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Conan O'Brien notifies audience about Robin Williams (video)

conan-robin-williams-death.jpg Conan O'Brien was taping his TBS show this afternoon when the news about Robin Williams reached the studio. Just before the end of the show, O'Brien informed the silent audience.

PBS SoCal finally launches a regional news show

studio-socal-debut.jpg Studio SoCaL debuted Friday night as a weekly half-hour that repeats a few times. The first show had former LA mayor Richard Riordan and a discussion of "Silicon Beach."

Jess Marlow, longtime LA news anchor was 84*

jess+marlow+tv+blue.jpg Marlow had a long career reporting or anchoring on KNBC, KCBS and KCET — 37 years in all, ending with the old "Life & Times” program on KCET.

Kent Shocknek to retire from the CBS duopoly

kent-shocknek-cbs.jpg KCBS and KCAL announced today that longtime anchor Kent Shocknek will retire at the end of September. He has been on TV in Los Angeles for 31 years, most recently as anchor of the 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts on KCAL.
ucla-flood-grab-nbc4.jpg Quite a scene at UCLA on Tuesday. Plus Channel 7 falls for a fake DWP spokesman — but it takes a while.

NBC4 wins the most local Emmys

emmys-66-logo.jpg NBC4's honors included for investigative reporting and for regularly scheduled daily evening newscast. Channel 4's Mary Harris also won the Emmy for news writing for the seventh time.

KTLA's Wendy Burch details her pregnancy for viewers (video)

wendy-burch-pregnant-grab.jpg Burch takes to the station's morning show to explain the details of how, at age 45, she decided to go the frozen egg route. The report runs almost six minutes.

'Seinfeld' turns 25 still master of its domain

Seinfeld-chineserestaurant.jpg As the judge said in the final episode, their "callous indifference and utter disregard for everything that is good and decent has rocked the very foundation upon which our society is built."
kings-ducks-graphic.jpg The Kings and Ducks will meet to settle it on Friday evening in Anaheim. That's two big playoff games in LA in the past week where TV screens failed at the end. Not just Time Warner Cable either.

Sterling speaks and blames 'the girl,' asks to be forgiven

sterling-cooper.jpg Sterling talks with Anderson Cooper in interview to air tonight on CNN. He asks forgiveness from the NBA — if his words offended, that is. "If I said anything wrong, I'm sorry."

Shirtless bro of 909 'took a shot seen round the world'

clay-narey-allen.jpg The guy with no shirt on who asked out reporter Courtney Friel while both were live on the KTLA air last week is a new Inland Empire celebrity. Meet the ex-Marine behind the skin.

Mystery LAX disruption traced to legendary old spy plane

u-2-usaf.jpg The U-2 was developed and built at Burbank Airport and played a major role in the Cold War. CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers, shot down over the USSR in 1960 and swapped for a KGB spy, later died flying the KNBC news chopper.
courtney-friel-grab.jpg KTLA's Courtney Friel was covering the afternoon's brush fire in the Inland Empire foothills on Wednesday when a shirtless man carrying a dog asked her for a date.

KCET brings back a form of 'SoCal Connected'

Thumbnail image for kcet-control-room.jpg New season begins May 14 with some of the old team and some new faces. Expect a show that's more like the KCET website than the TV series that won all those awards.

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.
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
Asiana names gaffe
ktvu-racist-names.jpgOakland TV station KTVU blows it big time. Story and video
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