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LA Reporter Sits Down with Samuel L. Jackson After Fishburne Gaffe

jackson_rubin_makeupThe last time KTLA‘s Sam Rubin interviewed Samuel L. Jackson he mistook him for Laurence Fishburne.

The word on the street was that Jackson was infuriated with the Los Angeles CW affiliate entertainment reporter, some called his reaction a smack down.

You might get a different view of things by watching the latest interview. Rubin sat down with Jackson face-to-face during the press junket for the new Captain America movie.

“I almost wore my ‘I’m not Laurence Fishburne’ T-Shirt,” Jackson said after the two shook hands.

Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Jimmy Kimmel Takes Over KABC Sportscast

Jimmy Kimmel took over for KABC sports anchor Rob Fukuzaki on ABC owned station’s evening newscast Monday night (video above). “Today is National Rob Fukuzaki Day,” Kimmel said. “All over the country there is crowds of people taking to the streets, celebrating Rob’s life, celebrating Rob’s work, celebrating Rob’s impact.”

Saying he wanted to give Fukuzaki the night off, Kimmel finished the KABC sportscast: “At the Winter Olympics, the U.S. team only won one gold today. And it was in ice dancing, which isn’t even a sport. In fact, I’m not sure it’s even dancing,” he joked. “All I know is, I don’t like it.” [h/t NewsBlues]

‘I’m Not Laurence Fishburne!’: Reporter Asks Samuel L. Jackson About Super Bowl Spot


It’s a good thing KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin didn’t have Samuel L. Jackson live in the studio this morning after Rubin asked Jackson about his role in a Super Bowl commercial.

“What Super Bowl commercial?” asked Jackson who was live via satellite on the Los Angeles CW station. “You’re as crazy as the people on Twitter. I’m not Laurence Fishburne!”

Fishburne reprised his role as Morpheus in “The Matrix” movies for a Kia Super Bowl spot.

While Rubin tried to apologize, Jackson was having none of it. “We don’t all look alike!” said Jackson. “We may be all black and famous, but we don’t all look alike!”

[TMZ]

KNBC Says Goodbye to Burbank Studios

KNBC broadcast its final newscasts from its longtime home in Burbank this weekend. The NBC owned station, which has been in Burbank since 1962, is relocating to Universal City to join the rest of the NBC Universal properties in Los Angeles.

The debut of KNBC’s new studios coincides with the start of the Sochi Olympics, which will be broadcast on NBC beginning Thursday. Watch Carl Bell‘s farewell tour of the Burbank studios:

KNBC is not the only NBCUnversal property saying goodbye to the Burbank lot this week: Thursday marks the final “Tonight Show” from Los Angeles. The late-night show moves to New York later this month as Jimmy Fallon takes over for Jay Leno.

Four ABC Owned Stations Pick Up Rachael Ray Show

ray show_croppedStarting this Fall, CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray show will air on seven of eight ABC owned stations.

The show will make the switch from CBS owned stations in Los Angeles (KCAL) and San Francisco (KBCW) to ABC Owned stations KABC and KGO. In Chicago, the show will move from Tribune’s CW affiliate in Chicago (WGN) to ABC owned station WLS and in Houston it will switch from Titan Broadcasting’s KUBE to ABC owned station KTRK.

Rachael Ray currently airs on ABC owned stations WABC in New York, WPVI in Philadelphia and WTVD in Raleigh-Durham.

The show is expected to be a replacement for the short-lived Katie Couric talk show Katie.

[Broadcasting & Cable]

Two Los Angeles Stations Agree to Test Channel-Sharing

FCC_304Two Los Angeles broadcast stations will offer themselves up as subjects in an experiment to see if they can seamlessly share a broadcast channel in hopes of eventually freeing up spectrum for the wireless industry.

The two stations, public broadcaster KLCS and Spanish language station KJLA, will participate in the experiment thought up by the wireless communications industry trade association CTIA.

The object of the experiment is to jam two stations together on the same spectrum and hope viewers can’t see the difference at home. If it works it will mean more spectrum can be sold off to wireless carriers who say they need the added spectrum.

According to Wireless Week, “If the FCC approves the pilot, KLCS will host KJLA throughout the first quarter of 2014. At the conclusion of the test, CTIA and the TV stations will submit a report to the FCC on the viability of channel sharing.”

“We hope that the pilot program will provide broadcasters around the country with ‘real world’ data to evaluate the opportunity to channel share in the upcoming spectrum auction,” Alan Popkin, KLCS director of engineering, said in a statement.

Julie Chang Back on KTTV

Julie Chang is back on KTTV after recovering from brain surgery in November.

Chang showed the scan of her brain which revealed the tumor on air. Anchor Steve Edwards described it as the being the size of a clementine.

Chang told Edwards and co-anchors Lisa Breckenridge and Maria Quiban, “To put it simply California saved my life.” Chang said she took up surfing when she moved from New York to California. She said she banged her face on her surfboard, got a CT scan to make sure she hadn’t broken anything and discovered she had a brain tumor.

On set, Chang talked about the surgery and the symptoms she experienced before the tumor was found. She said her eyesight has been the only casualty of the tumor saying, “I’m 100 percent back with the exception of my vision.”

KCBS Cameraman Gives Viewers Live Look at LA Wildfire’s Front Lines

KCBS-KCAL cameraman J.R. Hall used the latest technology to take viewers right up to the front lines of the Colby fire in the hills above Glendora and Azusa, CA, often broadcasting live.

“Thank goodness sometimes it’s in black and white and not color because it’d be a little bit scarier if it was in color to see all that fire,” The cameraman for the Los Angeles CBS owned station told KCBS reporter Melanie Woodrow. “I’ve worked in some dangerous and hostile environments all around the world for CBS and this was right up there, it was pretty scary.”

The Los Angeles Times reports as of Thursday night, the fire had burned more than 1,700 acres and was 30 percent contained.

KTLA General Manager Don Corsini Adds Oversight of KSWB

kswb logoDon Corsini, the general manager of KTLA in Los Angeles, is expanding his role with Tribune. Effective immediately, Corsini will also oversee KSWB, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in San Diego.

Corsini, who has been president and general manager of KTLA since 2009, recently signed a multiple-year contract extension with Tribune. In his new role at KWSB, Corsini replaces Ray Schonbak, who died in November.

Before joining KTLA, Corsini held management positions at other Los Angeles stations, including ABC owned KABC and CBS owned KCBS-KCAL.

Justin Bieber’s Egging Exploits Big News for LA Stations

kabc_bieberWhen the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at Justin Bieber‘s home in the investigation of the alleged felony egging of his neighbor’s house, all the LA stations picked up the story. But one station went above and beyond the call.

ABC owned station KABC spent nearly nine minutes of its hour long 11:00 a.m. news on the Biebs. The station took the Sheriff’s presser about the search live at the bottom of the hour.

KABC news director Cheryl Fair defended her station’s coverage telling TVSpy Bieber is a major celebrity and covering live pressers of developing stories is common for the station.

“We are actually the only LA station doing live local news between 11:30a and noon,” said Fair. “Had other stations been in local news at that time it’s likely others would have also carried the news conference. Had the news conference taken place before our newscast, it would then have resulted only in sound bites from the news conference being used within our report as was the case on our later newscasts.”

The highlight of the presser was when a reporter asked the Sheriff’s spokesperson if the department could match eggs found in a refrigerator with those thrown at the house.

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