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Lucy Noland, Robert Kovacik Taking On New Roles at KNBC

lucy noland robert kovacikLucy Noland and Robert Kovacik are taking on new roles at KNBC, TVSpy has learned.

Noland, who joined the NBC owned station in Los Angeles in 2011, is no longer anchoring the 6 p.m. newscast. She will be replaced by Colleen Williams, who anchors the 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

KNBC spokesperson Terri Hernandez Rosales told TVSpy Nolan will continue to anchor the midday newscast. Speculation about the 6 p.m. anchor changes was first reported by FTVLive.

Weekend evening anchor Robert Kovacik is also getting a new role at the station. He will step away from the anchor desk to be a reporter for the 11 p.m. newscast.

“Robert Kovacik is a valuable member of the NBC4 news team, and one of the best reporters in Los Angeles. Just this year, he was honored by the Los Angeles Press Club as Journalist of the year because of the trust and respect he’s earned from our audience,” Hernandez Rosales said. “It’s that type of reporting we want bring to our viewers at the 11PM newscast Monday-Friday.”

Michelle Valles Debuts on KNBC’s ‘Today in LA’

michelle valles knbcMichelle Valles took over as the new co-anchor of “Today in LA” this morning, just one day after Alycia Lane was shown the door at the NBC owned station in Los Angeles.

The newscast made no acknowledgement of the “Today in LA” talent shuffle. Michael Brownlee, who has co-anchored the newscast alongside Lane for more than a year, was off this morning. Whit Johnson, KNBC’s noon anchor, filled in for him. Valles’ online bio has been updated to reflect her new role, while Lane’s has been stripped from the KNBC website.

In addition to Lane, KNBC morning traffic reporter Sean Murphy parted ways with the station a as a result of the shuffle. On today’s newscast, KNBC chopper reporter and photographer Will Kohlschreiber handled traffic reports from the station’s chopper.

TVSpy hears that the executive producer of KNBC’s morning newscast, Amy Mattison, was also let go Wednesday. A KNBC spokesperson declined to comment.

KNBC Shakes Up Morning Newscast: Alycia Lane Out, Michelle Valles In

alycia lane_knbc First on TVSpy: KNBC, the NBC owned station in Los Angeles, is shaking up its morning newscast. Co-anchor Alycia Lane and traffic reporter Sean Murphy are out, a KNBC spokesperson confirms to TVSpy.

“Alycia Lane and Sean Murphy’s last day was today, October 16. We are grateful for the contributions they have both made to NBC4 and wish them the best in their future endeavors,” a station spokesperson told TVSpy.

Both Murphy and Lane joined KNBC after working at KYW, the CBS owned station in Philadelphia. Lane joined KNBC in 2009 and Murphy made the move in 2010.

During her five years in Philadelphia, Lane landed in the headlines for a highly-publicized tryst with co-anchor Larry Mendte and for her involvement in an altercation with a female New York City police officer. KYW released her from her contract in 2008, saying “it would be impossible for Alycia to continue to report the news as she, herself, has become the focus of so many news stories.”

She subsequently sued CBS and Mendte for defamation. Both cases were eventually dismissed.

Going forward, Michelle Valles will co-anchor the morning newscast with Michael Brownlee. Valles is currently KNBC’s weekend morning co-anchor.

Meteorologist Crystal Egger Joins KNBC

Crystal Egger is joining KNBC, the NBC owned station in Los Angeles, as the meteorologist for the morning newscast.

“Crystal’s skills and in-depth knowledge will be a great addition to our team, and will deliver to our viewers the weather information they need to start their days,” KNBC vice president of news Todd Mokhtari said in a statement.

Egger joins KNBC from The Weather Channel, where she was a meteorologist for the network’s primetime programming. She has previously worked at KDVR in Denver, KIFI in Idaho Falls and Cable News 16 in San Diego.

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Adrian Arambulo and Gadi Schwartz Join KNBC

Adrian Arambulo (left) and Gadi Schwartz (right) have joined KNBC, the NBC owned station in Los Angeles.

“Adrian and Gadi are two excellent journalists and we’re thrilled they have joined the news team,” KNBC vice president of news Todd Mokhtari said in a statement. “They will join our talented group of reporters to bring viewers the best breaking news, in-depth coverage and meaningful stories that connect people in Southern California.”

Arambulo will join KNBC as the weekend morning-co anchor, replacing Ted Chen, who will remain with the station as a general assignment reporter. Arambulo will also report for KNBC. Since 2007, he has worked as the weekend morning anchor at KDFW, the Fox O&O in Dallas. He will begin anchoring the weekend newscast on August 31.

Schwartz, who will report for the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, joins KNBC from KOB, the NBC affiliate in Albuquerque. In his 10 years there, he has been the station’s weekend co-anchor and managing investigator for the investigative unit.

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Al Jazeera America Announces Correspondents for Regional Bureaus

Al Jazeera America is adding five more correspondents from the local news landscape to its ranks. The network has announced the hires of Ash-har Quraishi, Heidi Zhou-Castro, Bisi Onile-EreNatasha Ghoneim and Jonathan Martin.

The three hires were revealed as the network, which is slated to launch next month, announced plans to open bureaus in 12 cities across the United States:  Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. With the exception of Zhou-Castro and Ghoneim, each of the correspondents will stay in the same market as they join Al Jazeera.

Quraishi, who will be Al Jazeera America’s Chicago correspondent, joins the network from WTTW, the PBS station in Chicago, where he was a reporter for the nightly newscast “Chicago Tonight” and a contributor to PBS “NewsHour.”

Zhou Castro joins Al Jazeera from YNN Austin, where she was the evening and weekend news anchor. She will be based in the network’s Dallas bureau.

Onile-Ere will be based in Detroit for Al Jazeera. She comes from WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit.  Read more

California Stations Cover High Court Decisions on Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court of the United States handed down two decisions on gay marriage this morning, a ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and another on California’s Proposition 8. In San Francisco and Los Angeles, local stations had continuing coverage of the rulings.

In Los Angeles, ABC O&O KABC, NBC O&O KNBC and CBS O&O KCBS all broadcast national special reports. Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchored on NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC and Norah O’Donnell anchored on CBS. CW affiliate KTLA and Fox O&O KTTV stayed with local coverage, with Frank Buckley and Jessica Holmes anchoring on KTLA and Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone anchoring on KTTV.

In San Francisco, NBC O&O KNTV and CBS O&O KPIX broadcast the national special reports. ABC O&O KGO, Fox affiliate KTVU and MyNetworkTV affiliate KRON had local coverage of the two decisions. Kristen Sze and Eric Thomas anchored on KGO, Tori Campbell and Dave Clark anchored on KTVU and Mark Danon anchored on KRON.

The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage act and dismissed the appeal on Proposition 8, clearing the way for gay marriage in California.

Investigative Reporter Ana Garcia Out at KNBC

KNBC investigative reporter Ana Garcia has signed off from the NBC owned station in Los Angeles.

“Ana Garcia’s last day at KNBC was on June 24. We are grateful for her years of service and her dedication to advocating on behalf of our viewers,” a KNBC spokesperson told TVSpy. “We wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

Garcia joined KNBC in 2001. In 2011, she left the anchor desk to focus full time on her investigative and consumer reporting. “Get Garcia, Get Results” was launched in April 2012. She has won six Emmys during her time with the station and was just nominated for two more last week, according to an internal memo from KNBC vice president of news Todd Mokhtari obtained by LA Observed.

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.

Pablo Pereira Named Evening Meteorologist at KTTV-KCOP

Pablo Pereira has been named meteorologist for the evening newscasts at KTTV-KCOP, Fox’s duopoly in Los Angeles. In his new role, he will appear on “Studio 11 L.A.,” “FOX 11 News at 10 PM,” “KCOP My13 News at 7PM” and “KCOP My13 News at 11PM.”

Pereira joined the stations on a per diem basis in 2011. He has previously worked at KABC and KNBC, both in Los Angeles.

“This is my dream job. Getting the opportunity to work alongside such a talented team is truly a great honor and thrill,” Pereira said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to provide accurate and informative weather forecasts to KTTV/KCOP viewers.”

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