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Posts Tagged ‘Kingsley Smith’

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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KTLA Reporter: Kingsley Smith’s Departure Part of ‘Ill-Advised Dismantling’ of KTTV

KTTV_logoKTLA reporter Sam Rubin takes to Facebook to offer his version of the events that led to KTTV news director Kingsley Smith‘s resignation from the Los Angeles Fox O&O. Rubin, who covers media and entertainment for Tribune’s CW affiliate in LA, writes that “a smarter and stronger executive would have stood up to those giving the orders” as KTTV “went from feeling fun and brash, to heartless and cold”:

The real reason that Smith lost his job is that for the past two years or so he has been a willing and active participant is the ill-advised dismantling of a once popular and important news gathering organization. So after Smith followed orders, fired a ton of people at Fox 11; including very talented and popular on-air types like Mark Thompson and Dorothy Lucey; the ratings are a disaster, the news gathering abilities are destroyed; and guess who gets the blame …. the sap who followed the orders, coming from higher-ups in New York incidentally, to cut KTTV to beyond the bone.

What really matters here, and this is where “executives” always make the biggest mistake, is that television news in 2013 is a personality business. There is simply nothing more important than “feel,” how a show sincerely feels to those who watch it.  Read more

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.

KTTV Investigative Producer Martin Burns Dies in Hiking Accident

Martin Burns, an investigative writer and producer at KTTV, died Sunday in an apparent hiking accident, according to the Los Angeles Fox O&O. He was 56.

Not a lot of details at this point, all we know right now is that he went for a hike, fell and that was it. In an instant, he was gone,” anchor Araksya Karapetyan (pictured with Burns) wrote on the KTTV website. “…Working with him was incredibly fulfilling — it’s what being a journalist is all about — going out there, digging, researching, doing something for the community, by uncovering abuses in the system and giving the voiceless a voice.”

“He made a personal difference in my professional  life every day,” vice president and news director Kingsley Smith wrote. “… He never complained and always worked with grace and dignity. He is on the short list of people that NO ONE ever complained about, ever. I will miss him. This newsroom will miss him. Our viewers will miss him.” [h/t Variety]

Araksya Karapetyan Named KTTV Morning Anchor

Araksya Karapetyan has been named early morning anchor at Los Angeles Fox O&O KTTV, our sister site FishbowlLA scoops. Karapetyan has been filling in as anchor of the 4:30 to 7 a.m. newscast since October.

“Araksya’s smart and in-depth reporting is matched by her exceptional commitment to the community,” news director Kingsley Smith said in a statement. “She has an extraordinary work ethic and has quickly made a name for herself in this area as a reporter who tells compelling stories about everyday people.”

Karapetyan joined KTTV in 2012 as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor. In her new role, she will also anchor the 10 a.m. newscast.

KCOP in Los Angeles Launching 7 p.m. Newscast

KCOP, the Fox-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate in Los Angeles, is launching a 7 p.m. newscast next week.

KCOP is operated as a duopoly with KTTV, the Fox O&O in Los Angeles. The half-hour newscast will be anchored by KTTV anchors Carlos Amezcua and Christine Devine (pictured), as well as featuring KTTV’s reporters.

“We are excited to bring our viewers the only local newscast at this time,” vice president and news director Kingsley Smith said in a statement. “Now, commuters will have access to a no-nonsense take at the news of the day and issues facing Southern California.”

KTTV Names Jeff Michael Anchor of 5 p.m. Newscast

KTTV‘s brand-new 5 p.m. newscast, slated to launch next Monday on the Fox owned-and-operated station in Los Angeles, officially has an anchor: veteran KTTV personality Jeff Michael (pictured, left).

Michael has been with KTTV as a reporter and weekend anchor since 1998. He will be joined on the 5 p.m. broadcast — which news director Kingsley Smith has made a top priority — by reporters Liz Habib and Ed Laskos, as well as entertainment anchor Lisa Breckenridge.

The hour-long broadcast, which will feature opinions and analysis on local issues, will follow Anderson Cooper‘s syndicated daytime talk show “Anderson,” which also debuts next week. Chris Lemire, a former Fox News Channel producer, will be the newscast’s executive producer.

Brand-New KTTV News Director Announces Launch of 5 p.m. Newscast

Kingsley Smith began his tenure as KTTV news director with a big announcement. On his first day with the station this week, Smith announced that the Fox O&O would be launching a 5 p.m. newscast in the fall.

Earlier this month, KTTV announced that Smith, who had spent the last three and a half years leading the newsroom at Fox’s WTXF, would be replacing Jose Rios as news director.

A Fox spokesperson tells TVSpy that the new 5 p.m. newscast, which will move into the time slot currently held by “Dr. Oz” when that show leaves for KABC, has been in the works for a bit now but that Smith is making it a top priority.

The 1-hour newscast is set to make its debut on September 12th and will follow Anderson Cooper‘s new syndicated show in the lineup. The station is still working out who will appear at the anchor desk.

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

Despite Rumors, Carol Fowler Still Very Much WFLD’s News Director

Chicago’s WFLD is denying rumors that Carol Fowler‘s job at the Fox O&O is in jeopardy.

For the past few weeks, there has been murmuring that Fowler would be ousted as vice president-news director of WFLD, where she’s worked since 2009. FTVLive recently suggested that Kingsley Smith, news director of Philadelphia’s WTXF, was a likely successor and NewsBlues reported over the weekend that Fowler had been sent packing on Friday.

A spokesperson for WFLD told TVSpy that the rumors are “completely untrue,” stating that Fowler was still very much WFLD’s VP-ND.

Fowler is a 22-year veteran of the Chicago market. As local media reporter Robert Feder points out, she is one of only two people ever to oversee news operations at three different Chicago stations.