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Bill Mondora Named News Director at KTTV

KTTV_logoBill Mondora is joining KTTV, the Fox-owned station in Los Angeles, as vice president and news director. He will begin in his new role on April 7, KTTV vice president and general manager Kevin Hale announced today.

“Bill’s broad experience and news expertise make him the ideal candidate to lead our newsroom into the future, as we continue to grow and expand our dynamic news product,” Hale said in a statement.

Mondora joins KTTV from CBS, where he was the director of news and administration for CBS Newspath. He is a 24-year veteran of CBS who has also worked as deputy director of news for CBS TeleNoticias. Prior to that, Mondora worked at WCPX (now WKMG) in Orlando and KWTV in Oklahoma City.

“I am excited to join Kevin and the talented team of journalists at FOX 11 News. I look forward to working together to create interactive, engaging and powerful news content for our viewers,” Mondora said in a statement.

KTTV has been without a news director since Kingsley Smith resigned in October.

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Carlos Amezcua Leaves KTTV for His Own Business

amezvua_kttvCarlos Amezcua anchor for Los Angeles FOX owned station KTTV is no longer with the station.

Kevin Hale, vice president and general manager of KTTV told staffers this evening about Amezcua’s departure, “After more than five years on KTTV’s Fox 11 10 p.m. News, Carlos Amezcua has decided to step down from the news desk to expand his own media and technology company, “Carlos Media Corp.” here in Los Angeles, said Hale. “Having won over 10 Emmy’s throughout his career, Amezcua has made many contributions to this community, as well our newsroom. We wish him continued success in building his own media and technology firm.”

Amezcua’s first day on-air at KTTV was September 2007. His last day was last Friday.

SF Bay Area Anchor to Join ‘Good Day LA’

tellez_cropped_2Marla Tellez is joining Los Angeles FOX owned station KTTV as co-anchor for “Good Day L.A.”

Tellez comes from KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area market where she was an anchor and reporter. She starts at KTTV on January 7.

Kevin Hale, KTTV vice president and general manager, said in a statement, “Marla’s extensive news anchoring experience and warm engaging personality will be a great addition to our morning ensemble.”

Before KNTV, Tellez worked at KOB in Albuquerque, NM. She has also worked as a reporter for HDNet World Report, KPIX in San Francisco and KION in Salinas-Monterey, CA, and as a producer for KPIX and KFTY in Santa Rosa, CA.

“I am eager to join the amazing team at ‘Good Day LA.,’” said Tellez. “The opportunity to work for a show that’s dynamic, smart and entertaining is truly a dream come true.”

After 20 Years at Fox, Kingsley Smith Resigns From KTTV

kttv set_304x200After two years as KTTV news director, Kingsley Smith is stepping down from the Los Angeles Fox O&O.

“After 20 years with Fox Television Stations, Kingsley Smith has resigned from employment with the company and will be pursuing other opportunities,” KTTV vice president and general manager Kevin Hale said in a statement.

Smith joined KTTV in 2011. He has also worked as news director for Fox-owned WTXF in Philadelphia and KTVI in St. Louis, which was a Fox O&O at the time he was there. Earlier in his career, he spent 15 years at KDFW in Dallas, where he worked his way up from producer to executive producer to assistant news director.

A station spokesperson tells TVSpy that a search is underway for Smith’s replacement. In the interim period, assistant news director Tom Searson will be acting news director.

Maria Sansone Named Morning Co-Anchor at KTTV

Maria Sansone has been named co-anchor of “Good Day LA,” the morning newscast on Los Angeles Fox O&O KTTV.

Sansone moves to Los Angeles from New York City, where she was most recently a field reporter for NBC O&O WNBC. She has previously worked as a correspondent for TV Guide Network and as a VJ for MTV.

“Maria has interviewed everyone from pop culture icons and sports legends, to everyday people with compelling stories,” KTTV VP-GM Kevin Hale said in a statement. “Her contagious energy and signature style will be vital to the next generation of ‘Good Day LA.’”

Sansone appeared on the program during an on-air audition over the summer. She officially begins October 1 alongside anchor Steve Edwards, meteorologist Rick Dickert, weather anchor Maria Quiban and contributor Jillian Reynolds on “Good Day LA.” She replaces Dorothy Lucey, who left the station in May after her contract was not renewed.

KTTV Taps Fox Vet Kingsley Smith as News Director

Fox O&O KTTV announced today that it has named Kingsley Smith news director. Smith has spent the last three and a half years working as news director of Fox’s WTXF in Philadelphia.

“Kingsley’s fervent passion for local news and his ability to develop strong news talent and create compelling newscasts makes him the ideal leader for our newsroom,” said KTTV vice president and general manager Kevin Hale, in announcing the hiring. “We are thrilled to welcome him aboard.”

KTTV’s news director position opened up in April when Jose Rios, who had led the station’s newsroom since 1992, was appointed to vice president of digital news applications for Fox Television Stations.

Smith has worked for Fox O&Os throughout his career. Before joining WTXF, he spent nearly two years as vice president and news director of St. Louis’s KTVI (a Fox-owned station at the time). He also spent 15 years at Dallas’s KDFW, where he worked his way up from producer to executive producer to assistant news director. Read more