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Everything posted by FiveNews

  1. I know its like assuming WBBM or KYW will shutdown their news departments, but is it plausible for CNN US to just go away? I travel extensively, and I really like CNN International's coverage. CNN International should be the REAL CNN. I know the days of Judy Woodruff, Bernie Shaw, Lou Waters and Bobbie Battista will never return, CNNI would definitely be a strong second in my book.
  2. NBC Nightly News during the John Chancellor/David Brinkley was split between 30 Rock and Washington DC. Brinkley was in DC. With regard to CBS moving the Evening News, I like it. Yes, NYC is the largest city and #1 DMA in the country. At the same time, DC is where all the action is relative to politics. We all know how politics is truly feeding the news machine at the moment. I would like to know a few things....will they be using the Face the Nation set for CBSEN? Also, what kind of breaking news contingency plans will CBS have back in New York when big stories break? I know CBS got their ass handed to them a few years ago on a Friday night when Muhammad Ali passed away. They had to break-in from the Los Angeles network newsroom, which is shared with KCBS/KCAL. I believe Paul Magers did that special report.
  3. They're doing the same thing out here in Southern California. Like the Tri-State area, Southern California is expansive. I think that these community journalists are a good idea. I consider them an embedded journalist. KABC has two that I have seen, one covering the Silverlake/Echo Park area and another covering East Los Angeles. I am sure there are more. You can see what they are all about on their IG at @abc7sophie and @abc7eric
  4. Todd Griffithe, one of KTLAs Directors (@ToddKTLA on Twitter) tweeted on 3/1 that KTLA was "most watched" at 10pm. Easy win since KTTV and KCAL are trash. If you guys go back to early March, FTVLive posted how back KCBS ratings are with an image of a ratings report. Not sure if the ratings report was for the day or week or whatever, but if you zoom in, you can see that KTLA and KABC pretty much own the market. I think KNBC came in 2nd at 5pm and 6pm.
  5. Didn't think lists were allowed. Moderator??
  6. They had Sunday GDLA several years ago. It was anchored by Robb Weller, Nischelle Turner and Elizabeth Espinosa. It has since been cancelled. Whoa! Just checked GDLAs Wiki page. It says the 6-9am hours of GDLA will be anchored by Tony and Araksya. The 9-10am hour will be anchored by Megan Colarossi and Vanessa Borge. There was a lot of fanfare when Megan arrived and was paired with Steve Edwards. I believe that much heralded pairing lasted only a week due to Steve Edwards being dismissed amid misconduct allegations. I don't think those allegations were ever proven.
  7. FTVLive reports after a dismal February ratings period, KTTV FOX 11 will make some adjustments to their anchor pairings. Elex Michaelson will move off of GDLA to the 5pm and 10pm news with Christine Devine. Dan Cohen moves from nightside anchoring with Christine to 4:30am-6am anchor with Rita Garcia on GDLA. I doubt this will fix all of KTTVs problems. They need to start with solid reporting and better anchors. Their only true anchor talent that knows the market are Christine Devine, Susan Hirasuna (weekend PM) and Phil Shuman (weekend PM) who also spent many years at KNBC. Lets not forget KTTV is the only station in the market without a weekend morning news program.
  8. Same VO that does the morning open for KGO San Francisco. Their morning show is "ABC7 Mornings." See open below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nM5ttJtU08
  9. John Muller, for the record.
  10. Let us also not forget BayTV which was a joint venture of KRON and The San Francisco Chronicle. BayTV aired for nearly a decade until the whole Young/KRON cluster in 2001.
  11. Not reading anything into it, but Spillman co-anchored today with Lynette. Last weekend Lauren Lyster (weekend Morning News reporter) co-anchored. Looks like they might be trying a few people out until they find a suitable replacement for Chris. Also, FYI...Chris was laid to rest yesterday at a private funeral at Rose Hills in Whittier. There were a few snippets on KTLA's IG. Sam Rubin, Wendy Burch among others eulogized Chris. Enjoy your eternal rest, Chris.
  12. The original KTTV Good Day LA 1993 open. Been trying to find it for years. It started out..."It's gonna be a good...good daaaay in LA," then it went into the anchor intros. There is a KTTV open montage that has that same opening sequence, but without the original theme. When GDLA launched in 1993, they were 2 years behind the KTLA Morning News and GDLA switched formats rather frequently to try and match KTLAs success.
  13. Lynette wasn't Burrous' original partner when the weekend Morning News launched. When the weekend show launched in 2011, it was Mary Beth McDade alongside Chris. Then MB, as she is affectionately known, went to be one of KTLA's key nightside reporters. She was replaced by Wendy Burch. Chris and Wendy had great chemistry, but Wendy was quickly jettisoned for unknown reasons. The word on the street is that her dog was regularly leaving "gifts" on the set. After Wendy, Lynette was tapped to replace her. I am sure Lynette is devastated. She also anchored for a few years with the legendary Hal Fishman on News at Ten. For her to lose a second co-anchor during her LA career has to be tough to say the least. Don't think Eric would take the weekend gig. Waaaaaaaay to early to speculate on a replacement, but my bet would be on Mark Mester.
  14. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but where is the Moderator? I'm looking for November 2018 Sweeps results....not commentary on ownership in mid to small market TV stations.
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    My money would be on Kovacik. Last week's fires and the Thousand Oaks shooting reinforce the fact that someone who understands the market is needed when big stories break. Robert Kovacik spent several years at 13 (back when they had a news department) before going to NBC4. Not that Adam Kuperstein couldn't do it, but he is not familiar with the market at all. You don't learn Southern California in just a few short weeks. Even though there are only a handful of counties (LA/Orange/San Bernardino/Riverside/Ventura), the Southland is vast and a local needs to truly understand it. Don't think Chuck is retiring in the near future, but thats just my two cents.
  16. All of the main anchors have shown why they are main anchors in market #2 these past few days. KCBS (Pat Harvey/Jeff Michael), KNBC (Chuck and Colleen), KTLA (Micah/Cher/Rick Chambers), KABC (Marc/Michelle). These people KNOW Southern California. They KNOW what happens out here every fall with the winds and the fires. All stations absolutely kicked ass in their coverage. I am a Christine Devine fan, have been one since she came into the market, but KTTV really saddled her credibility the past few days. Its not her fault as she is only working with the resources and direction she has but KTTV truly embarrassed themselves. They have market veterans as well (Phil Shuman/Susan Hirasuna, et al), but they were way behind from the get go and never recovered. I hate to bring this up as it is not important right now, but does anyone have ratings? I believe KTLA has been on the air wall to wall since their shooting coverage happened around 11:30pm Wednesday night. Can anyone confirm?
  17. KNBCs main anchors, Chuck Henry and Colleen Williams are field anchoring on the scene in Thousand Oaks. Fantastic call by KNBC. Chuck and Colleen have decades in the market and can definitely pull this off. I’m floored and amazed (in a good way) that KNBC did this.
  18. Not surprising about KTTV. FTVLive roasted them as well. I live in Southern California, Thousand Oaks is not far from me at all. I have been glued to KABC and KTLA. Their reporters are showing raw emotion. Normally reporters/anchors are advised to shy away from that. In a story like this, I am completely OK with this. I woke up around 3am, had checked my phone and saw all the news alerts and immediately turned on the TV. All stations are doing great with this coverage. CNN and FOX News were covering it as well. Sadly, MSNBC was on Morning Joe talking about the circus in Washington DC.
  19. He was at KABC as weekend anchor prior to his long stint at KTTV. I believe he left around 1998/1999. If you YouTube some of the KABC Paul Moyer/Ann Martin videos, you will see him as a young reporter on the 11pm news. It probably was a good move for Jeff to take the 5pm/11pm role. He definitely knows the market, but was too stiff for mornings. Sucks for Jeff Vaughn, but he is better suited for KCAL. Sharon should be on at 8pm and 10pm. Her 4pm/9pm shift probably allows her to be out the door around 10:30pm.
  20. Interesting move. Especially since she and Jeff Michael provided stability and credibility to CBS2s morning show. Sharon isnt a stranger to the night shift. She anchored the 8pm and 10pm news on KCAL with Rick Garcia as previously mentioned. Also, prior to her anchoring Early Edition on KTLA, she was the weekend co-anchor on News at Ten with Larry McCormick.
  21. Sounds like people are taking extra time/working on their reports before the November ratings period starts. Frank still does 7a-11am. Glen does 11a, 1pm and 3pm. Mark Mester is a reporter and fills in on the desk when needed. No need to panic.
  22. I live in the LA DMA, so I feel qualified to answer. I live in San Bernardino County which is about 50min away from Palm Springs and about 45min from DTLA. All LA stations have their main studios/newsroom in LA County, an Orange County bureau and a few stations have an Inland Empire (IE) bureau which is San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. One thing about the Los Angeles market is that it is VAST!! Yes, LA stations will send a crew to Palm Springs as warranted, but Palm Springs is it's own market. Same thing goes for San Diego. SD is it's own market, but if the story is big enough, the LA stations will go south. In Southern California there is a lot of territory to cover. Also, the Santa Barbara market covers northern Ventura County, Santa Barbara County and SLO (San Luis Obispo) County. The LA stations do it well, but it is nice to have Palm Springs, Santa Barbara and San Diego to fall back on when needed.
  23. Scott Reiff does traffic from Air 7 HD. There isn't a studio based traffic reporter anymore- like someone referenced, since Alysha del Valle left. Makes you wonder if you will see a new anchor team on the 11am news. I'd imagine they get in around 2:45-3am. To work until 12:15/12:30 isn't horrible, but it definitely makes for a long day. I would think the 3pm team or the 4pm team could easily add the 11am to their duties.
  24. I believe a strong second among English stations.
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