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Los Angeles Stations Go Live for Endeavour Arrival

As the space shuttle Endeavour made its final flight around Los Angeles Friday afternoon, every major station in the region was carrying live coverage of its arrival.

KNBC anchors Michael Brownlee and Kathy Vara began anchoring coverage just before 9:30amPT. They were joined by Colleen Williams at Griffith Observatory, John Cadiz Klemack in Palmdale, Sean Murphy at the Santa Monica Pier, Ted Chen at Edwards Air Force Base, Toni Guinyard and Chuck Henry at LAX, Patrick Healy at the Nasa Propulsion Center and Antonio Castelan in El Segundo.

KTTV had several anchors participating: Phil Shuman, Carlos Amezcua, Araksya Karapetyan, Lisa Breckenridge and Jeff Michael. Meteorologist Maria Quiban and Pablo Pereira handled the weather reports, and reporters were live across Los Angeles, including Bob DeCastro and Gigi Graciette at LAX, Mar Yvette at a restaurant near LAX and Gina Silva at Griffith Observatory. Hal Eisner and Tshaka Armstrong also contributed. Read more

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Video: Anchor Wendy Burch Wears Batgirl Costume During KTLA Newscast

KTLA’s Wendy Burch dressed up as Batgirl during the station’s Sunday morning newscast in honor of the show’s guest, Burt Ward, who played Robin on the iconic “Batman” TV show.

“I love it,” marveled Burch’s co-anchor Chris Burrous.  “Man, Wendy!” (video above)

KTLA, KCAL Air Live Coverage of Police Chase

In Los Angeles, KTLA and KCAL aired live coverage of a high speed police chase Thursday afternoon involving a man that may be involved in a string of recent bank robberies.

KTLA covered the chase during its 1 p.m. newscast and KCAL cut into its regularly scheduled programming at 1:45 with a special report, airing live chopper video.  The chase ended around 2:00 when the driver stopped his car at an intersection and surrendered to police. Read more

Veteran Anchor John Muller Cut Loose at WPIX

WPIX morning anchor John Muller‘s contract has not been renewed after 12 years with the New York City CW affiliate, FishbowlNY reported today.

As we reported last week, WPIX recently hired Frances Rivera, who left Boston’s WHDH after ten years. Rivera will join WPIX as a morning anchor later this summer. WPIX has not renewed Muller’s contract, which was set to expire at the end of next month. Muller was not on the air yesterday and may already be done working, The New York Daily News reported today.

Muller is an original member of the WPIX morning team. He began as an anchor for  the 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. timeslot with Sukanya Krishnan, but was shifted to the 4:30 a.m. timeslot when Chris Burrous joined WPIX last year. Burros has since left WPIX; Rivera, who will start in August, is his replacement.

After Leaving WHDH, Frances Rivera to Join… WPIX

Yesterday we reported that anchor Frances Rivera was leaving Boston’s WHDH for a job in New York.  Now we can report that the job is with WPIX.

A WPIX spokesperson confirmed to TVSpy this morning that Rivera is set to join the Tribune-owned station at the end of August. She will join Sukanya Krishnan at the morning anchor desk, replacing Chris Burrous, who moved to KTLA this spring.

“Frances’ experience and talent will be great assets to our award-winning morning newscast,” the spokesperson told TVSpy, “we’re looking forward to having her join the team later this summer.”

An official announcement is expected later this month once the station has worked out Rivera’s start date. In the meantime, Laurie Dhue, who has been filling in since Burrous’s departure, will continue co-anchoring the morning newscast with Krishnan.

Morning Anchor Chris Burrous Transfers from New York to Los Angeles

Anchor Chris Burrous, who joined New York’s WPIX just last June, is switching coasts and joining KTLA.

WPIX hired Burrous last year to be the face of its revamped morning newscast. Just a handful of months after joining the “PIX Morning News” anchor desk, he announced to viewers last week that he would be leaving.

Family is the main motivation for the move, which is a transfer from one Tribune-owned CW-affiliate to another. He told the Daily News that he wanted his daughter to be able to grow up near her grandparents, who live in California.

“There was a great opportunity at the station which would allow us to live just 2 miles away from family, so I asked to transfer,” he explained. “They were very gracious and allowed me to make the move.” Read more

New York Stations Well-Prepared for Blizzard that Never Was

Like the snow removal crews stationed around the area, New York stations were well-prepared for the blizzard that never was on Wednesday morning.  As Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared a “weather emergency” Tuesday evening, the market’s ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates planned expanded morning newscasts with all three stations beginning at 4:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, a half hour earlier than normal.

WNBC led off with a weather report from meteorologist Chris Cimino (left) as anchors Michael Gargiulo and Darlene Rodriguez shepherded coverage that included live reports from Tracie Strahan and Brian Thompson.  When Cargulo asked him if he had brought along a yard stick to measure the snow fall, Thompson nicely summed up the morning’s coverage, saying that he had brought a foot-long ruler instead.

WABC began its expanded newscast with a quick update of the weather and commuting conditions. Anchors Ken Rosato and Lori Stokes spoke with reporters stationed around the area, including NJ Burkett, Stacey Sager (right), Josh Einiger, Lisa Colagrossi, and Anthony Johnson.  Even though snow continued to blanket their surroundings, all of the reporters said that the city’s snow removal efforts were moving along efficiently.

At the beginning of WCBS‘s newscast, Jay Dow (left) reported on the snow removal from a unique vantage point: he was in a car, driving and following a sanitation department truck as it plowed and salted streets in Brooklyn.  After receiving an in-depth weather report from Lonnie Quinn as well as John Elliot, anchor Rob Morrison pointed out that the station had “all four meteorologists working today.”

CW-affiliate WPIX also offered extensive coverage of the storm during its morning newscast, which regularly begins at 4:00 a.m.  James Ford (right) reported live on Long Island where clean-up crews were successfully clearing the roads. Anchors Chris Burrous and Tamsen Fadal spoke with a representative from the Metro Transit Authority about conditions on subway lines. The newscast began with a dramatic graphic open that included images from the Christmas weekend blizzard that rocked the area. The narrator ended with “This can’t happen again.” “Thankfully, so far [its'] not happening again,” Burrous said at the outset of the newscast.