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NBCLA Expands Weekend Newscasts

We’ve been hearing the whispers, and this week, NBC Southern California has made it official. Building on the ratings success of the station’s weekend newscasts, the Burbank-based affiliate is adding 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday installments and expanding its existing Sunday 11 p.m. report to a full hour.

The anchor team of Robert Kovacik and Kathy Vara, who currently co-anchor the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts, will also co-anchor “NBC4 News at 5PM” on the weekends. From the announcement:

“The expansion of our newscasts give us a chance to tell more stories and cover events that happen on weekends,” said vice president of news Todd Mokhtari. “The added time slots give our viewers more options for getting breaking news, local information and weather all weekend long.”

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NBC4 Launching New Weekly News Series

Starting Tuesday night, NBC4 will air a new weekly news series entitled “Life Connected,” celebrating the diversity of communities and individuals that have come together to enhance the quality of life of others in their community.

“Life Connected is a long-term station initiative that will celebrate different communities and cultures and demonstrate the human spirit and triumphs throughout Southern California,” said Steve Carlston, president and general manager of NBC4 Southern California. “So often we focus on the differences within society; Life Connected will highlight the similarities and connections that we all share. Whether in the workplace, in our neighborhoods, at our places of worship, or in any part of our daily lives, we are indeed all connected.”

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KNBC-TV is Now NBC4 Southern California

Although LA’s NBC affiliate did extremely well at this weekend’s Golden Mike Awards, sweeping the Division A newscast categories, it’s not quite as supreme in the local ratings books. Today, as part of some sweeping changes instituted by new president and general manager Steve Carlston, the channel has officially rebranded itself as NBC4 Southern California.

But that’s not all. Per a report in the LA Times by Greg Braxton, there’s also a fancy new $150,000 82-inch in-studio TV screen and other capital improvements:

The station is also beefing up its investigative unit, headed by reporters Joel Grover and Ana Garcia; replaced and upgraded 13 news vehicles in its fleet with HD design; and added two satellite trucks.

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Steve Carlston Hired as President and GM of KNBC

Steve Carlston was named the new president and general manger of NBC4 (KNBC), replacing Craig Robinson, who was hired as the executive vice president and chief diversity officer of NBCUniversal last month.

Carlston comes to NBC4 from Salt Lake City, where he was vice president and general manager of KUTV-TV (CBS) and KMYU-TV (MyNetworkTV). The 3o-year veteran of the television industry will start his new role next month and report to Valari Staab, president of the NBC Owned Television Stations.

“Between his 30 years of television industry experience, dynamic leadership skills and proven track record of making stations stronger, Steve Carlston is uniquely qualified to take NBC4 to the next level,” said Staab in a statement.  “Steve is from Southern California and truly understands the importance of a television station serving the local community.  I look forward to working with him and welcome him to the team.”

TVSpy has the full press release from the NBC Owned Television Stations.