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Amy and Samy and Ana Garcia

Thumbnail image for ana-garcia-at-city-hall.jpg 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.

Letterman says he'll retire, and Garcetti jumps quickly (video)

letterman-grab.jpg David Letterman announces he will step down in 2015 and quips he always knew "when this show stops being fun, I will retire 10 years later."

Joel Grover story on NBC4, Scientology book win IRE awards*

grover-in-harms-way.jpg 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.

NBC officially closes down in Burbank (video)

laugh-in-grab.jpg 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.

Al Jerome to retire from KCETLink

jerome-2012.jpg Al Jerome is the longtime head of public television station KCET — only the third in its history — who will be known chiefly now for being the architect of the decision to leave PBS and become independent.

Sheila Kuehl fundraiser is playing the Dobie Gillis card

Maynard-G-krebs-denver.jpg An April 5 fundraiser for Board of Supervisors candidate Sheila Kuehl is billed as "A Night at the Movies with Zelda" — and the contribution levels are right out of her old show, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis."

Creative weather spelling at KCAL

kcal-9-occastional-oops.jpg Can you spot the misspelling tonight on KCAL 9's weather report? Hint: There is no T in KCAL.

NBC's Miguel Almaguer rescued from Azusa mud

miguel-almaguer-in-mud.jpg 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.

Journalist Miles O'Brien loses an arm: 'just a flesh wound'

miles-obrien-beard.jpg Science and technology reporter Miles O'Brien ("PBS NewsHour," "Frontline," CNN) was wrapping up a trip to Japan and the Philippines this month when a camera case fell on his forearm. Ouch.

Bree Walker talks about her arrest and that mug shot

bree-walker-happier.jpg 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.

Bree Walker, former CBS 2 anchor, arrested on DUI

bree-walker-dui.jpg 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.

Andy Borowitz imagines FAQs from Comcast and Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable Merger-tny.jpg Sample Q: How will the merger affect the price of my cable service? A: We will be introducing financing options, roughly similar to those that enabled you to attend college.

Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner: 'This is Your Story' (video)

Caesar and Reiner spoof another popular staple of 1950s TV, "This is Your Life."

Sid Caesar, comedy treasure was 91 (video)

sid-ceasar-grab.jpg Caesar's 1950s NBC program "Your Show of Shows" featured Imogene Coca and writers such as Mel Brooks, Woody Allen and Larry Gelbart. Caesar died today at home in Beverly Hills.

Bob Costas will sit out Olympics tonight

bob-costas-glasses-olympics.jpg Costas' red and swollen eyes are getting worse, not better. He will be replaced tonight by Matt Lauer.

Sam Rubin's bad day with Samuel L. Jackson (videos)

rubin-jackson-ktla.jpg 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.

Jay Leno: 'It's just been incredible' (video)

jay-leno-sad-grab.jpg "The first year of this show I lost my mom. The second year I lost my dad. Then my brother died. And after that I was pretty much out of family. And the folks here became my family."

Pussy Riot charms Stephen Colbert and audience (video) *

pussy-riot-colbert-grab.jpg Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina appeared last night on "The Colbert Report." Nothing is lost in translation.

Time Warner Cable will give you a movie to make up for Super Bowl

time-warner-cable-twc-truck.jpg Rather than require ticked-off viewers to make claims and complete a bunch of paperwork, TWC will give all Southern California customers a gift to make up for losing the Super Bowl feed on Sunday.

KNBC says farewell to Burbank with backstage looks (videos)

colan-knbc-newsroom.jpg 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.

Time Warner Cable fumbles the Super Bowl

time-warner-cable-twc-truck.jpg Viewers across Southern California lost the game in the second quarter for about an hour. Time Warner Cable noted helpfully that the feed was still available if you were an HD customer.

Seth Meyers signs off 'SNL' with the help of some friends (video)

poehler-meyers-snl.jpg Amy Poehler: "Seth, we are here to take you to the other side."

'SoCal Connected' gets another season

Thumbnail image for kcet-web-staff.jpg 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.

Julie Chang returns to Fox11 after brain surgery

julie-chang-back-wide.jpg "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.
Northridge-Quake-zocalo-apt.jpg 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.

Doug Kriegel returning to air as a drive-by economist

doug-kriegel-2014-grab.jpg 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.

Gustavo Arellano and Lalo Alcaraz go Hollywood

twoamigos-gustavo-lalo.jpg The two amigos of local Mexican-flavored media are part of the team for the new Fox show "Bordertown," and darn happy to be there it sounds like.

Requiem for NBC Burbank

nbc-burbank-color.jpg With NBC moving from Burbank to Universal City, and "The Tonight Show" returning to New York, the website Pro Video Coalition.com is remembering the first studio built specifically for color television.

Amezcua signs to talk on conservative radio station

Thumbnail image for amezcua-devine-twitter.jpg 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.

TV reporter faints on the air - but keeps on reporting! (video)

brooke-graham-faints-grab.jpg "This is not the first time I have passed out cold," KUTV's Brooke Graham blogs cheerily. "I am known to faint any time I am in high altitudes and get too cold. (So does my twin sister Britt)."

KTLA copter owned the Baldwin Hills dam disaster

baldwin-hills-dam-lapl.jpg 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.

Fox 11 anchor Carlos Amezcua no longer with station

amezcua-devine-twitter.jpg 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.

Lucy Noland leaves NBC4, Chang has her surgery

Thumbnail image for lucy-noland1.jpg Couple of updates to previous stories from the local TV news sector.

ABC7 adds 8 pm news hour -- on Orange County channel

marc-brown-abc7-grab.jpg 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.

PBS SoCal drops its Orange County news show

Thumbnail image for laguna-beach-sand-north-lao.jpg "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.

Still smoking the cannibus at KCAL, I see

kcal-taylor-made-seats.jpg Ouch, it's been a bad run in whatever they call the Chyron department these days at KCAL 9.

Fox 11's Julie Chang announces she has a brain tumor

julie-chang-announce.jpg 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.

NYT's Brian Stelter jumps to CNN, will host 'Reliable Sources'

Brian_Stelter_wikipedia.jpg 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.

CBS duopoly swaps anchors Shocknek, Tay, Garcia and Suh (and Taft)

taft-garcia-tay.jpg 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.

What is KCAL smoking?

ktla-cannabis.jpg A reader emails this screen grab: "What were they smoking at KCAL when they wrote this caption?"

Dorothy Lucey blogs about exit of the boss who axed her

dorothy_lucey_ftvlive.jpg She lets Kingsley Smith off easy, I think -- but his eyes might be bleeding anyway.

Kingsley Smith out as news director at Fox 11

fox-11-bundy.jpg 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.

Alycia Lane era ends at NBC4

Thumbnail image for AlyciaLane.jpg 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.

Evelyn Taft confirms what her fans suspected

taft-garcia-tay.jpg KCAL's weathercaster is almost five months pregnant, she announced on the air tonight. They pretty much had to say something.

Oct. 2, 1971: Soul Train debuts from LA (video)

soul-train-dancers.jpg After starting in Chicago, Don Cornelius migrated "Soul Train" to Los Angeles and national syndication. This clip with the theme from "Shaft" is from Oct. 1971.

Brian Rooney will send you the news for $10 a year

brian-rooney-pic.jpg Brian Rooney, the former Los Angeles correspondent for ABC News (for 23 years), is now doing The Rooney Report, a daily news digest he will email you. Just ten bucks a year.

New weather talent coming to LA: Crystal Egger

crystal-egger-knbc.jpg 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.
eliz-montgomery.jpg Vin Scully will be the grand marshal of this coming Rose Parade, but it won't be his first brush with getting up early on January 1.

ABC closes last TV bureau in Sacramento, lays off Nannette Miranda

nannette-miranda-twitter.jpg 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.

Martin Burns, Fox 11 and ex-KCET producer was 56

martin-burns-fox11.jpg 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.

Documentary to say five new J.D. Salinger books are coming

jdsalinger-screen-grab.jpg The New York Times says new books could start to appear in 2015. Watch the trailer inside for the upcoming film, to screen in limited release starting Sept. 6.

Andrew Blankstein leaving LA Times for NBC News

anblanx-pic.jpg Blankstein will take his deep law enforcement contacts list to NBC as an investigative reporter based here.

Unhired weatherman sues another LA station

bri-winkler-twitter.jpg 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.

KCOP to drop news from the lineup

my-13-logo.jpg 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."

Is Obama the first president to sleep in Woodland Hills? (video)

afone-lax-garcetti.jpg We think so! Not counting Reagan in his acting days (because who knows, he was local for a long time, and a lot of actors lived in the West Valley.)

Obama's visit will have distinctly Valley flavor

obama-leno-file.jpg All of the streets that the LAPD is warning drivers to avoid during President Obama's brief visit to the area today and Wednesday are out in the Valley. Obama lands...

NBC4 and ABC7 lead the way at LA area Emmys

emmys-la-2013-grab.jpg 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.

'SoCal Connected' on KCET may not be finished yet *

Thumbnail image for kcet-control-room.jpg 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.

Former Times editor named chair of PBS SoCal

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.

Obama coming back next week to be on Jay Leno

Thumbnail image for av-obama-lax.jpg President Obama is returning to California for a two-day swing that will include a stop at NBC in Burbank for his sixth appearance on "The Tonight Show."

Steve Chacon, longtime ABC 7 photographer was 58

steve-chacon.jpg 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.

Al Jazeera America names reporters in LA and elsewhere

jennifer-london-occupy-la.jpg The Los Angeles correspondent is Jennifer London, formerly with NBC News, MSNBC and KCET. The network launches Aug. 20. Full list inside.

KTVU fires at least three producers over Asiana names

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ktvu-racist-names.jpg 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.

Olbermann, Regis getting new sports shows

keith-olbermann-variety.jpg 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.

Wow: Watch TV anchor read prank names for Asiana pilots

ktvu-racist-names.jpg 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.

Jennifer Bjorklund back on NBC 4 air from Prescott (video)

bjorklund-prescott-grab.jpg 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.

KPCC adds investigations producer from 'SoCal Connected'

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.
richard-matheson.jpg Richard Matheson wrote "I Am Legend," which was turned into films three times, and also wrote 16 episodes of the original "Twilight Zone" television series for Rod Serling. He was the screenwriter as well for "Duel," Steven Spielberg's 1971 TV movie debut.

Don Draper's childhood home is in Angelino Heights

drapers-home-real.jpg TV Guide's Michael Schneider says at his blog Franklin Avenue that he has figured out the location of the run-down former Pennsylvania whorehouse depicted in the season's final scene. It's an 1887 home that is often filmed on Carroll Avenue.

Read the memo: Ana Garcia out at NBC 4

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.

NBC 4, KMEX, 'SoCal Connected' rack up Emmy nominations

Thumbnail image for kcet-rehearsal-control.jpg 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.

James Gandolfini on 'Inside the Actors Studio' (video)

gandolfini-vulture.jpg From 2004. "He is, as Tony Soprano might put it, a made man in the actor's studio," James Lipton said in his introduction.

James Gandolfini, Emmy-winning actor was 51

james-gandolfini-died.jpg The star of HBO's "The Sopranos" has died in Italy of a heart attack or a stroke.

Guaranteed: George Zimmer out at Men's Wearhouse

george-zimmer-guarantee.jpg Good lede from Associated Press: "Apparently, Men's Wearhouse Inc. doesn't like the way its founder looks anymore."

Deadline adds Lisa De Moraes, formerly of the Washington Post

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.
pussy-riot-doc.jpg The filmmakers "make spectacular use of Russian’s invasive paparazzi-style media freedoms on behalf of their movie, and create of a girl group that might not be the best band in the world, but is certainly the bravest." Trailer inside.

An earlier generation of TV news in Los Angeles

lahti-eye-on-la.jpg 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."

Don Oliver, NBC correspondent was 76

don-oliver-grab.jpg 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.

Kings will play the Chicago Blackhawks next *

kings-camp-kids-11312-lao.jpg The first two games of the Kings-Blackhawks series will be in Chicago — on Saturday and Sunday. Play returns to Staples Center for Game 3 on Tuesday, June 4. Game 4 would be on Thursday, June 6. NBC or NBCSN will televise all the games.

What a PBS station in New York did to placate David Koch

david-koch.jpg 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.
office-location-grab.jpg A little taste of Scranton (and Dunder Mifflin) on Saticoy Street.
nbc4-i-team.jpg 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.

Bill Hader leaving 'SNL' for LA

hader-californians.jpg Hader is the next "Saturday Night Live" cast member to leave. He wants to do movies and TV in Los Angeles. We'll say this — he knows his way around the city (video.)

Seth Meyers gets the 'Late Night' desk

seth-meyers-nbc.jpg The head writer of “Saturday Night Live” and host of the show's “Weekend Update” segment will be the fourth host of NBC’s “Late Night,” following David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon.

Mario Machado, newscaster and voice of soccer was 78

mario-machado2.jpg 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.

Lu Parker hits the banked track

lu-parker-derby-twitpic.jpg 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.

Marcus on KCET: 'I feel like I had a great run there'

bret-marcus-current.jpg 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.

SoCal Connected's Marcus among those out at KCET, reports say

Thumbnail image for kcet-web-staff.jpg 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.

KCET lays off about 22 staffers, announces reorganization

Thumbnail image for kcet-rehearsal-control.jpg 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.

Jonathan Winters, comedy legend was 87

jonathan-winters-variety.jpg Jonathan Winters had one of those long, varied entertainment industry careers after working New York comedy clubs and moving to early television in the 1950s. "One of the great comedians of the 20th century," the LA Times says.

SoCal Connected statement: We might be back

Thumbnail image for kcet-rehearsal-control.jpg 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."

Michaela Pereira leaving KTLA mornings for CNN

michaela-pereira-ktla-2013.jpg 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.

Reports: 'SoCal Connected' won't be back on KCET

kcet-control-room.jpg 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.

Oscars move to March for 2014, MTV video awards go to Brooklyn

mtv-vma-move.jpg Next year's Oscar awards will be held on March 2, moving later in the year to avoid conflicts with the Winter Olympics from Russia. The show will then move back to February (Feb. 22 to be exact) for 2015.

'60 Minutes' does the Brian Banks story

brian-banks-cbs.jpg 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.

Everything Carrie Bradshaw wondered on 'Sex and the City'

carrie-bradshaw.jpg 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."

Video mash-up of SoCal police chases

car-chases-nbc4-grab.jpg 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.

New managing editor named at Fox 11

fox-sign-sepulveda.jpg 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.

Here's the upside of sending LA crews to Rome

lopez-rome-befrank.jpg 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.
southland-grab.jpg I'm told that what could be the final episode of the television drama "Southland" will shoot tomorrow morning in front of the Police Administration Building. Chief Charlie Beck is supposed to make a quick cameo appearance sometime between 11 a.m. and noon.
"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.

Rome is redundantly covered by LA anchors and reporters*

david-ono-rome-grab.jpg 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.

Photo glimpse: KTLA news meeting

ktla-news-meeting-ball.jpg 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.

Santa Barbara anchor's issue was medical, family says

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.

Photo: John North's last presser?

north-last-day-shallman.jpg 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.

Missing Santa Barbara anchor with LA ties back home*

paula-lopez-sb.jpg 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 says MacFarlane was fine as Oscars host

tina-fey-amy-poehler.jpg 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."

John North retiring from ABC 7

john-north-abc7.jpg 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.

Al Naipo moving on from Fox 11

al-naipo-fox11.jpeg 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.

Oscar ratings are up despite the reviews

affleck-oscars-2013.jpg 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.

NBC takes big dive - fifth place - as Univision rises

nbc-logo.jpg 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.

How Oscar campaigns got a boost from Dorner coverage

silver-linings.jpg 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.

NBC4 to air one-hour Dorner special on Thursday night

Keith+Lawrence+and+Monica+Quan.jpg 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.

Weird story o' the day: Dorner's mom at bar watching standoff

dorner-mom-gile.jpg The woman at the Mexican restaurant in Orange County told CBS2 reporter Michele Gile that she knew nothing about Dorner. Ten minutes later, she went inside the home he sometimes shared with his mother. Also: CBS 2 gets pranked.

Beck calls on Dorner to surrender, says will re-look at grievances

pat-harvey-grab.jpg 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.

CBS 'wardrobe advisory' on Grammys nudity is very...detailed

rihanna-2012-grammys.jpg 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.

NBC4 adds more news on weekends

nbc-door.jpg 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.

Golden Mikes for NBC 4, KPCC, Steve Edwards

rtna-logo-crop.jpg 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.

Lu Parker flies with Peter Pan (video)

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.

Unsung hero of drivers at 7th and Broadway

buses-7th-broadway.jpg If you don't get a $234 LAPD ticket this year for turning right at 7th Street and Broadway, you could have D.J. Prator to thank. He lives near the corner and noticed that LAPD traffic officers were always writing tickets there. Thus began a little crusade. Story on 'SoCal Connected.'

Huell Howser's death certificate cites metastatic prostate cancer

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.

"The Simpsons" honor Huell Howser

huell-simpsons.jpg 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.

Jimmy O'Neill, DJ and 'Shindig' host was 73

jimmy-oneill-yt.jpg O'Neill gained a measure of Los Angeles radio immortality when he became the first voice heard on KRLA when the AM station switched to rock and roll (from country western music) in 1959. He went on to become LA's top radio deejay, then at age 24 went national as the host of ABC's short-lived rock music show "Shindig" in 1964. Here's some video.

Kimmel calls on America to pray for freezing LA (video)

Temperatures have plunged into the 40s and the local news is freaking out.

Huell Howser memorial plans, and back home with Minnie Pearl

huell-minnie-pearl.jpg 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.

Reportero: Covering the drug cartels in Baja California

zeta-sergio-hara.jpg 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.

Producer Phil Noyes and photog Luis Fuerte talk about Huell

luis-fuerte-grab-kcet.jpg 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.

Huell Howser, California TV icon was 67 *

huell-lamag.jpg 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.

Jamie Kennedy sorta explains the worst New Year's Eve show

The New Year's Eve live show from Hollywood Boulevard watched by almost nobody on KDOC, but which then went viral on the Internet, kinda sorta went according to plan, says the host. Except for the unbleeped f-bombs, technical glitches and unplanned brawl.

Mayor explains Sheen photo in Mexico, zings the media

sheen-mavillaraigosa.jpg 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."

Al Jazeera acquires Current TV, will rebrand channel

al-jazeera-logo.jpg 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."

Fontella Bass, soul and gospel singer was 72

fontella-bass-record.jpg Fontella Bass, a church choir singer in St. Louis who recorded as a soul singer for Chess Records and had a hit with "Rescue Me" in 1965, died Wednesday at age 72 in her hometown. She suffered a heart attack three weeks ago.

Big departure from NBC 4's newsroom

nbc-door.jpg 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.

'SoCal Connected' team wins duPont Award *

scc-courting-disaster.jpg 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.

NBC's Richard Engel freed from captors in Syria

engel-crew-grab.jpg 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.

'SoCal Connected' moves earlier in the night

Thumbnail image for kcet-control-room.jpg 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.

Jenni Rivera, 43, singing star dies in Mexico plane crash *

jenni-rivera-mun2.jpg Jenni Rivera, who was born in Long Beach, is a popular performer and songwriter in the Mexican Nortena and banda styles and a rising television star on both sides of the border. She recently signed a deal with ABC to develop a comedy around her. Rivera is divorced from former Dodgers pitcher Esteban Loaiza and leaves five children.

Media tweets: Channel 9 news team

tay-taft-lee-kcal.jpg Anchor Sharon Tay, meteorologist Evelyn Taft in the middle and reporter Amber Lee in the KCAL studio. Tweeted by Taft.
Thumbnail image for huell-rabe.jpg "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.

Howser feared retirement - back in 2003

huell-lamag.jpg 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.

'SoCal Connected' turns toward the county hall

SCC-logo.jpg 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.

Well would you look at this: Huell Howser to retire *

jacobhuell.jpg Howser is "retiring from making new shows but does not want to make any formal announcements about it," says an email. Amazing.

Ten percent of LA billboards lack permits, KCET finds

kcet-billboard-map.jpg After the city Department of Building and Safety quietly posted the location and permit status of every billboard structure in the city, KCET mapped the data and drew some conclusions about billboards in Los Angeles.

David Geffen episode of 'American Masters' tonight

geffen-grab-pbs.jpg The producers call it a rare, "unflinching portrait." I suspect there's some flinching. Video: Geffen in love with Cher in 1973.

The Dust Bowl as biggest man-made enviro disaster in US

dust-bowl-nipomo-lange.jpg Ken Burns' latest documentary debuted on PBS on Sunday night. The great migration to California begins in tonight's second part. Watch a preview.

FCC grants Tribune waiver for KTLA and LAT

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...

Jane Yamamoto now a reporter on Channel 4 news

jane+yamamoto+fox11.jpg 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.

Joel Connable, former CBS2/KCAL reporter was 39 *

joel-connable-mug.jpg 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 hasn't spoken to ex-KPCC boss since July

Thumbnail image for brand-zavala-kcet.jpg Madeleine Brand gives an interview to the LA Times about leaving KPCC and her initial reactions to being seen on television.

John Retsek, creator of 'The Car Show' and KCET veteran

john-retsek-at-kcet.jpg 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.

Daily 'SoCal Connected' airs Monday with Madeleine Brand

brand-zavala-kcet.jpg 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.

NBC 4's Robert Kovacik doesn't let a roach faze him

kovacik-roach.jpg 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.

Time travel: Kelly Lange, Paul Moyer and Zzyzx

Young (OK, very young) versions of the former KNBC 4 stalwarts and a feature story on the Mojave Desert landmark.

KCET merges with Link Media, creates new entity

kcet-sign+lao.jpg 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.

Jean Martirez the next woman out at Fox 11

jean-martirez.jpg 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.

Madeleine Brand joins KCET's new daily 'SoCal Connected'

Thumbnail image for mbrand-crop.jpg 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.

Steve Crawford, CBS LA veteran dies of cancer

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.

LA's cute new TV couple

whit-johnson-twitter.jpg 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.

Sheriff John Rovick, Los Angeles TV icon was 93

sheriff-john-mug.jpg 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.

Schwarzenegger's image rehab tour hits a bump

arnold-on-60minutes.jpg 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

Jillian Barberie Reynolds out, next blonde in

maria-sansone-fox.jpg 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.

Media will pool helicopters for Carmageddon II

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.

Speaking of the bomb squad and dubious media promotions...

clocks-from-bet.jpg In 2006, an LA Times and Paramount promotion for "Mission: Impossible III" went awry. They settled with the federal government for $75,000.

Magic Johnson says he put $50 million into Dodgers deal

HBO's "Real Sports" on Tuesday night is a double Dodgers episode, with Magic talking about his role with the team and an update on Bryan Stow, the firefighter and Giants fan who was left brain damaged by a beating in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.

Video: Villaraigosa's roll call act skewered by Jon Stewart

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is busted on "The Daily Show" for his presiding over that bogus voice vote on the platform changes (re: God and Jerusalem) at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Dorothy Lucey moves on with blog about Fox 11 boss who fired her

dorothy-lucey-board.jpg Former co-host at "Good Day LA" says the new boss told her she "made his eyes bleed." That's what you like to hear when you're on-camera talent.

KTLA 5 copter makes emergency landing in Hollywood

ktla-copter-emergency.jpg Everyone got down safely, but there was a scary moment over Hollywood Monday afternoon. Helicopters for Channel 5 and Channel 2 were covering the report of a gunman in Hollywood when Stu Mundel, the pilot for KCBS' SKY2, noticed smoke spewing from the engine of KTLA's Sky5.

Tribune scrambles to remove Vin Scully gaffe from web

rebecca-hall-oops-scully.jpg KTLA sportscaster Rebecca Hall's weekend oops — in which she jokes during an on-air tribute to Vin Scully that he "should get his shit together" — has been pulled down from Big Lead Sports. Copyright claim by Tribune, which owns Channel 5, is the explanation. Well, the Tribune suits haven't made it to Deadspin yet, apparently.

Vin Scully to return for 64th season

vin-scully-lifemag.jpg Dodgers fans can breathe easy for another year. Check out our new story on Scully's five most memorable calls, by guest author Paul Haddad.

Alycia Lane gets new co-anchor and other NBC4 moves

AlyciaLane.jpg The new leadership team at Channel 4 continues to make changes in the newsroom lineup. Today the station will announce that Michael Brownlee will be getting up really early from now on as co-anchor of "Today in LA" with Alycia Lane. Plus some other moves

Video: Filming location for 'The Office'

This is a few years old. But with producers announcing the end of "The Office" after next season, here's a look back at a clip of LA Observed video showing the filming location on Saticoy Street. A little taste of Scranton (and Dunder Mifflin) in industrial Van Nuys.

Jimmy Kimmel moves to 11:35, same time as those other guys

jimmy-kimmel-banners.jpg ABC is moving Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show into head-to-head competition with Jay Leno and David Letterman. "Nightline" flips back to 12:35, a big disappointment to the news types.

Matt Groening blames LA Weekly for end to 'Life in Hell'

groening-self-portrait.jpg Once the LA Weekly dropped his longtime comic strip, the end was inevitable. "It was particularly aggravating that I wasn’t being printed locally in Los Angeles," Groening said. "If 'Life in Hell' were still in LA Weekly, it would probably have kept me going."

Artie Williams, ABC7 news photographer, dies while diving *

artie-williams-kabc.jpg Longtime Channel 7 photographer Artie Williams died over the weekend while diving with a friend off Catalina Island, the station announced.

Mayim Bialik hurt in Hollywood car crash

Mayim-Bialik-with-Cara-Santa-Maria.jpg The actress has tweeted that she won't lose any fingers, despite a breathless report by TMZ from expert bystanders.

Video: Misty May-Treanor with Jon Stewart

The undefeated Olympic champion shows she can handle 'The Daily Show' too. The episode re-airs tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Center for Investigative Reporting to partner with Univision

The center in Berkeley will announce tomorrow a partnership with Univision to jointly produce investigative stories for Spanish-speaking audiences in the United States and Latin America.

DirecTV loses Olympics closing ceremonies

Twitter has erupted with DirecTV customers in Los Angeles who want the last minutes of their Olympics. But no.

Susan Stratton's Emmy honor - in the refrigerator

susan-stratton-emmys.jpg At Saturday night's local Emmy awards, the Governors Award for lifetime achievement went to Susan Stratton, Chick Hearn's producer on Lakers broadcasts for most of three decades. In the station count, NBC4, ABC7 and KTLA5 each won seven Emmys. Link to full list of winners inside.
Thumbnail image for parking-cop-in-red.jpg For more than five years, Sacramento's CBS TV affiliate has been investigating reports by drivers in Northern California who get parking tickets from the city of Los Angeles when they swear they weren’t there. The latest case involves a Sacramento area man who says his new car has never been in LA.

Jennifer York back on the air, but on the ground

jennifer-york-crop.jpg A couple of readers have noticed the familiar voice of Jennifer York doing traffic reports for KNX 1070 radio. York was the very popular airborne traffic reporter on KTLA Channel 5 for 13 years, until she and the station parted ways in 2004.

Brit reporter in LA suspended by Twitter after NBC complained *

twitter-suspended-grab.jpg This seems more than a little embarrassing for Twitter. Seems the service suspended the very active account of Guy Adams, the Los Angeles-baed bureau chief for UK's The Independent, after a siege of weekend tweets pummeling NBC's coverage of the Olympics — and a complaint by NBC.

LA Times adds three more entertainment reporters

These will be stationed in Business, and include yet another body devoted to coverage of entertainment industry awards and another covering TV, plus the return of a slot based in New York.

No S in construction at KCAL

tay-typo-kcal.jpg I really shouldn't be needling anyone else over typos, but reader Donald sent this in amused. Is Sharon Tay surprised to find there's no S in construction at KCAL? Is she just enunciating an O at that moment? "I'm amazed they spelled the recently coined (and lame) word 'Carmageddon' correctly!," says Donald.

William Asher, prolific TV director-producer was 90

Asher directed 100 episodes of "I Love Lucy," brought the Gidget character to television, directed the popular series of 1960s beach movies starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, and produced the "Bewitched" TV series that starred his then-wife, Elizabeth Montgomery.

Judge says he will OK Tribune's plan for ending bankruptcy

latimes-east-face-tighter.jpg Tribune's plan, endorsed by several of the company's largest creditors, would transfer ownership of Tribune Company — owner of the Los Angeles Times, KTLA and numerous other media outets around the U.S. — to a group of hedge funds and banks based in LA and New York.

Scientology reveals plans for Sunset Boulevard studio

kcet-studios-sunset.jpg KCET's longtime home near Sunset Junction, turned over to the Church of Scientology in April, will become the home of a religious broadcasting center to promote Scientology teachings over TV, radio and the Internet. No timetable was given.

KCET will team with 'Globe Trekker' on LA show

zay-harding.jpg "Global L.A." debuts July 24 at 8 p.m. on KCET and will be "examining the region’s ties to a number of destinations and cultures around the world," the station says. Zay Harding will host.

On Aaron Sorkin, television and repeating oneself

emily-blunt-newsroom.jpg In a piece being well received at the Los Angeles Review of Books, television critic Phillip Maciak calls Aaron Sorkin "one of the only commercially bankable and socially conscious screenwriters now working; his writing style is fast, fluid, and instantly recognizable..." And yet.

Lu Parker broke it off with Villaraigosa in May

lu-antonio-ocamb.jpg KTLA reporter Lu Parker's rep confirmed today that she and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have split up, ending their relationship after about three years. The LA Times has been asking Villaraigosa in recent weeks to explain his status with Parker, but his answers had been evasive.

Bob Banfield, longtime Channel 7 reporter was 82

banfield-chambers.jpg Banfield, a television presence in Los Angeles for 43 years, had cancer. Also: Cindy Frazier, city editor.

Channels 2 and 9 went off the air for more than an hour

kcal-power-out-tweet.jpg So, let's see. if a small power outage in Studio City knocks out two stations for a prolonged period, I guess we should write off the CBS stations in a big earthquake.

Who wants to lick Padma Lakshmi's spoon?

padma-lakshmi-lickthespoon.jpg So far in this Emmy campaign season, writes Variety's Jon Weisman, "it would be hard to top this Padma Lakshmi/Bravo page for most distinctive 'For Your Consideration' ad." See her ad bigger

TV ratings for Cup final down across US, way up in LA

NBC's telecast of the Stanley Cup winning game on Monday set a new record for a hockey game in the Los Angeles market, with a 13.6 local rating. (Duh.) Nationally, though, the game was down from last year's Game 6 in the Stanley Cup Final series.

Kings ratings down, Game 4 on pay cable, Miller to record *

miller-fox.jpg For whatever reasons, NBC is sticking with its original plan to broadcast Wednesday's Game 4 only on NBCSN, the cable channel formerly known as Versus that is only available to most Angelenos on a premium tier on Time Warner Cable or the satellite dishes. But for Kings fans, Bob Miller and Jim Fox will record an account of the game.

NBC 4 names new VP of News

todd-mokhtari.jpg The vacant position at the top of the Channel 4 newsroom is going to Todd Mokhtari, who has been at KIRO-TV in Seattle but is a former managing editor at KNBC.

Dorothy Lucey talks about leaving Fox 11 - on Channel 5

lucey-reynolds-edwards.jpg Dorothy Lucey, let go last month as the longtime co-host on Fox 11's "Good Day LA" show, talked about it this morning on rival station KTLA's morning show. Go inside to watch her video clip.

Kings game tonight only on pay TV, with lineup change

Fans who have gotten used to watching the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final on NBC will possibly be disappointed tonight. Game 3, starting at 5 p.m., will be only on the NBC Sports Network, which is a completely different animal.

Jose Rios, ex-Channel 11 news director, retires from Fox TV

jose-rios-fox.png Rios, who had been the news director at Channel 2 in Los Angeles before going to Fox 11, where he became the top news executive, moved over a year ago to a corporate job as vice president of digital news applications at Fox Television Stations. He's retiring from there and he got an extended sendoff on the air during this morning's "Good Day LA" from hosts Steve Edwards and Jillian Reynolds.

Dodgers show off Vin Scully bobblehead

Vin-Scully-Bobblehead.jpg The Dodgers yesterday afternoon kindly sent out PR images of the first Vin Scully bobblehead doll. Here you go - bigger inside.

Jim Paratore, TMZ co-founder was 58

Paratore was a television producer and president of Telepictures, a production division of Warner Bros. Television. He helped to create "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," and in 2006 he teamed up with Harvey Levin to create TMZ.com.
lucey-reynolds-edwards.jpg Jillian Reynolds apologized to Dorothy Lucey for the bad things she has said about her "Good Day L.A." co-host all these years. Then they exchanged "I love yous" and hugged. "The most painful TV you'll watch all day: Jillian and Dorothy's cringe-worthy farewell and fake tears," TV Guide's Michael Schneider said.

Pat Brown documentary airs on PBS SoCal

brown+brown.jpg Sascha Rice's film on her grandfather, the late two-term governor Edmund G. (Pat) Brown, aired tonight at 10 p.m. on the PBS station for Los Angeles. A lot of good that does you, I know. I see "California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown" on the schedule again for Wednesday at 9 p.m. and June 2 at 10 p.m., on the station's digital channel 50.2. It airs tomorrow night at 8 p.m. on KLCS. Read up

Dorothy Lucey out as Fox 11's 'Good Day LA' reboots

dorothy-lucey.jpg The morning show on Channel 11 has kept the same chemistry since 1995 or so, except that it became clearer through the years that Steve Edwards' female co-hosts didn't much like each other. Now Lucey's contract was not renewed, Jillian Reynolds will switch to freelance status, and on-air auditions will be held. Details
kings-info-graphic.jpg Sure, a lot of Angelenos have no interest in hockey and no idea about the Kings, the Ducks or anyone else. But the local team is the hottest thing in the sport right now, their games are on national television, and they pack more fans into Staples Center and downtown bars than the Clippers do. So what's the local sports media's excuse? Here's a little infographic to help them.

Evelyn Taft is there, and you're not

evelyn-taft-bed-ps.jpg Channel 9 weathercaster Evelyn Taft tweeted her 5,000-plus Twitter followers a personal note this afternoon from Palm Springs. Included was a pic of her reclining on a hotel room bed.

Author Chip Jacobs and 'The Ascension of Jerry' on KCAL

Journalist Chip Jacobs' newest book, "The Ascension Of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman," spins out the tale of a truly interesting Los Angeles figure and a bunch of intriguing episodes. It's a murder mystery and more, but nonfiction (despite the interviewer calling it a novel.)

Does anyone care where Jim Rome does his gabbing?

jim-rome-faux-set.jpg Sports talker Jim Rome's CBS Sports TV show depicts him in front of a window that appears to look down on Staples Center and across at the Los Angeles downtown skyline. As if he were in the Marriott or one of the other buildings at LA Live. Well, he's not. Daily News sports columnist Tom Hoffarth is concerned enough about this to do some checking.

Kings get a date and a video re-airing *

kurri-gretzky-mcsorley-si.jpg The Kings open Sunday evening in Arizona. Tonight, Fox Sports West will re-air the two most memorable games from the only time the Kings ever made it to the third round of the Stanley Cup finals before.
lara-logan-cbs-grab5712.jpg It's not just Lara Logan. The presence of Anderson Cooper probably helps too. But it's an interesting ratings trend. "The oldest newsmagazine on television," writes Brian Stelter in the New York Times, "might have figured out how to halt the aging process."

Dodgers press conference to air live on LA television

kemp-lopes-homerun-42812.jpg High fives all around — the McCourt pox has passed from Dodger Stadium. The new owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers will be introduced Wednesday at 10 a.m. in center field.

Howard Berman unveils a Golden endorsement

The Berman campaign is rolling out a video spot with the backing of Betty White, the seemingly timeless former star of TV's "Golden Girls." She appears in the commercial with actress Wendie Malick talking up Berman, who is facing fellow Democrat Rep. Brad Sherman in the June primary. Berman is "the Valley leader who fights for the humane treatment of all animals," says White, who is known as an animal activist. "And he has very nice blue eyes." Watch the video.

Transferred Miramonte teachers wait - and learn to sew

Remember all those teachers who were summarily moved out of Miramonte Elementary School after two teachers were accused of sexually attacking children at the school? Fox 11's Phil Shuman found out what they are doing. It isn't teaching.

KNBC 'live-tweeting' the run-up to '92 riots

real-time-riots-tweets.jpg This is more interesting than the exercise of tweeting the sinking of the Titanic, because as you read the mundane tick-tock of events from the trial of the officers who beat Rodney King you know that something really big is coming. The idea came from Olsen Ebright, a member of the digital team at NBC4.com.

'20/20' drives down Sunset Boulevard, talks to celebs

lou-adler-abcgrab.jpg ABC devoted a two-hour "20/20" special edition this past weekend to Sunset Boulevard, "a curving slice of American romance running from the rough edges of East LA through the music of Hollywood, past the riches of Beverly Hills and ending at the Pacific Ocean." Well, not quite East LA, or even the Eastside, but hey it's the promotional side of national news — what do they know.

A sour prognosis on KCET's future

kcet-sign+lao.jpg There is no way, "absolutely no way, that KCET can survive as a television station," says the former head of the California Community Foundation.

Dick Clark, TV music pioneer was 82 *

americanband-clark.jpg Television legend Dick Clark has died. The popularizer of "American Bandstand" in Philadelphia in the 1950s went on to become a true TV programming impresario. "The oldest living teenager" reportedly suffered a heart attack this morning after an outpatient procedure at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica.

Kings go for sweep on bi-national TV *

richard+carter+lakings.jpg The Kings have wrapped up their morning skate in El Segundo and tonight try to upset the NHL's top team and advance to the next round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Local TV will only be on NBC Sports Network on cable, reportedly with a Canadian feed.

Moving day at KCET

kcet-studios-sunset.jpg Today's the day that television station KCET has to be out of its historic former movie studio on Sunset Boulevard. Everyone has been told to vacate by 3 p.m., I'm told. The new home is in Burbank in a media building adjacent to NBC.

Mike Wallace, TV journalism pioneer was 93

mike+wallace+secterserviceagent.jpg The television newsman who pretty much invented the style of the tough interview in the early years of the medium died Saturday at a care facility in Connecticut. His last appearance on "60 Minutes," and on TV, was an interview with Roger Clemens in 2008. We have vintage video as tributes pour in.

Olbermann sues Current TV, seeks $70 million

olbermann-1988.jpg He accuses Al Gore and Joel Hyatt of reneging on agreements and bungling the television channel. Current calls the allegations "false and malicious."

George Lewis on covering wars for NBC

george+lewis+press+card.jpg George Lewis, the recently retired NBC News correspondent in Los Angeles, reflects on the wars he has covered and a career "running toward the guns."

Chuck Hollis, assignment desk editor was 76

chuck+hollis.jpg A memorial service is set for April 4 at Hollywood Forever for "the coolest news cat in town" and a revered figure at KCAL 9.

Suzanne Rico discovers Skid Row

san+julian+rico.jpg Suzanne Rico, the former morning co-anchor on Channel 2 who hit the road after losing her job two years ago, is back living in the Los Angeles area and blogging....

'Madonnas of Echo Park' heads to HBO

madonnas_echopark+cover.jpg HBO is developing a drama series based on "The Madonnas Of Echo Park," the novel by Brando Skyhorse.

Overthinking 'Mad Men:' the original Zou Bizou

If you are still hearing in your head the French sex song interlude from last night's 'Mad Men' season debut, Slate's David Haglund provides the original (above) and some...

It's 'Mad Men' hype week

january+jones+fallon.jpg January Jones guests on Jimmy Fallon tonight. Jon Hamm is on Tuesday.

'Mad Men' flackery hits high gear

madmen-season5-set.jpg AMC posts cast photos from the fifth season of "Mad Men," which debuts March 25.

Programming notes: Kenny Burrell on KCET, Valley Times photos

vt-driveinchurch.jpg At 9 p.m. tonight KCET's new Open Call series is airing a documentary I helped produce on UCLA professor and jazz guitar legend Kenny Burrell. Then on Saturday, I'm showing photos from the old Valley Times newspaper at the Central Library.

'SoCal Connected' staff done for the season *

"We are ending early - the earliest ever I think," says a KCET person. "No word if there will be another season. Hope we can return in the fall, but who knows."

Vickie Burns out as NBC 4 VP for news

VickieBurns-nbc.jpg Read the memo: Channel 4's news chief is headed back east.

Lohan to be on Jimmy Fallon tonight

lohan+fallon.jpg In advance of her hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, Los Angeles County probationer Lindsay Lohan will sit at the desk tonight with Jimmy Fallon.

Former LA media person plays 'Jeopardy'

rosenblatt+jeopardy.jpg Susannah Rosenblatt, a Los Angeles Times staff writer for five years until 2009 (part of that time on the county beat) who is now living inside the Beltway, will appear on "Jeopardy" on Thursday night.

Channel 7 gets a jump on Japan tsunami anniversary

David Ono goes to Japan to see how things stand a year later.

Christiane Amanpour's on-air tribute to Marie Colvin

Plus the comments from CBS' Lara Logan.

Video: Car crash on live TV

The Florida newscasters don't seem cool under pressure as much as....oblivious? Not a bad line by the in-studio anchor about high gas prices.

'Downton Abbey' came at a good time for PBS SoCal

downton-abbey-season2.jpg The final episode of "Downton Abbey" season two on Sunday night attracted a 2.3 rating and a 4 share in the Los Angeles market, ranking ahead of the programming on...

Lindsay Lohan to host SNL with nothing to promote

lindsay-lohan-court.jpg Lohan, a former inmate of the Los Angeles County jail system multiple times now, will host the next "Saturday Night Live" on March 3, the show announced on the air on Saturday. She has no movie or TV projects to promote.

Jane Yamamoto back on the air

jane+yamamoto+fox11.jpg Reporter Jane Yamamoto and Fox 11 went their separate ways in November, and now she's reporting for CBS.

NBC 4's newsroom moving to Universal

universal-studios-gate-clos.jpg All of the news operations at the longtime NBC home on Alameda in Burbank will move to a building formerly occupied by Technicolor on the Universal Studios lot.
KTLA brought in a full crew, I'm told, to pull together a nearly five-minute news piece on Whitney Houston's rise and fall. If the player doesn't show, here's the link....

Alycia Lane back in court in Philadelphia

alycia-lane-philly-file.jpg The Channel 4 anchor was in Philly pursuing her lawsuit against CBS and a former co-anchor who snooped in her email. She claims he damaged her career, though the backstory includes plenty of signs that Lane may have helped her own downfall.

George Clooney is just a Valley guy

The actor gives CBS' "Person to Person" a tour of his Studio City home of 20 years. His dad became the anchor at KNBC News in 1984.

Sheriffs refute KTLA report on another teacher at Miramonte

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore told KPCC that a student's account of Miramonte Elementary School suspect Mark Berndt being helped by another teacher was fabricated and not true.

LA at the Super Bowl: flying saucer edition

spaceship+river+superbowl+ef.jpg Los Angeles is likely to be well represented in the commercials that air during Sunday's Super Bowl. Like this one showing a flying saucer crash near Downtown.

How about some Soul Train dancers (video) *

Early "Soul Train" with a young Don Cornelius, the theme from "Shaft" and some classic Los Angeles dancers. The date of this episode is probably Oct. 23, 1971.

Don Cornelius, 'Soul Train' creator was 75

Police responded this morning to his Mulholland Drive home and found Cornelius dead, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Vin Scully collects another trophy *

Scully-miller-scsb-hoo.jpg Mister Los Angeles, getting ready for his 63rd season in the Dodgers press box, is the local sports broadcasters' choice for best radio play by play. Oh, you think?

Tribune has paid $231 million in bankruptcy fees so far

zell-hell-90.jpg That's $212.9 million in professionals' fees since Sam Zell's Tribune Company slipped into bankruptcy court in 2008, plus another $17.8 million in lawyers’ expenses.

'SoCal Connected' housing stories to get top Press Club award

hacla-grab-scc.jpg KCET's weekly news show "SoCal Connected" will receive this year's Public Service Award from the Los Angeles Press Club for exposing "lavish and out of control spending at the Los Angeles Housing Authority.

Brian Williams sends off George Lewis on 'Nightly News'

After 42 years (28 of them in Los Angeles), George Lewis' last day at work at NBC was today, not yesterday.

George Lewis retiring from NBC after 42 years *

george-lewis-nbc-portrait.jpg George Lewis, the venerable NBC News correspondent in Los Angeles, is hanging up his microphone on January 31. What's he doing today, on his last day in the field? Covering the Oscar nominations.

David Goldstein to be honored by Press Club

david_goldstein_cbs2.jpg The board of directors of the Los Angeles Press Club selected CBS2/KCAL9 investigative reporter David Goldstein for this year's Joseph M. Quinn Memorial Award for journalistic achievement and distinction.

NBC 4, KPCC dominate the Golden Mike Awards

rtna-logo.jpg Channel 4 swept the best TV newscast awards at Saturday night's Golden Mikes, and KPCC picked up nine trophies in the radio categories.

Top (and bottom) TV sports anchors or reporters per Hoffarth

patrickoneal+with+mom.jpg Curt Sandoval of Channel 7 tops Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth's annual list of the top 10 sports anchors and reporters on Los angeles television. A local female reporter leads his bottom ten list.

Six more hours of local TV news start this weekend *

kaj+goldberg+cbs2.jpg The CBS 2 and KCAL duopoly launch new morning news shows this weekend with Serene Branson and Kaj Goldberg anchoring.

Anthony Bourdain lays over in LA on Monday

bourdain-innout-cameras.jpg The Layover, Anthony Bourdain's new food and (a little) travel show on the Travel Channel, has been to London, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Montreal, Hong Kong, Miami, Singapore and Rome and now comes to Los Angeles. Here's where he goes.

Paula Deen confirms diabetes and endorsement deal

The Southern TV chef known for her Krispy Kreme doughnut bread pudding and similar recipes went on "Today" to explain that she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years ago.

'Mad Men' season to debut March 25

mad+men+draper+car+amc.jpg The opener of the AMC show's fifth season will run two hours, it was announced Saturday.

Dodgers and Fox make up, clearing way for sale

The Dodgers won't try to sell the team's television rights now, and Fox agrees not to object to the settlement between baseball and Frank McCourt.

Video: Villaraigosa talks about hiding from abusive father *

For the first time that I remember, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talks about hiding under the bed with his sister while his mother was beaten by a drunken father. “It’s probably the only time in my life that I’ve ever felt helpless," he tells Channel 2.

LAPD vet doesn't stray far for his first CBS story

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John Miller, the TV reporter who came into the LAPD with William Bratton and left to work in counter-terrorism in Washington, is now at CBS News. He does a story on bomb-sniffing dogs at LAX.

Video: Deputy Lalezary gets his Ellen moment

Shervin Lalezary, the Beverly Hills real estate attorney and reserve deputy sheriff who made the bust of arson suspect Harry Burkhart, was on Ellen DeGeneres' show.

Note to editor: check the lower third before going to air

lower-3rd-fox5.jpg 'Nuff said. Look at the photo.

Now it's Christmas: Darlene Love returns to Letterman

Love, from Hawthorne, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year as "popular music’s greatest session vocalist and backup singer."

This time, DiCarlo razzes the KTLA intern *

The guys at the KTLA Morning News had some fun the other day making new intern Irene bring them coffee on the air. Then anchor Megan Henderson stepped in.

KTLA's Henry DiCarlo does the mea culpa

katz-dicarlo.jpg On this morning's show, the weatherman and his colleagues made light of him storming off a live camera the other day.

KTLA's Henry DiCarlo has a fit on the air

Video: KTLA's morning weatherman stalks off camera after his segment is cut.

On the work and lives of Ray and Charles Eames *

EamesXmas-682x1024.jpg American Masters on PBS on Monday night aired "Charles and Ray Eames: the Architect and the Painter," about the famed Los Angeles design team and couple.

Sex, cheerleaders and Jackie Johnson?

cbs2-jackie-johnson-refers.jpg I can't imagine that Channel 2 weathercaster Jackie Johnson could be too happy at how the station's website arranges its photo galleries.

Viewers as lab rats at the end of TV's 'golden age'

danes-as-carrie.jpg Heather Havrilesky's immediate point in the NYT Magazine is her disappointment in "Homeland" and "American Horror Story."

NBC 4 dropping Jennifer Bjorklund

Jennifer+Bjorklund+16x9.jpg Shock and dismay in the Burbank newsroom over News Director Vicky Burns deciding to let reporter and sometime-anchor Jennifer Bjorklund go.

Alec Baldwin gets even with American Airlines (on SNL)

Guest spot on 'Weekend Update' as the pilot that threw him off his AA flight at LAX.

Now interim head of Housing Authority forced to step down *

rudy-montiel-kcet.jpg Even though Mayor Villaraigosa's office now admits the boss approved the sweet golden parachute with Rudolf Montiel, interim Housing Authority chief Ken Simmons "is resigning at the Mayor's request."

Oops, mayor did OK million-dollar payout to housing chief *

KCET quotes deputy chief of staff saying Villaraiogsa knew of and approved deal with Rudolf Montiel.

Housing Authority spending on SoCal Connected

Tonight's report, at 8:30 p.m., focuses on extravagant spending by the agency and its officials, including on personal items.

Fox 11's Reynolds becomes a citizen

jaime-chambers-ktla.jpg "I'm so proud," she told co-host Steve Edwards during the live feed of the ceremony on "Good Day L.A."

Jean Yoo, LA 18's Korean anchor was 36

Jean_Yoo.jpg The co-host of the Korean-language Prime News on Los Angeles-area TV channel LA 18 was found dead in her Koreatown apartment last Monday after not reporting to work.

Art of the morning anchorman

shocknek-bw-bl.jpg Newsman-turned-artist Bill Lagattuta's latest project appears to be photographs behind the scenes of Channel 2 anchor Kent Shocknek at work.

Feniger and Milliken the subject of an ABC sitcom

Susan and Mary Sue hair-thumb-250x311.jpg Before Border Grill, City, the Too Hot Tamales and Street — and way before "Top Chef Masters" — chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken had a game-changing little dive on Melrose called City Cafe.

What the heck is going on at ESPN?

erin-andrews.jpg On Nov. 5, ESPN Senior VP Joan Lynch woke up in her home to find a front tire of her vehicle slashed. This is notable for two reasons.

SNL video: Rick Perry and the debate

In the cold open from "Saturday Night Live," Gov. Perry has a bit of trouble finishing his points.

KCET unveils first five shows from new partnership

Here's what KCET has come up with to kick off its teaming with Eyetronics Media and Studios.

Andy Rooney, TV commentator was 92

CBS News announced that Rooney died Friday night in a hospital in New York City of complications following minor surgery.

KTLA anchor explains his idea for a screenplay *

FrankBuckley.jpg Frank Buckley of Channel 5 says his idea for an international thriller called "Portofino" is being made by JC Chandor, the director of "Margin Call."

Colbert makes a few Cain ads of his own

Stephen Colbert offers up alternatives to the campaign ad showing Herman Cain's campaign manager smoking.

Obama jokes with Jay Leno

The White House and NBC have released excerpts of President Obama's sit-down with Jay Leno, taped this morning in Burbank for tonight's show.

Obama flies back to LAX, then to San Francisco

roscoes-sign.jpg It could have been worse. The final segment of Obamajam was avoided when the President flew by chopper from Burbank to LAX.

President Obama will do Jay Leno while here

obama-piolin.jpg The show will air next Tuesday, the night after fundraisers in the Hancock Park area.

E!'s Giuliana Rancic announces she has breast cancer

Rancic, the longtime host of various E! Entertainment shows and recently the co-host of the Style Network reality series "Giuliana and Bill," went on NBC's Today this morning to talk about her treatment for breast cancer.

John Miller, the ex-LAPD official, goes to CBS News

millerbratton.jpg Miller, a former TV newsman who came to the LAPD from New York with then-chief William Bratton, then became a national security official, is returning to the news business.

Code 3 in Hollywood on Tuesday

Old police cars and other emergency vehicles, many from TV shows and movies, will be on parade Tuesday starting at 11:30 a.m.

Cracked sidewalks and burgers on SoCal Connected

"SoCal Connected" begins a new season tonight on KCET with stories on deteriorating sidewalks and the link between obesity and fast food in L.A.

KNBC adds Latina reporter from New York

Lolita-Lopez.jpg Lolita Lopez is a Harvard graduate and former sports anchor and reporter at WPIX. Also: Shane Goldmacher to leave LAT.

Two minutes of Zen: the Honeybees of Gilligan's Island

Mary Ann, Ginger, Lovey and The Castaways.

Andy Rooney to sign off '60 Minutes' on Sunday

Rooney has been on "60 Minutes" since 1978 and this weekend's bit will be his 1097th essay for the show.

Fox 11's new news show the right lead-in for TMZ

liz-habib-fox11promo.jpg Fox 11 is flubbing its golden opportunity at 5 p.m. by going with an even dumber form of TV news than celebrities, animals and car chases: pre-planned "outrage" by the...

L.A. media moves: AP and ABC

Cecilia-Vega.jpg Jacob Adelman leaving AP for Bloomberg, Cecilia Vega joining ABC News here.

KNBC gets a new boss *

Steve Carlston is the new president and general manager of NBC4 Los Angeles. He comes from the CBS stations in Salt Lake City.

R.E.M. and 'My So-Called Life'

With the news that R.E.M. is breaking up, James Poniewozik warns: "For the next day or two, those of us who attended college in the '80s and '90s are going to be insufferable."

Durkee confronted on camera by Fox 11

Kinde Durkee, the campaign treasurer suspected of absconding with the funds of many California Democrats, has been avoiding the cameras since her release on bail.

PBS station in San Diego to unveil intelligent news show

KPBS in San Diego plans to launch "Evening Edition," a weeknight local news and analysis show, on Sept. 26.

Laura Diaz leaves anchor chair, Rick Garcia in at CBS 2

Diaz_Headshot9911.jpg CBS 2 announced today that Diaz will leave after this Sunday's 9/11 special "to produce projects under her own banner."

KNBC investigative producer headed to NYC

jeff-michael-fox.JPG Fred Mamoun was an L.A. Press Club journalist of the year in June.

KNBC gonna need a new truck

nbc-van-on-fire.jpg Twitter user @veisandrew posted a cellphone picture of an NBC truck burning up just now on the 405 freeway in Sepulveda Pass.

Man solves mystery of papers in Home Depot safe

Matt Chambers of Canyon Country brought home a safe he bought at Home Depot and inside it found family papers dating back to the 1800s.

Man climbing tower at KTLA *

ktla-tower-man.jpg Police are at the Channel 5 studio on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

Disabled activist goes for a vigorous hike

James Farkus Cohan says he has end-stage emphysema and, according to Channel 7, he has filed at least 161 lawsuits against small businesses claiming they violate his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. But the camera doesn't lie.

Vin Scully announces he will return next season

The Los Angeles corner of Twitter (and my email box) just lit up with the news.

Q: Where's Bill Lagattuta? A: Frogtown

lagattuta.jpg The former CBS News correspondent and local TV newsman in Los Angeles is now painting and sculpting at a studio in Elysian Valley.

KCET previews its first fall schedule

KCET has posted a two-minute video listing the shows it will offer in the fall, including Roy Firestone's "L.A. Tonight."

KCET partners with Eyetronics on new shows

KCET is announcing today a new partnership with Dominique Bigle, CEO of Eyetronics Media and Studios, to produce and air new local programs that will then be packaged domestically and globally.

KNBC names weekend anchors

Former CNN Business News correspondent Stephanie Elam will join Robert Kovacik at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Channel 4.

Second Latino journo group writes to KNBC

Add the National Association of Hispanic Journalists to those concerned about recent job shifts at NBC 4 here in Los Angeles.

John Schwada Day

Joe-Saltzman-crop.jpg City Council members Bill Rosendahl and Herb Wesson propose that Friday be John Schwada Day in the city of Los Angeles. Plus: Joe Saltzman.

KNBC wins big at the Emmys

Channel 4 took home 13 awards at last night's local Emmys, including a sweep of all three regularly scheduled newscast categories. The Governors Award went to FOX11 anchor Christine Devine...

Jerry Lewis dumped from telethon

Actor Jerry Lewis said in May that he was retiring from the muscular dystrophy telethon he had hosted since 1966, but that he hoped to make an appearance on this year's show.

KNBC moves 'concern' Latino media group

Demoting one or two Latino anchors may be a coincidence; but "demoting five in the past year raises suspicions," writes Julio Moran of Latino Journalists of California to KNBC's boss. Read the letter.

Scott Pelley in town to anchor CBS News

Actually, he's in town to appear at the TCA press tour.

NFL in L.A.? Deja vu all over again.

When dealing with pro football, don't ever assume anything.

KNBC makes an anchor change at 6 p.m. *

lucy-noland1.jpg Ana Garcia is moving back to the investigative team full-time. The new 6 p.m. anchor on Channel 4 is Lucy Noland, recently imported from Houston. She starts tonight.

Parking cop who appeared in porn film fired

nbc-expose-porn-parking-officers.jpg The Los Angeles city parking and traffic officer who was filmed in uniform spanking and fondling the breasts of a porn actress has been fired, the city says.

Interesting stats from Carmageddon weekend

Supervisor Yaroslavsky's website team has pulled together some insightful data points from the weekend closure of the 405 freeway.

The best cooking show on television

It isn't even close, says Slate's Jennifer Reese. It's "America's Test Kitchen," the PBS show from the staff of Cooks Illustrated magazine.

Schwada has a few words to say

Veteran TV reporter John Schwada has posted on Facebook about his firing by Fox 11. He's not happy about it.

What L.A. watched on cable during Carmageddon weekend

A press release from Time Warner Cable says these were the movies its On Demand customers in Los Angeles demanded the most this past weekend: 1. The Lincoln Lawyer 2....

Garcetti plays a mayor (again) on TV tonight

In tonight's episode of "The Closer" on TNT, City Council President Eric Garcetti returns to his role as "Los Angeles Mayor Ramon Quintero."

All green on the 405

So far? Best traffic on the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass in years. Free flow in both direction under the Mulholland Bridge — at 7 p.m. on a Friday. Funny...

John Schwada's contract not renewed by Fox 11

Schwada1.jpg Political and investigative reporter John Schwada has been with the Channel 11 a long time, and last month picked up the L.A. Press Club's Joseph M. Quinn Award for journalistic excellence.

Channel 2 interviews text message murder suspect

CBS 2 says it has an exclusive with the local murder suspect who was released from custody in Puerto Rico then disappeared.

Sherwood Schwartz, creator of 'Gilligan's Island' was 94

Television writer and producer created Gilligan and "The Brady Bunch," TV sitcom milestones from the 1960s that remain popular in syndication.

Countdown to Carmageddon, the trailer

I'm the reporter-narrator on a UCLA-produced program on the 405 closure that's airing as a special edition of "SoCal Connected" on KCET, Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Friday at 9:30 p.m. Here's the trailer.

Jaycee Dugard talks to Diane Sawyer

It's a "Primetime" special airing tonight on ABC. Watch video.

Emmy nomination ads are on L.A. buses

The question, Patrick Goldstein asks, is why?

Rob Long on writing, 'Cheers'

rob-long-100.jpg Nice interview by The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf with Rob Long, the Emmy-winning writer on "Cheers" who lives in Venice, does his weekly Martini Shot column for KCRW and continues to write for TV.

KCET gets props for airing Al Jazeera

The New York Times media blog says Al Jazeera trails BBC in the ratings but beats both the Japanese and Israeli newscasts.

Ex-LAT publisher now saves Utah from Playboy

Mark Willes, the CEO who lost Times Mirror (and the Los Angeles Times) to Tribune, says NBC's "The Playboy Club" won't air on his LDS television channel.

Noted: NBC pledges to air Olympics live (somewhere)

As part of the deal NBC agreed to with the International Olympic Committee last week, NBC says it will start with the 2014 Olympics to make every event available live on one platform or another.

Blood-stained Dodgers jersey linked to Bryan Stow **

NBC 4 reports tonight that police have a jersey with blood stains that was dropped off at a cleaners.

Allen Levy, CBS producer was 59

Levy was working for CBS Newspath out of Los Angeles covering the Arizona wildfires when he failed to show up this morning to produce a live shot for "The Early Show." He was found dead in his hotel room, apparently of natural causes.

Visiting blogger: Why the U.S. sees the Olympics last

Ron Rapoport, the author and former sportswriter and columnist, stops in as an LA Observed visiting blogger on the occasion of Dick Ebersol leaving NBC and the network getting the rights to keep airing (on delay) the Olympic Games.

Early call at Crenshaw High on Friday

morning-joe-crew.jpg MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show will air live on Friday from the campus of Crenshaw High School — starting at 3 a.m. to reach the East Coast audience.

Pelley debuts on CBS Evening News, without Weiner

pelley-debuts.jpg Scott Pelley took the anchor chair on the CBS network's flagship news program tonight, and the only real suspense was how would his show cover the Anthony Weiner sex scandal.

Lance Armstrong attacks '60 Minutes,' but CBS hangs tough

lance-armstrong.jpg Armstrong's lawyers reportedly demanded that "60 Minutes" make an on-air apology for last month's report, and called the story "extraordinarily shoddy to the point of being reckless and unprofessional, or a vicious hit-and-run job."

KCET's Japan benefit raises $90,304

kcet-japan-benefit.jpg CET says that all of the money raised during the three-hour telethon it aired on May 24 will go for Japanese tsunami relief efforts.

James Kang, media manager at CBS LA *

At the end of the news at 11, Channel 2 anchor Pat Harvey's voice was thick with emotion as she announced the unexpected death of colleague James Kang.

City parking chief to step down, NBC 4 says

Jimmy Price will officially retire on June 4 from the LA Department of Transportation, several years ahead of his planned exit, Joel Grover reports.

Demo work ordered to halt at KCET studio

A city inspector from the Department of Building and Safety showed up at the KCET studios on Sunset Boulevard on Wednesday.

Jaime Chambers swims from Alcatraz to land

jaime-chambers-alcatraz-setup.jpg KTLA reporter Jaime Chambers does the swim in 38 minutes.

Traffic officers behaving badly, part 2

ladot-traffic-officer-knbc.jpg Good lede from Channel 4 investigative reporter Joel Grover on his latest story about L.A. traffic officers behaving badly.

Inside the ranch home of "The Biggest Loser'

BL-signs1.jpg Where is this place: The Ranch? Turns out it's actually the historic former home near Malibu Canyon of razor heir King Gillette, one of the more interesting Angelenos of yore.

KCET to air benefit for Japan relief

KCET is devoting the 8 to 11 p.m. block on Tuesday night to a live show raising money for Japan. All proceeds will go to tsunami and quake relief efforts...

Pete Noyes and "The Big News" on KNXT

real-la-confidential.jpg A little follow to Saturday's post about the Channel 2 alumni who are burning up Facebook.

Armstrong grand jury 'may change history of sports'

Actually, tonight's "60 Minutes" says it's the testimony of Lance Armstrong's former teammate and confidante, Tyler Hamilton, that threatens to rewrite the story of bike racing and its biggest American legend.

Barbara Stuart, actress in six decades was 81

STUART-obit-nyt.jpg Stuart worked in episodic television during almost the entire run of the genre, starting with "I Led Three Lives" in 1954 and concluding with the Showtime series "Huff" in 2006.

Channel 2 alumni flock to Facebook

alvera-hill-facebook-crop.jpg If you worked at Channel 2 in Los Angeles any time back to "The Big News" years with Jerry Dunphy and Bill Stout, there's a Facebook group you might like.

Hunting for Osama in the Hollywood Hills

Funny, I didn't realize Pakistan's terrain is chapparal.

Chris Matthews in Exposition Park

MSNBC's lineup much of the day has been beamed from a stage set up in Exposition Park. Here's a clip.

Cooking with Julia and Suzanne

suz-marques-julia.jpg Channels 2 and 9 reporter Suzanne Marques blogs that she's been reading Julia Child's autobiography — and woke up Sunday morning with an insatiable craving to make Julia's Boeuf Bourguignon recipe that had a starring role in the movie "Julia and Julia." So she did.

Jim Lehrer leaving the anchor chair at PBS NewsHour

Lehrer will continue to appear on Friday broadcasts, moderating the weekly analysis of Mark Shields and David Brooks.

Panetta details what happened in bin Laden compound

CIA chief Leon Panetta is interviewed by Jim Lehrer tonight on PBS NewsHour.

How the Osama bin Laden announcement leaked out

The New York Times says that the first authoritative tweet that "seemed to confirm" the news was posted at 10:25 p.m. Eastern Time by Keith Urbahn, the chief of staff for former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

LADOT to investigate porn report

nbc-expose-porn-parking-officers.jpg The city's Department of Transportation sent out a Sunday afternoon press release saying it had "launched a full investigation" of that KNBC report about two traffic enforcement officers appearing in a porn film while on duty and in uniform.

Footage of Bunker Hill destruction circa 1969

The plot of the April 9, 1969 episode of the television series "The Outsider," starring Darrin McGavin, hinges on the destruction of the Bunker Hill neighborhood in Downtown.

Here's another reason to be mad at parking ticket writers

nbc-expose-porn-parking-officers.jpg NBC 4 tonight at 11 p.m. will air an expose showing two uniformed Los Angeles Department of Transportation traffic enforcement officers appearing in a porn film.

Lara Logan talks about the night she thought she'd die

lara-logan-60-minutes.jpg The CBS News correspondent who was attacked in Cairo's Tahrir Square tells the New York Times that she was surrounded by 200-300 men who tore at her clothes, beat her and "for an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands."

KCET announces sale of studio to Scientology *

The public TV station has agreed to sell its 4.5-acre studio lot on Sunset Boulevard to the Church of Scientology and will relocate within a year to a new production facility.

Today in the Dodgers debacle

I was quoted on camera in the "NBC Nightly News" story about the Dodgers mess Saturday, plus other news of the day.

Madelyn Pugh Davis, 'I Love Lucy' writer was 90

Davis and her writing partner Bob Carroll Jr. were writing for Lucille Ball on radio when they collaborated on a TV pilot. The rest was television history. Also: Kevin Jarre.

Lights at night feed smog the next day

The artificial light we throw skyward in the city at night feeds chemical reactions that add to the haze of air pollution.

'60 Minutes' on Eli Broad: sets the standard for philanthropy *

The preview portrays Eli Broad as L.A.'s top philanthropist and arts patron, one who is not shy about putting his name on things.

Alycia Lane, many others win Murrow awards

AlyciaLane.jpg Channel 4 morning anchor Alycia Lane just tweeted her good news.

Jose Rios promoted at Fox, out as Channel 11 news director

Rios, the VP and news director at Fox 11, has been named vice president of digital news applications at parent Fox Television Stations.

L.A. couldn't save 'All My Children'

all-my-children-moment-abc.jpg ABC's announcement today that 40-year-old soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" are coming to the end isn't good news for crews numbering at least in the...

Freedom of speech week on 'SoCal Connected'

'SoCal Connected' ties together two stories — on the animal rights activists who terrorize UCLA researchers and the clashes involving movie and TV characters who wait for tourists outside Hollywood and Highland — into an episode with a limits-of-free-speech theme.

Go to prison, learn to dive

Dive school at Chino is "perhaps the most unusual prison job rehab program in the country." Watch the video.

Glenn Beck too nutty for Fox News

David Folkenflik's piece for All Things Considered on NPR thing put a different sparkle on the story.

Whose ethics do you prefer: Charlie Sheen's or Tina Fey's?

tina-fey-nbc.jpg While Sheen risks the livelihood of everyone at his show, Tina Fey lists as her greatest achievement "providing 200 people with a nice place to work."

Katie Couric leaving CBS anchor chair, AP reports

katie-couric-100.jpg A network executive, "who spoke on condition of anonymity because Couric has not officially announced her plans," reported the move to Associated Press on Sunday night,

KCET in talks to sell studio to Scientology, Times says *

The L.A. Times report cites unnamed "people who know about the pending deal," which as yet has no terms publicly attached.

New general manager at KMEX

alberto mier y teran.jpg Alberto Mier y Terán has been named Vice President and General Manager of Univision's Spanish-language Channel 34.

Pat Casey, TV news director was 54

pat-casey-obit.jpg Pat Casey, the former managing editor at Channel 2 in Los Angeles, died Saturday in Cincinnati after a year-long battle with brain cancer.

Frank Buckley blogs about the trip to Japan

frank-buckley-japan-crew.jpg Channel 5's morning anchor explains how he came to be sent to cover the Japan disaster on short notice — and why he and his crew, producer Toni Molle and photographer Mike McGregor, came back so soon.
Channel 5's morning anchor flew into LAX tonight and tweeted there's a new addition to the customs procedure: a radiation wand.

KCET says enough viewers are hanging in

al-jerome-knbc.jpg Ratings are down by half compared to a year ago and donations by former members have also dropped off, but KCET chief executive Al Jerome says that the station's broadcast...

LA Weekly admits it reached on Lara Logan *

Blogger Simone Wilson concedes she didn't know whether CBS' Logan was raped by crowd in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Chris Schauble moves up the dial to Channel 5

FrankBuckley-ChrisSchauble.jpg Channel 4 reporter and anchor Chris Schauble is leaving KNBC to be a morning anchor on KTLA.

Politics of football on 'SoCal Connected'

Times columnist Steve Lopez plays TV reporter on tonight's "SoCal Connected" on KCET for a story billed as a look at the politics of bringing the NFL back to a new L.A. stadium.

KCET adds world news in the morning

Starting on Monday, KCET will broadcast a daily one-hour block of morning newscasts from international sources.

Suzanne Rico is letting her hair down

suzanne-rico-from-blog.jpg The former Channel 2 anchor is blogging about being unemployed, seeing the world, getting older and quitting Botox. Plus her annoying former co-anchor.

Variety names its TV editor

Andrew Wallenstein moves from paidContent to be television editor at Variety.

Laurel Erickson back on the air in L.A.

laurel-erickson-socalconnec.jpg I missed that longtime KNBC reporter (and the ex-anchor of "News Conference") Laurel Erickson returned to the local air waves last month as the correspondent on an episode of KCET's "SoCal Connected." She also has a piece this week.

'Two and a Half Men' crew will be paid by Warner Bros

More than 100 employees of the hit TV show shut down after star Charlie Sheen's recent outburst will get full paychecks for the season's final four unproduced episodes.

Finke story on the Today Show? *

An NBC source says that "Today" will do a pre-Oscars piece about (or with?) Deadline's Nikki Finke in the 7:30 a.m. half-hour on Friday's show.

Mark Kriski set to return to TV on Monday

mark-kriski-ktla-sitting.jpg Kriski has been missing from the "KTLA Morning News" since early November while fighting an infection that led to pneumonia.

KNBC's Paul Johnson gets a freeway

Part of the 55 freeway in Orange County is now the Paul Johnson Memorial Freeway.

Channel 2 gets inside the mummified babies story *

KCBS had a good story at 11 p.m. tonight showing the valises, 1930s newspapers and silk wrappings that contained those two mummified newborns found in a Westlake area apartment last year.

They still talk about Alycia Lane in Philly

AlyciaLane-thumb-180.jpg Larry Mendte, a former news anchor in Philadelphia, is interesting here in L.A. pretty much only because he was the colleague who criminally snooped in co-anchor Alycia Lane's email.

Serene Branson goes national

The KCBS reporter who suffered the on-air "complex migraine" was on CBS' The Early Show today, again saying she's fine.

Serene Branson: Docs say it was a migraine *

Channel 2 reporter Serene Branson will tell anchor Pat Harvey tonight at 11 that her on-air incident at Sunday's Grammys has been blamed on a migraine that mimicked stroke symptoms.

NYU journo resigns over flippant Lara Logan tweets

Nir Rosen joked that the sexual assaults on CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan "would have been funny" if they happened to Anderson Cooper. Also, a Salon writer blasts LA Weekly.

Quick media hire of note

runon-crop.jpg Sara Catania, the talented L.A. journalist who conceived and wrote our Run On blog about preparing to compete in the 2009 Los Angeles Marathon, is the new Web Editorial Director at KNBC Channel 4.
Lara_Logan_244x183.jpg CBS correspondent Lara Logan is back home in an undisclosed U.S. hospital after being beaten and sexually assaulted in Cairo's Tahrir Square last Friday.

Sam Rubin loses it on air over 'Crusty Buttocks'

sam-rubin-laughing.jpg On today's "KTLA's Morning News," Sam Rubin couldn't get all the way through a report on the new paper towel dispensers in the Channel 5 mens room without cracking up. Click the link to watch the video over there. Tribune's vertical video player doesn't embed well here.

Another stroke doc: Branson should have gone to hospital

The NYT quotes a stroke specialist who suspects, in the footage of Serene Branson that aired live on the Channel 2 news here Sunday night, that we saw rare and medically valuable video of an ischemic stroke as it is happening.

Anchors read statement about Branson on the news

Monday night on the news, the anchors for CBS 2 and KCAL 9 addressed reporter Serene Branson's "health-related problems" during Sunday's Grammys report.

CBS takes down Serene Branson videos

CBS has put in a copyright claim to get YouTube to take down all the videos it can find of Channel 2 reporter Serene Branson's on-air medical event last night.

Concern for Channel 2's Serene Branson **

Serene Branson's report from the Grammys Sunday night went awry soon after Paul Magers threw to her live.

'Law & Order: Los Angeles' kills off WSJ reporter

Real-life Wall Street Journal reporter Amy Chozick pulled a shift as an extra on L&O:LA and ends up with blood on her face. Hat tip to Movie City News....

Olbermann looks headed for Current TV

Looks as if Keith Olbermann is teaming up with a cable channel with an even smaller audience than MSNBC.

Top Egyptian TV anchor quits over limits on what she can say

Shaheera-Amin-grab.jpg "We were not allowed to report what was happening in Tahrir Square," said Shaheera Amin, who resigned from the state-run English-language news channel, Nile TV, to join protests in the streets.

Afternoon notes

Downtown stadium, City Hall, Egypt and more.

Amanpour gets sit-down with Mubarak

ABC's Christiane Amanpour met today with Egypt's Hosni Mubarak. Here's her exclusive interview.

KNBC lottery winner funds USC journo scholarship

wells-cisneros.jpg Jacki Wells Cisneros and her husband have put $1 million into a scholarship fund at the USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism, her alma mater.

KCET airs Al Jazeera show

All that new flexibility in the broadcast schedule can be a good thing. KCET today at 4 p.m. is airing Al Jazeera English News. It's the only station in Los...

Blogger's home burglary makes the 11 o'clock news

barbara-hansen-mess.jpg That messy break-in we told you about Friday — at the home of food blogger Barbara Hansen — is the subject of a story coming tonight at 11 p.m. on Channel 2. Why isn't so clear.

'This Old House' invades Silver Lake

los-angeles-house.jpg Tonight's episode kicked off the first Los Angeles project ever of the venerable public television franchise.

In case you wondered where Keith Olbermann spent the SOTU

keith-olbermann-young.jpg Instead of national face time on MSNBC, the liberal ranter spent this State of the Union speech live-tweeting on Twitter.

Jack LaLanne, fitness innovator was 96

jack-lalanne.jpg Long before Jack LaLanne became an infomercial pitchman, he was America's best-known health and fitness advocate.

KNBC and Fox 11 have a good night at the Golden Mike awards

KNBC, KTTV, KNX, KFI and Regis Philbin win the top honors at tonight's Golden Mike banquet.

Olbermann out at MSNBC *

Keith Olbermann announced on the air that tonight's "Countdown" show was his last, and the network followed quickly with a press release.

Sam Rubin spoofs Piers Morgan

If Howard Stern can be Piers Morgan's 2nd guest on CNN, Rubin asks, why can't he be the third guest?

KCET chairman: Back to PBS some day, maybe

KCET Chairman Gordon Bava was asked by Broadcasting & Cable if the Los Angeles station might return to the PBS fold. To much surprise, he said yeah, could be.

Honest media tweet o' the day

This was actually last night, just before the 10 o'clock news began on Fox 11 here, from anchor Jeff Michael.

KCET brings back BBC news at 5 p.m.

The return of BBC World News with Mike Embley pushes that Japanese news program to 5:30 and Globe Trekker to 6 p.m

Flattery, spoof or desperation?

golden-voice-imitation.jpg Somehow I'm not surprised that the whole Ted Williams/homeless guy with golden voice saga spawned either an imitator or a spoofer.

Anchor shakeup at Telemundo's KVEA-52

ana_patricia_candiani2.jpg Ana Patricia Candiani will be the new 6 p.m. weekday anchor on KVEA starting Jan 31, forcing other moves in the lineup.

Local media tweet o' the day?

From Channel2's irrepressible Jackie Johnson.

PBS SoCal plans to hire, may open L.A. office

KOCE president and CEO Mel Rogers still can't quite believe that his little Orange County station that nearly went off the air a few years ago has suddenly become the public broadcasting powerhouse of Southern California.

Jennifer Gould finds new family on Facebook

jennifer-gould-crop.jpg She posts on Twitter: "Ok, so i DIDNT win $300mil lottery, but I DID just win a new family! This #Adoptee found #biological family!"

'Charlie Rose' finds an L.A. home

charlie-rose-grab.jpg Rose will be on KOCE starting January 17. Here's where in Los Angeles he runs in the meantime.

Dudamel sits with Jay Leno

L.A. Philharmonic maestro Gustavo Dudamel took another step into the big media world with a guest appearance last night on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

TV critics begin their winter marathon *

This is the time of year when television reporters and critics descend on Los Angeles to receive the same canned pitching on shows.

KTLA's Mark Kriski still hospitalized

Channel 5 reporter Eric Spillman blogs that Kriski, the morning guy at KTLA, is once again hoping to be released from the hospital soon.

Americans watching more TV than ever, Nielsen says

Total viewing of broadcast networks and basic cable channels rose to an average of 34 hours per person per week.

Big day for KTLA's Elizabeth Espinosa

elizabeth-espinosa.jpg Channel 5 reporter Elizabeth Espinosa began the day standing beside I-5 in the shivering Grapevine area talking about — and tweeting about — the cold weather. Then she popped out some other news.

So that's why they call it a duopoly

evelyn-taft-map.jpg Channel 2 and 9 weathercaster Evelyn Taft is certainly working a full shift today.

Monday notes

Oscar ballots go out, the falling murder rate, new execs at KCET and more.

Natalie Portman doesn't dance, she acts

Now the Hullabaloo Dancers — they dance.

Media melee at the Polo Lounge

KNBC reporter Robert Kovacik was attacked last night at the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel by a drunk man who had been bothering Lisa Vanderpump, the star of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

Channel 4 begins the news with a little comedy

Anchor Chuck Henry opened tonight's 11 o'clock news with an unusual first item.

'SoCal Connected' wins Columbia's duPont Award

KCET's weekly news show racked up another honor, a silver baton from the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards in broadcast journalism. Plus an Alicia Patterson fellowship winner.

Time travel: gunman on the KNBC News set

n 1987, a man with mental health issues walked onto the set during KNBC's 4 p.m. news, stuck in the gun in the back of consumer reporter David Horowitz and told him to read a statement. Here's a YouTube clip.

Channel 2 delves into black-brown relations

A half-hour news special, "Eye on our Community: Black-Brown Relations," hosted by anchor Laura Diaz on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

KCET's new post-PBS schedule

Here's what the station says it will air in primetime, after a news block at 6 p.m. with NHK Newsline and BBC World News at 6:30.

How Fox News spun the health-care debate

A memo obtained by Media Matters shows how Fox News staffers were directed to use the preferred Republican phrase in place of "public option" in the Obama health care plan....

Mark Kriski back in hospital

mark-kriski-ktla-sitting.jpg Tonight his friend and KTLA colleague Jennifer Gould posted on Twitter that Kriski has been forced back into the hospital for treatment of pneumonia.

Lu Parker changes job titles

KTLA reporter Lu Parker is shifting to "special feature correspondent," a move that she says will let her work on stories "that inspire and represent residents in Los Angeles." She...

How pressure plays out on the TV news set

GigiAnchoring.jpg Fox 11's Gigi Graciette tweeted a little behind-the-scenes reality from the studio before she took the air at noon.

Hibberd to blog about TV for Entertainment Weekly

James Hibberd has been television editor at the Hollywood Reporter. He gets a gracious send-off in a memo to the staff this evening from editorial director Janice Min.

ABC moves correspondent to L.A.

david-wright-abc.jpg David Wright has been tapped to moves from ABC’s Washington bureau to Los Angeles, where he will join correspondents Mike Von Fremd and Abbie Boudreau,

'School Pride' comes to Los Angeles

jacob-soboroff.jpg Jacob Soboroff, who made all those great videos for LA Observed a few years ago, is now co-host of "School Pride" airing Friday nights on NBC. The show did a makeover at Hollenbeck Middle School last week and will do LACES this week.

Ellroy gets a TV show

"James Ellroy's LA: City of Demons" debuts Jan. 19 on the Investigation Discovery channel.

KCET is looking for submissions

The newly independent public station wants your programming, especially if it's already paid for.

Film on Glenn Burke the gay Dodger debuts

glenn-burke-dodgers.jpg A documentary called "Out: The Glenn Burke Story" aired last night on Bay Area television.

Huell Howser sings a song

Huell Howser made his television singing debut on last night's California's Gold, belting out a rendition of "California, here he comes."

KCET's schedule looks to be a work in progress

When KCET loses most of not all of its PBS programming after Jan. 1, the replacement fare will lean heavily toward "Asia-focused news, cooking and science programs from Japan and Canada, and reruns of British sitcoms and dramas."

Olbermann suspended for donating to Democrats

MSNBC's president has suspended talk show host Keith Olbermann indefinitely for donating to three Democratic candidates.

Kings best in NHL, but not on Channel 2

cammi-granato.jpg With the L.A. Kings' 1-0 win tonight, they remained the top team in the National Hockey League. Which makes the sports report by Jim Hill tonight on Channel 2 that much more ragged.

Zach Behrens moves on from LAist *

Zach Behrens, the editor of LAist for going on three years, is moving to KCET to help the newly independent station get deeper into blogging.

Fox News takes a victory lap

Dana Milbank says Tuesday's election for Fox News Channel was the culmination of two years of hard work to bring down Barack Obama - and it was time for an on-air celebration of a job well done.

Election live stream: PBS NewsHour

Watch as Jim Lehrer hosts an interactive live-streamed web version of NewsHour, with columnists Mark Shields & David Brooks.

LA Observed on KCRW: Lu Parker, activist

My column tonight on KCRW comments on the L.A. Times giving KTLA reporter Lu Parker a pass on probing questions about her animal activism.

Lu Parker opens up, but isn't asked very much

luparkerdogchon2.jpg KTLA reporter Lu Parker decided to finally talk to the media a little about her high profile as the girlfriend of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The Times sent over Calendar reporter Greg Braxton, but it appears from the story they didn't talk about very much.

Fox News gives Williams a contract and big raise

Roger Ailes throws a three-year deal worth $2 million at Juan Williams after he's fired by NPR.

Rainey agrees: KCET needs to up its game

Jim Rainey's media column in the weekend LAT agrees with my KCRW column from a week ago that KCET needs to come up with kick-ass programming — and fast — to give the station's newly declared independence a chance

LA Sketchbook: KCET

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Bruce Lisker's story on '48 Hours'

The show's Bruce Lisker segment airs Saturday night.

LA Observed on KCRW: my take on KCET

KCET's new independence needs to include local programming that makes people mad — more Huell Howser folksiness and Sam Rubin hosting old movies won't cut it, I argue in my...

Oprah airs in Spanish by mistake on Time Warner

Channel 7 says that Time Warner aired Oprah in Spanish, so it will re-air at 1:06 tomorrow morning.

Frank Bourgholtzer, NBC newsman was 90

Frank Bourgholtzer was the first full time White House correspondent for NBC News and retired from the network's Los Angeles bureau.

Howser: Future at KCET uncertain *

KCET mainstay Huell Howser tweets that he hasn't been told what the future holds at the station now that it's going independent.

KCET to go independent from PBS *

KCET will become an independent public station on January 1, the station announced, citing an "inability to reach an agreement on a reduction in PBS fees and greater programming flexibility

Dick Wolf has breakfast with Los Angeles magazine

lamag-bfst-mantilini.jpg The creator of "Law and Order: Los Angeles" regaled the likes of City Council president Eric Garcetti, exiting Bon Appetit editor Barbara Fairchild and NBC correspondent Josh Mankiewicz with behind-the-scenes stories from the show.

Fox News falls for LAPD 'jetpack' story

The morning anchors at "Fox and Friends" reported today that the city of Los Angeles had ordered 10,000 space-age jetpacks for the police and fire departments — at $100,000 each. No, the broke city isn't actually spending a billion dollars so its cops can, you know, fly.

Scenes from the Brown-Whitman debate

brown-univision-debate.jpg Channel 34's website has cut up the weekend debate between the candidates for governor into sixteen bite-size video segments.

Harold Dow's last story for CBS

rodney-alcala.jpg Before he died in August, longtime "48 Hours" correspondent Harold Dow working for more than a year on a story about Southern California serial killer Rodney Alcala and his "40-year odyssey of rape, murder and eluding justice."

NFL in Spanish irks some L.A. viewers

futbol-americano.jpg NBC is airing tonight's football game between the Jets and the Dolphins with some production graphics in Spanish. Those graphics and some commercials in Spanish have apparently sparked a bunch of complaints to KNBC.

Where stop sign cameras are located in L.A.

stop-sign-cameras.jpg Channel 2 has mapped the locations of what it calls the only cameras in the state placed to catch drivers running stop signs.

What ever happened to: Alan Mendelson

Alan Mendelson, the former Channel 9 business and consumer reporter, talks to the L.A. Business Journal about his kidney and pancreas transplant, his infomercials pitching paid products and how he sees his firing from KCAL after 16 years.

KNBC moving to Conan's stage at Universal lot *

KNBC Channel 4's news operation and the Los Angeles bureau for NBC News will move to the vacant stage built for "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" at Universal City, Michael Schneider reports at Variety.

Garcetti gets to practice his mayor look

City Council President Eric Garcetti takes a turn as the fictional mayor of Los Angeles on tonight's episode of The Closer on TNT.

When asteroids attack...

asteroid-landings.jpg There's been some chuckling around town, especially among TV news folks, about Channel 9 getting caught with its graphics out of synch on the night of the San Bruno disaster up north.

2 and 7 lead with Westlake protest, 4 goes to LAX *

With protesters still running in the streets, and the LAPD on citywide tactical alert, KNBC 4 led the 11 p.m. news with the investigation into a possible threat on board...

ABC News chief Westin to step down

David Westin writes "I’ve always admired those few who know when it’s time to move on." Read his entire email.

Leno's ratings trail Conan's in the 18-49 demographic

jay-leno-soqui.jpg Jay Leno's overall audience is bigger than Conan O'Brien's was in the Tonight show chair, but it's way off what Leno used to get. And in the key demographic that advertisers look for, well, Leno is no Conan.

Full clip of Fallon's Emmy opening goes up

Sure, it's already Thursday and the Emmys were Sunday. But now, Bruce Springsteen has apparently given NBC the OK to post the full video of Jimmy Fallon's "Glee" spoof.

New look for Channel 2 news on the web

logo-cbsla5.png It's branded now as CBS Los Angeles and includes stuff from the two TV stations, CBS 2 and KCAL 9, and radio stations KNX and KFWB. Plus a whole lot that has little to do with CBS.

Conan to name his new show on Wednesday *

According to a Twitter post from Conan O'Brien, Wednesday is when he'll reveal what his TBS talk show will be called.

Early to rise and watch TV

The number of American households that have a TV set on at 4:30 a.m. has doubled, to 16 percent, since 1995.

Jennifer Gould asks: spell the name right

jennifer-gould-crop.jpg Jennifer Gould, the freelance GA reporter for KTLA Channel 5, says the news coverage of Donald Bren and former lover Jennifer McKay Gold has brought her some unwanted calls from the media — for interviews.

Video discussion: the LAT's teacher stats

Just came across this piece with NBC 4 News Conference host Conan Nolan talking in some depth with Doug Smith, the data analysis editor who led the Los Angeles...

Tribune bankruptcy talks break down as key players flee

PlaintiffsDropOut.pdf Sam Zell's plan to emerge from bankruptcy "has unraveled in the wake of an independent report concluding that talks leading up to the company's 2007 leveraged buyout bordered on fraud," the Chicago Sun-Times reports today.

Sam Rubin goes 'Hollywood, Uncensored'

KTLA entertainment anchor Sam Rubin is executive producing and hosting a new weekly talk show for Reelzchannel they're calling "Hollywood Uncensored With Sam Rubin" and billing as "'The McLaughlin Group' meets 'Real Time With Bill Maher' with a Hollywood spin.

LA Sketchbook: KTLA Stan

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How the news Emmys work at KTLA

KTLA staffers on Emmy-winning coverage have to pony up $250 if they want a plaque — and prove they worked on the shows.

We could call him Sir Stan Chambers

Apparently even many at KTLA don't know that Stan Chambers is a Knight Commander of the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great, knighted by the pope for his service to the Catholic church and the community.

Olbermann salutes Stan Chambers

Keith Olbermann on MSNBC just ran a personal tribute to Channel 5's Stan Chambers. I missed most of it, but the sentiment was similar to a couple of tweets Olbermann...

Jay Leno talks to the lame on Melrose

Jay Leno last night asked people on Melrose Avenue some questions about places around the world. First question: In what country are the Hawaiian Islands? Everybody failed, of course.

Stan Chambers makes it official

stan-chambers-blevins.jpg They're holding the event for Stan Chambers right now at KTLA. Here's a photo.

KCET boss: 'we are prepared if we must change'

KCET President and CEO Al Jerome has posted a message to viewers "to start a conversation with you" about whether the station should stay with PBS or break away to become an independent station.

Standing ovation: Stan Chambers to retire

The dean of Los Angeles television reporters — and it's not even close — turns 87 tomorrow and is expected to hang up his mike at an 11 a.m. party on the KTLA lot.

What 'Mad Men' was about last night

tumblr_l6wf7vxxne1qzlum5o1_500.jpg The main ingredients of American counterculture formation all guest-starred in last night's "Mad Men" episode: abortion, Berkeley, Vietnam and, most ominously, young people, says Natasha Vargas-Cooper.

'Reliable Sources' in L.A. this weekend

Hugh Hefner will be on from the Playboy Mansion, and there's a California politics panel that includes the LA Weekly’s Jill Stewart and legal analyst Roger Cossack.

About that Jon Stewart goatee

food-trucks-marketplace.jpg "Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal this afternoon asked his listeners, via Twitter: "Okay, so if Jon Stewart grows a goatee, can I?"

NBC 4, Steve Edwards lead the local Emmys

Channel 4's news shows picked up six statues at the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards on Saturday night.

NBC 4 gets a new VP for news *

VickieBurns-nbc.jpg Vickie Burns, named today as Vice President, News for KNBC, comes from WNBC in New York where she was Vice President of Content and Audience Development for NBC Local Media New York.

CBS 2 /KCAL 9 make weather changes

Josh Rubenstein gets the title of Chief Meterologist for the two stations and will take over weather responsibilities for the 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. newscasts, plus other personnel moves.

Mayor to help out Lu Parker's pet project

lu-parker-project-foto.jpg KTLA reporter has launched her Lu Parker Project, it has a website, a logo and a flack, boyfriend Mayor Villaraigosa is taking part in the kickoff event, and there's a story on the L.A. Times website.

Just call him Chief Gil Garcetti *

gil-garcetti-da.jpg Former District Attorney Gil Garcetti stood in on last night's episode of "The Closer" as the police chief of a certain major city who departs just before the department's new headquarters opens.

Al Jazeera English opens bureau in Los Angeles

al-jazeera-logo.jpg Al Jazeera's man in L.A. is Rob Reynolds, who has been with the network since 2006.

'Today' show gets the access to Abby

NBC's "Today" show packaged footage of Abby Sunderland at home in Thousand Oaks with a lengthy interview this morning at the studios in New York.

Want Larry King, look first at Nate & Al's

king-rubin-nateal.jpg Sam Rubin wanted to talk to Larry King on the KTLA morning show about his forthcoming exit from CNN. So Rubin guessed right and sent a couple of interns over to Nate & Al's in Beverly Hills.

Gene Gleeson, Mark Coogan hang up their mikes

gleeson-coogan-party.jpg A couple of Los Angeles television news veterans retire from their stations this week. Gene Gleeson leaves Channel 7 and Mark Coogan departs Channels 2/9. They were feted by colleagues...

Paul Johnson, KNBC reporter was 75

Johnson had been battling brain cancer and underwent surgery in January. He died Tuesday evening at age 75.

Larry King to vacate later this year

At the start of tonight's "Larry King Live" on CNN, King made it official. Before I start the show tonight, I want to share some personal news with you. Twenty...

Was Brackpool on mayor's $120,000 European trip?

Reporter Eric Spillman at KTLA hounded the City Controller's office until it gave up 95 pages of receipts from Mayor Villaraigosa's 9-day trip last year to Berlin, London and Copenhagen. Possibly along: Friend-of-Antonio Keith Brackpool.

Schwada stays on tickets story

Fox 11's John Schwada is riding the Mayor Villaraigosa ticket story hard.

Doug Kriegel reporting...again

It was just in November that KNBC Channel 4 bid adieu to veteran reporter Doug Kriegel. Now he has shown up reporting for KEYT 3 in Santa Barbara. In...

Channels 2 and 9 off air for more than an hour *

Both CBS-owned TV stations in Los Angeles were knocked off the air at 3:20 p.m. by a "severe power hit," remain off the air more than an hour later.

HBO documentary tonight on killing of Neda

neda-still.jpg June 20 is the one-year anniversary of the videotaped shooting death in Tehran of Neda Agha-Soltan.

Fox 11: Mayor's tickets now an ethics investigation

John Schwada follows up his original report on Mayor Villaraigosa's free tickets with a story last night saying the ethics commission has requested records from the mayor's office, including emails

Things that aren't here anymore 3

Tonight at 8 p.m. is the debut on KCET of "Things That Aren't Here Anymore 3," the reprise I've mentioned a couple of times of the station's popular Ralph Story shows on vanishing Los Angeles (well, really SoCal.)

Guatemalan TV reporter killed in Pacaya volcano eruption

Anibal Archila was injured in the eruption that closed the airport at Guatemala City, declared missing then confirmed dead Thursday night.

The couple that blogs for HuffPost together...

mayorlakers-fox11.JPG The Huffington Post loves Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, or at least loves his press releases. And now Lu Parker promotes her stuff there too.

Where Iraq and Afghanistan war dead came from

cnn-casualty-map-iraq.jpg CNN's website has an interactive map of all 5,485 U.S. deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, each dot loaded with personal information and corresponding to a dot on the war zone maps.

Victoria Recaño gone but not forgotten at KTLA

victoria-recano-site.jpg Look whose bio has gone missing from the KTLA website. Victoria Recaño has co-anchored the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news on Channel 5 just since last fall.

The mayor's courtside Lakers seats

mayorlakers-fox11.JPG Fox 11's John Schwada went with a story Wednesday night on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sitting in free courtside seats at Lakers games with girlfriend Lu Parker or with his daughter ‐ seats not reported on gift forms.

Art Linkletter, timeless radio and TV voice was 97

art-linkletter-1.jpg Art Linkletter, who died today at home in Bel-Air, was a ubiquitous broadcast presence from the 1940s through the 1960s, and a voice and emcee at Los Angeles events for long after.

Santa Monica writes on-air parking tickets for Channel 5 *

Gayle Anderson's segment at Santa Monica beach went on despite a parking officer scribbling out tickets, perhaps not knowing she was on live across Southern California.

Gone but not forgotten, KCET style

ralph-story-grab.jpg During the upcoming pledge breaks, KCET Channel 28 will air a freshly made update of Ralph Story's popular "Things That Aren't Here Anymore."

News executive at KNBC doesn't stay long *

Steve Lange arrived at KNBC as vice president for content just last January. Sources at the station today say he's leaving. Whether he was exactly fired or not will come...

Der Meisterdude on '60 Minutes'

Gustavo Dudamel, his roots in Venezuela's El Sistema, and the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles were the subject of a segment tonight on "60 Minutes."

Lu Parker to be on 'O'Reilly Factor'

Not sure what this is about, but KTLA reporter and Villaraigosa companion Lu Parker just tweeted that she will be live on "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News at 5 p.m. Pacific.

KNBC employee among $266 million jackpot winners

Now this is one story you can find on the Channel 4 website.

Anticipation: Scully on Ernie Harwell *

Legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell died today at age 92. Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully takes to the air for tonight's game against the Brewers on KCAL Channel 9...

What Conan was really thinking on '60 Minutes'

Video from the folks at Funny or Die.

Rainey nails Channel 4's descent

Whoa, what got into Jim Rainey? The L.A. Times' media writer not known for his bite channeled his inner Howard Rosenberg in a piece today saying KNBC News has "devolved from cheese to cheesier to, perhaps, cheesiest of them all."

Back to the valet parking story

TV loves to "investigate" valet parking in Los Angeles, but this time Channel 4 turned up the interest factor to show that there are few rules governing valets and fewer protections for drivers. Ana Garcia became a valet.

Can you spot Huell Howser?

Huell-&-Baker.jpg Guess which one of these young men is Huell Howser circa 1966, and which one is the Tennessee senator Howard Baker.

New driver on the loose in L.A.

lu-parker-blog-banner.jpg KTLA reporter Lu Parker blogged recently about taking her boyfriend's 16-year-old daughter out for a driving lesson in Parker's car. I guess we can assume that is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's daughter Natalia Fe she's talking about.

Typo o' the day

stroke-surprise.jpg A public service message from Channel 2 and LAO: if you feel the urge to whip out a brush and start painting after a violent sneeze, seek medical attention.

Villaraigosa, Whitman on 'News Conference'

avinowensvalley.jpg Host Conan Nolan will put questions to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Republican candidate for governor Meg Whitman on this weekend's "KNBC News Conference." Proposition 17 and its impact...

TV MoJoe leaves The Wrap for Vulture *

Joe Adalian just joined the Wrap last June, but he's taking his address book and his TV MoJoe blog (originally started at TV Week) to New York Magazine's entertainment site Vulture.

Jackie Johnson likes that song about her

Remember that video I posted the other day by a fan devoted to KCBS weathercaster Jackie Johnson? She tweeted just now that it's going to be featured tonight on sister station KCAL (Channel 9.)

Jackie Johnson set to music

In honor of the rain blowing into Los Angeles tonight, here's YouTube songster Parry Gripp's recent ditty devoted to Channel 2/9 weathercaster Jackie Johnson.

News comes to Graciette

Fox 11 reporter Gigi Graciette was in the Calexico area, preparing to cross the border to Mexicali on earthquake duty, when she tweeted this a little while ago: Man just...

KCBS-KCAL revamp their anchor lineups

The biggest move is that Pat Harvey officially switches to Channel 2 and wil anchor at 5 and 11 p.m. with Paul Magers. Laura Diaz gets 6 p.m. solo.

Peabodys for 'SoCal Connected' and 'Inventing L.A.'

This year's Peabody Awards, which the broadcasters really value, include KCET's "SoCal Connected" for its story Up in Smoke.

Channel 7 posts a bunch of job openings

No way to know how many, if any, of these positions will actually be filled by hiring from outside, but KABC has posted more than a dozen news jobs for which they'll take your application.

Suzanne Rico says goodbye on her terms

suzanne-rico.jpg Suzanne Rico, who lost her job last week as morning co-anchor on Channel 2, distributed an open letter that clarifies how it happened.

Brian Rooney: mood 'all over ABC News is dark'

After finding out that he was being let go after 22 years at ABC News, Los Angeles correspondent Brian Rooney talked to Michael Schneider at Variety'sOn the Air blog and said he kind of saw the end coming.

ABC sheds L.A. correspondent Brian Rooney

Rooney's contract won't be renewed, part of a network staff trimming that includes Laura Marquez in San Francisco and that TV Newser says is expected to reach 300-400 by the end of the year.

Big day for newsroom carnage at KCBS/KCAL

Rumors have been flying for the past day or so, and about three hours ago KCAL anchor Pat Harvey tweeted: "Sad day at the duopoly. Some of my co-workers lost their jobs.Want to thank them for their hard work and friendship."

Sam Rubin to be honored by Press Club

sam-rubin-square.jpg KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin will receive this year's outstanding achievement award from the Los Angeles Press Club during the 2010 National Entertainment Journalism awards on April 22.

L.A. TV news: mostly crime and fluff

An average half-hour of L.A. local news devotes almost three minutes to crime stories, but only 22 seconds to all kinds of local government coverage, according to a big new study by the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

Nomar Garciaparra retires, joins ESPN

He was a Dodger for three injury and cheers-filled seasons, but for this morning's announcement Garciaparra returned to the Red Sox on a one-day contract so he could say he retired with the team where the fans truly loved him.

Anderson Cooper, Dave Bryan to be feted

cooper-in-haiti.jpg The L.A. Press Club's top awards are going this year to Cooper, Bryant and NPR reporter Anne Garrels.

Leno pokes fun at KCAL 9 anchors

Men just don't listen to women, Jay says.

Click *

I wonder if there was a DWP power surge from all the TVs switching off as Bob Costas tossed viewers from the Olympics closing ceremonies to the debut of "The Marriage Ref

News van keeps on truckin'

kabc-van.jpg Spotted today on Alameda near 6th Street Downtown.

Where to meet your friend from San Hose

knbc-ohai copy.jpg Channel 4's suggestions for a weekend getaway are so exclusive, you won't find them on an any map.

Channel 4 axes 11 a.m. newscast

kim-baldonado.jpg KNBC's morning newscast was "taken off the schedule in order to reallocate resources,” with anchor Kim Baldonado returning to reporting.

What's the TV news equivalent of -30-?

danni-fortier.jpg Fox 11 talent tweets nice farewells to departing hairstylist.

Feds probing Fox game show 'Our Little Genius'

our-little-genius.jpg Answers to quiz questions were reportedly given to prospective contestants (who were going to be ages 6 to 12) on the pending show created by reality TV pioneer Mark Burnett.

You too can work in The Jungle

jim-rome-logo.jpg Hard-working sports talk host Jim Rome is looking for writers or bloggers to "help grind content" for his TV and radio shows.

SoCal Connected & Annenberg to partner on web

Ten USC Annenberg graduate students who work on the Annenberg News21 team will produce Web-exclusive multimedia reports for the SoCal Connected website at KCET.

KTLA appears to have crossed the line again *

ktla-logo.jpg Ethical issues seem to be a recurring theme for Channel 5, and today the Times' James Rainey takes on the paper's sister station over a three-part puff series on the "dramatic turnaround" at Ford Motor Co.

This day in history: KTLA airs live nuclear blast

abomb-blast-wired.jpg On Feb. 1, 1951, Channel 5 in Los Angeles aired on live TV — for the first time ever — the detonation of an atomic bomb blast.

Huell Howser goes inside the In-N-Out empire

huell-howser-burger.jpg Howser's 'California Gold' ets exclusive access to the Baldwin Park headquarters of In-N-Out and camera access to one of the chain's stores, both billed as firsts by KCET.

Body painting goes back to its roots: naked bodies

naked-people-chic-leak.jpg Chic Leak blog came back from last night's launch of a line of acrylic body paints with nice photos of naked bodies and a classic PR quote.

Most generic news report ever, or how TV news happens

A little TV journalism parody from across the Atlantic. Enjoy.

New 'content' VP brought in at KNBC

Here's the newsroom memo that went out at Channel 4 tonight.

SAG awards and Golden Mikes on the same night

fss_ingloriousbastards.jpg The cast of "Inglorious Basterds" won the honor for top film ensemble today at the Screen Actors Guild awards at the Shrine Auditorium.

Late Night War as seen by 'Ken Burns,' via Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel envisions how Ken Burns would tell the story of the great late night TV wars.

Conan O'Brien gets $32 million to go away

O'Brien's severance deal with NBC will let him take another TV gig as soon as September.

Does the rain seem kind of intense?

cbs2-weather-map-2pm.jpg is the current radar map on Channel 9. That's Los Angeles buried under the orange.

Channel 7 anchor David Ono is in Haiti

Video from KABC7 of last night's story.

Promoting movies is tough work, Gibson finds

Promoting movies is tough work, Gibson finds

Conan gets $30 million to go away

That's the negotiated settlement amount The Wrap hears from sources.

Conan's hanging in there

His last 'Tonight Show' may be Jan. 22, but Conan O'Brien had it rocking in last night's monologue.

News director change at Channels 2 and 9

Scott Diener is the new VP and news director at the KCBS and KCAL duopoly. He follows his former boss, recently named president and GM Steve Mauldin, from the CBS duopoly in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Cal/OSHA investigated on tonight's 'SoCal Connected'

Correspondent Vince Gonzales spent six months unearthing a multitude of problems with the agency that is supposed to ensure worker’s safety in California.

Alycia Lane still makes news in Philly

alycialanenydn.jpg Channel 4 reporter and weekend anchor Alycia Lane's lawsuit over her firing in Philadelphia is working its way through the courts there.

Letterman gives NBC a way out of Leno mess

Dave suggests a new program NBC can put on a 10 p.m. Video.

Tritia Toyota writing books and grading papers

tritiatoyotabook.jpg Former KNBC anchor Tritia Toyota, an adjunct assistant professor of anthropology and Asian American studies at UCLA< has a new book on Chinese American political power in the San Gabriel Valley.

Simon Cowell's exit from 'American Idol' explained

simon-cowell-portrait.jpg In a piece at the Daily Beast, Richard Rushfield reveals what he learned about Simon Cowell and behind-the-scenes dramas at "American Idol."

Leno definitely out at 10 p.m., all else is TBD

NBC confirmed Sunday that Jay Leno's last show in primetime will be on Feb. 11, the day before the nwtwork starts airing the Winter Olympics in the 10 p.m. slot.

Conan not happy, Fox offers a hand

conan.thewrap.jpg Conan O'Brien is apparently resisting NBC's plan to move him back to midnight and shoehorn Jay Leno into the late-night lineup. And Josef Adalian at The Wrap says "Fox has...

Something's up with Leno *

Thumbnail image for lenomulhollandforthumb.jpg It certainly appears as if Jay Leno's time at 10 p.m. on NBC is short, though what would happen next is way unclear. NBC has denied FTV's report that Leno...

Steve Lopez crosses one toke over the line *

The Times columnist begins this week as a contributor on "SoCal Connected" on KCET.

Tributes to Rory Markas

Channel 11's news at 10 p.m. opened tonight with five minutes of reporting and personal commentary about Rory Markas, the station's sportscaster who was discovered dead at home in Palmdale...

LA Sketchbook: Fox New Year

qqxsgFoxNewYear.jpg Steve Greenberg wonders if Fox and Time Warner will ever strike a deal.

California water on '60 Minutes'

A segment of "60 Minutes' on CBS will focus on the California water situation, with reporter Lesley Stahl talking to Governor Schwarzenegger, farmers and others. It's scheduled to air Sunday,...

Room with a view

cityhallfranklinavenue.jpg The Modern Committee of the Los Angeles Conservancy celebrated 25 years, the holidays and four photographers on Monday night in the Mayor Tom Bradley Room atop City Hall. Half the...

Lu Parker and dog at Casa Villaraigosa

luparkerdogchon2.jpg One thing we've all learned about KTLA reporter Lu Parker is that she loves animals, and especially her rescue dog Monkey. They'll be featured in an upcoming photo spread in...

L.A. Times hires another TV editor

Not too many shrinking media outlets have the chutzpah to hire a few days after laying off people, but the new Los Angeles Times isn't shy about announcing its changing...

NewsCentral, we hardly knew ya

newscentralnomore.jpg New boss Steve Mauldin isn't even at the Channels 2 and 9 duopoly yet, but already change is happening in Studio City. The NewsCentral brand announced with great fanfare just...

Perez on 'News Conference'

The Democrats' next Speaker of the Assembly, John Perez, will be Conan Nolan's guest on "KNBC News Conference" Sunday at 9 a.m. State Senator Gloria Romero of East Los Angeles...

Channels 2 & 9 get a new boss

Patrick McClenahan is out as the KCBS/KCAL duopoly's president and general manager. In is Steve Mauldin, who has been overseeing the CBS duopoly in Dallas/Fort Worth. Some analysis by Michael...

Fred Roggin's 'Filter'

KNBC's Fred Roggin is testing an online and digital-channel show called The Filter that may go on real TV over Channel 4 next year. Roggin has various observers and commentators...

Lu Parker blogs about dogs

Channel 5 reporter (and Villaraigosa main squeeze) Lu Parker just tweeted that she has a new blog post up. It's a Christmas gift suggestion, and like much of her online...

Heidi Androl arrested for DUI

heidiandrolapprentice.jpg The interviewer on Los Angeles Kings telecasts on Fox Sports West was stopped early Monday morning, allegedly for driving too slow on the 105 freeway. She was booked on suspicion...

Sam Rubin v. Perez Hilton

  Oh boy, did Sam Rubin go off on Perez Hilton on the KTLA Morning News this morning — to cheers and atta-boys from his fellow Channel 5sters. It seems...

Dating advice from Sharon Tay

Her Channel 2 colleague, Kent Shocknek, blogs Sharon Tay's personal dating do's and don't's, starting with the preamble "I have been single for a long time. But HATE dating! In...

LA Sketchbook: NBC gets goosed

qqPeacock Goosed.jpg Click to view larger, and go here (and here) for Mark Lacter's LA Biz Observed analysis of the Comcast deal. This concludes our NBC programming for this morning. More by...

Forty years at NBC for George Lewis

Nice shoutout from Brian Williams on the evening news for NBC's Los Angeles correspondent George Lewis. The video piece shows George covering the Vietnam War and "countless California earthquakes." Still...

ESPN sets the date with L.A.

The sports giant said back in July it was coming to Los Angeles with a local news website, and now we know it will launch Dec. 21. "ESPN's launch of...

Ironman of Channel 4

schaubleironman.jpg KNBC reporter Chris Schauble has apparently been chronicling his training for an Ironman competition in Arizona. He accomplished his goal this week: "I didn’t cry. I screamed when I crossed...

Spray tan with the stars

This time it's the Wall Street Journal going behind the scenes of the hit show "Dancing With the Stars" on the front page. I'll leave it to you to decide...

Reporter sort of does DWTS

The L.A. Times dusts off the first-person thing for today's Column One, promoting Tuesday's season finale of "Dancing With the Stars" by letting entertainment reporter Dawn C. Chmielewski go through...

Neda's death in Tehran, on 'Frontline'

Tonight's "Frontline" on PBS "examines the life and death of Neda Agha Soltan," the woman whose killing on the streets of Tehran elicited a huge reaction around the world —...

Accidents up near red-light cameras

redlightcamerasign.jpg CBS 2's David Goldstein and team got the data from the city and found that instead of fewer accidents, the number of traffic accidents has gone up at most of...

Lu Parker, Times pet blogger

Q: What's more bizarre than the Los Angeles Times having a blog for the paper's most inveterate staff animal lovers to talk about pets, animal causes and, of course, dogs...

Mayor hits the Runway

projrunwayav.jpg As Lifetime's "Project Runway" nears the end of its season in Los Angeles, tonight's final challenge was held at the Getty. The surprise guest greeting the contestants on the terrace...

Rihanna starts to talk about that night

ABC has begun rolling out Diane Sawyer's interviews with Rihanna about the attack by Chris Brown in Hancock Park last February and her relationship with the violent singer. She talks...

Flood zone in South L.A.?

kcetspot.jpg The top story on tonight's SoCal Connected makes the case that homeowners in South Los Angeles are being forced to buy expensive flood insurance based on flawed FEMA maps. Check...

Bratton to give an interview

brattoncolbert.jpg Barbara Walters maybe? Larry King? At least Jon Stewart? No, ex-LAPD chief William Bratton is Thursday's guest with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report....

Next TV vet done: Doug Kriegel

dougkriegelfield.jpg Longtime channel 4 reporter Doug Kriegel is hanging up his microphone tomorrow. The note circulated in the Burbank newsroom today calls together his colleagues "to tip a glass in Doug's...

OMG, Zell's dude gets another show

leeabramsshow.jpg Gawker can't contain its sarcasm about Sam Zell's bankrupt Tribune's latest gift to America's airwaves. Instead of just flying his prop job around the Midwest to have unhealthy lunches on...

Pat Harvey makes 20 years

patharveydunphy.jpg The duopoly is celebrating Channel 9 anchor Pat Harvey's 20 years this week. The photo of Pat with the late Jerry Dunphy came with the invitation below to everyone in...

Soupy Sales, comedian was 83 *

Born Milton Supman, Soupy Sales became one of the enduring comic faces of 1950s and '60s television. His show, first in Detroit then in Los Angeles, was a hit with...

'Mad Men' goes to Rome *

madmenfranklinave.jpg The lobby of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center downtown stood in for the Rome Hilton, circa early 1960s, on a recent episode of "Mad Men." Spotted by...

Harvey Levin to sheriff: Fight's on

Venting in depth for the first time about official prying into his personal phone records, TMZ editor Harvey Levin tonight called it an illegal abuse of power — "a brutal...

Mayor's trips cost you $20,000+

Reporter Eric Spillman of KTLA finally got the data he has been seeking on the public cost of providing security for Mayor Villaraigosa's trips to Africa (with Spillman's Channel 5...

New TV editor at L.A. Times

It's Martin Miller, says Variety's Michael Schneider in a tweet. Miller is listed currently as an assistant entertainment editor in Calendar....

KNBC polling on LA Observed?

knbcharrispoll2.jpg One of our helpful readers emailed the evidence that KNBC is asking its readers to rate the station's staffed-up, big-deal but news-lite website alongside little old us: Thought you might...

'SoCal Connected' returns tonight

socalconnected10809.jpg I joined some media and blog folks at the KCET studios the other morning for a preview of the second season of "SoCal Connected," the PBS station's weekly news program....

Jason Martinez out at KTLA

Channel 5 confirmed that weekend anchor Jason Martinez resigned abruptly on Sept. 29 after just nine months at the station. Martinez had been tapped to anchor during the week at...

NBC 4 intrigued...and thrilled..and sad

One feature, so to speak, of the new KNBC website lets readers vote on what emotion they feel about news stories. Just so you know, on the tsunami news out...

Bob Long's last day

Long checked out Friday as news director and VP at KNBC Channel 4. He's headed to Istanbul to teach a class in journalism ethics at Bahcesehir University. Long had previously...

Name that celebrity

angelamerkel.jpg Fox 11 reporter John Schwada used to be a print guy, and recently spent two weeks on a reporting fellowship in Germany. So I guess he feels comfortable exposing the...

Channel 36 in jeopardy again

The city's grant to keep Channel 36 on local television was negotiated back into the City Hall budget a few months ago, but now apparently the whole operating budget —...

More Time Warner Cable out(r)age

Dodgers' post-game show host Ken Levine lets the city's least favorite cable provider have it with both blog barrels after a late-night phone exchange with the, so to speak, help...

Lu Parker switches jobs

Mayor Villaraigosa's gal pal (at least the last we checked) is now a field reporter for KTLA, moving from the weekend anchor/general assignment slot. KTLA News Director Jason Ball tells...

LA Sketchbook: Mt. Wilson

sgMountWilson-Fire.jpg See more by Steve Greenberg in the LA Sketchbook archive....

Open plea to Rupert Murdoch re: KTTV

Mark Sudock, a senior editor at Fox 11, is chagrined enough at the station's deep layoffs to send me an open letter asking Fox owner Rupert Murdoch to intervene. The...

Westlake District featured

westlakeparkboat.jpg The new episode of Vista LA that airs Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on Channel 7 focuses on recent improvements to MacArthur Park — led by the Levitt Pavilion — and...

Gratitude for saving Mt. Wilson

Firefighters from Tuolumne and Calaveras counties knew well the history and scientific treasure that was at stake when the Station Fire threatened the Mount Wilson Observatory. They made it their...

KTLA anchors 'meet' on tape

KTLA senior producer Erik Candiani swears that in the following promo, new Channel 5 anchors Micah Ohlman and Victoria Recaño really do meet for the first time. Watch them get...

Introducing Scott and Phillips

atthemovieshosts.jpg The newest iteration of "At The Movies" debuts this weekend with A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips installed as hosts — they both filled in a lot for Roger Ebert when...

KCET bucks trend on TV fire news

While other local TV stations have been skimping on fire coverage, PBS station KCET is doing more than it ever has before: as of 1:30 p.m. today, Channel 28 is...

Channel 9 covers fire at Welk's home

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

KNBC takes the most Emmys *

The local Emmy awards were handed out tonight at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood, and KNBC came away with more than any other station. Channel...

John Beard to anchor in Buffalo

The former Fox 11 anchor reports on his website that he accepted a job anchoring the 5-7 and 11 am newscasts at WGRZ-TV in Buffalo. He writes: The station has...

Bob Long retiring from KNBC

boblongyoung.jpg More transitions at Channel 4. Longtime TV news figure Bob Long has announced his retirement as VP and News Director at KNBC. There are lighter and more serious versions of...

Leila and Jason land at KTLA

jasonmartinezimage.jpg So yesterday's news about the new anchors at Channel 5 left unresolved what would become of the current 10 p.m. anchors Leila Feinstein (a holdover from the Hal Fishman era)...

Those Ohlman rumors were true

recano.jpg Ever since Micah Ohlman left Channel 7 last spring there has been talk of him landing at KTLA. Well, now he has. Ohlman, the nephew of ex-KNBC anchor Paul Moyer,...

LA Sketchbook: Bikini babes

sgbikinianchor.jpg © Steve Greenberg. May not be reused without permission of the artistThis is only a guess, but I suspect KNBC's hiring of East Coast tabloid favorite Alycia Lane spurred Steve...

Maybe Thomas Jane had a late night

When "Hung" star Thomas Jane showed up at the KTLA studios this morning, he got out of the limo in bare feet, says a Channel 5 insider who adds he...

Olbermann vs L.A. Times blogger

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and the L.A. Times' Andrew Malcolm, who increasingly seems like a Fox News embed writing the paper's main politics blog, are going at each other. I have...

KNBC defends Alycia Lane

AlyciaLane.jpg After yesterday's initial wave of clucking over Channel 4 hiring Alycia Lane as weekend anchor, KNBC came back with a statement saying "We're aware of her background and have looked...

Murder just another chance to say 'naked' *

knbcgrab81909.jpg Channel 4's new website is a real piece of work. The lead story up now is about model Jasmine Fiore being killed and left in a dumpster. Look how they...

Don Hewitt, creator of '60 Minutes' was 86

The New York Times obituary says Hewitt "changed the course of broadcast news by creating the television magazine '60 Minutes,' fusing journalism and show business as never before, and who...

Details of mayor's Africa trip

KTLA reporter Eric Spillman stayed on his minor obsession with Mayor Villaraigosa's trip to Africa with Channel 5 colleague Lu Parker and has some new details. The eight-day trip, which...

Most fun L.A. TV hire ever! *

AlyciaLane.jpg Alycia Lane is coming to Channel 4 on August 19 as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter. She takes over as the weekend evening anchor from Kim Baldonado, who...

Up close with Loteria Chicana

loteriachicana.jpg KCET's website has discovered the time-tested method for getting more attention from L.A. bloggers: profile them. Up this week is Cindy Mosqueda, writer of the venerable Loteria Chicana, which dates...

Stan Chambers celebrates 86th birthday

Video of the newsroom celebration from reporter Eric Spillman's blog at the KTLA website....

Unedited video of Ling & Lee homecoming

The Asian American blog Epicanthus posts three videos of the Burbank arrival of Laura Ling and Euna Lee that has footage beyond what most of the media showed. Noted: Producer...

Ling and Lee coming to Burbank *

GiGi Graciette was just on Fox 11 live from Burbank's Bob Hope Airport, talking to Laura Ling's husband and setting up the arrival of Ling, Euna Lee and former President...

Rushfield signs off 'Idol Tracker'

The LAT's Richard Rushfield has posted his final entry on the Idol Tracker blog where he's been spending most of his time the past couple of years. He's headed to...

Bill Clinton in North Korea

freelauraeunacrop.jpg Former President Clinton is engaged in talks aimed at bringing home Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the Los Angeles journalists for Current TV held in North Korea since March 17,...

Manny positive for doping in '03, NYT says

Manny Ramirez and his Boston Red Sox teammate David Ortiz were among the 100-plus major league players who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2003, the New York Times...

Huell Howser tripping, the video

Yesterday on Twitter I re-tweeted this affectionate parody of Huell Howser on a road trip of another sort, but forgot to post it here. The creator calls it California's gold...

Hank Stuever takes over for Tom Shales

The Washington Post has a new TV critic in Stuever, whose job will be "exploring the medium across the many platforms and in the many ways it now traverses our...

Time Warner and Manny's home run *

Synthesizing the emails I've received and comments I've seen about Time Warner Cable cutting to commercial and missing Manny Ramirez's sensation of a home run last night, it sounds as...

Time Warner Cable misses Manny homer *

Manny Ramirez just hit his most dramatic home run as a Dodger, a first-pitch grand slam coming off the bench in a tie game on Manny bobble-head night — and...

Rebranding the duopoly

newscentral29.jpg Channels 2 and 9 will be known, as of the fall, as CBS 2 NewsCentral and KCAL 9 NewsCentral. Behold the joint logo. Release is after the jump....

ESPN invading Los Angeles

The cable sports giant will announce plans Monday for a website devoted to covering Los Angeles sports teams. It has worked for ESPN in Chicago, but L.A. Times sports boss...

Lee Abrams innovates his hobby

leeabramsfood.jpg Remember Sam Zell's chief innovation officer, the irrepressible Lee Abrams? Turns out he has been a pilot since he was 17, and like many hobbyist pilots across the U.S. he...

LA Sketchbook: Walter Cronkite

sgWalterCronkite.jpg Cronkite passed away Friday at age 92. Here's our earlier link. More from LA Sketchbook by Steve Greenberg...

Walter Cronkite, 92

Media sites are saying that the longtime CBS News anchor has died, according to his family. Cronkite announcing the assassination of President John Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963:...

LAPD vs. NYPD, on TV

Los Angeles and New York both make great settings for police dramas on TV. But why, over the last decade or more, are most of the better ones located in...

Jackson memorial ceremony *

Live in Los Angeles on channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 34 and 52 (translated), MSNBC, Fox News Channel, CNN. And on many L.A. radio stations, as well as...

Joe Torre on drugs, the Yankees and Manny

Dodgers manager Joe Torre is on Fox Business Network today talking with David Asman about, of all things, the Yankees he used to manage. Some highlights from FBN: On Roger...

On Fox 11's 'deaths in the family'

Channel 11 reporter John Schwada blogs that the recent layoff of 99 staffers cost his newsroom "a lot of good young people, with energy and dreams (fortunately, not all of...

Lu Parker attends Villaraigosa's ceremony

luparkeratceremony.jpg Channel 5 reporter Eric Spillman posted the photo on Twitter of his KTLA colleague, the mayor's girlfriend, in the invited crowd at Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's pre-swearing-in church gathering this morning....

Fox News reporter in L.A. hit by car *

"Minutes after our 10pm liveshot, FOX News Channel Correspondent Craig Boswell was the victim of a hit & run," Fox 11's Hal Eisner reported on Twitter about half an hour...

Big layoffs at KTTV Fox 11

They're still coming down, over 99 by one source's unofficial count — in all newsroom departments. "Editors, writers, shooters, promo people, our chief helicopter guy, the entire chyron department, most...

Inside local TV news

Fox 11 anchor-reporter Susan Hirasuna is a busy Twitter user. She just posted regarding what you'll see on tonight's news: Just finished editorial meeting for the 10p &11p news. Tribute...

Urban Scrawl: Apply to be a TV reporter

urbanscrawltvreporter.jpg Doug Davis, whose Urban Scrawl cartoons run in the Downtown News, envisions the damage done to the image of Los Angeles television reporters by Lu Parker turning up as...

Tweet o' the day

From here on, I'll probably post tweets o' the day only occasionally. They seem better suited to Twitter itself, where I'll keep retweeting media postings on the LA Observed feed....

Parker told bosses she's dating mayor *

luparkermav.jpg Phil Willon, who covers Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for the L.A. Times, posted at L.A. Now that Channel 5 reporter-weekend anchor Lu Parker told KTLA officials that she and the mayor...

Wild art: Mayor goes to the Valley *

avmattepstein.jpg Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa dropped in Saturday at the opening of actress Melissa Joan Hart's store Sweet Harts in Sherman Oaks. He's getting a hug from Valley restaurant and real...

Howser & Soboroff, together again

jacobhuell.jpg No, it's not a law firm. It's Huell Howser and Jacob Soboroff meeting for coffee at Intelligenstia 2½ years after they first circled each other on video at the Cornfield...

Morning Buzz: Wednesday 5.13.09

Channel 4 devoted ten minutes on its 5 p.m. newscast yesterday to saying goodbye to retired anchor Paul Moyer, despite the memo last month saying there would be "no...

KTLA hiring, by the day

Live the glamorous life of a TV news per diem field reporter — meaning you work day to day and do whatever they say, just as if you actually have...

Sean Harrigan resigns *

Sean Harrigan, president of the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions board, resigned today a month after receiving a letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission asking him to identify...

Scratch one KCBS/KCAL reporter

mcdade.jpg Mary Beth McDade is no longer part of the news team on the duopoly's website, and a station source tells me she's gone. No further details. Here's her former bio....

Paul Moyer officially done

paulmoyersmiling.jpg There will be no final swing of the bat on Channel 4 for longtime news anchor Paul Moyer. His retirement was announced earlier this month, and now KNBC news chief...

Rick Garcia to anchor at KCAL

The former Fox 11 and Channel 13 news and sports anchor starts tonight as co-anchor with Pat Harvey of KCAL's news at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Release after the...

Still on TV from Sacramento

My post yesterday on NBC closing its bureau in Sacramento should have pointed out that ABC still maintains a fulltime presence in the state capital. Nannette Miranda, of course, has...

NBC pulls put of Sacramento

The NBC bureau in the state capital is shutting down. It fed stories to KNBC Channel 4 and the other California stations. Here's an email going around from reporter Mike...

Lizard people won't go away

The myth of the lizard people who dug tunnels under Downtown gets a new retelling on Fox 11 News' "fringe segment," featuring Los Angeles Public Library maps expert Glen Creason....

Dan Miller, TV news anchor was 67

danmiller.jpg Dan Miller anchored at Channel 2 in the 1980s and was the sidekick on Pat Sajak's late-night show, as well as a frequent guest host for Tom Snyder on radio....

Ethnic media not all rosy

NPR's "Morning Edition" carried a piece today that made the point that ethnic media are faring better than more traditional newspapers, radio and TV stations. It cited Univision's KMEX and...

Paul Moyer retiring from Channel 4 *

paulmoyersmiling.jpg The speculation has been correct — longtime KNBC anchor Paul Moyer told the newsroom today that he's hanging them up after being on L.A. television since 1972. (He jumped to...

Full release on KTLA's fortified news schedule

Here's what Channel 5 has to say about the new shows and hours. 'News at 1' begins today....

Remembering a cop who was killed

Channel 4's Jennifer Bjorklund went to high school in the Bay Area with one of the four Oakland police officers killed in that shootout with a parolee. I'm told her...

Layoffs Monday

Staffers in the Los Angeles Times newsroom expect the the next wave of forced departures to come down today, along with revelations of colleagues who choose this moment to retire...

Obama's good timing for KCET *

While in Pomona today, President Obama met with students from the Village Academy High Schoool who had made a video about the recession. KCET's SoCal Connected has a story on...

President Obama is coming to town, will do Leno *

The Occidental College alum will be here Wednesday for the first time as president — in Long Beach, Costa Mesa in OC and Pomona. He's also going to tape a...

KNBC going deep Sunday night

Channel 4 plans to air a half-hour investigative piece on Sunday night at 11:30 examining LAUSD oversight of an ambitious library renovation program called Wonder of Reading. I'm told the...

Chasing that Bentley

It wasn't just Channel 4 -- all L.A. TV stations covered last night's low-speed Bentley chase, probably hoping it was Chris Brown or that the audience would assume it was....

Life after the duopoly

Rich DeMuro was let go as the tech reporter at channels 2 & 9 after CBS acquired CNET. (Somewhat ironically, he left CNET about a year ago to come work...

Kogi mania in Rosemead

Telemundo's new lifestyle cable network for Latinos, mun2, has posted a video with the guys behind the Kogi Korean barbecue taco truck. The video was shot during a stop at...

Digital TV delay

The House voted to delay the implementation of the digital TV changeover until June 12....

Sharon Tay in the field

Channel 2 & 9's Bryan Frank takes us behind the scenes of another glamorous night in the TV news business. Frank, Sharon Tay and a trainee camera guy make ready...

Golden Mike winners

The Radio and Television News Association of Southern California handed out the year's Golden Mike awards on Saturday night. No time to go through them all, but here's the list...

More TV viewers watched Reagan inauguration

The difference being, apparently, the huge numbers of people who took in the Obama festivities on line rather than on television. Then last night, "American Idol" beat the top inauguration...

Laurel Erickson retires from KNBC

Laurel Erickson has been a familiar face on Los Angeles television for three decades, most recently as a rotating co-host of KNBC's "Newsconference" and holding down an anchor chair on...

Last word from Furnell

Furnell Chatman guests on KPCC's Off-Ramp to talk about leaving KNBC Channel 4 after 35 years and moving back to New Orleans. I'm told he also shares quite a personal...

Lowry takes a blog

Variety columnist Brian Lowry is now blogging about television at the trade's new BLTv — "Good TV; reasonable prices." He posts that the current TV critics tour feels more pointless...

If Zell owned Lou Grant's paper...

A scenario as imagined by Joe Flint, the former WSJ, Entertainment Weekly and Variety reporter who is now director of industry programs at the Paley Center for Media. It helps...

Channel 4 wants your text messages

KNBC plans to air Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's State of the State speech live at 10 a.m. The station's Mekahlo Medina says they will post text messages from viewers on the...

Sixty years of KNBC

Channel 4 plans to air a special about itself this Friday night and again on Super Bowl Sunday. Here's a blog preview from Franklin Avenue: Paul Moyer and Colleen Williams...

W's last press conference

KTLA reporter-blogger Eric Spillman calls President George W. Bush's session with the media today "the most interesting of his Presidency. President Bush is not known for public self-examination, but in...

Golden Globe ratings: worst since '96

Americans who watch TV don't watch the Golden Globes any more, even if the newspapers, blogs and celebrity cable channels continue to insist they are a big thing. An average...

Corsini to run KTLA

Confirming speculation that's been around since he left Channels 2 & 9 last summer, Don Corsini has been named president and general manager of KTLA Channel 5. The job has...

Stephanie Edwards returns

For a sizable chunk of the television audience, the proper world order was restored on KTLA's broadcast of the 2009 Rose Parade: Stephanie Edwards back in the booth gabbing with...

So long to Furnell Chatman *

The veteran Channel 4 reporter and weekend anchor — usual signoff: "Thanks for having us in" — has left the building in Burbank. He's calling it retirement to the Big Easy after 35 years at KNBC.

2008 passings: Journalists and media

Bob Benoit, photographer Mr. Blackwell, fashion figure Manuel Bogran, Breeze carrier Bernie Boston, photographer P.J. Corkery, editor Elmer Dills, TV restaurant critic Bill Drake, radio executive Clay Felker, editor...

Book dumped for being critical of TV *

Los Angeles author Howard Rosenberg (the former LAT critic) and his co-author Charles Feldman were booked on KRON TV in San Francisco on Jan. 3 to talk about their new...

AshleyMadison explains cash for 'interview'

My post this morning about adulterer matching service AshleyMadison offering $1,000 to a satisfied customer willing to appear in disguise on Channel 5's Morning News brought an email update from...

Afternoon news and notes

Word out of KCBS/KCAL is that there have been layoffs today, including assistant news director Jim Hattendorf. Also, the copy desks of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, San Bernardino...

One TV story I won't believe

The president of AshleyMadison.com, the love match service that urges clients to have affairs, is offering $1,000 to a satisfied customer to appear with him on KTLA Channel 5. KTLA...

Dodgers make broadcast team change

Charley Steiner will only do radio on next season's Dodger games, pushing former pitcher Jerry Reuss out of a job and opening a vacancy for a TV play-by-play announcer for...

New GM of Channels 2 and 9

Patrick McClenahan has been promoted to President and General Manager of KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV, effective immediately. He has been senior VP and station manager since the stations combined into a...

Backstage at the Grammy nominations

The life of a local television news cameraman involves a lot of hurry up and wait. Case in point: this afternoon's (yawn) Grammy nominations concert, as Channel 2's Bryan Frank...

Anchor opts out of AIDS ribbon

"KTLA Morning News" anchor Frank Buckley chose not to sport an AIDS ribbon on today's show, got an email from a viewer about it, and decided to address the issue...

Channel 13 drops goofy news

Rick Garcia and Lauren Sanchez will no longer offer a lighter alt version of the news at 11 p.m. on KCOP channel 13. The new plan is for Fox 11's...

SPJ's journalists of the year

The Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will honor Paul Pringle of the Times, John Schwada of Fox 11, Frank Stoltze of KPCC and Terri Vermeulen Keith...

Hannity goes Colmes-free

Alan Colmes, the liberal half of "Hannity & Colmes" on Fox News Channel, will leave the show at the end of the year. Colmes will remain as a commentator on...

New commissioner for transportation

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today appointed Stephanie M. Rodriguez to the city Board of Transportation Commissioners. Rodriguez, director of public affairs at KCAL/KCBS, fills the unexpired term of Paul Kim. Also...

Some media moves

First, some good news. Remember Lauren Beale, who edits the Times' real estate section? Though her name made the list of the 75 editorial employees cut from the newsroom last...

On pro-Obama media bias

Politics reporter John Schwada blogs at Fox 11 about studies showing that many people found the news media too blatantly favoring Barack Obama during the campaign. Actually, I find all...

New low in news ad placement

Franklin Avenue's Michael Schneider was stunned when Channel 2 traffic reporter Vera Jimenez described last week's fire-caused snarl in Sepulveda Pass, then segued to her test drive of a Lincoln...

Brian Williams gets overexcited

On tonight's NBC Nightly News, my ears perked up when anchor Brian Williams introduced a story by saying a world-famous museum came "dangerously close" to being burned by fire today....

Maclovio Perez quits the TV weather biz

Former Channel 2 weatherman Maclovio Perez, in Texas the past six years, has left his station in San Antonio to take a job as spokesman for a school district there....

Marta Waller latest KTLA exit

The longtime Channel 5 anchor and reporter emailed colleagues and friends. For nearly 24 years, KTLA has been my second home. I have loved my career here at KTLA and...

L.A. almost last in debate ratings — again

This time only Sacramento was worse than Los Angeles, among the 56 Metro areas that Nielsen meters. But then, the Dodgers were on and, as usual, the debate did not...

OC loses another news source

KDOC, Orange County's only commercial TV station, has dropped its morning news show "Daybreak OC." From the Orange County Business Journal report: The move comes a year after KDOC launched...

Gil Stratton, 86, called 'em as he saw 'em *

A friend of longtime Los Angeles sportscaster Gil Stratton emailed the news that Stratton died this morning at home in Toluca Lake. He was 86 and had suffered heart problems....

Some new L.A. blogs

PBS Channel 28 has soft-launched KCET Local with original web stories, video, reader comments, calendar items and blogs by author D.J. Waldie, KPCC reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, former LAT columnist Erin...

Chucko the Clown, 86

Another familiar figure from 1950s and '60s TV in Los Angeles has died, the L.A. Times reports. Charles Runyon portrayed Chucko the Birthday Clown on Channel 7 from 1955 to...

Lloyd Thaxton, Los Angeles TV vet dies at 81

Lloyd Thaxton created and hosted a popular dance show for teenagers in the 1960s, later produced segments for NBC's "Today" and directed Fight Back! With David Horowitz, and most recently...

VP debate does well, but not in L.A. *

Nielsen says that last night's Biden-Palin debate drew a much larger television audience — 45% of households in the 55 biggest metered metro areas — than the earlier McCain-Obama debate....

Blatchford does the Mexican Mafia

Fox 11 crime reporter Chris Blatchford is out with "The Black Hand," which Dominick Dunne calls in a blurb, "A gripping, powerful, chilling inside look at a criminal organization that...

'SoCal Connected' debuts tonight

KCET's replacement for the late, lamented "Life and Times" premieres on Channel 28 at 8 pm. Val Zavala is the anchor of SoCal Connected, as she was on L&T. The...

L.A. Live Channel could be next

AEG has shopped around a proposal to partner with a Los Angeles TV station on a digital channel to feature events at Staples Center and the Nokia Theater. They would...

KNBC censors Conan jokes about trains

When Conan O'Brien began a bit last night (this morning actually) about trains crashing together, KNBC Channel 4 cut in with anchor Colleen Williams introducing footage of Sen. John McCain's...

Details on Stephanie Edwards' deal

She's getting $50,000 to make nice and sit in the KTLA Rose Parade booth with Bob Eubanks again, says columnist Frank Mickadeit at the Register. A couple of weeks ago,...

KTLA gives: Stephanie Edwards returns

Sam Zell's Channel 5 may be trying to distance its news from the Hal Fishman legacy, but the station announced yesterday that it's going back to the future with Rose...

George Putnam, TV news figure was 94

L.A. Radio.com reports that George Putnam died this morning, citing Putnam's long-time friend and producer Chuck Wilder. Putnam moved to Los Angeles in 1951 and quickly became the city's dominant...

Channel 5 moving into Times, editor says

I finally listened to the whole interview that Los Angeles Times Editor Russ Stanton gave the Daily Sundial at Cal State Northridge, linked in Monday's Morning Buzz. He drops a...

Emmys for KNBC, KCET and MacArthur Park

KNBC Channel 4 led with eight local Emmys at last night's awards ceremony at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in North Hollywood. The trophies included Mary Harris for outstanding news...

Corsini to step down at KCBS/KCAL

Don Corsini has run the two CBS-owned channels since 2002. He will stay until the end of the year, when Patrick McClenahan will be promoted to president and general manager....

Leroy Sievers, TV news producer was 53

Leroy Sievers is the former "Nightline" executive producer who has been commenting on the air and blogging about his cancer for National Public Radio. Sievers had previously been the CBS...

Engineer Bill, final red light at 97

A generation of Los Angeles kids grew up watching cartoons on Channel 9 and drinking their milk when Engineer Bill or his announcer said "green light" — and stopping...

Tavis profiled in the New Yorker

This week's piece by Kelefa Sanneh starts out exploring TV and radio commentator Tavis Smiley's criticism of Barack Obama's candidacy and looks into Smiley's enterprises, which are based in Leimert...

Book talk on PBS tonight

The "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" drills down on the closure of newspaper book sections, pegged to the L.A. Times situation. Here's the email blast at Romenesko: This past Sunday, the...

Conan gets his date

O'Brien takes over from Jay Leno next June 1, NBC announces. AP Also: Ebert and Roeper quit "At the Movies."...

The Closer's LAT character

Robert Abele at the LA Weekly wonders if the new character introduced in "The Closer" this season would be Sam Zell's idea of a model reporter. Whats with the inane,...

The Jackie Johnson interview

SoupCans is a TV blog that runs a recurring Jackie Johnson Fashion Watch, so the blog was thrilled she talked to them. The Channel 2 and 9 weathercaster talks about...

Riordan has a new reason to hate the L.A. Times *

In today's LAT, reviewer Leslie Brenner absolutely savages Gladstone's Malibu, the Pacific Coast Highway goldmine where former mayor Richard Riordan is the largest shareholder. The food is "abominable" and the...

More downsizing at KTLA?

ERS News says that seven Channel 5 news staffers got the pink slip today, including on-air reporters Walter Richards, Bill Smith, Willa Sandmeyer and Janet Choi. Two long-time executive producers...

News Raw goes sports

KNBC's News Raw channel, which is branded as Digital 4.4, announced today that as of Monday, pre-Olympic programming from Universal Sports would take over many of the channel's hours. News...

L.A. Press Club winners

Journalists of the year announced at last night's Los Angeles Press Club awards: Big print: Melissa Healy, L.A. Times Small print: Anat Rubin, Los Angeles Daily Journal TV: Antonio Valverde,...

'The Cool School' airs here tonight

I really like this photo of Venice from 1957, showing the lineage of the ocean-front condos and converted beach shacks that are now so desirable. It's by Charles Brittin, the...

Tim Russert coverage

The longtime moderator of "Meet the Press" and chief of NBC's Washington bureau collapsed this afternoon in the bureau and could not be resuscitated. He was 58. Here are links...

Regarding that Roman Polanski doc

Two of the lawyers featured prominently in the HBO documentary on Roman Polanski that debuted this week have issued a statement disputing the Superior Court's allegation that the film was...

KCAL babes meet Joe Francis

Weather reader Jackie Johnson was out last night with Channel 9 colleagues Mary Beth McDade and Melissa McCarty, but it was Johnson who got all the personal attention from Girls...

Adios 'Cada Dia'

Telemundo had another bad day on Friday, dropping the network's national morning show "Cada Dia" and making some executive changes. Host Maria Antonieta Collins, who joined Telemundo from Univisin, had...

Azteca Amrica leaves town

Veronica Villafae at Media Moves reports that Azteca Amrica Channel 54 is dropping its Los Angeles production and will host the Spanish-language newscasts in Mexico. Layoffs of 29 staffers came...

Telemundo dumps anchor, loses exec

Lucia Navarro is out as anchor at Telemundo-52 after seven years, according to Media Moves, a blog that charts the movement of Latinos in the media business. Navarro was on...

Changes coming to Zell's KTLA

I'm told that staffers at Channel 5 were gathered together for two all-hands meetings yesterday and told that ND Rich Goldner would exit today for that new job in San...

News ever more raw

LiveNewsCameras.com offers a wall of live news video from dozens of U.S. cities, and a "moderator" who monitors the hottest stories of that minute. At least, she's there during the...

Weekend shorts

California Supreme Court chief justice Ronald George gives a two-hour interview to the LAT's Maura Dolan and talks about the court's milestone same-sex marriage ruling: "I think there are...

Playboy goes a little gay

With its television revenue down $2.8 million already this year, Playboy Enterprises plans to offer 20 hours of softcore gay male programming to Time Warner Cable subscribers, XBIZ.com reports. The...

Janice Hahn vs. Fox 11

Councilwoman Hahn responds on her blog to the Fox 11 report that sided with two cops suing the city and tied Hahn to the mother of a Grape Street gang...

Connie Martinson donates archives

The host of the long-running "Connie Martinson Talks Books" gave nearly 3,000 tapes of her cable show to Claremont Graduate University. "It's a pretty extraordinary gift," said Rick Wartzman, director...

Register decrees "immediate" layoffs

Today's slash of 80-90 employees, or 5% of the staff, is the third round of layoffs in a year at the Register's parent. Declining advertising revenue is to blame, President...

Alarcon on 'News Conference'

Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon will guest on Sunday's "KNBC News Conference," hosted by Laurel Erickson at 9:30 am on Channel 4. She wants to ask him about the...

Carlos Amezcua slams Channel 5

Now in the anchor chair at Fox 11, Carlos Amezcua blasts his former station in the May issue of Tu Ciudad. "When Hal Fishman died, so did the KTLA News,"...

How news works at Channel 4

KNBC anchor Ana Garcia, producer Rebecca Nieto, VP/News Director Robert Long and (not shown) web managing Bonnie Buck talk about how the station covers news and their relationship with PR...

L.A. news legend Pete Noyes hangs 'em up

Pete Noyes, 77, has worked behind the camera in influential roles at, I believe, Channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 13 and most recently 11. A former print reporter, producing investigations...

Salinas never dated Alex Padilla

I scanned past this in my initial quick read of the Mirthala Salinas interview by Shawn Hubler in the new issue of Los Angeles magazine. Salinas talks in some detail...

Sheriff Baca: Yes, Latino gangs killing blacks

Fox 11 reporter John Schwada has posted quotes from a video where Sheriff Lee Baca tells a mostly black audience in Compton that some Latino youths are indeed killing African...

Christina Gonzalez sues LAPD

Veteran Fox 11 reporter Christina Gonzalez filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city and the police department, saying she suffered "shock and injuries to her nervous system" and "severe...

Stan Chambers book reading

He still makes appearances and will be talking about "KTLA's News at Ten: Sixty Years with Stan Chambers" tonight at 7:30 pm at the Beverly Hills City Hall. Info...

Rough night at KCET

An LA Observed regular emails: Hey Kevin, Its 8:35. For the past half hour, KCET is having a meltdown with Antiques Roadshow telecast (interspersed with pledge segments.) Screen just went...

Will Spens, TV reporter was 57

Spens reported in the 1990s for KNBC, KCBS and KNX Newsradio and was known for wearing a trench coat and walking while delivering his televised field reports. Pete Noyes, managing...

When in need, tell a joke

Sen. Hillary Clinton used her entrance on "The Tonight Show" (Channel 4, 11:35 pm) to defuse the mocking over her tale about dodging gunfire in Bosnia while First Lady. "I...

KCBS cutbacks include Ann Martin, Harold Greene

The Daily News and Variety report that Channel 2 anchors Ann Martin and Harold Greene are among the staffers who will leave the KCBS-KCAL stations as part of a big...

Layoffs at KCBS

Bunch of people let go today. If I get details I'll pass them on....

Invasion of the suits at CBS

CBS executives are moving to the Studio City complex from Television City this weekend. The influx of all those suits figures to disrupt the Radford lot culture, not to mention...

Tribune memo on switch to Fox in San Diego

The news got out yesterday that Tribune would switch its San Diego affiliate to Fox from the CW Network. Now here's the memo explaining the move, and naming a new...

Sam approves of Sun-Times ribbing

CEO Sam Zell enjoyed the little dig his Chicago Tribune got in on the rival Sun-Times, which held a contest to let readers' express their opinion on Zell's possible interest...

Broadcast buzz

Once around: Child advocate and former L.A. first lady Nancy Daly Riordan guests with Laurel Erickson on a special edition of KNBC News Conference, airing Saturday at 4 pm. Councilman...

Zell's Tribune starts to tinker

Note to KTLA: the TV station that Sam Zell's Tribune company owns in South Florida is moving in with the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel newspaper. Zell has said the company would...

New politics blog in town

KNBC Channel 4 has tapped David Markland, a "city captain" at LA Metblogs, to write a couple of items a day under the California Faultline banner. He will focus on...

Jackie Johnson, up close

It's been a while since LA Observed readers first met math-challenged weather babe Jackie Johnson. If you have always craved just a little bit more, the CBS2/KCAL website has what...

Vets who cheat

Channel 4's Ana Garcia began an undercover investigation tonight on veterinarians who take advantage of distraught pet owners to order unnecessary procedures and "hundreds of dollars in unnecessary expenses." Kind...

Another Zell shoe falls: KTLA's GM out

Vinnie Malcolm will be leaving the building at Channel 5. He may already be gone. Staffers aren't clear just how hard he was pushed, but the memo from new Sam...

Wall to wall coverage *

Every network owned TV station in Los Angeles plus KTLA has switched live to the Simmons funeral. Channel 4 handled the bringing in of the casket nicely: no talking. Just...

41 David

Motorcycle officers working the route of the Randy Simmons funeral procession have marked their helmets with the radio designation of his SWAT unit: 41-D. Holy Geography, Batman: Furnell Chatman, holding...

Martha has met her match

L.A. author, humorist and kitschy snapshot collector Charles Phoenix will share his vintage Valentine's Day slides with Martha Stewart on her syndicated TV show on Thursday. I have no idea...

Fox 11's John Schwada takes up a blog

The talent at Channel 11 has been strongly encouraged to blog for MyFox LA, the branding given the station's website. Reporter John Schwada has taken to it easier than most...

TV Week loses another

Television reporter James Hibberd is leaving TV Week to take a newly created slot on the broadcasting beat at The Hollywood Reporter, I'm told. The path is getting familiar. Melissa...

O'Shea weekend on L.A. airwaves *

While the battered denizens at the L.A. Times wait to hear whether their next editor will be a patsy for the publisher or an actual respected newsroom leader with independence...

Free to read LA Observed again

As several KTLA staffers have emailed to remind me, the station had been blocking employees' access to LA Observed. Even while cooperating from time to time at the news level....

In case you missed Ashleigh Banfield

The post-9/11 sensation and defrocked global terrorism reporter with the square-rimmed Lafont eyeglasses — dumped by NBC after she bombed as an anchor and criticized Fox News in a speech...

CBS kills 'Public Eye' blog

The internal watchblog that began after Dan Rather's career meltdown has disappeared from the list of CBS News blogs, and Rachel Sklar at the Huffington Post is disappointed. It's a...

Golden Mike winners

KNBC Channel 4 leads the TV stations with six Golden Mikes from the Radio Television News Association, including best newscast writing, documentary ("On the Verge") and investigative story (for its...

Stu Nahan, sportscaster was 81

The Kings held a moment of silence before tonight's game to honor Stu Nahan, the former sportscaster at channels 4, 5 and 7 and sports talk host on KABC and...

'Life & Times' airs a little longer

I'm told by KCET that "Life & Times" will hold down its 7pm time slot until Dec. 28, then give way to Tavis Smiley. Stories this week will include a...

Looks like it for 'Life & Times' *

Tonight's show at 7pm on KCET has Tom Brokaw looking back at the 1960s, Vicki Curry checking in on the Orange County Museum of Art's "Birth of the Cool" exhibit,...

Linda Alvarez prepares to go

Veteran anchor-reporter Linda Alvarez is taking her leave of Channel 2 at the end of the month, concluding 14 years at the station. Here's the so-long email and invitation she...

Antonovich mourns 'loss' of KTLA News

L.A. County Supervisor Mike D. Antonovich adjourned the Supes meeting with a motion to mourn the reduction of live news coverage at Channel 5. It apparently got his goat that...

TV schlock so bad it was good

Now that Rebecca de Mornay is on HBO all the time, it figures somebody would ask, "what became of the old Wally George 'Hot Seat' shows on Channel 56?" That...

End of the run for 'Life & Times'

I missed this in the news last week. Or rather, let's say it got way underplayed — just a brief buried in the LAT Calendar section. The news is that...

NBC says so long to Burbank

The big three local network TV stations will still be in the Valley, but NBC made official what's been talked about for awhile: the station is moving most of its...

Gary Franklin...out

L.A. broadcasting fixture Gary Franklin died at 79, at home in Chatsworth. He first became known as a street reporter on KFWB, ending his reports with a signature sign-off "Car...

Dave Clark heads north

KCAL9 and CBS2 anchor Dave Clark starts November 1 as anchor of the top-rated morning news at Channel 2 in San Francisco. His email to friends says "I have spent...

On the scene with Mary Beth

Blogger and former Daily Journal reporter Daniel Evans and his wife walked down to the corner store in Burbank tonight and spotted two TV news trucks. As they feared, the...

Mirthala's new assignment

If Mirthala Salinas stays with Telemundo Channel 52 it will be as the station's general assignment news chaser in the Inland Empire, not as the star political reporter and sometime...

Candid words from NBC4's boss

At a Radio and Television News Association panel of news directors last night at UCLA, Bob Long of NBC 4 got most of the laughs — and sounded the most...

Dan Rather sues CBS for $70 million

He claims the network ruined his career. (You want to laugh, right?) Mark Lacter strikes the right tone: As defendants, the suit names CBS and its CEO, Leslie Moonves; Viacom...

KTLA didn't pay McClellan

Reporter Chip Yost simply asked if the self-professed pedophile Jack McClellan wanted to talk after his release from UCLA custody last night — and he did, says Channel 5 executive...

KTLA won't let Hal go

Channel 5's Prime News plans to run selected old commentaries by the late anchor Hal Fishman all week. Tonight it was Hal weighing in on Snoop Dogg being arrested a...

If Hal Fishman had seen the doctor...

KTLA reporter Eric Spillman writes on his official blog that "My colleague Hal Fishman died prematurely. If he had gone in for some routine tests, he might still be with...

Fishman gets 31 minutes

KTLA's Prime News team remembered and praised their late anchor and managing editor Hal Fishman for the first half of the broadcast tonight. When they finally broke for the news,...

Giving the finger *

Anyone who has watched the regular KOCE reports from the Register newsroom in Orange County knows it's hard enough to get print schlubs to give good television. It's even more...

Hal Fishman passes away *

The face of KTLA news died this morning at home, the station announced. Fishman was 75 and had suffered from colon and liver cancer and an infection. He last anchored...

Colon cancer for Hal Fishman

Doctors treating Fishman for yesterday's collapse found colon cancer that has spread to his liver, according to KTLA interim news director Rich Goldner on the Times website. "Hal is awake...

How much to buy a Republican?

Republicans in Los Angeles are being offered $15 to show up at an upcoming taping of the "Half Hour News Hour" on Fox. From the email: The Half Hour News...

Hal Fishman hospitalized

KTLA announced at the top of its 10 pm news — and on its website — that anchor Hal Fishman was in the hospital suffering from a serious infection. He...

Salinas, Telemundo execs suspended

Mirthala Salinas gets two months without pay for reading the news stories about Mayor Villaraigosa's marital breakup, but will keep her job at Telemundo 52. She apparently informed superiors about...

'Hands off Mirthala'

Earl Ofari Hutchinson blogs at Friendly Fire: Telemundo officials say that they will make a decision within the next few days whether to fire Mirthala Salinas or not. They shouldnt....

Wald steps down at Channel 5

KTLA News Director Jeff Wald informed his department this morning that he's leaving the station to spend more time his family. Wald's wife died suddenly last December, and he has...

Telemundo has issues with Salinas

Telemundo has been covering the mayoral affair and media ethics dust-up involving its own reporter, and seems very interested in hearing what listeners think. At the bottom of the web...

Magers can't go home again

CBS2 anchor Paul Magers' former home in the Minneapolis area — called by one blogger a "grand-to-ostentatious Lake of the Isles mansion" — is in the news back there because...

What's in a name anyway?

The Museum of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills (and New York) becomes the Paley Center for Media today. The New York Times reports: By no longer calling itself a...

Send-up of Huell Howser

Look at this Louie — we're on YouTube: Link...

Joel Grover goes to EZ Lube

KNBC's undercover camera has caught more car repair scammers. This time, Grover's web snared EZ Lube, "California's fastest growing lube and tune chain." Says the Channel 4 website: Under the...

Correction o' the day

Fans of "The Sopranos" spent all day Monday comparing notes on what an exultant Tony Soprano screamed at the end of Sunday night's intense episode. The LAT's television writer Paul...

New job at KCET

Bret Marcus, displaced by the cancellation of "California Connected," becomes Vice President of Programming, Publicity and Promotion at the local PBS station. Release after the jump....

Univision's voter drive

Since January, KMEX here has been blanketing its Spanish-language audience with encouragement for green card holders who are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. Now the project is going nationwide...

KCET wants to get more local

Turns out that the Saturday night movie showcase that KCET launched recently — and that has been advertised over there on the right side of this page — was just...

'Roughed up, to put it mildly'

Those are reporter Christina Gonzalez's words on Fox 11 after she was shoved and laughed at by LAPD riot cops while coming to the defense of the station's camera operator,...

'Wired Science' gets green light

PBS has picked up the first season of the series to be produced by KCET in association with Wired magazine. It premieres nationwide on October 3. From the flackage: "The...

'California Connected' calls it quits

Tonight's show is the last, at least for now. "After five seasons and 154 shows from Yreka in the north to Baja in the south to the Eastern Sierras of...

Welcome back, Sharon Tay *

A local television legend of sorts, and LA Observed oldie but goodie, returned tonight to the Los Angeles airwaves — and now to the blogosphere. Sharon Tay co-anchored the "KTLA...

The Spector juror from NBC News

It's Adam Gorfain, a 41 year old senior producer for "Dateline NBC" at the NBC News studios in Burbank, according to sometime NBC ABC independent investigative producer Eric Longabardi on...

Free to eat again at CBS 2

Now that channels 2 and 9 reside in their new shared newsroom in Studio City, news director Nancy Bauer-Gonzales has removed the ban on eating and drinking at desks. But—staffers...

Girlfriend Gone Wild

Channel 2 staffers are buzzing about their new entertainment reporter, Christina McLarty, being the girlfriend of Girls Gone Wild bad-boy Joe Francis. He's been in the news lately for his...

Zell gets Tribune control

The Chicago Tribune calls it an "epic corporate drama" that ends with the paper's parent company — owner of the Los Angeles Times and KTLA — being taken private by...

Banned by O'Reilly and loving it

We told you last week that radio personality April Winchell had blown Bill O'Reilly's cover as a man of the people by exposing his rant about croissants that were not...

Dissed by his own network

Bob Woodward is the Washington Post editor who was not on the 4 o'clock news yesterday on ABC 7. Bob Woodruff is the former ABC News co-anchor, severely injured by...

ABC 7's Phillip Palmer to give kidney

Channel 7 morning news anchor Phillip Palmer goes under the knife tomorrow at St. Vincent's to donate a kidney to a friend, former KCAL news editor Dale Davis. Palmer talks...

Lands on his feet

Joseph Russin joins KTLA News as executive editor of planning. "Russin's responsibilities will include overseeing news coverage on-air and on the web, planning feature stories and supervising the work of...

New CBS 2 memo on 'Fragrance Sensitivity'

Channels 2 and 9 news director Nancy Bauer Gonzales has gone on the warpath before against perfume and cologne in the office (as well as against messy desks.) But with...

Good question

An LA Observed reader asks: "Why are there seven jobs for ABC 7 listed on JournalismJobs.com?" Dunno, but it's true and they are all for freelancers or part-time work. The...

Smiley gets NAACP's Gordon

Tavis Smiley scores an interview tonight on PBS with Bruce Gordon, who resigned Sunday after just nineteen months as head of the NAACP. "A 64 person board under any scenario...

Rip Rense channels the KTLA Morning Show

Excerpt at the Rip Post: Co-Anchor Michaela Free Home Makeover Pereira: This girl clearly needs help. I mean, she is not exactly de-icing the cool bus! Kriski: De-ice the cool...

Lakers go high-def

Time Warner will begin carrying KCAL 9 HD on Friday with the 5:30 pm broadcast in high-definition of the Lakers game at Indiana. It's channel 409 in the new Time...

Bob Carroll, 87, wrote for Lucy *

Bob Carroll Jr. worked with writing partner Madelyn Pugh Davis for more than 60 years, including on all the television series that Lucille Ball starred in. Carroll and and Pugh...

Golden Mike winners

KFWB and KPCC-FM each won six Golden Mikes to lead the pack at Saturday night's banquet of the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. Channel 4's 5pm newscast...

Meredith Vieira's trip to L.A. *

She actually calls it La-La Land on her Today Show blog. Later, the host fills in fans on a trip to Universal Studios and guest shots on Jay Leno and...

KTLA news values

I watched Channel 5's "Prime News" at 10 pm to see how long they would go with real news before veering away to report on this morning's star ceremony on...

Chatting with Stan Chambers

LA Observed contributor Jacob Soboroff caught up with local TV news legend Stan Chambers in Hollywood at KTLA's 60th anniversary bash. Click on the pic to watch the short video...

Sorkin not so happy with LAT *

In a recent interview with FilmStew, Aaron Sorkin complained about the less-than-cheerleading coverage of "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" by writers at the Times' Calendar section. He named Maria...

'Connected' gets a prize

California Connected, produced at KCET, received the Alfred I. duPont award from Columbia University for "War Stories from Ward 7-D," called a "sobering report on the range of brain injuries...