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Police Investigate White Powder Sent to Two Los Angeles Stations

A suspicious white powder was sent to both Los Angeles FOX owned station KTTV and Tribune’s CW affiliate KTLA.

KTLA reported firefighters and the FBI are on the scene after the powder was discovered in an envelope addressed to KTLA around 11:00 a.m.

The station said a Fire Department test for anthrax came back negative and added, “Firefighters could not detail what they had found until a battalion chief arrived on scene, but first responders were seen wearing gas masks before descending into the basement mailroom.”

KTLA said LA Police told them they were also on the scene at KTTV. We’ve asked FOX for more details. We will update when we know more.

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.”

LA Stations Cover Shooting at LAX

A gunman opened fire this morning at Los Angeles International Airport, injuring at least three people and prompting a terminal evacuation and a ground stop at LAX.

CBS’ duopoly KCBS-KCAL was the first to report the news at 9:37 a.m. NBC owned KNBC was next at 9:39 a.m., followed by CW affiliate KTLA at 9:41 a.m. ABC owned KABC and Fox owned KTTV both reported the news at 9:43 a.m.

Watch the live stream of KCBS-KCAL’s coverage after the jump. Read more

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.

WPLG General Manager Dave Boylan to Join Rentrak Board of Directors

WPLG vice president and general manager Dave Boylan is leaving the Miami ABC affiliate to join Rentrak’s board of directors.

“Dave’s experience gives our Board first-hand input on what local stations want and will help us with the future local TV roadmap, so that every station will want to join the revolution that is happening in local TV with Rentrak,” Rentrak CEO and vice chairman Bill Livek said in a statement.

Boylan will also resign his position as the ABC affiliates board chairman. Broadcasting & Cable‘s Michael Malone reports Mike Devlin, the general manager at WFAA in Dallas, will replace him.

Boylan has been the VP-GM of WPLG since 2003. Before working in Miami, he was general manager at KTTV in Los Angeles, WTVT in Tampa and WGHP in Greensboro.

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]

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.

KTTV Adds Reporter Sandra Endo, Producer Angelica Quiroga

KTTV in Los Angeles has made two hires: Sandra Endo (pictured) joins the Fox O&O as a general assignment reporter and Angelica Quiroga has been hired as evening executive producer.

Endo, who begins at KTTV July 1, was most recently a freelance reporter at WMAQ in Chicago. Prior to that, she spent five years as a national correspondent for CNN Newsource. She will contribute to “Studio 11 L.A.” and “Fox 11 News at 10 p.m” on KTTV and “Fox 11 News at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.” on sister station KCOP.

Quiroga joins KTTV from KVEA, the Telemundo station in Los Angeles, where she was an executive producer for 11 years. She begins at KTTV as executive producer for “Fox 11 News at 10 p.m.” on June 24.

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