighborhood.
It's not clear in Monday's LA Times story about the controversy over Airbnb rentals in Silver Lake that the editors realize that the neighborhood isn't a legal entity and doesn't have its own "officials."
The layoff reaper finally came for ABC7's bureau chief in Sacramento. Now there will be no Los Angeles area TV stations with a presence around the state Capitol.
The release flacking a raunchy billboard for a sexual service says the sign is near UCLA and targets students — but it's three miles away and never mentions students. Works for HuffPo.
Fox 11 News in Los Angeles reported that its investigative reporter and producer Martin Burns was the hiker who died Sunday in a hiking accident in the foothills above Altadena.
Ordinarily no one would care that John Henry, the owner of the Boston Red Sox, showed up inside the offices of the Los Angeles Times. But Henry recently bought the Boston Globe. Plus: ABC News settles suit, Joe Francis, KCRW, the Nate Silver track, DirecTV, new LAT obits writer.
A columnist writes that she and her editor have been let go. The editor, however, suggests he has a new bigger role in the downsized Patch empire.
The Onion satirized CNN for leading its website with coverage of the Miley Cyrus twerking debacle by posting a fictional letter from Meredith Artley, the managing editor of the network's news website. Artley is known in Los Angeles as the former editor in charge of the LA Times website.
The nationally syndicated public radio news interview program produced at North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC will air over American Public Media for the last time on October 11.
Mark Walter, controlling owner of the Dodgers as chief executive of Guggenheim Partners, says he is exploring the prospect of buying the Times. It's not clear if he has taken any real steps or if the price would be right.
PEN Center USA will have old friend Harrison Ford present its lifetime achievement award to Joan Didion at the group's October dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Ed Leibowitz of Los Angeles Magazine wins the journalism award.
UC Irvine has announced that Sandra Tsing Loh will now produce "The Loh Down on Science" with the Orange County campus, as well as KPCC. She will also do some teaching.
Russ Stanton, the VP for content at KPCC (and former editor in chief of the Los Angeles Times) had an email exchange with The Wrap reporter Sara Morrison over her recent story about the station. He takes a few shots at the site and offers Morrison some unsolicited career advice. She sticks to her guns.
Gene Maddaus of the LA Weekly has a cover story this week on the life and death of journalist Michael Hastings. Maddaus talks to friends and colleagues and finds that there was a lot of concern about Hastings in the days before his Mercedes hit a tree on Highland Avenue.
Brand shares on Facebook: "Here is the job description for managing producer of my new show." The chosen producer will be asked to "create a unique news and culture show with a strong host presence."
Blankstein will take his deep law enforcement contacts list to NBC as an investigative reporter based here.
Journalist Michael Hastings likely died within a few seconds of his speeding car hitting the palm tree in the median of Highland Avenue near Melrose in June, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office says. Traces of amphetamine and THC were found, but they are not considered factors.
Blogs on politics, science, sports and other topics are coming, with bloggers expected to add context to conversations already going on across the web. The Seattle bureau goes to Maria LaGanga.
There was a bunch of hail out in the Mojave Desert this afternoon — those were some mighty pretty thunderheads over the San Gabriels visible from the basin. But it's a long way from the Antelope Valley to the Susquehanna River.
David Miranda was detained for almost nine hours by British terrorism authorities as he passed through London's Heathrow Airport while traveling from Berlin to his home in Brazil. "This is a profound attack on press freedoms," Greenwald said.
Kyle Hunter sued KCBS and KCAL last year. This time he alleges that KABC did not consider him for the job due to illegal sex and age discrimination. The job went to Bri Winkler.
Producers of all experience levels from all over the world will have 24 hours to write, record, and edit a non-fiction radio story for possible prizes and airing. They call it a radio race.
The LA Times did run an obituary right away on the passing of Jean Renoir in 1979. Then a couple of appreciations. Then Welles weighed in, says a copy editor who checked.
The Times newsroom just isn't the savviest place when it comes to using technology. For instance, a robot shovels headlines about trivial earthquakes onto the front web page without any reporter or editor deciding it is news. Often, it isn't.
Steve Wasserman, the former Los Angeles Times books editor, has some fun remembering his friend Orson Welles in a piece for the LA Review of Books. He tells how the Times in 1979 was about to drop the ball on the death in Beverly Hills of director Jean Renoir when Wasserman, then a deputy editor of the LAT's Sunday Opinion section, decided to somehow get in touch with Welles.
Channel 13 is going to stop airing a re-packaged version of the Fox 11 news next month. Look for more "Simpsons" and "King of Queens."
But oddly, during a 100-minute conference call in which AOL chief Tim Armstrong said he's now in charge, he fired someone for taking out a camera.
Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and vice chairman Michael Golden write they were stunned that the Grahams sold the Washington Post. On behalf of the Ochs-Sulzberger family, they wish Jeff Bezos luck but say it won't happen in New York.
Elise Jordan spoke to Piers Morgan on CNN about the Hollywood death of journalist Michael Hastings and seems to reject conspiracy theories.
This morning's memo from LAT president Kathy Thomson, about a forthcoming web redesign, sounds like it's preparing the staff for more ad innovation: "We rethought how we present our journalism online and how advertising is integrated."
An unhappy losing bidder is San Diego's Doug Manchester. Does this make him a serious contender for the LAT?
NBC4 at 6 p.m. again was the top daily newscast and David Ono of Channel 7 won three Emmy statuettes. Outstanding news writer: Daisy Lin of Channel 4. Video and link to full list of winners inside.
The former team of the award-winning news series has mostly dispersed, but KCET is actively raising support for a sixth season with a tentative launch date in January.
LAT puts staffers on the Garcetti beat, the Board of Supervisors, MTA and a new assignment to explore the use of power here and around California.
Robert G. Magnuson, a former top editor at both the LA Times Business section and the paper's former Orange County edition, was elected at a meeting last week at the City Club on Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles. The location is relevant.
The Channel 7 photojournalist popular among his colleagues and the LA press corps died Wednesday about two weeks after suffering a stroke. "Great guy, friendly and fair," Mayor Garcetti said by tweet.
The Los Angeles correspondent is Jennifer London, formerly with NBC News, MSNBC and KCET. The network launches Aug. 20. Full list inside.
A dress code memo went out Monday at the Los Angeles Daily Journal reminding the inmates to dress professionally. While the reminders are not specifically addressed to women, the warnings seem clearly targeted. No spaghetti straps. No midriffs. Crop pants, yes. Capris, no.
The Times' opinion side posted an opening Monday for a member of the editorial board, a fancy way of saying the person will write editorials and help decide positions
If you have been following Scott Simon's touching hospital-bed tweets — and it seems that many have been — there is one more you will want to read. You can click it inside.
Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo's mysterious departure from Spanish-language airwaves last week "came after a writer and performer on his nationally syndicated program accused him of sexual harassment," the LA Times says. Piolin's side says it's a troubled employee making malicious and false claims.
The new "director of data visualization" informs the newsroom that requests to create digital graphics for the Times website will have priority over graphics for the print newspaper. "Digital first" is the catch phrase — and the lede if you are still a paying customer of the Times.
It has been nineteen months since Xeni Jardin, the LA-based journalist who is one of the core editors at Boing Boing, disclosed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Nice piece today in the LA Weekly on where she is these days.
The Los Angeles Times has made official what we noted back on June 18: Phil Willon has moved from the Riverside bureau to be the interim bureau chief in Sacramento. Plus more moves in Sacto and Washington.
Soboroff was one of the original hosts for HuffPost Live at the studios in Beverly Hills, and he now becomes the network's third host to leave in two months. He announced yesterday that he will be starting a new gig "in TV land" on Friday, with details to come.
Oakland Fox affiliate KTVU has reportedly dismissed at least three veteran producers after an internal investigation into how the station's news anchor read obviously fake names on the air, calling them the pilots of the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed at San Francisco's airport this month.
Former KPCC morning host Madeleine Brand will host the first new daily show to be created at KCRW since the launch of "To the Point" in 2001. Email from GM Jennifer Ferro inside.
Piolin dropped by Univision without explanation. Villaraigosa still gets LAPD protection and car. Voters in the Valley elect a new City Council woman. San Diego mayor's ex-spokeswoman adds to complaints against him. Millennium opponents score a point. Scientology hiring investigative reporters. Plus Janette Williams, longtime Star-News staffer, dies.
The Guardian in the U.K. realizes that a lot of its readers are hanging on every tidbit of news about the forthcoming child that would become third in line to the British throne— and that a lot of its readers also think it's all crap.
Politico has some terrific detail on the year-long negotiations aimed at keeping data analyst-blogger Nate Silver at the New York Times — and on what the Disney-owned ESPN and ABC offered to reel him in. Silver's role at ABC will be more extensive than first reported.
Thomas, who died today at age 92, was the dean of the White House press corps. In 2007 she spoke with Jacob Soboroff about women's equality and being a trailblazer.
Silver will be a regular on the Keith Olbermann show and contribute to ABC News during political seasons, according to the NYT's Brian Stelter.
A divided federal appeals court in Virginia ruled today that Pulitzer-winning New York Times reporter Jim Risen must testify in the criminal trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA staffer who the government charged under the Espionage Act with leaking classified material to Risen for his 2006 book, “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration." A previous judge had said the First Amendment protects reporters such as Risen.
Dolores Greer died at age 81 on the same day that reporter Bob Pool interviewed an autograph collector who was trying to find her. She was a busy fashion model in 1960 Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Times headquarters in downtown LA will be owned separately from the newspaper — or sold — under the Tribune's new strategy. That makes the paper worth even less to a prospective buyer.
Two former Los Angeles TV guys who went on to national media fame are getting new television shows, but you'll only find them deep on your cable grid.
Bryan Frank, who posts pics of the scene last night, regrets not being there when reporter Dave Bryan and photographer Scott Torrens were assaulted. Mayor Garcetti urges peaceful protest tonight.
Palm Springs newspaper does the work to answer many questions about Michael Boatwright, aka Johan Ek. He's a 61-year-old Navy vet and wanderer.
SoCal is well represented, as usual, in ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue celebrating the fact that the editors got a bunch of gorgeous-bodied athletes to strip naked — again. The LA royalty of the nudes is Olympic champion and mother of three Kerri Walsh Jennings, who used the promotional buzz to announce her comeback with a new partner.
An LA Observed reader who has been watching the Los Angeles Times for decades — some of that time from sensitive perches inside the building — says today's Sunday LAT was the smallest in his memory. He found 60 pages of content, or 136 pages less than in the New York Times he also received at home here in SoCal.
Claudia Peschiutta of KNX Newsradio was covering a protest over the George Zimmerman verdict last night on Crenshaw Boulevard when she was hit by a bean bag fired by an LAPD officer. Yes, she tweets, it hurts.
Fox has been spinning the tunes on FM radio in Los Angeles since the KMET days. She has been cleansed from the KLOS website, apparently.
You know it's bad when the most surprising thing isn't that the station aired the names. First, the NTSB confirmed them. Watch the video.
Eric Garcetti knows his audience: When on HuffPost Live... Watch the whole interview here.
Davan Maharaj, the editor of the Los Angeles Times, responded last evening to the Southern California museum directors who emailed a complaint yesterday about the firing of arts reporter Jori Finkel, who was laid off recently. Read Maharaj's response inside.
Arun Rath has won the derby and will be the host when the NPR newsmagazine "Weekend All Things Considered" starts airing from Culver City in September. Rath is a senior reporter for "Frontline" on PBS and "The World" at WGBH in Boston.
Buying Tribune newspapers is not on the front burner -- but possible, says the head of Koch Industries.
In a letter to editor Davan Maharaj, the heads of the Getty, Hammer, LACMA and a dozen other institutions call for reinstating the position that was occupied by arts reporter Jori Finkel.
Tribune Company announced today that it will spin off the newspapers it owns, including the Los Angeles Times. All of the other assets, including real estate, would stay with Tribune. This does not preclude a sale of the Times down the road.
Everybody else was talking about it, and now the Orange County Register is ready to spill the beans: the paper is starting a Long Beach edition to publish six days a week starting Aug. 19.
The mostly music radio station at Cal State Northridge, FM 88.5, will be the over-the-air outlet in Los Angeles for "Le Show," Harry Shearer's long-running weekend program.
We have a new example of Vin Scully showing why he's a Los Angeles treasure. Plus: LA Observed takes a trip to the ballpark in San Francisco.
In the current issue of Boom, Lynell George explores the civic and online phenomenon that is Hidden LA. Plus some observations about Boom, the journal from UC Press that wants to be the California magazine we never had.
The former anchor and reporter showed up today on the tough story of the 19 firefighters who died in Arizona. You can almost hear the cheering for her from Channel 4 friends on Facebook.
The layoff winds I mentioned in my LA Times post this morning swept through the newsroom today. The editors called it "modest staff reductions" in a terse memo this afternoon.
Conan leaves with a challenge to his NPR colleagues to keep reporting the news: "Tell me what's important. Don't waste my time with stupid stuff."
With any redesign, like with a revamped restaurant kitchen, it's wise to withhold judgment while we get used to the changes and they figure out how to cook the new menu. Times staffers, meanwhile, are hearing new grim talk of layoffs.
Karen Foshay, a senior producer on the award-winning investigations "SoCal Connected" team at KCET, has been hired at KPCC. Yes, she's moving from TV to public radio — but that's a route that could become more common as KCET abandons the on-air news coverage it was known for.
This just went out in the newsroom at KNBC. "Ana has a lot to be proud of during her time here at NBC4. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors." The six-time Emmy winner was nominated last week for two more.
The LA Press Club held its annual awards shindig on Sunday night. The local journalists of the year honors are the ones that the media types seem to care about most. Here are those, with comments from the Press Club judges, plus a link to winners and finalists.
Anne Soble, the weekly's owner, publisher and editor, has developed serious health problems. Her son posted a note saying she cannot continue and asked if someone would like to take over the paper, a fixture on the Malibu coast.
Here is a list of all 136 nominations for Los Angeles area Emmy awards. Channel 4 received the most. It's interesting to see how the categories are framed and what gets rewarded.
The longtime LA scribe writes at the LA Weekly today about his mother's affair with Clifford Clinton, the reform-era City Hall rabble rouser who ran the popular Clifton cafeteria chain. They met when Clinton patronized Mrs. Richmond's shop across Pico Boulevard from the Fox studio where men would show up seeking, and receiving, certain paid services.
Ron Hasse had been senior vice president of business operations. He replaces Jack Klunder, whose whereabouts go unexplained in the memo or the news story.
Hofmeister is the latest former entertainment editor and reporter at the Los Angeles Times to try her hand at crisis PR with Sitrick And Company. She was at the LAT for 17 years, first as a business reporter covering media and Hollywood. She later became editor of the Business section, then the assistant managing editor overseeing coverage of entertainment.
"We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone," says Ben Smith, the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed. "Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to politicians."
Nikki Finke certainly doesn't sound fired. Today she announced the hiring of new television columnist Lisa De Moraes, who spent about 15 years covering TV at the Washington Post.
The revised lineup, brought about in part by the demise of NPR's "Talk of the Nation," will include a one-hour repackaging of that day's two-hour morning show, "Take Two." There will also be the NPR interview show, "Tell Me More," hosted by Michel Martin, on weeknights.
Mediabistro is calling it a hiatus but says that "within the next few weeks, all existing FishbowlLA content will be folded into the FishbowlNY archives." Current editor Richard Horgan will move over to FishbowlNY "to cover the Hollywood trades, awards season and a broad range of national media stories."
JJ Yore was a journalist on the creative team that created Marketplace in 1988, and was the executive producer until moving upstairs to VP/General Manager in 2011. Today the word got out in the Downtown Los Angeles offices that Yore will be leaving.
Bob Tur is one of the city's most recognized news helicopter pilot-reporters, from his coverage of the 2002 riots and the O.J. Simpson slow-speed chase. He told KNX NewsRadio that he is in the early stages of aggressive hormone replacement therapy to fully transform from male to female.
In February of 2011 — yes, 2011 — the LA Times won $35,000 along with the Selden Ring Award at USC. When one of the reporters began asking where's the cash, he got the run around. As of today, the final plans for the prize money remain less than transparent.
Helen Brush Jenkins shot photos for the original Los Angeles Daily News, the long-defunct newspaper whose memory the LA journalist Rip Rense has carefully kept alive. He advises that Jenkins died today in Chicago. More inside.
Two "very drunk and rude women" claiming to be OC Weekly writers were spotted this week at Don the Beachcomber in Orange County. Editor Gustavo Arellano is not amused and advises any restaurants approached for freebies to be suspicious.
A post at KCRW's "Which Way, LA?" news blog says that station general manager Jennifer Ferro was giving a small tour of the studios at Santa Monica College last Friday when one staffer, then another, brought the news that gunman was outside shooting. Ferro also started receiving texts from someone at the Santa Monica Police Department. "At that point, I knew it was real," Ferro said.
Throughout the history of American newspapers are examples of editors and headlines affixing catchy names to notorious crimes and criminals. This is one of the few things that newspapers do that can fairly be attributed to the impulse to "sell papers."
David Carr emailed Nikki Finke, took 15 minutes of verbal abuse, then tried to get to the truth of her future with Deadline. Last week's story in The Wrap, says Carr, "did not turn out to be true. [Sharon] Waxman, perhaps driven by wish fulfillment, wrote beyond the facts at hand." Waxman disagrees.
Video from inside the tense KCRW studios just before yesterday's evacuation. The U.K. band had to cancel last night's show at The Avalon. Will try again Sunday.
Police revised downward the number of deaths at multiple locations. They believe the shooter acted alone. KCRW staff was evacuated from the studios and moved to Culver City.
Dennis Lahti, a cameraman-editor for KNBC, posted this photo of his father, Richard Lahti, loaded up for "2 On The Town" on Channel 2: "We now do it with a camera, laptop/non-linear editing software, and a video-over-cellular live video transmission backpack."
Los Angeles Times national editor Roger Smith is retiring and will be replaced by Kim Murphy, currently the paper's Seattle bureau chief.
Finke posts a response in which she neither confirms nor denies that she has been "fired" from her own Deadline Hollywood by owner Jay Penske, as Sharon Waxman reported Sunday at The Wrap. "I am not going to discuss my Deadline Hollywood contract or my relationship with my boss Jay Penske," says Finke. "Why? Because I don’t have to."
The Wrap reports that Jay Penske has fired Finke. Penske's flack says it's not true. But the truth is less black and white...there is a contract negotiation involved...and Finke has reportedly been telling people she is looking to get out.
Sestanovich announced to the LA Weekly staff that she will leave after assisting in the transition. Sounds as if Bob Dea, the associate publisher, is getting more responsibility. Here is the email.
While the Sun-Times cuts all its shooters, the NPR station has three staffers who mainly take pictures. There is also a new visual blog they like to call "public radio for the eyes."
James Taranto, the editor of OpinionJournal, does not agree with the version of his suspension from the Daily Sundial 20+ years ago offered by the former publisher.
Radio chairs: Brand sits in for Warren Olney for the second time in a week, while Tess Vigeland is doing more for KPCC.
Don Oliver covered the Vietnam War, the civil rights era and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King before coming to the NBC bureau in Burbank. He was with the network for 25 years. Video inside: Brian Williams pays tribute.
Back in the 1980s, James Taranto — today the editor of OpinionJournal.com at the Wall Street Journal — was a news editor at the Daily Sundial, the student newspaper at Cal State University Northridge. He was a conservative even then and published a cartoon about affirmative action that led to his suspension. Two decades and 7,300 words later, the two sides still disagree.
As the Center for Investigative Reporting, the newsroom in Berkeley will take a more national focus and cut back on the number of stories it undertakes. California Watch has been one of the most successful nonprofit journalism startups in the country.
Radio Titans is an Internet outlet for podcasts that was started by Carl Kozlowski (arts writer for the Pasadena Weekly), Jake Belcher and Brant Thoman. They do Grand Theft Audio ten hours a week and other shows that have guests including Richard Linklater and Burt Bacharach.
Before airing a documentary about the Park Avenue building where Koch and a lot of other rich people live, the president of WNET gave the mogul a call and offered to water things down. It didn't help: Koch still resigned from the station's board.
Former news anchor Giselle Fernandez kicks off "Big Shots" on the magazine's CityThink website with the Mexican mogul. The series will feature influential business people and leaders.
Anne Knudsen, one of the Herald photogs to come out of the Cal State Long Beach photojournalism program, quipped at the reunion we covered in March about being in chemotherapy — she was bald at the time. Now comes word that Knudsen died on Sunday, leaving a teenaged daughter.
Nothing has changed, Tribune Company CEO Peter Liguori says in an email to staffers today: "No decision to sell our publishing assets is imminent." All the speculation about this or that potential buyer of the Los Angeles Times and the other papers "has been and is premature."
CBS 2 sifts the data for the most notorious places for LAPD traffic cops to nab speeders, while Joel Grover and NBC 4 turn their hidden cameras back on Jiffy Lube. May is always a busy month for local TV's investigative teams.
The annual people issue of LA Weekly hits the stands this week and is already on the web. The selection of interesting Angelenos this time includes Janice Min of the Hollywood Reporter.
Gold will cover the money and politics beat for the WashPost. Before she started covering national politics and government, Gold covered the 2001 and 2005 races for mayor of Los Angeles between Antonio Villaraigosa and James Hahn and the City Hall beat.
With today's news about Angelina Jolie, Los Angeles Times reporter Anna Gorman revisits on the Times website her 2007 surgery.
The media mogul and possible buyer of the LA Times announced via Twitter that he has bought the Moraga estate on the Bel-Air ridge that faces across the 405 freeway at the Getty Center. Check out his tweet.
The New York Times weighs in today on the fear and loathing among some in Southern California over the possibility that the libertarian Koch brothers might buy the Tribune company's newspapers, gaining control of the Los Angeles Times. "No formal bids have been submitted," the story notes.
The weekly's editorial hopes that Garcetti "would grow in the job," and says it's "a pity" that Greuel is too close to unions. It's the LABJ's first endorsement for mayor.
Mario Machado was a familiar presence on Los Angeles TV and radio for a few decades starting in 1967, when he joined Channel 9 (then KHJ-TV) as the city's first Chinese-American TV news reporter. He was a soccer booster in LA before the sport was cool and a founder of AYSO. Girls play soccer today because of Mario Machado, a friend posted on Facebook.
Larry Altman, who covers crime for the South Bay Daily Breeze, contributes to a piece on CBS' "48 Hours: Over the Edge" airing on Saturday night. The story is about the case of Dawn Viens, who disappeared in 2009 from her Lomita home.
The National Magazine Award for Los Angeles last night came in the personal service category. The Naked Truth About the Future of Your Face and Body, a package on plastic surgery and the industry, was edited by Nancy Miller and ran in the October 2012 issue.
DWP salaries and the union's role for Greuel. Mike Woo endorses. Gov. Brown will go after handguns. LA Times latest to drop "illegal immigrant" from style guide. Register's lack of diversity. Slate vs. Joel Kotkin. Press Club to fete Carl Reiner. And Vin Scully to honor Roz Wyman at lunch today.
No one knows how seriously the Koch brothers might want to buy the Tribune newspapers — or how they might run them if they did become publishers — or even what kind of buyer the Tribune board is looking for. (If any.) But liberal groups have been campaigning on the prospect of a Koch-led LA Times, and now the candidates for mayor and controller have signed on.
Last Friday, Northwestern University journalism professor Douglas Foster accepted USC's offer to head up the journalism program here. On Sunday, he withdrew. Foster so far has had no public comment on the change of heart, or whatever it was.
The Boston Globe this weekend published the staff's reconstruction of the manhunt for the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. Haven't seen it all, but what I've read and watched looks pretty impressive.
He will contribute one of his human interest columns a week to all of the LA News Group papers. McCarthy retired in January 2012 after 30 years in the DN.
Randy Kraft was arrested almost 30 years ago with the body of his latest victim in the front seat of his car, and photos of many other victims under the Toyota's floormat. The computer programmer was convicted of 16 murders and linked to 65 others. He's still languishing at San Quentin, now 68 years old.
KTLA reporter Lu Parker is doing some time on skates with the Derby Dolls for a piece on Thursday night's 10 p.m. news on Channel 5. "I try to conquer the track," she tweets.
Stacey Farish, publisher of The Wrap since November of 2011, has jumped to Deadline's print magazine, Awardsline. She also becomes vice president of PMC Entertainment. Score one for Nikki Finke.
Dean Baquet, the former editor of the LA Times who is now #2 at the NYT, is at the center of a story about criticism of the leadership of executive editor Jill Abramson. "Just a year and a half into her tenure...Abramson is already on the verge of losing the support of the newsroom," says Politico.
Harold Meyerson, the former LA Weekly political columnist, argues in a Washington Post column that the choice of the next mayor is only the second-most important local question in Los Angeles these days.
Marcus was KCET’s chief content officer and executive producer of "SoCal Connected" until last week's layoffs. He hints that the award-winning 'Connected' team hopes to stay together somewhere else.
Wilson was a Los Angeles Times art critic from 1965 until he retired in 1998, and the chief critic for 20 of those years.
Barrett is the longtime Southern California radio hand and author who has chronicled the trends and comings and goings in local radio at LARadio.com for 16 years. The Orange County Register approached him to take over for Gary Lycan.
Noel Greenwood was the editor in charge of local and California coverage at the Los Angeles Times during the 1980s and some of the '90s, I believe. He hired scores if not hundreds of the journalists who passed through the Times and went on to populate newsrooms around the world. Greenwood died today at his home in Santa Barbara of prostate cancer complications.
Last month, Marcus was the main voice at KCET insisting that "SoCal Connected" was just between seasons and might be back. It looked remote then, given the station's financial mess, and looks even more remote now.
The Los Angeles Times editorial awards are a good window into which stories and efforts the editors liked last year. The awards can also reflect which journalists might be ascendant within the newsroom pecking order, and through the years have also been used to throw a few kudos to someone who is under-appreciated or nearing the end of a long career. Inside: This year's winners.
The merger last fall of Los Angeles public television station KCET with Link Media became more real on Friday. CEO Al Jerome, who took KCET out of PBS a few years ago, appears to remain.
Vernon Loeb, the former investigations editor at the Los Angeles Times, has run marathons (61 of them) and covered the horrors of terrorism. But never on the same day until Monday.
Shearer, the actor and multi-platform talent (and ex-reporter for Newsweek) whose weekly "Le Show" started on KCRW in 1983, has posted his version of how he learned the show was dropped this week from the station's Sunday lineup.
KCRW announces a big revamp of the weekend schedule that drops 'Le Show' and 'Weekend All Things Considered,' adds the 'TED Radio Hour' and shifts some of the music shows. Harry Shearer, on KCRW since 1983, broke the news on Twitter this morning: "Any radio station in LA want to carry Le Show?" He will still be online.
California Watch and three LA Times staffers, including photographer Liz O. Baylen, were finalists for today's prizes. The national reporting Pulitzer went to InsideClimate News and there is a winner in fiction this year.
After producing shows for KCRW for 34 years, including 20 years with a show on Sundays, Tom Schnabel announced that Sunday was his final live program on the air. He is moving to an on-line platform that KCRW is calling Rhythm Planet. He explains inside.
The Orange County Register's longtime radio writer, Gary Lycan, died in his sleep on Tuesday, the paper reported this afternoon. Lycan had prostate cancer in recent years. His friend and collaborator Manny Pacheco posts a nice tribute: "the most difficult blog story I have ever written..."
After the Times refers to the Angels losing by a point, a reader on Twitter posts: "Dear large-market newspaper, please familiarize yourself with the language of baseball. Please." Deadspin joins in the mocking.
Kate Linthicum, one of the City Hall reporters for the Los Angeles Times, had written about Alex Renteria two years ago for a feature on the opening of the building's newly opened Homeboy Diner. In Monday's paper she writes about Renteria again, this time as someone she had come to know and who became the subject of a tragic news story.
Erica Phillips moves up to full-fledged general news and politics reporter after most of a year as officially temporary. And Hannah Karp moves over from GA to cover the music beat.
Gary Cohn, formerly of the LA Times, will write an investigative column. Plus: Variety falls for April Fools prank, LAT president promoted, Koch brothers and the LAT, Ellie nominations for Los Angeles and remembering the LA Examiner. Plus more.
For AP reporters from now on, and those many institutions that let Associated Press style be their guide, persons are no longer illegal but actions can be. It's the third time in about two years that Associated Press editors have revisited "illegal immigrant."
Executive editor Lisa Fung is the second former Los Angeles Times hand to leave the editing ranks of The Wrap in the past month. Also, Jeff Sneider of Variety re-joins The Wrap as a film reporter.
Took the weekend off and have a whole bunch of media items to catch up on. Remember, this is a slow posting travel week for me.
Between the Daily News and the LA Times, Martinez has written columns about Los Angeles for almost three decades. Last the year the Huntington mounted an exhibition of his collected work. Meanwhile, LANG is slapping the Daily News name on all of its papers.
Dan Turner was a member of the Los Angeles Times editorial board who wrote on a wide range of topics. He died Saturday at home in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer that was diagnosed about two years ago. He had continued to write editorials and blog items for the Times' opinion section until taking a leave of absence only about a week ago.
Barely a year after founder Otis Y. Chandler hailed Goodreads' "independence" from Amazon's technology by saying "we will celebrate January 30th for years to come!," Chandler has announced that his startup is "joining the Amazon family." Goodreads will continue but there will be more integration with the Kindle. Reaction around the book blogosphere is initially skeptical.
KCET says that while it doesn't look good for a sixth season of "SoCal Connected," it still might happen. "SoCal Connected depends on public funding and we don't know at this time what that funding will be."
KTLA 5 Morning News co-host Michaela Pereira is leaving the station at the end of May, after nine years, to join CNN in New York, the station announced. No replacement has been named.
It sounds as if Thursday night's episode of "SoCal Connected" on financially strapped KCET might be more than the final show of the fifth season. Co-host Madeleine Brand posted on Facebook that Wednesday's taping day was the show's last one. "A loss for good journalism in L.A.," she writes. We agree.
In between pieces on Pussy Riot and Anderson Cooper diving with Nile crocodiles, tonight's "60 Minutes" reported on the former Long Beach Poly High football player who served several years for a sexual assault he did not commit.
The jury is very much out on whether all this new investment at the Register is sustainable. But for now, the happy times continue. Owner Aaron Kushner will be on 'SoCal Connected' on Friday.
Vulture compiled every facet of sex, relationships and New York that Sarah Jessica Parker's lead character wondered aloud about during the six seasons of "Sex and the City."
PFK, the Pacifica radio station at 90.7 FM, says it will mark the anniversary of the "great Immigrant Rights March of 2006" with 24 hours of progressive Spanish-language programming.
The LAT is moving politics reporter Robin Abcarian over to be an online California columnist. Editor Davan Maharaj says, "Some of Robin’s columns will appear in print, but her primary mission is driving the digital conversation."
LA Times sports columnist T.J. Simers was in his hotel room at baseball spring training in Arizona last week when he started showing the signs of a transient ischemic attack. Dodgers head trainer Sue Falsone listened to the symptom then sent trainer Aaron Schumacher to get the cranky sportswriter to the emergency room.
Murder is way down, but the Times has decided to reactivate for the web the compendium of local murders that reporter Jill Leovy launched as a blog in 2007. The ideal candidate to write about murder "will bring keen storytelling skills and an ability to work with data to find themes and meaning. An interest in crime, detectives and the effects of violence on society is required."
The last daily issue of Variety hits mailboxes Tuesday — be sure and grab a copy to save if you are into that. For the next generation Variety, the news today is that Scott Foundas joins the trade as chief film critic. He will stay in New York.
Derek Thompson, the business editor at The Atlantic, gleaned this from today's Pew report on the State of the News Media. In 2012, newspapers lost $16 in print ads for every $1 earned in digital ads. And it's getting worse not better.
Pakistani officials said today they have captured Qari Abdul Hayee, a terrorist leader who has been linked to the 2002 killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Hayee was taken into custody Sunday in Karachi by the Pakistani Rangers, a paramilitary unit, ABC News reports.
If you're NBC 4, you probably figure you have the TV footage of police chases, might as well cut the video together and put it on the web. The greatest hits reel from recent chases runs 2:44 and includes the man who huffed on balloons in the Valley and the woman who took off running while still on her cellphone.
Aaron Kushner, the hands-on owner of the Orange County Register, is still embroiled in conversation over his comment that the old quip about a newspaper's role — to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable — is out of step with his vision of the paper. The latest exchange is with Marc Cooper, the longtime alt-weekly and The Nation rabble-rouser who has been a journalism prof for several years at USC Annenberg.
Ramona Schindelheim, a former producer for the 10 p.m. news on Channel 11 in Los Angeles, is returning to KTTV later this month. She will be the managing editor, after stints as executive producer for CNBC's "Business Day," senior producer for "The Jane Pauley Show" and business editor at ABC News.
Bryan Frank, the photographer for the CBS 2/KCAL 9 duopoly, has been posting some really nice behind-the-scenes images — as well as some food, coffee and street life shots that make me wish I was back in Rome.
Billionaire investor and philanthropist Eli Broad is joining in financier Austin Beutner's proposal to buy the Los Angeles Times and run the newspaper as a non-profit, the Hollywood Reporter says tonight based on sources.
"SoCal Connected" aired a story tonight that analyzes where Los Angeles Archdiocese priests accused of sexual abuse were assigned. Author Daniel A. Olivas' experiences with an abusive priest are featured. Warning: the video starts automatically.
Sheriff's detectives said today they are now investigating last May's disappearance of media executive Gavin Smith as a homicide case. Smith's 2000 black Mercedes Benz 420E was recovered last month in a storage facility in Simi Valley.
"Unverified rumors that should be taken with a grain of salt if not a whole dollop," says the LA Weekly. But still worth reporting. The Hollywood Reporter claims to have more.
Last night's Zócalo Public Square panel took up the question of what celebrity-driven news and websites like TMZ are doing to news reporting. And oddly enough there was a top producer from TMZ on the panel.
The Deadline.com team broke the news last night that parent company PMC is moving Variety out of its Miracle Mile office tower, and the Deadliners out of wherever they sit, and throwing them together in a building on Santa Monica Boulevard beside the 405 freeway. Nikki Finke and the Variety staffers she regularly insults together?
Los Angeles TV stations generally won't do Sacramento news (ABC 7 is the exception), but most sent their own people to Rome to cover the selection of the new pope — even though it is already one of the world's most adequately covered news events. Here's who is there.
Jimmy Orr, the managing editor for digital at the Los Angeles Times, praises the staff in a memo regaling the biggest month yet for the Times website — and biggest traffic day for the LA Now news blog. Coverage of the Christopher Dorner pursuit was the big draw -- Orr admits the paper milked traffic by posting and tweeting early and often. — he credits an "assertive digital strategy used to cover the event."
How's this for strange: Michael Kurcfeld was checking out an exhibition on imaginary languages in the Pompidou Museum in Paris recently when he came across a story he wrote in 1979 for the long-dead Los Angeles mag Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing.
When the writer Nora Ephron died last June of acute myeloid leukemia, a disease she had been fighting for years, many in the media and literary worlds were surprised. She had not made her illness a big part of her public life.
Fifteen months ago, the new deputy managing editor of The Wrap dismissed the site as "a small blog" filled with "opinion, agenda and fantasy" and "hardly a beacon of journalistic excellence." Editor Sharon Waxman was similarly dissed. All is forgiven, apparently.
KTLA News Director Jason Ball is new to Twitter and has been tweeting so much so that former Channel 5 reporter David Begnaud Twit-quipped to producers Tara Wallis and Marcus K. Smith: "Y'all take that twitter away from @jasonrball." Ball posted this photo the other day of the afternoon editorial meeting. It's nice to see inside the walls and have a mental picture of how they do things.
The staff at Pacifica-owned radio station KPFK in Cahunega Pass opened their emails on Wednesday morning to find a message from Bernard Duncan, the general manager. He informed everyone that a colleague at the station had been treated for scabies, a condition caused by tiny mites that burrow into the skin.
In Chihuahua, the state that borders Texas and New Mexico, gunmen on Sunday murdered Jaime Guadalupe González, the editor of Ojinaga Noticias, an online newspaper. The site posted a notice that it has suspended publication.
Another long-time Los Angeles broadcast presence is leaving the airwaves. I'm told Brooks will be retiring on March 15.
I only report this to finish the thought from earlier in the week. Paula Lopez, the news anchor at KEYT in Santa Barbara who was reported missing for several hours on Wednesday, was "experiencing a medical condition" that day, her family said in a statement.
Channel 7 political reporter John North talks with John Shallman, senior strategist for the Wendy Greuel campaign, at Greuel's Van Nuys headquarters on Thursday. North is scheduled to retire from ABC 7 on Friday after 34 years.
Two years ago, when Los Angeles magazine themed its February special issue the "Hidden LA" issue without credit, W. Lynn Garrett wasn't amused. When it happened again this year, the founder of the wildly popular Hidden Los Angeles Facebook community and website sued in federal court.
KCRW joined with Writers Bloc tonight to pack a couple of hundred people in the new Moss Theater on the Westside. The draw was New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright talking with Kim Masters, host of "The Business" on KCRW, about "Going Clear," his new book that authoritatively gives further exposure to the unusualness of the Church of Scientology.
Paula Lopez, who was a staffer at KCAL 9 in Los Angeles for six years, co-anchors the 11 p.m. news on KEYT in Santa Barbara. She was reported missing this morning to the Santa Barbara County sheriff's department.
Tina Fey cuts Seth MacFarlane some major slack for disappointing many viewers of Sunday's Oscars show, telling Anne Thompson of IndieWire that "It's the hardest job there is. It's a tough room. Seth did great."
The Online Journalism Review fell off my radar, and I suspect that of other news types, a few years ago. Now USC Annenberg has given it a new look and a new view of its role.
Nikki Finke's post this morning at Deadline on the changes at Variety almost dripped ice water, especially when she flat-out accused the boss she shares with Variety, Jay Penske, of lying to her. Never mind: sometime during the day, the phrase "Penske lied to me" disappeared.
Nice farewell note to the Los Angeles Times newsroom from Claudia Eller, the entertainment news editor and veteran of the Hollywood scoop wars who was announced today as one of three new co-editors who will run Variety. She opens with praise for her current editor, John Corrigan, and confirms the Times counter-offered.
Channel 7's long-time political reporter, John North, is retiring at the end of this week. The newsroom in Glendale got a memo announcing North's departure from news director Cheryl Fair.
The other shoe fell today in the evolution of Hollywood trade Variety under new owner Jay Penske. One of the new co-editors is Claudia Eller, a 20-year veteran of movie coverage at the LA Times. Nikki Finke says Penske lied to her.
It's transition time at some of the local TV stations, if the drumbeats I'm hearing are accurate. One transition that's for sure is that of Al Naipo, the Orange County bureau chief for Fox 11. His classy farewell note went out to the Bundy Drive newsroom tonight.
The bunch includes a new editor in San Francisco for the legal newspaper, which is based in downtown Los Angeles. There's a also a shift on the entertainment law beat, plus more. Memo from editor David Houston inside.
It's an internal hire: Geoff Mohan, who has recently been the editor for state bureaus and the immigration beat. He was previously the paper's environment editor, among other jobs. Memo to the newsroom inside.
Most (but by no means all) of the reviews for last night's Oscars show and host Seth MacFarlane have not been favorable. But the early ratings for the TV show are up about four percent over last year's show hosted Billy Crystal — and much younger. And that's entirely logical, says Richard Rushfield at BuzzFeed.
The venerable but dated brand of the International Herald Tribune will be dropped and the paper re-christened as the International New York Times. Plus assorted other changes.
Saylor started his own public relations firm in 2007 after leaving Sitrick & Co., and before that was entertainment editor for the LA Times Business section. He oversaw the Pulitzer-winning stories on the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, radio payola and luxury detox by reporters Chuck Philips and Michael Hiltzik.
Former Los Angeles Herald Examiner photographers Paul Chinn, Anne Knudsen, Javier Mendoza, Mike Mullen, Jim Ober, and Jim Ruebsamen will chat March 9 at Central Library with Dean Musgrove, now photo editor of the Daily News.
He had 111 stories in the San Francisco Chronicle last year. Born before the discovery of penicillin or Pluto, he tells the LA Times: "I'm doing exactly what I wanted to do all my life, be a reporter."
Of "Fight Club," Kimmel writes for the Daily Beast that "I’m sure this is a great movie, but it seems like a lot of the people who really, really love it are dickheads." Same for the Terminator franchise.
A memorabilia dealer on Amazon is offering for sale a thank you note signed by LA Times editor William F. Thomas, who retired 23 years ago. Price: about $37. Tip: You can get it cheaper on eBay.
NBC's prime-time schedule looks as if it will finish the February sweeps period for the key age 18-49 demographic segment behind both Fox and Univision. It's the first time that NBC will finish in fifth place, according to Dominic Patten at Deadline.com.
The LA Times has been warning readers for more than a week that the daily primetime television schedule will disappear from the Calendar section next Tuesday. Now comes a memo explaining significant cuts in the space devoted to sports.
Los Angeles Times City Hall reporter Kate Linthicum has been deep into coverage of the race for mayor et al for months. She also finds time to pursue her after-hours gig as the vocalist and keyboard player for Basement Babies, a band that looks to be based around Echo Park, where she lives.
When he was the top guy at a media company, Sam Zell liked to hurl the f-word at his damnable journalists. The latest CEO of Tribune Company, Peter Liguori, appears to have more respect for his employees. His email today after a month on the job is full of praise for, you know, stories. Read the memo inside.
Photographer Gary Leonard took pictures this weekend of anyone who wanted to stand in front of angel wings painted by Colette Miller on the security shutters of the Regent Theatre downtown. John Rabe of KPCC went to observe — and pose — and reports back. Inside: Eric Garcetti gets wings.
Jerry Roberts was the editor of the Santa Barbara News-Press who stood up to the news outrages of owner Wendy McCaw. He's giving $150,000 to a Santa Barbara news startup, SPJ and EFF.
Because the State of the Union speech by President Obama was going to depress TV viewership numbers on the West Coast on Tuesday night, the local stations sold half-hour blocks for infomercials on the movies. But then, voila, lots of eyeballs were watching TV in Southern California. TV Guide's Michael Schneider explains.
Channel 4 will pre-empt "Law and Order, Special Victims Unit" to air a one-hour special, "Manifesto for Murder: The Hunt for Christopher Dorner." Airtime is Thursday at 10 p.m.
If I'm the publisher of the LA Times, I probably reject the big ads for "Southland" right now and don't let images of cops with guns take over my website for a small amount of revenue.
John Rabe, the host of "Off-Ramp" on KPCC, and his husband Julian Bermudez are one of the six featured couples in the current issue of LA Weekly. Also included are Michael Ritchie and Kate Burton, "the first couple of L.A. theatre."
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck called in CBS2 anchor Pat Harvey for an exclusive interview today in which Beck said he would take a look at some of the allegations of racism made by disgraced ex-cop Christopher Dorner. Beck told Harvey that his motive in re-opening the case that led to Dorner's firing was to keep the department's trust among African-Americans. "I'm not doing this to appease Dorner," Beck said.
Roger L. Simon was a novelist and screenwriter who went through a very public political conversion from left to right in the early 2000s. His blog hammering on the left turned into Pajamas Media and now into a conservative website and video outlet called PJ Media.
Michael Parrish was a longtime presence on the magazine journalism scene in Los Angeles as an editor and writer. He was founding editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, a contributor to Playboy, New West, California and other magazines, and a lecturer at USC Annenberg. He died today in the LA area, according to friends.
Two memos have nice words for Curtis, but there's no mention of him going on to anything else. KPCC had all the upheaval last year over the hiring of new morning host A Martinez and the subsequent departure of Madeleine Brand, whose morning show without Martinez was KPCC's most listened-to local program. Then last month the staff voted to unionize the newsroom with SAG/Aftra.
A pre-Grammys email from the CBS standards and practices department all but dares performers to show a little skin at the upcoming show. How many ways are there for a musician (or an audience member) to violate the CBS code? A whole lot.
Assistant city editor Kerry Cavanaugh is leaving the Daily News to be a producer on "Which Way, LA?" and "To the Point." Here's the note from City Editor Harrison Sheppard that is going around the Woodland Hills newsroom.
Just count the ways in which you could not imagine this story taking up high-profile space on the front page of the NYT or WSJ, or in earlier eras of the Los Angeles Times. Jimmy Orr, the LAT's managing editor for digital, writes a 1,500-word first-person story talking about an episode from his previous life as a press spokesman for the George W. Bush White House — when he came up with the idea for a webcam featuring the Bush dog Barney.
Channel 4 is expanding its weekend newscasts, beginning this Saturday. Robert Kovacik and Kathy Vara, who now co-anchor at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on weekends, will also do a new "NBC4 News at 5PM" show.
KPCC's press release last week for its mayoral debate coming up on Wednesday night talked about the "four major candidates for mayor" who would be taking part. I guess some discussions ensued. Here's how the release reads now.
Yussuf J. Simmonds is recuperating from a stroke suffered in December while he was in Washington, D.C. "People who want to support Simmond’s convalescence can send contributions to the Los Angeles Sentinel," says the paper.
Sounds as if the Press-Telegram newsroom is in a bit of mourning this week. Tracy Manzer is leaving their midst after 18 years to move to Washington with her husband, the press secretary for new congressman Alan Lowenthal.
Los Angeles Magazine in a new piece up today calls Kevin James "the surprise of the mayor’s race." The story, though, is really about how candidate James has softened the kinds of things he used to say when he was an anger talk radio host.
The two top editors of the Los Angeles Times sent the staff a memo on Friday afternoon giving kudos to the team that scurried late Thursday to cover the late-breaking release of sexual abuse files by the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Reporter Harriet Ryan is their star of story.
Local and national layoffs, shifts in the morning radio lineup and more.
KCRW plans to devote an hour-long broadcast of "Which Way, LA?" on February 6 to the rivalry (if any) between partisans of east and west in Los Angeles. They want your input on that and also want to hear from the people who are "neither Eastside nor Westside and don’t know what the fuss is all about."
Longtime Orange County Register editor Chris Smith tries to make sense of the Aaron Kushner phenomenon that is making over the OC newspaper and giving hope to unemployed journalists across the LA area. Smith writes in the new issue of Orange Coast magazine.
Eddie Lazarus has a been a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, as well as a some-time book reviewer and op-ed contributor to the Los Angeles Times. He also went to Yale with new Tribune CEO Peter Liguori, and perhaps most important he is deeply connected at the Federal Communications Commission.
The LA Times hires Daniel Miller from the Hollywood Reporter, per today's memo to the staff from the assistant managing editor for entertainment coverage.
Jack Klunder, the president of the Los Angeles News Group and publisher of most if not all of the chain's newspapers, is not a voter in the city of Los Angeles. But he has given $750 to mayoral candidate Kevin James, in three separate contributions since 2011, and also reportedly provided him with tickets to Lakers, Dodgers and Kings games.
Haas was a reporter and columnist at the Orange County Register for more than 20 years, a publicist for the Irvine Company, a book reviewer for Orange Coast magazine and a nationally syndicated columnist on aging and women's issues — and more.
Amy Wallace, an editor at Los Angeles magazine, is going to get ready for her birthday party by living a life that many fantasize about: working out every day just like it was a job. She wants to walk into the party "a taut, 140-pound warrior-goddess."
At the end of the Los Angeles Times story about two young street muggers being hanged in public in Tehran on Sunday, there's a surprise.
Channel 4 won two Golden Mike awards last night for best TV newscast, and AM radio stations KNX and KFI won for the best radio newscasts. KPCC-FM won the most awards overall, ten Golden Mikes in a variety of categories. Steve Edwards, the longtime host of "Good Day LA" on Fox 11, picked up the lifetime achievement award from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California.
After months of campaigning, the KPCC newsroom staff voted 35 to 26 to join SAG-AFTRA. Hosts Larry Mantle and John Rabe were among the senior talent who argued against the union.
The Pantages has put up a Channel 5 story on reporter Lu Parker getting harnessed up to fly like Cathy Rigby does in the upcoming production of Peter Pan.
As expected, the new board of Tribune today named Peter Liguori as chief executive officer. The company's press release is warm towards the previous CEO, Eddy Hartenstein, who goes back to being just publisher of the Los Angeles Times and head of the paper's media group. Here are the company-wide (and newsroom) memos from Liguori and Hartenstein, and the press release.
Sports writers, of course, aren't the only journalists who claim to know that their favorite sources and heroes are honest and, above all, wouldn't lie to them. The big sports stories of this week serve as painful reminders that the media are all too willing to build up people they know know little about for the sake of the story — and it's only getting worse as more web "content producers" get rewarded for eyeballs and going viral but not for, you know, being right. Today it's Rick Reilly's turn to admit that when he was defending Lance Armstrong through the years, he didn't actually know bupkus.
This one is open to staffers and non-staffers. "Someone who is as comfortable and proficient writing for the front page of the paper as for the Sports section," says the sports editor. "Skill in all aspects of digital journalism and a strong background in social media are required."
The Los Angeles bureau of BuzzFeed continues to ramp up. Today Richard Rushfield et al are announcing the hire of Adam Vary as senior film reporter. He comes from the...
The Riverside County death certificate for Huell Howser says that the television host and producer died early on the morning of January 7 from metastatic prostate cancer. Howser was cremated and his remains scattered off the coast of Los Angeles County on Jan. 9.
This ran on this week's episode of "The Simpson's." Hat tip to KCET on Facebook. There is a sunset memorial to Howser scheduled this afternoon at Griffith Observatory.
It sounds as if one of the great lying acts in the history of sports will come to an end in Oprah Winfrey's televised interview with Lance Armstrong.
Gibbons, a public information officer for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office for 24 years, announced today she will be retiring on March 31. She was a former courthouse reporter.
Regrettable news from Donna Myrow, who founded L.A. Youth as a newspaper written by and for Los Angeles teenagers 25 years ago. It has been a struggle to keep the paper going in recent years. A desperate fundraising pitch last year bought some more time. But a note in the upcoming February issue will announce that L.A. Youth is closing down. Here is Myrow's note in the final issue.
When Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor was interviewed on Sunday night's "60 Minutes," a finely tuned eye could have spotted a cartoon by LA's Lalo Alcaraz hanging on her office wall. He gives some backstory.
The board of the local Society of Professional Journalists chapter announced after a special weekend meeting that "information had surfaced showing unauthorized withdrawals had been made from the chapter’s checking account." Sarah Baisley, the chapter’s treasurer for many years, was "removed from her position."
Big weekend for Angelenos in the New York Times, including an obituary of Huell Howser. Plus: Kobe and Vanessa back together.
Councilman Tom LaBonge, a friend of the public TV icon Huell Howser, said today he will join friends and fans for a public memorial at sunset on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Griffith Observatory. Also: video of Huell in Tennessee as you may never have seen him.
Voice Media Group, parent of the LA Weekly, is giving up on San Francisco and has sold the SF Weekly to the company that publishes both the San Francisco Examiner and former arch-rival, the venerable Bay Guardian. A sale of the Seattle Weekly was also announced in the deal.
Reportero, which debuted Monday night on POV on PBS, follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, "as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the media." Watch the trailer inside or stream the entire film.
KCET has posted some great tributes to Huell Howser, including video of the longtime production team and the station's three-minute obituary from Monday night's "SoCal Connected." Also: Kevin Roderick and John Rabe with Jacob Soboroff on HuffPost Live.
Superior Court Judge Emilie H. Elias reversed a private mediator and ordered the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to release 30,000 pages of internal files without blanking out the names of church officials and priests who were involved in the church's handling of sex abuse allegations or who were accused themselves. The judge acted on a request by the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press to include names when the files are released under a 2007 settlement with more than 500 victims.
Gustavo Arellano at the OC Weekly reported late this morning that California television icon Huell Howser has died. Arellano based his story on sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. A few minutes later, KPCC "Off-Ramp" host John Rabe tweeted that Howser's assistant confirmed that he died last night at home.
The fast-growing social web site BuzzFeed today launched an entertainment section. "Most exciting announcement of my career," LA bureau chief Richard Rushfield says on Facebook.
The fake stories and byline on the latest front page wrap around the Sunday LA Times are actually real, just old. 'Gangster Squad' grew out of a Times series, and the screenwriter is a former LAPD homicide detective.
Villaraigosa tells Conan Nolan on NBC 4's "News Conference" that he was in Cabo San Lucas on vacation, bumped into Charlie Sheen in the hotel, and that Sheen asked to take a photo. "I'm in the picture taking business. I've never said no to anyone that wants to take a picture."
Times columnist Bill Plaschke made a guest appearance yesterday on "Petros and Money," the talk show on Fox Sports Radio. His opening four-minute admiration of naked actresses, hotel room porn and especially the nudity of Helen Hunt in "The Sessions" has got the sports media chattering. Deadspin files the story under its "Gross" category and includes the audio.
Al Jazeera on Wednesday completed a deal to take over Al Gore's seven-year-old Current TV, which is based in San Francisco. A new channel, Al Jazeera America, will be based in New York, the NYT says. "Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms."
A celebrity photographer said to be working "exclusively on Justin Bieber" had finished taking pictures of a CHP stop involving Bieber's car when he was struck Tuesday evening while crossing Sepulveda Boulevard near Getty Center Drive. The driver stopped to help and no arrest is foreseen. More inside.
These are stories, news or other items that I mentally noted and should have posted about during the last two weeks. Or I overlooked them completely until now. I was trying to spend a little less time tapping on keys.
I'm catching up on some locally prominent deaths I've missed during the holiday slowdown. Video inside: 17 minutes of "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida."
With a new board of mostly entertainment industry types, and a CEO on the way who has been at Fox and Discovery, it seems clearer that Tribune will look to sell the newspapers. Whether that's good or bad for the LA Times, it's too soon to tell.
This weekend's year-end edition of "This American Life" reprises a 1998 segment in which Jonathan Gold explains his year exploring the food offerings of West Pico Boulevard. Then everything changed. Listen inside.
The year-end memo from Michael Anastasi, vice president and executive editor of the Los Angeles News Group, announces the promotion of senior editor Kim Guimarin and suggests that photos and graphics will get more attention in the planning of projects. "Photo, in other words, will have a seat at the table," Anastasi says.
Former New West staffer Michael Kurcfeld found this clip from July 3, 1978, disclosing plans for a new alternative newspaper to fill the void left by closure of the Los Angeles Free Press. Working title: L.A.Weekly.
The Celtics lost Thursday to the NBA-best Clippers, but they did gain a new beat writer from LA.
The New York Times package reconstructing the stories around an avalanche in the Cascades has been called by some the best designed big web story ever. That encompasses a lot of great work, with much competition, but let's agree it's in the conversation and may be the best thing the NYT has ever done on the web.
Executive producer Wendy Harris, at Channel 4 for three decades, is retiring from the station. Here's the newsroom memo earlier this month from the VP for news.
The Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists says it will honor five local journalists and an attorney at its 37th annual awards banquet next spring. This year's...
The former senior editor at the LA Weekly and co-founder of Slake has been named executive editor of the Santa Barbara Journalism Initiative, a nonprofit journalism startup supported by a Knight Foundation grant and local foundations.
KCET's story on Los Angeles County's dependency courts was one of 14 winners of Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards announced this morning at Columbia. This is big in the world of broadcast news, considered by some to be their Pulitzers.
A panel of three conservative appeals justices in Washington ruled that when McCaw fired her reporters for starting a union, she was the victim under the First Amendment.
In her editor's note introducing the January issue of Los Angeles magazine, Mary Melton doesn't sound too wowed by the candidates who are running for mayor. The next leader of...
NBC's chief foreign correspondent and his crew were held five days then freed Monday in a firefight at a checkpoint in Syria, NBC News announced this morning. Engel, producer Ghazi Balkiz and cameraman John Kooistra appeared live on "Today" from Turkey.
Joel Sappell writes in the January issue of Los Angeles magazine about the harassment he and co-author Robert Welkos endured, and he talks to a key church defector who used to run intelligence for L. Ron Hubbard and was the chief "auditor" for Tom Cruise.
The Los Angeles Times ran a Sunday editorial urging people to recognize that the election on March 5 is a big one that could shape the future of the city for years to come. They're right, you know.
With Rutten on the editorial page, and Al Martinez on the front page, the Daily News now offers its readers two columnists with something like 80 years between them at the Los Angeles Times.
Starting Monday, KCET will air SoCal Connected first at 5:30 p.m. then repeat at 10 p.m. "Rick Steves' Europe" is going into the old time slot on Monday, with various shows in the prime time hours the rest of the week.
Jesse McKinley went through a Santa Monica workshop that helps people rid themselves of the personal toxins of divorce. "I had been chosen for this assignment...for the simple reason that I was getting divorced. And, you know, that I probably needed it."
OC Register's new owner Aarson Kushner is profiled, and former LA Times writer Tim Rutten starts a Sunday column in the Daily News and its sister papers. Plus more
"We have implemented a number of protective measures to ensure each company has separate and distinct domains within the property."
Acosta is a former Los Angeles Times editor who now is the director of strategic initiatives at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.
Ray Briem was the overnight talker on KABC-AM from 1967-1994 and kind of pioneered the form here in Los Angeles. That made him the welcomed late-night companion to thousands.
Who is that woman exchanging grins with President John Kennedy in 1962 on Santa Monica Beach? The LA Times photo blog tells us.
The Orange County Register has purchased Churm Media, the publisher of OC Metro and OC Family. Perplexing, says Gustavo Arellano at OC Weekly.
The Washington Post's Paul Farhi takes his stab at explaining why most Americans had never heard of Jenni Rivera until the Mexican-American performer died in a plane crash — and why very few media in Southern California had ever done stories on the local girl who made good. Make that very good.
After winning Oscars for "The Hurt Locker," director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal became "entertainment’s hottest couple who wouldn’t say they were a couple since Jay-Z and Beyoncé." Now it's complicated, says BuzzFeed.
I'm not sure this kind of corporate cheerleading helps the lousy newsroom morale at 1st and Spring streets, but praise and optimism is better than being threatened with cuts. No mention of the recent price hike at the newsstand or the proposed sale of the paper's one-time hope for the future in Orange County.
Michael Krikorian freelances now, far as I can tell, but he used to be a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Seventeen rounds from an AK-47 in his trunk got him a 30-day sentence in county jail.
"The Master" is the runner-up, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association also taps the 'Master' director and actors.
Mack Reed's Tumblr post about finding a duffel bag full of someone else's weed in his Silver Lake yard and calling the LAPD — we posted about it early yesterday — has made its way rapidly around the web.
Phillip Rodriguez will have access to unredacted autopsy and investigative documents, and coroner's photos, for his documentary on the 1970 death in East Los Angeles of journalist Ruben Salazar.
Arianna Huffington moves to president and editor in chief of the media group. Jimmy Maymann, previously AOL senior vice president of international, becomes CEO.
Silver Lake games developer Mack Reed, the former LA Times reporter and Voice of LA blogger, was faced recently with a quandary most of us will never encounter. On deadline, of course.
Anchor Sharon Tay, meteorologist Evelyn Taft in the middle and reporter Amber Lee in the KCAL studio. Tweeted by Taft.
Gustavo Arellano, editor of the OC Weekly and creator of the paper's popular "Ask A Mexican" column, will start doing regular weekly commentaries about Orange County for KCRW. He had been a regular on KPCC.
A crew from Vice posted photos this morning reported to be of on-the-run former tech pioneer John McAfee and his 20-year-old girlfriend from Belize, Sam, meeting with a lawyer in Guatemala City.
Brand tells Los Angeles magazine that she's in talks with KCRW for a 9 a.m. show that would compete with the friends she left at KPCC. But KCRW's Jennifer Ferro says in a statement that nothing is firm.
David Courtney, the arena announcer for the Los Angeles Kings and Clippers at Staples Center and the stadium announcer in Anaheim for the Angels, has died at age 56. No cause was given by the Kings, but Courtney had tweeted yesterday that he was at a hospital awaiting an angiogram.
"Off-Ramp" host John Rabe called and talked to me this afternoon for a piece he's doing on the end of Huell Howser's television career. Listen to some of the audio.
In the November issue of Los Angeles magazine, and online today, editor Amy Wallace and photographer Damon Casarez pay attention to the impromptu memorials you sometimes see placed where someone recently died.
Tamar Brott profiled Huell Howser for Los Angeles magazine and found him to be defensive about his enthusiasm and his affection for finding the positive, or denying the negative, in any situation.
On Wednesday's show, I'm told that KCET's "SoCal Connected" digs into the ties between Supervisor Don Knabe, his son Matt Knabe, and the clients of Matt's lobbying firm, Englander Knabe and Allen.
Howser is "retiring from making new shows but does not want to make any formal announcements about it," says an email. Amazing.
In a post rife with punnery, celebrity gossip site TMZ says that contrary to a report that originated in the San Francisco Chronicle, it has no interest in using airborne, unmanned drones to gather news.
The newest technology business reporter at the Times is Chris O'Brien, who comes from the San Jose Mercury. The memo to the newsroom from Business Editor Marla Dickerson.
The New York Times says it got questions to Nakoula Basseley Nakoula in federal custody and, with his comments plus interviews with "church and law enforcement officials and more than a dozen people who worked on the movie," can conclude that "the making of the film is a bizarre tale of fake personas and wholesale deception."
Guy Adams, the Independent's man in Los Angeles for the last few years, is returning to London and starting after the new year as a feature writer for the Daily Mail. "Today I wrote my last ever article for the @independent. Fittingly, it was about the Elmo sex scandal," he tweets.
The producers call it a rare, "unflinching portrait." I suspect there's some flinching. Video: Geffen in love with Cher in 1973.
The Hollywood Reporter won six first-place awards at tonight's National Entertainment Journalism Awards put on at the Biltmore by the Los Angeles Press Club. Kim Masters of THR (and KCRW's "The Business") won entertainment journalist of the year, and THR also won for best entertainment publication and best website.
Born Sam Bensussen, he worked for 40 years at KLAC radio and Metromedia, was the editorial director for Channel 11, and in the 1950s and 60s was a commercial pitchman on local airwaves: "Se habla espanol at Lou’s Garage."
Villaraigosa was in a forgiving mood about that "Failure" cover back in 2009. He even joked about his "General Petraeus moment."
Federal regulators gave the go-ahead for Tribune Corp. to continue operating TV stations and newspapers in five markets where it holds both, removing a major obstacle to the Chicago company...
The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC announced this morning that Geneva Overholser, director of the School of Journalism since 2008, will step down in June. She said she will return to New York with her husband, Annenberg faculty member David Westphal. USC's release says it will launch a recruitment campaign for a successor to Overholser.
"The call I feared finally came late on a Friday...'I’m a nurse at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital,' she said. 'Don’t panic, but we have your son.'"
Deadline.com editor Mike Fleming returns to the site two weeks after his dad was injured at home during the storm in New York. Fleming says he's grateful for the support of his colleagues at the website.
Many journalists in Los Angeles, and many more in the LA Times diaspora, remember Baron as the business editor at the LAT during the section's glory days and a contender for higher-level jobs even since he left for the New York Times.
Message to freelancers: sue the Los Angeles Times at your own risk. An arbitrator has awarded the paper $266,000 to cover the costs of defending itself against a suit by the longtime Hollywood photographer.
BuzzFeed gets to the heart of the latest revelations in the David Petraeus scandal. Plus: an LA media angle to the Paula Broadwell story.
Self-serving questions from constituents for the 'Ask Paul" column on AOL Patch are actually written by the councilman's press deputy. But let's hope you knew that.
Before the LA Times rediscovered the corruption in Bell, and in some cases before DA Steve Cooley got to town with his corruption prosecutions, investigative reporter Jeffrey Anderson was digging into the dirty dealings in the southeast cities for the LA Weekly. KCET interviewed Anderson about the challenges of reporting in places like Cudahy last decade.
This morning the former Fox 11 reporter showed up on NBC 4 covering the wood shop fire at James Monroe High School in the Valley. "Yes. I'm now at ch.4 news," she tweets.
Friends on Facebook and Twitter and staffers at the duopoly newsroom in Studio City are saying that Joel Connable, a reporter at CBS 2/KCAL 9 for three years until 2005, has died. Connable had just started a new anchor gig at KOMO-TV in Seattle last month, after being out of the local news business since 2009.
Madeleine Brand gives an interview to the LA Times about leaving KPCC and her initial reactions to being seen on television.
With a note from the editors.
He has the complex algorithm to back up saying that President Obama is the favorite to win on Tuesday. But all he needs, he says, is this: Obama is ahead in Ohio.
Saturday morning on one of Los Angeles' longest-running radio programs, the hosts will announce the death of John Retsek, who created "The Car Show" on KPFK in 1973. They will talk about John and possibly take calls from the legions of listeners who have listened to the show or been guests in its nearly four decades on the air — the odd duck among the politically charged news, talk and revolutionary rhetoric at the Pacifica-owned radio station.
The newspaper recently owned by the New York Times announced it was bought by a group that includes Darius Anderson, a Sonoma-based developer and top Sacramento lobbyist, and former Democratic congressman Doug Bosco.
Chris Little takes to his blog at AM talk station KFI to explain to listeners why he says "driver license" when referring to the card issued by the California DMV — and won't say "Democrat Party."
Just a mild heart attack, the Daily News columnist reports on Facebook.
How KPCC's quest for Latino listeners doomed the "Madeleine Brand Show," plus the first choice of a co-host — and the complications of A Martinez's advocacy for steroids in sports.
Have you seen this car? Veteran LA journalist Steve Devol was out early Sunday morning to shoot some dawn photos around Walt Disney Hall. So were a film crew and a guard who tried to stop Devol from taking pictures. Didn't work.
Could the Press Club's plan to honor Janice Min for revamping the Hollywood Reporter be a factor? Finke says the club "seems more interested in collecting entry fees and selling gala tables...than in rewarding high standards of journalism or conducting a competition with integrity."
Mona Shadia got some media coverage here and elsewhere last December when she was assigned to write a regular column about living as a Muslim in Orange County for the three local newspapers run by the LAT's Times Community News unit.
I went over to KCET's new studios in Burbank last week to catch the first day of run throughs for the made-over "So Cal Connected." Here's what to expect from the nightly show and some pictures of KCET's digs.
A cheerleading note went out to Los Angeles Times employees yesterday from the paper's president, Kathy Thomson, announcing a new branding campaign ("How California Thinks") and a web page called Trending Now to lure readers to spend more time on the website. Plus assorted other digital items.
Increasingly, and perhaps inevitably, his subjects are the vagaries and cruelties of becoming elderly. This might be the least recommended direction to go in these days when media editors count web hits above all else, but I think it's his best material. No one else in LA reports this personally on the aging thing.
A new Los Angeles bureau, meaning mostly Hollywood apparently, will be run by Richard Rushfield and include chief correspondent Kate Aurthur. Both are veterans of Hollywood coverage and of the LA Times, among other places.
Murdoch isn't alone: Austin Beutner, the Register's Aaron Kushner and San Diego partisan Doug Manchester all are expressing interest in the paper, which could be sold soon after bankruptcy ends.
Channel 4's Robert Kovacik was live on the air from West Los Angeles when a roach crawled across his shoulders. No problem! Watch the video.
"Please be advised that PMC employees, including but not limited to Nikki Finke, Mike Fleming, Pete Hammond and Nellie Andreeva, are under long term employment contracts," says the lawyer letter.
Young (OK, very young) versions of the former KNBC 4 stalwarts and a feature story on the Mojave Desert landmark.
You might remember the motorcycle column and videos that Sue Carpenter did for the Los Angeles Times. She's heading to the Register, according to a newsroom memo this morning.
I'm not sure I get the full impact of this, but KCET has announced what it's calling a merger with Link Media, the non-profit media company in San Francisco that produces LinkTV. Their new non-profit creation will be called KCETLink. No big changes on the air for now.
No, there are not 4.3 million immigrants in the city of four million, though the Los Angeles Times keeps saying there are.
Roxane Arnold is a senior projects editor who has been the lead editor on the Column One story that runs on the front page of the Los Angeles Times most days. Here's the newsroom email about her upcoming exit.
The longtime morning news anchor is the third high-profile woman let go by Channel 11 in recent months. "Wonder if this'll get my security desposit back?," she tweeted along with a picture of her cleaned-out desk.
When the Los Angeles Press Club gives its first Visionary Award to Jane Fonda in November, she will be introduced by Robert Redford. The pair starred together in "The Chase," "Barefoot in the Park" and "The Electric Horseman."
The three-year experiment in which the Los Angeles Kings paid reporter Rich Hammond to cover the team wasn't all smiles, according to Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth. He writes that the league demanded that a story Hammond recently posted about the current labor dispute with players be taken off the web, citing his employment status with the Kings.
Rich Hammond broke new ground when he left the Daily News three years ago to blog about the Los Angeles Kings for the Kings. He was the first journalist locally to be employed by a team to report independently on the team.
KCET will announce today that former KPCC host Madeleine Brand will become a special contributor to "SoCal Connected." The show is also going daily — it had aired on a weekly cycle. Val Zavala will remain the show's news anchor, with Brand doing mostly interviews, it sounds like.
More on sale of Variety, Sunday magazine next for Register, books from Roman Polanski's sex victim way back then and on LA's hardcore music scene, some media job notes and Dean Singleton speaks. Plus more.
In reporting that his employer has now acquired his former journalism home at Variety, Deadline film editor Michael Fleming took a moment for some personal words. Plus: The Wrap claims Finke 'having a major tantrum.'
"I try to advocate for a certain group. And not just for Latinos, but for immigrants," he tells Ana Garcia of NBC 4.
After 35 years at CBS, assignment editor Steve Crawford left the newsroom at Channels 2 and 9 on May 23 without revealing to anyone that he had stage 3 esophageal cancer. He insisted that no one know, his wife says in a note posted at the station today.
Whit Johnson, the new co-anchor at NBC 4, is married to new KCAL 9 reporter Andrea Fujii. He's a proud husband, per Twitter.
If you didn't grow up in the Los Angeles area during the baby boom, you can leave the room for a couple of minutes. Though if your parents fit the description, you might want to stick around.
The Guardian in the UK today published the first in a 7-part series on the Latino vote produced by USC Annenberg grad students over the summer as part of the News21 fellowship. "Across America an electoral giant is stirring."
One of the most talked-about of the positions the Orange County Register is filling is the paper's food critic. Now we know the job will go to Brad A. Johnson, the James Beard winner who had been writing about restaurants for Angeleno.
Here's the job description for a full-time associate producer for Patt Morrison in her new role as special correspondent at KPCC. Pays $41,672 to $62,508.
The newspapers that make up the Los Angeles News Group have been gradually blending over recent months, and today take a big step toward being a regional news operation with the emphasis on digital — and less on geography. One upshot: Daily News editor Carolina Garcia has a new role and title.
In the wake of Hero Complex blogger Geoff Boucher's departure from the paper, the LA Times has re-hired Chris Lee and moved Gina McIntyre over to be the lead writer and editor on the Hero Complex blog.
Catherine Davis, the Los Feliz woman bludgeoned to death last week by an emotionally disturbed actor, was the mother of the Los Angeles author-journalist Margaret Leslie Davis, and had a large family of friends in Hollywood who had stayed at her "writers villa" through the years.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently paid $20 million for a think tank at USC, gets a segment on "60 Minutes" tonight to give just enough mea culpa on the whole cheated-on-Maria thing to sound like it was a blip. But at the Daily Beast, Ann Louise Bardach says the chronology given to CBS' Lesley Stahl and in Arnold's new memoir is anything but true
KPCC is taking the unusual step of having president Bill Davis stop in to "Airtalk" and chat with Larry Mantle about the recent programming changes, including the resignation of Madeleine Brand.
Reynolds tweeted this morning that she was just informed that her "Good Day L.A." days were over. Steve Edwards' new co-host is Maria Sansone.
Ex-KPCC host Madeleine Brand, who left the station last week, tells Current.org that "outside offers just became too attractive” for her to remain at the station. She doesn't specify any offers, but says she will be staying in Los Angeles.
If things go right, there will be fewer media choppers hovering pointlessly above the ends of the closed 405 freeway during this weekend's traffic event. Or non-event, whatever.
In 2006, an LA Times and Paramount promotion for "Mission: Impossible III" went awry. They settled with the federal government for $75,000.
It turns out this morning's evacuation of the Miracle Mile building that houses KNX, KFWB and other media outlets may have been caused by suspicious beeps in a promotional package sent by the Black Entertainment Network.
For them it's about the quality of the content, the most precious commodity in the competition for readers' brains.
Village Voice Media owners Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin announced Sunday night that they have agreed to sell the chain of 13 weeklies — a mix of papers they created and big established titles they acquired, including the LA Weekly and Village Voice — and will get out of alt journalism. The buyers are a new company formed by ex-editors and publishers of the New Times chain that Lacey and Larkin helped start in Phoenix in the 1970s.
Boucher, who left the Los Angeles Times earlier this month after clashing with his editor, posted the memo from Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle on Facebook.
So much for all those pretended sounds of happiness from KPCC over the forced merger of morning show host Madeleine Brand with newcomer A Martinez.