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Michelle Valles Debuts on KNBC’s ‘Today in LA’

michelle valles knbcMichelle Valles took over as the new co-anchor of “Today in LA” this morning, just one day after Alycia Lane was shown the door at the NBC owned station in Los Angeles.

The newscast made no acknowledgement of the “Today in LA” talent shuffle. Michael Brownlee, who has co-anchored the newscast alongside Lane for more than a year, was off this morning. Whit Johnson, KNBC’s noon anchor, filled in for him. Valles’ online bio has been updated to reflect her new role, while Lane’s has been stripped from the KNBC website.

In addition to Lane, KNBC morning traffic reporter Sean Murphy parted ways with the station a as a result of the shuffle. On today’s newscast, KNBC chopper reporter and photographer Will Kohlschreiber handled traffic reports from the station’s chopper.

TVSpy hears that the executive producer of KNBC’s morning newscast, Amy Mattison, was also let go Wednesday. A KNBC spokesperson declined to comment.

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KNBC Shakes Up Morning Newscast: Alycia Lane Out, Michelle Valles In

alycia lane_knbc First on TVSpy: KNBC, the NBC owned station in Los Angeles, is shaking up its morning newscast. Co-anchor Alycia Lane and traffic reporter Sean Murphy are out, a KNBC spokesperson confirms to TVSpy.

“Alycia Lane and Sean Murphy’s last day was today, October 16. We are grateful for the contributions they have both made to NBC4 and wish them the best in their future endeavors,” a station spokesperson told TVSpy.

Both Murphy and Lane joined KNBC after working at KYW, the CBS owned station in Philadelphia. Lane joined KNBC in 2009 and Murphy made the move in 2010.

During her five years in Philadelphia, Lane landed in the headlines for a highly-publicized tryst with co-anchor Larry Mendte and for her involvement in an altercation with a female New York City police officer. KYW released her from her contract in 2008, saying “it would be impossible for Alycia to continue to report the news as she, herself, has become the focus of so many news stories.”

She subsequently sued CBS and Mendte for defamation. Both cases were eventually dismissed.

Going forward, Michelle Valles will co-anchor the morning newscast with Michael Brownlee. Valles is currently KNBC’s weekend morning co-anchor.

On a Visit to Boston, KNBC Anchor Alycia Lane Reports From Bombing Scene

KNBC morning anchor Alycia Lane was interviewed by Brian Williams on NBC’s primetime special report Monday night. Lane was in Boston to watch a friend run the marathon and was eating lunch less than a block away from the finish line when the bombs exploded.

“We could feel the ground shake below us, and everything on our table shook,” Lane recalled. “Ten seconds later, a second blast hit and we looked outside and saw a plume of smoke up in the air. We saw the building across from the spectator stands, which was a mirrored tall office building, shaking. And that’s when panic struck everyone in that restaurant.”

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Alycia Lane’s Lawsuit Against Larry Mendte Dismissed

Philadelphia County Judge Allan Tereshko has dismissed the remaining claims filed against former KYW anchor Larry Mendte by ex-co anchor Alycia Lane. Lane, currently an anchor at KNBC in Los Angeles, accused Mendte of invasion of privacy. The Philadelphia Daily News has details:

Tereshko dismissed the civil case filed against CBS 3, but had allowed some of the charges against Mendte to stand, pending further investigation.

Those final claims were dropped last week after the judge found that Lane had deleted key emails from her computer.

“As far as I’m concerned, Lane already got her pound of flesh from Larry in the federal criminal case. Larry has done nothing but try to make amends and move on, but she has nothing but vengeance in heart,” said Mendte’s attorney, Julia Morrow.

Lane’s attorney, who says the the judge was against Lane from the start of the trial, said he plans to appeal the ruling. He said he was “elated with happiness” by the final dismissal, which allows him to appeal the case to Superior Court.

Judge Dismisses Alycia Lane’s Lawsuit Against KYW

A Philadelphia judge has dismissed former KYW anchor Alycia Lane‘s defamation lawsuit against the CBS O&O.

Lane, who was a KYW anchor from 2003-08, accused her former station of defaming her after she was terminated from the station after she was involved in a physical altercation with a New York City police officer. She also brought a lawsuit against her former co-anchor, Larry Mendte, after he hacked into her email and leaked private information.

The judge threw out some, but not all, of the claims against Mendte. He pleaded guilty to hacking into her email in 2008.

Lane currently anchors the morning newscast on KNBC, the NBC O&O in Los Angeles.

KNBC Shuffles Morning and Noon Anchors, Expands Midday Newscast

KNBC, the NBC O&O in Los Angeles, has announced several changes to its morning and midday newscasts.

Michael Brownlee (pictured) moves from the noon newscast to the morning newscast, where he will co-anchor alongside Alycia Lane. Brownlee replaces Kathy Vara, who is shifting to weekend evening anchor at KNBC.

Replacing Brownlee at noon is Whit Johnson, who is joining KNBC from CBS News. Johnson will c0-anchor with Lucy Noland beginning in mid-September. The noon newscast will also expand to a full hour on weekdays.

“It’s part of NBC4’s culture to produce high-quality news content for Southern California’s unique audience,”  Todd Mokhtari, KNBC vice president of news, said in a statement.  “These changes reflect our priority to deliver on that tradition every day, every newscast.” Read more

Natalie Morales Is Preferred Choice to Replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’

Natalie Morales is the preferred pick to replace Ann Curry on NBC’s “Today” show, at least among TVSpy readers.

According to a recent TVSpy poll, posted last week amid reports that Curry was leaving “Today,” Morales is the top choice, followed very closely by Savannah Guthrie, who many believe will ultimately replace Curry.

The poll listed five choices as Curry’s replacement.  In addition to Morales and Guthrie, there was Hoda Kotb, Robin Roberts, and Sue Simmons.  Simmons, who recently left WNBC after more than three decades at the anchor desk there, was the sentimental favorite, coming in third place with 20.29% of the votes. Read more

Larry Mendte: ‘I Still Love Local News. I Just Hate to See It Let Itself Go Like This’

Former Philadelphia anchor Larry Mendte has penned a column in the April edition of Philadelphia magazine about the “desperate” state of local news in the city. Mendte, currently a commentator at WPIX in New York City, was fired from KYW in 2008 after a highly-publicized tryst with co-anchor Alycia Lane. He writes:

The world has changed, and TV news hasn’t. Anchors sit at a desk at a designated time, tossing to reporters at the scene of the story you already read about that morning. The weatherperson talks forever in front of a map; the sports anchor shows you 10 seconds of highlights from three games. As it was in the ’70s, so it is now. My kids and their friends from elementary school could do a similar newscast with Flip cams, Skype, a green screen and video from YouTube, and it would be a heck of a lot more interesting.

Local news has to start not only changing with the times, but catching up with the times. We already have the information; tell us what it means.  Read more

Alycia Lane’s Civil Case Against Larry Mendte, CBS to Be Tried in Philadelphia

Despite the best efforts of CBS’s legal team, it appears that the trial of Alycia Lane‘s civil suit against Larry Mendte and CBS will remain in Philadelphia.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the Pennsylvania state supreme court has ruled that the trial will remain in the city where Lane worked alongside Mendte on the KYW anchor desk.  The ruling is a victory for Lane, whose legal team has been fighting to keep the trial in Philly while CBS has attempted to move the proceedings to New York, citing a clause in Lane’s contract that stipulates such a move. Read more

Dawn Stensland-Mendte Lashes Out at Larry’s Critics

Dawn Stensland-Mendte, who formerly worked as an anchor for Philadelphia’s WTXF, is lashing out at critics of her husband Larry as he prepares to begin a civil trial with Alycia Lane.

Last week, the infamously outspoken writer Buzz Bissinger wrote a scathing column in the Philadelphia Daily News calling Mendte a “cowardly, conniving criminal with no credibility” while championing Lane, who he considers a friend. And today the Daily News published an editorial response from Stensland-Mendte who criticizes Bissinger’s “rant” as being “void of facts” and outlines the 2007 criminal case that Lane faced after allegedly assaulting a New York City police officer.

Here’s an excerpt from Stensland-Mendte piece:

Buzz, I forgive you. Better middle-age married men than you have done something stupid because of their feelings for Alycia Lane.

In your impassioned rant, void of facts, you made an ironic “call” for better journalism in covering the case. It is the one thing we can agree on. As a wife who believes that her successful TV career was collateral damage in an orchestrated media campaign against my husband, I could match your passion.

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