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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.

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.

Former Miami, Cleveland Anchor John Hambrick Dies at 73

John Hambrick, a veteran local news anchor, died Tuesday from lung cancer. He was 73.

Hambrick was the primary anchor at WTVJ in Miami from 1985 to 1989. He would later join rival WCIX (now WFOR). Before moving to South Florida, he worked at local stations around the country including WNBC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, KRON in San Francisco, WEWS in Cleveland and WCPO in Cincinnati.

“John was a legend in this community,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan told the Miami Herald. “He set a standard that all of us in the local television industry strive to meet, simply because it makes us all better at what we do. John was larger than life — not surprising because he was a fellow Texan — but also due to his authoritative delivery and his commanding presence.”

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

California Stations Cover High Court Decisions on Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court of the United States handed down two decisions on gay marriage this morning, a ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and another on California’s Proposition 8. In San Francisco and Los Angeles, local stations had continuing coverage of the rulings.

In Los Angeles, ABC O&O KABC, NBC O&O KNBC and CBS O&O KCBS all broadcast national special reports. Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchored on NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC and Norah O’Donnell anchored on CBS. CW affiliate KTLA and Fox O&O KTTV stayed with local coverage, with Frank Buckley and Jessica Holmes anchoring on KTLA and Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone anchoring on KTTV.

In San Francisco, NBC O&O KNTV and CBS O&O KPIX broadcast the national special reports. ABC O&O KGO, Fox affiliate KTVU and MyNetworkTV affiliate KRON had local coverage of the two decisions. Kristen Sze and Eric Thomas anchored on KGO, Tori Campbell and Dave Clark anchored on KTVU and Mark Danon anchored on KRON.

The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage act and dismissed the appeal on Proposition 8, clearing the way for gay marriage in California.

Los Angeles Stations Cover Santa Monica College Shooting

Three people were shot Friday near Santa Monica College, and a suspect was subsequently arrested in the school’s library. The shooting took place just miles away from where President Obama was attended a fundraiser in Los Angeles.

KCAL was the first station to report the news at 12:16 p.m., in the middle of its noon newscast. Sandra Mitchell anchored and Kara Finnstrom reported from Santa Monica College. KTTV was next at at 12:22 p.m. Maria Sansone and Tony McEwing anchored for the Fox O&O. KABC broke into “The Chew” at 12:30 p.m. with Ric Romero anchoring and Sid Garcia reporting from the scene. KCBS began simulcasting KCAL’s continuous coverage at 12:34 p.m. KTLA was next at 12:36, and KNBC — which was airing NBC’s coverage of the French Open — reported the shooting at 1:18 p.m.

The stations relied mostly on ground shots from the scene because of flight restrictions in the area due to Obama’s visit to Los Angeles prevented any aerial pictures.

“Normally we would have Sky 9 and Sky 2 up over the scene to bring you this breaking news, but there are flight restrictions in the air because of this Presidential visit,” Mitchell said on KCBS.

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