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KTLA news copter test run in 1958 (video)

ktla-copter-grab.jpg Channel 5 was the first Los Angeles television station to deploy a news helicopter. Watch.

Charter to add Dodgers channel before TWC takeover

dodger-stadium-fans.jpg The CEO of Charter Communications says the company will start to offer Sports Net LA within a few weeks, while its $56 billion deal for Time Warner Cable proceeds.
kimmel-re-letterman.jpg Jimmy Kimmel will air a re-run of his show tonight so that his fans can switch over to CBS and watch Letterman's final show.

Amazing visual tornado explainer

tornado-genesis-grab.jpg Tornado genesis from Jim Cantore at the Weather Channel.

'Mad Men' finale ratings just third-best for the show

don-draper-esalen.jpg Previous season openers did better in the ratings than the series finale, according to first-night numbers from Nielsen.

'Mad Men' jerk is just as bad to BuzzFeed journalist

ferg-donnelly-buzzfeed.jpg This is what Hollywood's acceptance of sexism looks like in real life, writes BuzzFeed LA's Susan Cheng -- despite a lawyer letter trying to dissuade her.

'Mad Men' finale at the Ace Hotel

mad-men-ace-stage-iris.jpg Creator Matthew Weiner thanked the audience for their loyalty and they cheered, laughed and cried through the final episode.

Greatest jokes that never made it on Letterman

obama-on-letterman-2015.jpg With David Letterman's TV run coming near the end, his writers of the past reveal the jokes they wish they had been allowed to put on the air.

Suzanne Marques shames on-camera crasher

suzanne-marques-live-spoile.jpg Good for Marques. After a dude invaded her shot and began talking dirty, she put his pic on Facebook. "Do you know this face?"

NBC4 investigates food poisoning at LA restaurants

nb4-food-poisoning-map.jpg County health inspections are spotty even at restaurants with confirmed cases of poisoning, says report by Joel Grover.

Mirthala Salinas leaves TV anchor seat for her family

mirthala-salinas-62-hz.jpg Salinas, the former Telemundo reporter who had an affair with then-mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, had been the local anchor on KRCA-62.
sabado-gigante4.jpg It's the longest-running show on Univision and possibly the longest-running variety show in television history.

Media notes: Sylvia Lopez leaving KCAL, layoffs at THR, more

Sylvia-Lopez-kcbs.jpg Lopez says she is going to grad school fulltime. Alex Ben Block among those leaving the Hollywood Reporter, report says.

Sam Rubin: Bruce Jenner does not deserve 2 hours on ABC (video)

jenner-grab.jpg Nothing he can say about gender issues would trump his participation in the "cultural crime" of Kardashian hype.

Muslim female surfers and modesty on KCET*

Ep745_FemaleMuslimSurfers_03.18.15 copy.jpg Local surfers who are observant Muslims and female and the challenges they face, tonight on 'SoCal Connected.' Plus orcas, an urban farm and Hollyhock House.

George Fischbeck, TV's Dr. George, dies at 92

dr-george-fischbeck.jpg Fischbeck was Channel 7's weatherman for nearly 20 years in the 1970s and 80s.

Obama visit very good for Jimmy Kimmel's ratings

obama-kimmel.jpg Kimmel's audience for Obama was up 30 percent over the previous Thursday and turned out to be the show's fourth highest rating ever.

Robert Durst arrested in Susan Berman's murder

robert-durst-jarecki.jog.jpg HBO could not have gotten a luckier PR break with the final episode of "The Jinx" airing tonight.

Judd McIlvain, crusader for the consumer, was 73

judd-McIlvain-v.jpg McIlvain was the Troubleshooter on Channel 2 news in Los Angeles for many years. He died Monday.

Sam Simon, 59, Simpsons co-creator who gave away his wealth

SamSimon-save-the-children.jpg Simon donated his fortune from "The Simpsons" to children, animals and other causes.

KTTV boss Kevin Hale to retire

fox-11-bundy.jpg Hale has been at Channel 11 since 2004 and with Fox TV Stations for 18 years. No replacement has yet been named.

June Fairchild, 68, Gazzarri Dancer on TV and actress

june-fairchild-eddy-tk.jpg Fairchild's fans from 1960s TV, "Head" and "Up in Smoke" found her again dancing on YouTube. She recovered from a bout of homelessness on Skid Row.

SNL reunion: 'The Californians' and 'Weekend Update' (video)

tina-amy-jane-snl-update.jpg Pico, Fry's Burbank and Cedars-Sinai are among the LA locales name-checked on Sunday's reunion show. Plus: Jane Curtin on Update.

Gary Owens, longtime LA voice and media figure, dies at 80

gary-owens-ear.jpg Best known for "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," Owens was an LA radio fixture first. "One of the most famous broadcasters in Los Angeles radio history," says LA Radio's Don Barrett.

Stan Chambers, the dean of LA television reporters, dies at 91

stan-chambers-young.jpg KTLA just announced that Stan Chambers died this morning at his home in Holmby Hills. He did 22,000 stories in 63 years at Channel 5. Obits and tributes inside.

Media notes for Wednesday: CBS' Bob Simon killed

bob-simon-cbs.jpg New president for KABC-TV. Johnson Publications selling off photos. Los Angeles Magazine gets more vintage. Plus more.
TV news oops
kcal-presip-oops.jpgDoes Rich Fields seem perplexed by KCAL's spelling of precipitation?
Stuck in the mud
miguel-almaguer-in-mud.jpgNBC News correspondent Miguel Almaguer had to be extricated from the mud in Azusa. Story
Jay Leno, great car guy
49-plymouth-vdt.jpg When Leno helped Veronique de Turenne with her beloved 1949 Plymouth. Here in Malibu
Baldwin Hills dam disaster
baldwin-hills-dam-lapl.jpgIn the formative years of TV news in Los Angeles, KTLA had the helicopter and the breaking news audience. Read more
What were they smoking?
ktla-cannabis.jpgKCAL misspells cannabis in screen graphic. Oops
Dorothy Lucey
dorothy_lucey_ftvlive.jpgFox 11 boss who said she made his eyes bleed? No longer employed. TV people
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