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LA Reporter Facing Charges After Alleged Domestic Violence Incident

fox-journalist-may-face-ten-years-jail-domestic-violenceCarlos Zapata, a reporter at Los Angeles Spanish-language station KWHY, faces criminal charges in a domestic violence investigation. The Los Angeles Times reports Zapata allegedly threw a flowerpot at his wife’s head, and now faces two counts of domestic violence, which if convicted could bring a sentence of up to ten years:

The fight in which the 51-year-old Zapata allegedly hit his wife in the head with the flower pot occurred earlier this month at the couple’s home in Sherman Oaks, prosecutors said.

After Zapata’s Dec. 3 arrest in that incident, his wife told authorities about another fight the couple had in November, which she said also ended in an attack, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Zapata is expected in court on Christmas Eve.

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Jay Glazer Broke Manziel Story on KTTV

If FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer ever needs to prove he broke the whole “Johnny Manziel is starting for the Cleveland Browns story,” all he has to do is go to the KTTV aircheck.

Glazer was live on the Los Angeles FOX owned station doing a bit from his gym Unbreakable Performance Center when he got a text on his phone.

“Hey I got a little breaking news here if you want a little scoop and you want me to break something unbreakable,” Glazer said on-air. “I’m actually breaking right here…just got a text. Johnny Manziel will be the starter in Cleveland this week. BAM.”

Glazer was reportedly upset with ESPN after the latter reported the same news without giving Glazer credit for the scoop. Read more

KTTV Promotes Assignment Manager to Assistant News Director

KTTV_Fox_11_logo copy Ruben Villaescusa has been promoted to assistant news director at Los Angeles FOX owned station KTTV.

Villaescusa has worked at KTTV for 21 years. In that time, he’s worked as a writer, a producer, and an assignment editor before working as an assignment manager. He’s never worked anywhere other than LA in his TV career. He started at KTLA before working at KCOP and returned to KTLA before coming to KTTV.

“I’m both proud and humbled to be given this opportunity to help lead Fox 11 as we provide our viewers with smart, informative and engaging local news,” said Villaescusa.

He replaces Tom Searson who retired last month.

Los Angeles Station to Cut Afternoon Newscasts, Shuffle Staff

KCAL-TV_LogoKCAL, the CBS owned independent for Los Angeles is cutting its hour long newscast at 2:00 p.m. and its half-hour at 3:00 p.m. before the New Year.

The station will reportedly replace the news shows with Judge Mathis from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and the People’s Court from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. to round out a three hour block of courtroom drama.

No one was laid off in the newscast cuts. A station spokesperson told TVSpy, the station is shuffling the staff of the 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. newscasts over to the KCBS 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. shows. “We think we’ll be better served by having more resources working on a few less newscasts,” said the spokesperson.

The station spokesperson declined to comment on a tip TVSpy got saying KCAL has laid off all of its associate directors.

LA Station Celebrates National Cake Day with Van. Made of Cake.

How’s this to get you in the mood to strap on the feedbag and sidle up to the Thanksgiving food trough?

A Los Angeles bakery made a KABC news van, a reporter, a creepy guy peering over the hood and a news photog who looks like he’s pushing the van (see below) made out of cake.

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TVSpy hopes the cake delivered as much deliciousness to the Los Angeles ABC owned station as it it did storylines about why the cake figures are doing whatever it is they’re doing.

Veteran KTLA Reporter Retiring After 40 Years

Jim Nash, reporter for Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA, is retiring after more than forty years in broadcasting.

Nash was remembered by the morning news team of entertainment reporter Sam Rubin, anchors Chris Schauble, Megan Henderson and meteorologist Henry DiCarlo. Though, most of the discussion seemed to center around Nash’s wife, Barbara Lopez-Nash, who is the head of HR at the station.

Before coming to KTLA in September 2000, Nash was the Washington, D.C. reporter for Tribune’s stations. He started his career in Denver. He’s also worked in Idaho, Santa Barbara, and Las Vegas, before moving back to Denver.

On his station bio, Nash said, “KTLA is “the best place I’ve ever worked — the most talented group of people in this ever-changing news industry. This is the best TV station in America, and I’m proud to be a part of the Channel 5 family.”

Iconic KTLA Tower Comes Down in LA

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For more than six decades, the KTLA call letters have loomed proudly over the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Van Ness Street in Los Angeles. On Monday, the tower came down. “When you are driving up or down the 101, you see that tower, you know where you are,” Eric Spillman, a longtime reporter at the LA independent station, told the Los Angeles Times. “To see it taken apart and moved, people are going to feel like something’s missing.”

The tower was forced from its perch to make way for a new 14-story office building, but the tower will be back–set to move back to its original location in Hollywood sometime in 2015.

KABC GM Announces Retirement

kleiner kabcArnold Kleiner, longtime GM of Los Angeles ABC owned station KABC, has announced he’s retiring at the end of January 2015.

Kleiner has been GM of KABC since February 1996.

“I’ve been so lucky to have had such a long and rewarding career in the television business,” Kleiner said in a statement. “I’ve had the great privilege of working with an amazing group of people and I’m very glad to have helped build KABC-TV into the great station it is today. I leave the station in good hands, and they can count on me to be their most loyal viewer.”

Before coming to KABC, he was president and GM of KFMB in San Diego. He started his career with Westinghouse Broadcasting in 1968 as an account executive at KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. He’s worked at WJZ in Baltimore, WBZ in Boston, WPVI in Philadelphia, and WMAR in Baltimore until moving to KFMB in 1993.

News Crew Says On-Air Goodbye to KTTV Assistant News Director

KTTV anchor Steve Edwards led the Los Angeles FOX owned station’s morning news team in an on-air goodbye to assistant news director Tom Searson today.

“I’m going to miss everyone,” said Searson on set. “Not the late night phone calls,” he added.

Searson, who Edwards said has worked at KTTV for 19 years, took them out of the segment by reading the tease. While hugging the assorted attractive anchors, Searson could be overheard saying, “I’m the envy of the TV news audience right now.”

Group Fights KTTV License Renewal Over Use of Word ‘Redskins’

fcc redskinsThree Native Americans have filed a petition with the FCC to protest the license renewal of Los Angeles FOX owned station KTTV over the use of the word Redskins.

KTTV broadcasts the NFL’s National Football Conference. The Washington Redskins play in the NFC Eastern Division.

Last month, George Washington University professor John Banzhaf said he would target local TV stations in areas with large populations of Native Americans to stop the use of the word. He also said he would go after Los Angeles stations since their licenses are up for renewal at the end of the year. KTTV’s license is up for renewal December 1.

UPDATE: A spokesperson for FOX Television Stations declined to comment on the matter.

All the petitioners argue that the respective stations have not met their legal obligation to operate in the public interest, because repeatedly and unnecessarily using a highly derogatory word – which has been found in several legal proceedings, as well as in dictionaries, to be a racial slur – when children are in the audience is clearly contrary to the public interest.

“No station which repeatedly and unnecessarily used the word “N*ggers” on the air would ever have its license renewed, and Native American leaders all say that the R-word is as much a racial slur to them as the N-word is to African Americans,” says public interest law professor John Banzhaf, who filed the original petition against the renewal the license of WWXX-FM. Read more

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