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L.A. Anchors Bring Authenticity to Jake Gyllenhaal Crime Film

If you want to make a movie about Los Angeles and news, you could do a lot worse than having Pat Harvey and Kent Shocknek showing you exactly how it’s done. Shocknek, who just retired from KCBS-KCAL, and Harvey, who has co-anchored the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts at KCBS since 2010, were selected for the film by director Dan Gilroy. The film, Nightcrawler, stars Jake Gylenhaal as a freelancer covering the dark world of L.A. crime.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, no actor could quite match the real thing:

“We wanted to cast real anchors in our film because actors often can’t capture exactly what it is that news anchors have,” said Gilroy, speaking ahead of the European premiere of Nightcrawler at the Zurich Film Festival. “(But) I didn’t think any anchors would want to be in our film because they would read the script and say ‘you’re killing us.’ But they all said yes.”

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Fire Up the Moving Vans! KCBS Swapping Anchor Teams with KCAL

Garcia_Tay_TaftViewers of Los Angeles CBS owned stations KCBS and KCAL might think their sleep patterns have been disrupted starting November 18. The stations are swapping anchor teams across channels and time slots.

Current KCAL evening anchor team Sharon Tay, Rick Garcia and meteorologist Evelyn Taft will move to KCBS to anchor the CBS station’s morning and 11:00 a.m. newscasts. The only member of the current KCBS morning news team to stick around will be traffic reporter Stephanie Simmons.

While current KCBS morning team of Kent Shockneck and Suzie Suh will join meteorologist Rich Fields in Tay and Garcia’s old slot on independent station KCAL at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m.

Chief meteorologist Josh Rubenstein, who currently works the AM news with Shockneck and Suh will also move to KCAL but he will work the Noon, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. newscasts.

“Sharon, Rick and Evelyn are a proven winning combination,” president and GM of KCBS and KCAL Steve Mauldin said in a statement. “We are confident in their ability to help us grow our audience during the morning news daypart in the same way they’ve given us a big lift during primetime.” Read more

Local Personalities to Guest Host ‘The Talk’

Personalities from local CBS stations will fill in as guest-hosts on “The Talk,” CBS’ daytime talk show, next week.

Angela Hill of WWL in New Orleans will fill in Monday. Kathy Orr of KYW in Philadelphia will appear Tuesday, Adrienne Bankert of KTVT in Dallas will be on Wednesday, Carolina Bermudez of WCBS-WLNY in New York City will be on Thursday and Pat Harvey of KCBS in Los Angeles will round out the week on Friday.

Sharon Osbourne is off Monday – Thursday next week.

KCBS Anchors Appear on ‘The Price is Right’

Paul Magers and Pat Harvey, anchors for Los Angeles CBS owned station KCBS, acted as hosts for CBS game show “The Price is Right” Friday during the show’s showcase segment where contestants guess the value of presented prizes and win if, “the price is right.”

“Put your reporting caps on because we’ve got the scoop on a local candy shop here in Hollywood,” said Harvey as she announced a two night stay in Hollywood plus a year’s supply of candy. “Pack your bags because we’re sending you on a remote assignment at a luxury spa right outside of LA in Cabazon,” said Magers, who set up the trip along with a Mini Cooper convertible.

In the end, a contestant named Leroy was the winning guesser. He chose the prizes offered by Magers and Harvey, beating out the other guy who was guessing the total cost of a trip to Arizona’s Lake Powell Resort along with beach gear and a Bayliner ski boat.

KCBS declined to comment for the story.

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Anchors from CBS O&Os to Guest Host ‘The Talk’

Anchors from CBS O&Os across the country will fill in as guest-hosts on “The Talk,” CBS’ daytime talk show, next week.

Anchors from stations in New York, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Boston and Los Angeles will join the show’s co-hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler for one day each. This is the third time a round of guest-hosts have been selected from the CBS O&Os.

Kristine Johnson from WCBS will host Monday, Amelia Santaniello and Frank Vascellaro from WCCO will host Tuesday, Susan Barnett from KYW will host Wednesday, Lisa Hughes from WBZ will host Thursday and Pat Harvey from KCBS will host Friday.

KCBS Anchor Pat Harvey Shows Off Dancing Skills

Pat Harvey, I have new respect for you,” Julie Chen told the longtime KCAL-KCBS anchor after she showed off some dance moves during a recent guest hosting stint on “The Talk” (video above).

CBS O&O Anchors to fill in for Julie Chen on “The Talk”

KYW anchor Susan Barnett (left) is one of five CBS O&O anchors who’ll be guest co-hosting CBS’s “The Talk” this week. She’ll be in on Friday.

On Monday, Pat Harvey from KCBS in Los Angeles will be in; Karen Borta from KTVT in Dallas-Fort Worth joins the show Tuesday; on Wednesday, Lisa Hughes from WBZ in Boston sits in and on Thursday former MSNBC/NBC anchor Kristine Johnson from WCBS in New York will co-host.

All the anchors will be sitting in for Julie Chen who’s on vacation this week. “The Talk” airs weekdays on CBS at 2pmET/1pmCT.

KCBS/KCAL tech ops staffer James Kang found dead after leaving work

Friday afternoon, 42-year-old James Kang who worked in technical operations at KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles left work complaining of a headache. He was found dead in his car in the station’s parking structure sometime later. Kang’s death was reported on both of the duopoly’s ate local newscasts Friday night.

All weekend, colleagues — current and former — have been sharing their memories of Kang on the CBS O&O website and other memorial sites, including this one written by a friend, Paul Skolnick.

He also became a social-media beacon for many newsies taking their first stab at new platforms. He often engaged KCBS anchor Pat Harvey on Twitter, helping to draw out and add an online dimension to one of the great personalities in TV news today. As Suraya Fadel, a KCBS/KCAL reporter, found her social-media voice and became one of the great Los Angeles reporters to use Twitter, James gave her the nickname #TwitterPrincess, which is now widespread.

Former KCBS/KCAL anchor Suzanna Rico writes about Kang on her blog:

James and I worked together on the KCBS morning show for several years, and each time I walked in the security doors in the pre-dawn hours, exhausted and sometimes grumpy, James would greet me as if I was the most special person in the world. James always remembered my birthday–although I never remembered his. But that didn’t matter. James was a giving, not a receiving, kind of guy.

Serene Branson Returns to TV, Sitting Down with KCBS’s Pat Harvey

Serene Branson returned to TV on Thursday night, appearing on KCBS‘s 11 p.m. newscast in a special interview with anchor Pat Harvey.

“My head was definitely pounding and I was very uncomfortable and I knew something wasn’t right,” Branson told Harvey about her troubling appearance during the CBS-affiliate’s Grammys coverage last Sunday. “I was terrified and confused… What had just happened?”

What had happened was, according to Branson’s doctor, a severe migraine. Although the symptoms mimic those of a stroke, Branson did not suffer from a stroke or seizure, as many have speculated.

Branson is eager to get back to work and is looking forward to covering the upcoming Oscars ceremony.

“I’m ready to be telling the story and not be the story,” Branson told Harvey. Video inside… Read more