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KTLA Hires Five, Including Courtney Friel and Jillian Barberie

KTLA news director Jason Ball has announced five new hires, our sister site FishbowlLA reports. Courtney Friel (pictured), Jillian Barberie, Steve Kuzj, Kimberly Cheng and Olsen Ebright are all joining the Los Angeles CW affiliate.

Friel and Barberie both most recently worked at rival KTTV, the Fox O&O in Los Angeles. Friel, an entertainment reporter, signed off in February after her contract was not renewed. Barberie, a co-anchor of “Good Day LA,” left KTTV in September.

FishbowlLA reports that Barberie will host an entertainment news program, “The Hollywood Mix,” which will debut in June. Friel will contribute as an anchor and reporter.

Kuzj and Cheng both come from KNXV, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix. Ebright comes from rival KNBC, where he has been the social media lead and content producer since 2007.

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KNXV Loses Two Reporters to Los Angeles

KNXV, the Phoenix ABC affiliate, is two reporters short after the departures of both Steve Kuzj and Kimberly Cheng on consecutive days.

“It’s really tough losing two fine reporters at the same time,” KNXV news director Pat Costello told TVSpy. “That said, I’m happy for them and the fact that we’ve been able to provide them growth opportunities that have taken them to the nation’s second market. Our search is on to find their replacements. Tough shoes to fill, clearly.”

Kuzj, who left KNXV on Monday, announced in early April he was leaving for KTLA. There’s no word where Cheng is headed other than what she wrote on her facebook page, “Yes it is true. I am going, going back to Cali. #HollywoodBound.” Her last day is today. Read more