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Los Angeles Stations On-Air During Earthquake


Los Angeles stations were on-air when a 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck the region.

Other than a whole lot of anchors grabbing their desks and saying “Whoa!” there were no reports of injuries or damage.

The anchors at CW affiliate KTLA had the most dramatic reaction to the jolt. Though, having been in a studio during an earthquake, TVSpy can attest to the fear of hoping the safety chains on the hot lights rattling above your head were put on correctly. See the video after the jump.

According to KTLA, the US Geological Survey said the temblor was centered six miles north of Beverly Hills. Read more

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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]

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]

Debra O’Connell Promoted to President of ABC National Sales for Owned Stations

oconnell_abcownedsalesDebra O’Connell has been promoted to president of ABC National Sales, succeeding John Watkins who announced his retirement in November.

“Debra is a fantastic executive, a great collaborator, and the perfect choice to head NTVS,” Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group said in a statement. “Her many years with ABC and her excellent reputation within the advertising industry, as well as her vision for the future of the division, are a huge asset for our company.”

O’Connell will be responsible for national advertising sales for WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia, KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston, WTVD in Raleigh-Durham and KFSN in Fresno. She will also oversee national sales for the “Live Well Network” and ABC Regional Sports & Entertainment. Read more

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.

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 to Add 8:00 p.m. News on Local Independent Station

kabc_kdocLos Angeles ABC owned station KABC announced it will begin airing a live one hour 8:00 p.m. newscast seven days a week on Anaheim, CA, independent station KDOC starting in January.

“As the news leader in Southern California, ABC7 Eyewitness News is glad to have an additional opportunity to provide viewers the news and weather information they need,” KABC president and general manager Arnold J. Kleiner said in a statement.

KABC also announced KDOC will also begin re-airing the KABC 11:00 p.m. news at midnight.

“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,” said KDOC president and general manager John Manzi. We could not be more excited to work with ABC7,”

LA Stations Cover Shooting at LAX

A gunman opened fire this morning at Los Angeles International Airport, injuring at least three people and prompting a terminal evacuation and a ground stop at LAX.

CBS’ duopoly KCBS-KCAL was the first to report the news at 9:37 a.m. NBC owned KNBC was next at 9:39 a.m., followed by CW affiliate KTLA at 9:41 a.m. ABC owned KABC and Fox owned KTTV both reported the news at 9:43 a.m.

Watch the live stream of KCBS-KCAL’s coverage after the jump. Read more

Disney Reportedly Thinking About Selling Local Stations

walt_disney_304 The New York Post is reporting the Walt Disney Company is looking into selling its eight owned and operated stations.

With station groups like Sinclair Broadcasting buying up local stations left and right, local affiliates are quickly becoming the new hot property. The Post said the move could be worth billions.

In July, Tribune paid $2.73 billion for 19 stations owned by Local TV, while Sinclair paid $985 million for seven Allbritton-owned stations. Earlier, Gannett bought Belo and its 20 stations for $1.5 billion.

There has been a wave of consolidation as companies buy up TV stations to reap the rising “retransmission” fees cable companies and other distributors cough up for the right to carry broadcast signals.

The more stations a company owns, the more leverage it has when it enters negotiations with pay-TV providers such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

In September, CBS president and CEO Les Moonves told analysts that the local station business is better than ever. Read more

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.

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