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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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KABC Announces Anchors for KDOC 8:00 PM Newscast

kabc_kdoc_newKABC has announced the anchors for its 8:00 p.m. newscast airing on KDOC.

A KDOC spokesperson told TVSpy, David Ono and Coleen Sullivan have been named as main anchors with weather and sports slots still to be filled.

Ono anchors the KABC 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. news. KABC news director Cheryl Fair to us Sullivan is a “relatively new hire” at KABC.

In a statement, KDOC president and general manager John Manzi said, “One of our goals at LA56 has always been to air a primetime newscast; and, now, we have a partnership with the number one news station in the LA market.  We could not be more excited to work with ABC7.”

KABC Passes 600,000 Facebook Likes

KABC LOGO_304X200KABC has surpassed 600,000 Facebook likes, making it the most-liked Facebook page among all local stations in the U.S., according to the Los Angeles ABC O&O.

“The ABC7 Facebook fans continue to see our page as an important destination for news, information, discussion and sometimes a little fun,” KABC vice president and news director Cheryl Fair said in a statement. “It is also a vital and growing source of direct communication between ABC7 and our viewers.”

With more than 145,000 followers, KABC also says they are the leader of local stations on Twitter.  General manager Arnold J. Kleiner said social media “is a priority for us as we look to the future of local television.”

“We are all connected in social media more than ever and as the most watched television station in Southern California we want to serve our viewers just as well in the social space as we do on television,” he said.

Meteorologist Who Sued KCBS in 2012, Sues KABC After Not Getting Hired

Kyle Hunter, a meteorologist with more than 20 years experience is suing Los Angeles ABC owned station KABC for unlawful discrimination in hiring after not being interviewed for an open on-air weather position.

Hunter, who sued CBS along with stations KCBS and KCAl in March 2012 for the same reason, alleges he was not considered for the position because KABC president and general manager Arnie Kleiner and KABC news director Cheryl Fair wanted to hire an attractive female instead.

The complaint reads, “Plaintiff alleges that the job posting by KABC-TV was nothing more than a sham as Mr. Kleiner and Ms. Cheryl Fair had previously decided to hire a young, attractive female for this position – preferably a blonde who physically resembled Indra Petersons.”

Indra Petersons left KABC in 2011. In the complaint Hunter alleges he was never contacted for an interview when he applied for the open position left by Petersons departure. He also believes “that multiple qualified males applied for this position, but none were brought in for interviews, auditions or given any true consideration for this open on-air news department position.” He also alleges that “multiple qualified persons over 40″ had the same experience. Read more

KABC Meteorologist Found…On Vacation

The mystery has been solved! After a few rumors started popping up online and in TVSpy’s mailbox about the recent disappearance of KABC meteorologist Dallas Raines, we went straight to the source for answers.

Cheryl Fair, news director for the Los Angeles ABC owned station, told TVSpy Raines has been “off on a long-planned well-deserved special vacation.”  Fair added that Raines would be back on the air tonight.

On Raines’ company facebook page, viewers began posting comments like, “Where are you Dallas ?” and “Where have you been? You’re the best dresser on t.v. You’re an impeccable dresser! You’ve got the best personality of any weatherperson. I miss seeing you. Are you o.k.? I hope all is well with you.”

Newsblues reported Raines last checked in on air at 5:09 p.m. on April 12 and last tweeted on April 8, the subscription news site also said it was “unusual” KABC made no mention of his absence, especially since it happened during the beginning part of May sweeps. (The newsblues link leads to paid subscription site)

Veteran KABC Reporter John North Retiring

John North, longtime political reporter for Los Angeles ABC owned station KABC, has announced he is retiring at the end of this week.

The news came to KABC staffers last week in an email from vice president and news director Cheryl Fair which said in part, “As you know, John has been at the center of our coverage on some of the biggest stories – from his terrific work during the OJ Simpson saga which he covered almost every day for over two years – to being front and center for most of our local and national political coverage.”

Fair went on to call North, “one of those reporters who helped define Eyewitness News.”  She then added, “We and the viewers have appreciated John’s contributions to Eyewitness News through the years and we wish him well in this next chapter of his life.” Read more

KABC Tops Local Stations in Social Media Followers

With 344,145 Facebook fans and 78,056 Twitter followers, Los Angeles’ KABC is leading all local news stations in social media, according to Lost Remote. Cheryl Fair, vice president and news director of the ABC O&O, talks to the website about the importance of a strong online community:

As a news organization, we see social media as a way for our viewers to talk to us, and not just as a way for us to talk to them. Listening is important. Since starting our Twitter feed in 2008, we have made it a commitment to reply to comments and questions as often as we can. People will frequently Tweet us to let us know about what’s happening near them and to ask us for details. That carried over to our relationship with our viewers on our Facebook page.  Read more

KABC Launches Traffic App to Save L.A. From ‘Carmageddon’

Los Angeles is used to serious traffic congestion, but as the city gears up for “Carmageddon” — a weekend later this month when the 405 Freeway will be shut down in both directions from Friday night to Monday morning — KABC has found a way to let viewers participate in the station’s traffic reports.

The ABC O&O has teamed up with Waze, the creator of a popular traffic app that lets users record traffic conditions using their smartphones. Information recorded using the app will be shared with KABC, who will air real-time traffic reports on road congestion during “Carmageddon.”  Viewers can watch KABC before they leave their homes to plan their driving routes with the latest traffic news, then use the app to get updates while they’re driving.

“What’s really exciting to us is how it enables our viewers to play an active part in easing the traffic congestion,” KABC vice president and news director Cheryl Fair said.

The station eventually hopes to have access to Waze’s “road reporters.” KABC would be able to locate drivers on a map and could communicate with them from the scene — after they’ve pulled over, of course. (The Waze system will not allow the station to communicate with drivers while they drive.)