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Tom Bradley documentary goes national on PBS

tom-bradley-at-mic.jpg "Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race" runs Thursday night at 8 p.m. on PBS SoCal.

WATN: Teddy Davis, City Hall player and candidate

teddy-davis-cnn-640.jpg After losing badly in his try to join the LA City Council, Davis is now on the media side of the presidential campaigns.

'Lost LA' series debuts Wednesday on KCET

LOSTLA-subwayterm.jpg New series about Los Angeles and history hosted by Nathan Masters is a co-production with the USC Libraries.

LA Weekly loses film critic Amy Nicholson too

amynicholson2013.jpg They are hiring. LAist is also looking for an editor-in-chief, and another former LA blogger-in-chief is in the news.

Lalo Alcaraz on how to make it in Hollywood*

BordertownTeam-crop-320.jpg You too can be an overnight success after 20 years, says the writer on the new Fox show "Bordertown."

SoCal Connected returns for 7th KCET season*

socal-connected-cast-2016.jpg New season of the award-winning series debuts on Jan. 27 with Val Zavala back as anchor and EP.

Bob Flick, 84, retired news producer for KNXT and NBC*

Flick survived the attack on journalists covering Jonestown that killed Rep. Leo Ryan in 1978 and helped to start "Entertainment Tonight."

Charlie Sheen confirms he is HIV positive (video)

charlie-sheen-nbc-grab.jpg The actor does not have AIDS and says he has paid "into the millions" including to insiders to keep his status quiet over four years.

Reporter objects to '60 Minutes' doing his heroin story

60-minutes-heroin-grab.jpg Sam Quinones is the author of "Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic." CBS didn't go for his pitches, then he saw "60 Minutes" last night.

Chuck Berry and the Stones on Hollywood a Go Go (video)

rollingstones-hagg.jpg May 15, 1965 was a bigger than usual Saturday taping night in the KHJ Channel 9 studios.

Look who's hosting 'Trailblazing Women' on TCM

TBW_About_Collage1.jpg LA Observed contributor Cari Beauchamp brings her film historian chops to a month-long series highlighting female directors back to the industry's first years.

Wrong way to hype an investigative story

nuclear-secret-grafic.jpg There's nothing secret about KNBC's Santa Susana nuclear accident package -- the station broke the story for TV in 1979 with Warren Olney reporting.

Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards: our last Rose Parade

bob-eubanks-edwards.jpg They take to KTLA this morning to announce they are hanging up their microphones -- voluntarily. They go way back in LA broadcasting.

'Angeleno' new LA series coming from PBS SoCal

angeleno-phoenix-pbs.jpg Producer Peter Jones wants the show to feel inpired by Ralph Story and Huell Howser, "who taught me the best quality to have as a journalist: listening."

WGN marks Yom Kippur with Nazi emblem

wgn-star-of-david.jpg Chicago station says it "failed to recognize that the image was an offensive Nazi symbol."

Martin Milner, 83, actor and iconic TV cop

henrys-reed-malloy.jpg LAPD Chief Charlie Beck credits Milner's Pete Malloy with inspiring him to join the force.

LA Times loses investigative reporter to CNN, girds for buyouts

scott-glover-fb.jpg Scott Glover will be a justice reporter based in Los Angeles. Everybody at the LAT seems to expect a new round of buyouts soon.
olive-frances.jpg Eagan and Frances McDormand decided Olive would only wear skirts, because maybe that's what her mother did.

Dylan Byers, Politico's man in LA, jumps to CNN

dylan-byers-twitter.jpg Byers will be the senior reporter for media and politics at CNNMoney and CNN Politics.

Gerald Ruben, 80, longtime TV news executive in LA

gerald-ruben-fb.jpg "One of the great news producers of all time, anywhere," says Bob Tarlau on Facebook.

Larry King thinking a lot about his final gig

larry-king-nytmag-grab.jpg Over the quarter-century that he hosted ‘‘Larry King Live,’’ King was always asking his guests, ‘‘What do you think happens when we die?’’

News crew shot dead on live TV in Virginia*

parker-ward-wdbj.jpg WDBJ photographer Adam Ward, 27, and reporter Alison Parker, 24, were interviewing a chamber of commerce official at a strip mall this morning. The shooter was a former reporter at the Roanoke station.

Fox 11 veteran fired for bombing live shot over labor talks

cheryl-bacon-fired.jpg Local 53 plans a rally outside the Bundy Drive studios on Thursday in support of Cheryl Bacon, who has been at KTTV for 39 years.

LA Times adds another TV writer: Libby Hill

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg Hill will report and comment on TV in the paper, for the web and on Twitter.

Sam Rubin goes to bat for Garth Kemp* (video)

sam-rubin-grab-garth-kemp.jpg "Viewers deserve more than having someone on the air for 17 years just disappear," Rubin says, chiding KABC-TV. Plus: Kemp's new Twitter feed.

Garth Kemp out as KABC Channel 7 weather guy

garth-kemp-dog-fb.jpg Station announces resignation on his official social media accounts. Later in the day his bio dropped off the ABC 7 site.
Chuck Berry and the Stones
rollingstones-hagg.jpgOne rocking Saturday night in the KHJ-TV studios in 1965. Video and backstory
For your consideration
bessie-still.jpgTwo costume designers who should have received Emmy nominations in our blogger's judgment.
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
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