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Fire Up the Moving Vans! KCBS Swapping Anchor Teams with KCAL

Garcia_Tay_TaftViewers of Los Angeles CBS owned stations KCBS and KCAL might think their sleep patterns have been disrupted starting November 18. The stations are swapping anchor teams across channels and time slots.

Current KCAL evening anchor team Sharon Tay, Rick Garcia and meteorologist Evelyn Taft will move to KCBS to anchor the CBS station’s morning and 11:00 a.m. newscasts. The only member of the current KCBS morning news team to stick around will be traffic reporter Stephanie Simmons.

While current KCBS morning team of Kent Shockneck and Suzie Suh will join meteorologist Rich Fields in Tay and Garcia’s old slot on independent station KCAL at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.

Chief meteorologist Josh Rubenstein, who currently works the AM news with Shockneck and Suh will also move to KCAL but he will work the Noon, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. newscasts.

“Sharon, Rick and Evelyn are a proven winning combination,” president and GM of KCBS and KCAL Steve Mauldin said in a statement. “We are confident in their ability to help us grow our audience during the morning news daypart in the same way they’ve given us a big lift during primetime.” Read more

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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

VIDEO: KCBS-KCAL Crew Attacked While Covering Zimmerman Protests

A KCBS-KCAL reporter and photographer were attacked Monday night while covering the George Zimmerman protests in Los Angeles (video above).

Dave Bryan and a photographer were both tackled before the suspect fled the scene, according to the CBS O&O. KCBS-KCAL did not identify the photographer involved. Both were treated for minor injuries and the attack remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Thirteen people were arrested during the protests. Watch the video after the jump. [h/t The Hollywood Reporter] Read more

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.

Los Angeles’ First Asian-American Newscaster Dies

Mario Machado, longtime anchor and reporter in the Los Angeles market has died.

Machado joined KHJ (now KCAL) in 1967 and moved to KNXT (now KCBS) in 1969. According to CBS owned stations KCBS and KCAL, Machado was the first prominent Chinese-American newscaster in the US and the first in the LA Market.

After leaving work as a broadcaster, Machado played a newsman in films such as “Oh, God!” “Rocky III,” “Airport ’79,” “Scarface,” “St. Elmo’s Fire,” and “Brian’s Song,” as well as working in three of the “RoboCop” films. He played himself in “Blue Thunder” and “Without Warning.”

Machado, was born in Shanghai, China to a Portuguese father and a Chinese-Portuguese mother. He played soccer in college and helped found the AYSO soccer league. He was 78. Read more

KTTV, KCBS to Share Chopper in Los Angeles

Fox-owned KTTV is entering into a helicopter sharing agreement in Los Angeles with CBS-owned KCBS-KCAL.

The partnership, which officially begins Monday afternoon, is a pooling agreement on a non-exclusive basis. Until last year, KTTV shared a helicopter with NBC-owned KNBC; KCBS-KCAL has been operating their own helicopter.

A Fox spokesperson said no staff reductions are expected at KTTV as a result of the agreement. The station says the partnership will lead to more content and a more efficient use of resources. The Fox Television Stations Group has helicopter sharing agreements in 13 markets.

LA Reporter Has Odd Brush with Christopher Dorner’s Mother at Bar During Stand-Off


KCBS-KCAL reporter Michele Gile allegedly had an odd brush with the mother of Christopher Dorner at an Orange County bar during yesterday’s deadly stand off.

Gile walked into La Capilla Mexican Restaurant in the Los Angeles suburb of La Palma around 3:30 p.m. She was in the area to do a report on Dorner’s mother who lives nearby.

Gile began talking to two women at the bar who were drinking wine and eating chips and salsa while watching breaking news coverage of the stand-off on TV. Read more

LA Stations Pool Resources for Carmageddon II

Los Angeles is gearing up for another “Carmageddon,” a weekend closure of a 10-mile strech of the 405 Freeway. One of the major complaints during the last Carmageddon weekend was the helicopter noise from the media’s aerial coverage, so LA stations are pooling resources this time around to keep things quiet. Rick Terrell, executive director of the RTNA of Southern California, shares details on the “unprecedented” arrangement with the Los Angeles Times:

Rather than sending up a helicopter from each station for each news broadcast, Terrell said, pilots will fly in shifts. Only one helicopter from member stations — including KABC, KCBS/KCAL, KMEX, KNBC/KVEA, KTLA and KTTV –- will go up at a time. He said the pool plan calls for three flights per night on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings prior to each major newscast at 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. respectively. He said one helicopter will also be sent out about 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

KTVT Hires Whitney Drolen, Promotes Teresa Frosini

Starting next month, traffic anchor Teresa Frosini (left) will shift into a reporting role at KTVT in Dallas, the CBS O&O announced today. She will be replaced by Whitney Drolen (right) who joins KTVT from KCBS-KCAL in Los Angeles.

“Teresa and Whitney are both talented professionals, and we’re glad to have both of them on our news team,” KTVT general manager Gary Schneider said in a statement.

Frosini has been KTVT’s traffic anchor since 2006. In her new role, she will report on arts and entertainment, as well as special reports. “North Texas is a rich tapestry of art, entertainment and culture, and I look forward to bringing our viewers those stories,” she said. Read more