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Two Drone Incidents Have LA Police Calling for Regulations

drone_AP_croppedThe Los Angeles Times reports two drone incidents have local police adding their voice to those calling on the FAA to hurry up and issue regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles.

In the first incident on Aug. 4, police said a personal drone was spotted by a Canadian jetliner hovering about 10 miles east of LAX at 4,000 feet – an altitude outside Federal Aviation Administration guidelines for hobbyists with drones and and also within the airport’s Class B air space.

To fly that high and close to LAX brings with it a host of responsibilities, including having a transponder on the aircraft and two-way communication with air traffic controllers, federal officials said.

Los Angeles police learned of the drone when the airline pilot asked air traffic controllers if it was a police drone. The LAPD’s two drones are locked away in a federal building and have not been used.

In the second incident, employees on the LAPD’s 10thfloor on the northwest side of the building said they looked out their window Aug. 14 to see a drone hovering outside their window. Read more

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Peter Daut Moving Across Country to Anchor in Los Angeles

daut kcbs croppedPeter Daut will be joining Los Angeles CBS owned stations KCBS-KCAL as a weekend evening anchor.

The WSOC anchor wrote on his facebook page, “Exciting news: I’m returning to Los Angeles to anchor and report for CBS2/KCAL9. I start in September. It has always been my dream to cover the news in my hometown, and I look forward to this opportunity.”

Daut came to the Charlotte ABC affiliate in 2012 from KDFW in Dallas-Fort Worth, where he was a reporter/fill-in anchor. He started his career as a news writer for KABC in Los Angeles.

[Charlotte Observer]

KABC Reporter on Maui as Iselle Approaches

Ever feel like work follows you wherever you go? KABC reporter Jovana Lara got caught up in the breaking news happening in the Hawaiian Islands while on vacation with her family.

Lara did a live hit with an iPad and the Dejero app for the Los Angeles ABC owned station last night as our 50th state prepares for its first hurricane in 22 years.

She’s been sending out updates on twitter. You can see her latest tweet after the jump. Read more

‘Good Day L.A.’ Anchor Dances During News Headlines

4410015_GIn the immortal words of my very first news director, Mike Moran, at KJCT in Grand Junction: “always act as if the mic is hot.”

And in the studio, it’s wise to remember that every camera is pretty much always on. Those producers–those irritating, annoying producers–can take any camera at any time. Like, say, if you’re waiting at the weather wall while your fellow anchors read headlines, and, say, you pop in the earbuds and bust a few moves. Like that. That could get your camera popped up–and a moment of viral video perfection is born.

Here’s what we know: KTTV Los Angeles’ “Good Day L.A.” anchor Araksya Karapetyan has moves. Many, many moves. And they were put on display during GDLA on the Fox owned station Wednesday:
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KNBC, KCBS Remember Anchor Jess Marlow

For a generation, Jess Marlow simply was local news in Los Angeles. He anchored newscasts at KNBC and KCBS, and for a time, his co-anchor at 5 p.m. was Tom Snyder, and at 11 p.m., it was Tom Brokaw.

On KNBC’s 5 p.m. newscast Monday (watch it above), Conan Nolan remembered the legendary anchorman as someone who “practiced his craft at the highest level.” In a tribute given in 1997 when Marlow received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Brokaw called Marlow “one of the most respected journalists in Southern California–a man whose reputation for fairness and integrity was without challenge.”

KNBC anchor Chuck Henry said of Marlow, “he was such a happy man.” Weather anchor Fritz Coleman described Marlow as a “lovely man…(who) never lost his humanity” despite years of reporting on some of the most awful stories in Los Angeles and around the world. “He was a titan.”

Here’s KCBS’ story, as aired on sister station KCAL: Read more

Kent Shocknek Announces Retirement After 36 Years

shocknek_croppedAfter more than 36 years in TV news, KCBS-KCAL anchor Kent Shocknek has announced his retirement from the Los Angeles CBS owned stations.

Shocknek joined KCBS in 2001. He started anchoring the 10:00 p.m. show on KCAL in 2013.

“For years at CBS 2 and KCAL 9, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with the best producers in morning TV; and more recently, the best prime-time anchor team anywhere,” Shocknek said. “Now it’s time to catch up with the people I love, and check out some places I’ve always wanted to go.”

In 1986, he helped launch LA’s first morning news show, “Today in LA” on KNBC. After 31 years in the LA market, the station said it believes he’s anchored more hours of news on local TV than anyone else in the market.

“Kent Shocknek is a Los Angeles TV news institution,” Steve Mauldin, president and GM of KCBS-KCAL said in a statement. “He’s a consummate professional who has distinguished himself as an outstanding breaking news anchor with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of Southern California.”

Jess Marlow, ‘Old School Anchor,’ Has Died

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Longtime Los Angeles anchor Jess Marlow has died, according to KNX radio. Marlow, who announced his retirement from television news in 2003, was a fixture on L.A. newscasts for decades:

He began his TV career in 1958 at a station in Rock Island, Ill. KNBC brought him to Los Angeles as a reporter in 1966, and by 1968 he was anchoring the news there — and continued doing so until 1980. He worked at KCBS from 1980 to 1986, then returned to KNBC through 2000.

As word of Marlow’s death spread, many tweeted their remembrances: Read more

Tribune Gets New Name Ahead of Split

TribuneMedia_CMYK_pri_LrgTypeTribune Company begins operating under a new, but similar, name today: Tribune Media Company. The rebranding comes as the broadcasting and publishing divisions of the 167-year-old company split.

Tribune Media includes Tribune Broadcasting, WGN America, Tribune Studios, Tribune Digital Ventures, WGN Radio, and Tribune Real Estate. “In the last year, we have executed a strategy designed to embrace a rapidly changing media environment,” said Peter Liguori, President and CEO, Tribune Media Company. “We doubled the size of our broadcast group, re-launched our national cable network WGN America with high-quality original programming, and expanded our digital businesses that power some of the world’s leading media brands.” Tribune owns CW affiliates in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. Last year, the company acquired Local TV Holdings adding 19 TV stations in 16 markets.

The other entity, Tribune Publishing Company, includes 10 major daily newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, South Florida Sun-SentinelOrlando Sentinel and Baltimore Sun. Tribune Publishing is expected to begin trading on the NYSE tomorrow. Its future as a stand-alone company is less clear.

 

Caller Tells KABC Water Main Break Caused by ‘A Really Large Dump’

Yesterday, Los Angeles ABC owned station KABC started its 4:00 p.m. show with breaking news of a water main break flooding parts of the UCLA campus.

About 40 minutes into the report, anchors Ellen Leyva and David Ono spoke with a caller named Louis Slungpue who claimed to be from the Department Water & Power.

Turns out he wasn’t. The first clue may have been the name. The second? Before hanging up, he told the station the break was caused by a student either putting a cherry bomb down a toilet “or someone took a really large dump, you know.”

Laurie Perez Leaving Hartford for Los Angeles

perez croppedLaurie Perez is leaving Hartford, CT, FOX affiliate WTIC.

“My husband Jeff Collette accepted a position at the NFL network in California and he started a few weeks ago,” Perez told the Hartford Courant. “I’ll be working at KCBS starting in August.”

Before coming to WTIC, Perez worked at WSPA in Greenville, SC. She started her career at KEPR in Kennewick, WA.

The Courant reports Perez will be replaced by the returning Jenn Bernstein.

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