“The news couldn’t be better given we were bracing for another medical hurdle. I was told after having my brain tumor removed 7 months ago that my body was traumatized and that conceiving might be a challenge,” Chang wrote on the Fox-owned station’s website. “I was also told that my vision would most likely never restore. I’m blessed enough to say I defied the odds on both fronts.”
Watch her announcement on “Good Day LA” this morning:
Was KNBC photographer Kenny Holmes being insensitive—or simply smart—when he used Twitter to reach out to a person who claimed to be one of the riders stuck on a disabled California roller coaster Monday?
Four people were injured when a tree branch fell onto the track of the Ninja, a 2,700 foot ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Shortly after the accident, Holmes used Twitter to find a user named Israel who may have been one of the 22 riders who had to be rescued from the coaster by firefighters. “Stuck upside down on Ninja at Six Flags…scary. The news is here as well” he tweeted.
Holmes reached out with his own tweet:
@diskiddooo_ hey man glad you’re ok. I’m with NBC LA. Do you have pics?
— Kenny Holmes (@KHOLMESlive) July 8, 2014
That tweet was quickly pounced on as an example of uncaring media interested only in getting those exclusive photos, with one person sending a mocking tweet, “Stay classy @NBCLA @KHOLMESlive. “You haven’t been rescued yet, might fall, but u have pics bro?”
Holmes, who also reached out to relatives of potential victims of the coaster accident on Twitter, defended himself, saying he confirmed “Israel” was no longer on the ride, and not in danger of falling—actually, he’d never even been on the ride, but had sent out the “stuck upside down” tweet as a joke. Read more
A KNBC spokesperson confirms to TVSpy that Whit Johnson, who currently anchors the noon newscast, will co-anchor “Today in LA” alongside Guzman. Johnson will swap with Michael Brownlee, who currently anchors the morning newscast and will be moving to the noon newscast.
Michelle Valles, who has been co-anchoring the morning newscast since Alycia Lane parted ways with KNBC last year, will return to her previous role as co-anchor of the weekend edition of “Today in LA” and report during the week.
Los Angeles Tribune station KTLA added another hour of news last night.
A Tribune spokesperson told TVSpy the station debuted the show as an extension of the 10:00 p.m.
The only mentions were in tweets like the one below from a KTLA senior producer:
— Marcus Smith (@MarcusSmithKTLA) June 16, 2014
Fresh off its experimentation with where Steve Edwards should sit during Good Day LA, KTTV in Los Angeles is now trying out Araksya Karapetyan in place of Marla Tellez on the FOX owned station’s morning show.
Tellez now co-anchors the 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. show. A station source assured TVSpy stations switch anchors up all the time and that “everybody” liked the new look.
While FOX first poo pooed the change as a rumor, our LA based eagle-eyed super fan who first told us about the swap asked Karapetyan if she liked the change. Karapetyan replied, “up for anything!” You can see a screen grab of the tweet after the jump. Read more
Up until May 6, Edwards was sitting center at the Good Day desk, then May 7 everything changed. He was sitting at the far right end of the desk. We received word yesterday he was still far right, but this time he was standing. Did someone take his chair?
The move was written about on another media site and our faithful reader thought Edwards’ rightways migration might be KTTV code for something nefarious, as in “we’ll keep moving him right…right off the set.” While this post is easing towards red on the sarcasm meter, it does show that details like where an anchor sits is important to viewers.
The good people at FOX told TVSpy there is no ulterior motive behind the moving anchorman. They said they’re simply experimenting with anchor positions on the new set.
Of course, if Edwards begins reporting from the bathroom or starts “working from home” maybe our reader can tell us he told us so.
— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) May 13, 2014
Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports McIlwain will sign off from KXAS on June 20 and start at KNBC on July 7.
While doing man-on-the-street interviews near a California wildfire yesterday, KTLA‘s Courtney Friel interviewed a man who turned the tables and started asking her the questions. “Wow. You’re super pretty,” the shirtless man said to Friel. “Do you want to go on a date sometime?”
Friel, who is married to CBS News correspondent Carter Evans, politely informed the man that she was live on the air for KTLA and steered the conversation back to the fire. Watch:
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