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Burglary Suspects Lead Cops on High-Speed Chase in Los Angeles

Los Angeles police chased a car with three buglary suspects through downtown Los Angeles today during the 12pmET hour.

The chase was covered on the noon newscasts of NBC-owned KNBC and Fox-owned KTTV. Kathy Vara and Lucy Noland anchored on KNBC and Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone anchored on KTTV. “This is Southern California, this is Los Angeles, and you know what? We have a pursuit,” Edwards said.

KTTV cut away from the chase before its conclusion to join “Dish Nation.” KNBC stayed with the chase through the noon hour, until it was wrapped up. The three suspects were arrested.

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KNBC Expands Weekend Newscasts

KNBC in Los Angeles is expanding its weekend evening newscasts.

The NBC-owned station is launching a 30-minute newscast at 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, as well as expanding the Sunday 11 p.m. newscast to a full hour.

“The expansion of our newscasts give us a chance to tell more stories and cover events that happen on weekends,” KNBC vice president of news Todd Mokhtari said in a statement.  “The added time slots give our viewers more options for getting breaking news, local information and weather all weekend long.”

Robert Kovacik and Kathy Vara, who currently anchor the station’s 6 and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts, will also anchor the 5 p.m. broadcast.

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

LA Stations Go Live as Bank Robbers Lead Police on High-Speed Chase

All the local stations in Los Angeles devoted special coverage to a high-speed pursuit in Los Angeles this morning. Four men who held up a bank in the Santa Clarita Valley led police through the streets of downtown LA, throwing fistfuls of cash out the window of the moving vehicle as they tried to evade capture.

KTLA morning anchor Frank Buckley was the first to report the news at 10:34amPT, breaking in to “Who Wants to be a Millionare?”

KNBC interrupted the fourth hour of “Today” with the news at 10:40amPT, with Kathy Vara anchoring. KCAL noon anchors David Gonzales and Sandra Mitchell were next at 10:42amPT.

KABC followed the news for the entirety of its regularly-scheduled 11 a.m. newscast, anchored by Phillip Palmer and Leslie Sykes. KTTV anchors Jeff Michael and Lisa Breckenridge first reported the news at at 11:42amPT, shortly after the chase came to an end with an arrest. Raw video of the chase, via KNBC, is after the jump… Read more

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