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KTLA’s Rebecca Hall Files Complaint Against SAG-AFTRA

KTLA‘s Rebecca Hall has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood’s largest entertainment union, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Hall, who is a reporter and weekend sports anchor at KTLA, filed the complaint Wednesday with the National Labor Relations Board. In the filing, Halls says the union demanded she pay “excessive” initiation fees and union dues if she wanted to keep working at KTLA, Tribune’s CW affiliate in Los Angeles.

Hall’s complaint was filed with the help of attorneys from the National Right to Work Foundation, the L.A. Times reports:

“Instead of informing Ms. Hall of her workplace rights, SAG bosses threatened to have her fired for refusing to join their union and pay full dues,” Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation, said in a statement. “That’s unacceptable, which is why we’re helping her fight back against these heavy-handed tactics.”

In a statement, SAG-AFTRA disputed the claims. “SAG-AFTRA denies these allegations, which are completely without merit,” the union said. “The NLRB is reviewing this and we look forward to the speedy disposition of the charge.”

TV Engineer Who Brought the Helicopter to News Dies

John D. Silva, the man who invented helicopter coverage for television, has died.

Silva was the chief engineer for Los Angeles station KTLA when he convinced station executives to give him $40,000 to outfit a rented Bell helicopter with a TV camera for news coverage.

Working in secrecy with Hollywood special effects shops and engineers from General Electric to find or invent technology small and light enough to fit on a helicopter, Silva and his small team broadcast their first signal on July 28, 1958 to Los Angeles viewers who would eventually come to equate a helicopter shot with a high-speed chase. Read more

Former KTLA Reporter David Begnaud Reflects on Moving Away From Traditional Newscasts

Our sister site FishbowlLA interviews former KTLA reporter David Begnaud about his latest career move to Larry King‘s new home, online network Ora TV. Begnaud talks about making the jump from traditional television:

“For me, the tough part, always, was getting breaking news and then having to wait for the evening newscast. I met Larry King and his executive producer Wendy Walker, and she asked me if I wanted to bring my dream, vision of a breaking news show to Ora. It was definitely a big risk to move from ten years in traditional TV to online.”

The program is entirely elastic, with Begnaud and his team doing as many daily short blasts as the news dictates. “We’ve done five, we’ve done seven, we’ve done close to ten in a day,” he explains.  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.

Los Angeles Stations Go Live for Endeavour Arrival

As the space shuttle Endeavour made its final flight around Los Angeles Friday afternoon, every major station in the region was carrying live coverage of its arrival.

KNBC anchors Michael Brownlee and Kathy Vara began anchoring coverage just before 9:30amPT. They were joined by Colleen Williams at Griffith Observatory, John Cadiz Klemack in Palmdale, Sean Murphy at the Santa Monica Pier, Ted Chen at Edwards Air Force Base, Toni Guinyard and Chuck Henry at LAX, Patrick Healy at the Nasa Propulsion Center and Antonio Castelan in El Segundo.

KTTV had several anchors participating: Phil Shuman, Carlos Amezcua, Araksya Karapetyan, Lisa Breckenridge and Jeff Michael. Meteorologist Maria Quiban and Pablo Pereira handled the weather reports, and reporters were live across Los Angeles, including Bob DeCastro and Gigi Graciette at LAX, Mar Yvette at a restaurant near LAX and Gina Silva at Griffith Observatory. Hal Eisner and Tshaka Armstrong also contributed. Read more

LA Stations Go Live as Bank Robbers Lead Police on High-Speed Chase

All the local stations in Los Angeles devoted special coverage to a high-speed pursuit in Los Angeles this morning. Four men who held up a bank in the Santa Clarita Valley led police through the streets of downtown LA, throwing fistfuls of cash out the window of the moving vehicle as they tried to evade capture.

KTLA morning anchor Frank Buckley was the first to report the news at 10:34amPT, breaking in to “Who Wants to be a Millionare?”

KNBC interrupted the fourth hour of “Today” with the news at 10:40amPT, with Kathy Vara anchoring. KCAL noon anchors David Gonzales and Sandra Mitchell were next at 10:42amPT.

KABC followed the news for the entirety of its regularly-scheduled 11 a.m. newscast, anchored by Phillip Palmer and Leslie Sykes. KTTV anchors Jeff Michael and Lisa Breckenridge first reported the news at at 11:42amPT, shortly after the chase came to an end with an arrest. Raw video of the chase, via KNBC, is after the jump… Read more

KTLA Reporter Tweets N-Word?

Veteran KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin is trying to set the record straight after a message was sent from his Twitter account containing the N-word.

Over the weekend, seemingly out of the blue, a tweet was posted from Rubin’s account to Yung Berg (@TheRealYungBerg), a rapper from Chicago. The tweet read: “fake ass n—-.”

Gawker pounced on it and highlighted the fact that Rubin tweeted “OOPS….I will explain later. But, biggest boo boo of the year. For reals,” apparently in response to the errant tweet. Read more

KTLA Reporter Brandi Hitt Joins ABC NewsOne

Brandi Hitt is joining ABC NewsOne, the network’s affiliate news service, as a Los Angeles-based correspondent.

Hitt comes from KTLA, the CW-affiliate in Los Angeles, where she was a reporter and anchor. She begins at NewsOne this week and will spend two weeks in the New York bureau before returning to the West Coast permanently.

“Brandi’s energy and experience will be a tremendous asset to NewsOne as we continue to help our stations and clients provide the highest quality news and information to their viewers each and every day,” ABC NewsOne vice president Al Prieto said in a statement.

KTLA Reporter Breaks Up with LA Mayor

The three-year relationship between KTLA reporter Lu Parker and Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is over.

A spokesperson for Parker confirmed the split with the Los Angeles Times on Monday.

Parker, who has been with KTLA since 2005, began dating Villaraigosa in 2009, two years after the mayor was involved in an extramarital affair with a reporter for KVEA, the Los Angeles Telemundo station (he since divorced his wife).

A former Miss USA, Parker was working as an anchor and general assignment reporter for KTLA, often covering local politics, when she began dating Villaraigosa.

After the start of their relationship, KTLA moved Parker off of the anchor desk, and eventually redefined her role with the station as special correspondent. Read more

Chris Schauble Under Fire After Open-Mic Remark on KTLA’s Morning Newscast

The National Hispanic Media Coalition is demanding an apology from KTLA anchor Chris Schauble after an on-air comment he made during the morning newscast last week.

The comments in question were during a segment spotlighting the El Coyote Mexican Cafe in Los Angeles. Reporter Allie Mac Kay, who was live from the restaurant, noted that some of the restaurant’s employees have worked there for more than 30 years:

Mac Kay: It’s a total family atmosphere, right?

Restaurant Manager: Right. That’s what keeps us all together, because it’s such a family, we know each other. We know their sons, their daughters, their parents, we go to their weddings, their baptismals, we share all our good times together…

Schauble (off camera, from the anchor desk): …bond hearings…  Read more

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