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Randy McIlwain Set to Join KNBC

Veteran reporter Randy McIlwain is trading one NBC-owned station for another as he joins KNBC in Los Angeles from KXAS in Dallas:

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports McIlwain will sign off from KXAS on June 20 and start at KNBC on July 7.

Courtney Friel Gets Asked Out Live on KTLA

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:

Carolyn Johnson Joins KNBC in Los Angeles

carolyn johnsonCarolyn Johnson is joining KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles, in June. Johnson comes from KGO, the ABC-owned station in San Francisco, where she has worked since 2007.

“Carolyn is an excellent journalist whose passion for journalism is seen through her exceptional story-telling abilities,” KNBC vice president of news Todd Mokhtari said in a statement. “Carolyn grew up in Southern California and now she is returning home to join the most talented and respected journalists in the market at NBC4.”

In her new role, Johnson will co-anchor the noon newscast alongside Whit Johnson and the 6 p.m. newscast alongside Chuck Henry.

KNBC Names Daniella Guzman Morning Co-Anchor

daniella guzmanDaniella Guzman has been named morning co-anchor at KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles. She will anchor alongside Michael Brownlee weekdays from 4:30 to 7 a.m.

It is a move within NBC for Guzman, who has anchored the morning newscast at NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago since 2012. KNBC’s announcement of Guzman’s hire comes after WMAQ announced Zoraida Sambolin as the new morning anchor.

“Daniella has the right combination of journalistic experience and genuine warmth that comes across on the air and in person,” vice president of news Todd Mokhtari said in a statement. “She is a dynamic anchor who will further strengthen our newscast and help our viewers kick start their day.”

Michelle Valles has been anchoring KNBC’s morning newscast since Alycia Lane left the station last year.

After Jimmy Kimmel Makes Makes Fun of Him, KTLA Reporter Fights Back

KTLA reporter Doug Kolk did his best local TV version of David to the Goliath that is Jimmy Kimmel.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, local reporters have become a favorite target of late night shows. Monday, Kimmel ran a report from March 28 when Kolk was getting reaction about that night’s earthquake in LA.

Kolk asked several people on Hollywood Boulevard if they felt the quake. They all said ‘No.’

“He saw on social media there was an earthquake nobody felt it,” said Kimmel. “But he went out. So please keep us in your prayers.”

But Kolk had a comeback, telling viewers on KTLA last night Kimmel left out the part where he wrapped his report by saying, “So nobody felt thing a thing, much like being an audience member at a Jimmy Kimmel taping.”

A quick check of TVeyes showed Kolk didn’t deliver the Kimmel line live. Kolk told TVSpy he taped that part after he became Kimmel’s target.

He said he brought the same suit he wore on March 28 just in case he was allowed to do the skit. He was. Though he said he was warned it was a fight he wasn’t going to win.

Local Morning Shows Beating Network Shows in Largest Markets

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The morning show battles aren’t just between ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today Show anymore. TVNewsCheck reports a smaller, leaner, local opponent has entered the arena.

In March, on FOX owned station WNYW “Good Day New York” beat GMA with a 1.425 rating among 25-54 year-olds compared to GMA’s 1.421. Chicago CW affiliate WGN and Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA also beat both GMA and Today in mornings by a larger margin.

Circling above New York on a frigid morning two weeks ago, WNYW’s helicopter spotted a lone surfer along the coast of Long Island and fed the images to the Fox O&O’s Good Day New York. As the surfer struggled to catch a wave, co-hosts Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto provided rather snarky commentary.

The next day, they featured the surfer, Doug Bard, on the four-hour morning show to learn about cold-weather surfing. They received a bar of Sex Wax (look it up) from him and Bard got a chance to do the weather in front of the green screen.

“In all these cases, the shows are anchored by extremely likeable, fun, accessible talent that isn’t afraid to make fun of themselves,” TV Guide Los Angeles Bureau Chief Michael Schneider told TVNewsCheck. “The anchors on these local shows just feel more real.” Read more

Melanie Woodrow Set to Join KTVU

Melanie Woodrow is leaving KCBS, the CBS-owned station in Los Angeles, for KTVU, the Fox affiliate in San Francisco. She announced the news on her Facebook page.

Woodrow has previously worked at WAVY, the NBC affiliate in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, and for the nationally-syndicated show “The Doctors.”

Bill Mondora Named News Director at KTTV

KTTV_logoBill Mondora is joining KTTV, the Fox-owned station in Los Angeles, as vice president and news director. He will begin in his new role on April 7, KTTV vice president and general manager Kevin Hale announced today.

“Bill’s broad experience and news expertise make him the ideal candidate to lead our newsroom into the future, as we continue to grow and expand our dynamic news product,” Hale said in a statement.

Mondora joins KTTV from CBS, where he was the director of news and administration for CBS Newspath. He is a 24-year veteran of CBS who has also worked as deputy director of news for CBS TeleNoticias. Prior to that, Mondora worked at WCPX (now WKMG) in Orlando and KWTV in Oklahoma City.

“I am excited to join Kevin and the talented team of journalists at FOX 11 News. I look forward to working together to create interactive, engaging and powerful news content for our viewers,” Mondora said in a statement.

KTTV has been without a news director since Kingsley Smith resigned in October.

Luis Treto Joins KVEA in Los Angeles

luis tretoLuis Treto is joining KVEA, the Telemundo station in Los Angeles, MediaMoves reports. He joins KVEA after a year at CNN Latino, which was recently closed.

“My new gig comes one week after CNN Latino laid me off during the closure of the network,” Treto told MediaMoves. “Joining Telemundo will bring more growth opportunities as a news reporter. I’m very happy to be part of the team and I’ve been welcomed with so much warmth by them that I feel already at home.”

Treto will be a general assignment reporter at KVEA. He started this week.

KTLA Anchor Lampooned for Reaction to Earthquake Gets in on the Joke

oscar picKTLA anchor Chris Schauble laughed off the attention he’s been getting over the last 24 hours after his reaction to yesterday’s 4.4 earthquake went viral.

“Has anything interesting happened in the last 24 hours?” Schauble asked at the top of the Los Angeles CW affiliate’s 5:00 a.m. show.

The station filled the morning show with the latest tweets, memes and videos lampooning the anchor’s emergency response.

Here’s a meme with him as one of The Supremes.Bi-uagjCEAEMsEV

His co-anchors pointed out the existence of #EarthquakeFace on twitter and a dance remix of his reaction. You can watch the remix after the jump. Read more

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