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Oops: WTHR Uses KTTV Meteorologist Pablo Pereira’s Headshot in Story About New GM

Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR gave an on-air welcome to its new general manager, Larry Delia, during the 6 p.m. newscast on Friday night.

“Our family here at WTHR is welcoming a new general manager to channel 13. Larry Delia has been named president and GM of WTHR by our parent company, the Dispatch Broadcast Group,” anchor John Stehr said. “We want to welcome Larry to Channel 13.”

One problem: WTHR used the headshot of Pablo Pereira, a meteorologist at KTTV in Los Angeles, in the graphic (above).

WTHR ran the correct picture during the 11 p.m. newscast and the 8 a.m. newscast Saturday (below).

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.

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.

KTTV in Los Angeles to Unveil New Set

Our sister site FishbowlLA gets the first look at KTTV‘s new set, scheduled to debut Wednesday on the Los Angeles Fox O&O’s 5 p.m. newscast.

For more photos of the set, created by Jeff Hall Design Inc., visit FishbowlLA.

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.

KTTV Anchor Mistakes Basketball for Hockey

Time was a Southern California sports anchor could be forgiven for making a flub while reporting about professional men’s ice hockey. But since the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012, the bar has been set much higher.

And while some sports media outlets are skewering KTTV‘s Pablo Pereira for mistakenly telling viewers the Anaheim Ducks traded for Matthew Lombardi from the Phoenix Suns, TVSpy may break all the rules and err on the side of giving the guy a break.

After further review of the tape, let it be noted that Pereira also anchored the weather for the FOX owned station that night, then switched to the other side of the desk, donned a pair of glasses and lead off with the Clippers and Suns game.

For those who don’t follow hockey or basketball, the Suns are an NBA team while the Coyotes are the Phoenix NHL franchise. Lombardi played for the Coyotes.

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KTTV, KCBS to Share Chopper in Los Angeles

Fox-owned KTTV is entering into a helicopter sharing agreement in Los Angeles with CBS-owned KCBS-KCAL.

The partnership, which officially begins Monday afternoon, is a pooling agreement on a non-exclusive basis. Until last year, KTTV shared a helicopter with NBC-owned KNBC; KCBS-KCAL has been operating their own helicopter.

A Fox spokesperson said no staff reductions are expected at KTTV as a result of the agreement. The station says the partnership will lead to more content and a more efficient use of resources. The Fox Television Stations Group has helicopter sharing agreements in 13 markets.

Ramona Schindelheim Named Managing Editor at KTTV

KTTV has hired a new managing editor. Ramona Schindelheim will start at the Los Angeles Fox O&O later this month.

It is a return to KTTV for Schindelheim, who worked as a producer at the station from 1989-94. Most recently, she served as an executive producer at CNBC, overseeing shows including “The Call,” “Power Lunch,” “Street Signs” and “Business Day.”

Schindelheim is also a former senior producer of “The Jane Pauley Show.” She begins at KTTV on March 25.

Burglary Suspects Lead Cops on High-Speed Chase in Los Angeles

Los Angeles police chased a car with three buglary suspects through downtown Los Angeles today during the 12pmET hour.

The chase was covered on the noon newscasts of NBC-owned KNBC and Fox-owned KTTV. Kathy Vara and Lucy Noland anchored on KNBC and Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone anchored on KTTV. “This is Southern California, this is Los Angeles, and you know what? We have a pursuit,” Edwards said.

KTTV cut away from the chase before its conclusion to join “Dish Nation.” KNBC stayed with the chase through the noon hour, until it was wrapped up. The three suspects were arrested.

Pope Benedict XVI Bids Farewell to the Vatican

Shortly after 11amET/8amPT, Benedict XVI departed the Vatican for the last time as Pope. Local stations in the top five markets broadcast special coverage of his departure and flight to Castel Gandolfo, the Vatican’s vacation retreat.

ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas broadcast national coverage from their affiliated networks of the Pope’s final farewell.

Fox News Channel’s Rick Folbaum anchored a special report that was broadcast on the Fox O&Os. KTTV in Los Angeles incorporated coverage of the farewell address into the morning newscast, anchored by Steve Edwards, instead of taking the national report.

Without national coverage to broadcast, CW affiliates produced their own special reports. Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera anchored on WPIX in New York City, Frank Buckley and Michaela Pereira anchored on KTLA in Los Angeles, and Steve Sanders and Dina Bair anchored on WGN in Chicago.

Philly’s CW affiliate WPSG is owned by CBS and operated as a duopoly with KYW. KDAF, the CW affiliate in Dallas, had no special coverage of the Pope’s farewell.

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