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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

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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.

[FTVLive]

Anchors, Meteorologists From CBS O&Os to Guest Host ‘The Talk’ Next Week

Local news personalities from five CBS O&Os are guest-hosting “The Talk” for one day each next week, filling in for Julie Chen, who is on vacation.

The five guest hosts are: John Elliot, a weathercaster at WCBS in New York, on Monday; Susan Koeppen, an anchor at KDKA in Pittsburgh, on Tuesday; Amelia Santaniello, an anchor at WCCO in Minneapolis, on Wednesday; Kate Bilo, a meteorologist at KYW in Philadelphia, on Thursday; and Paul Magers, an anchor at KCBS in Los Angeles, on Friday.

Chen returns to the CBS talk show on Monday, July 9. No word yet on who will guest host for the second week of her vacation.

>Update: “The Talk” will be in repeats the week of July 2, so there will be no guest hosts, a spokesperson for the show tells TVSpy.

KCBS Anchor Paul Magers on Serene Branson: ‘One of the Most Disturbing Things I’ve Ever Witnessed’

“That’s one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever witnessed,” said KCBS anchor Paul Magers about Serene Branson‘s erratic live report from the Grammys.

“Oh my God, I tell you, I was disturbed,” Magers told the Minneapolis Star Tribune this week. “God, it looked like a stroke.”

At the start of KCBS‘s late news on Sunday, Magers threw to Branson, who was stationed outside the Staples Center, and immediately he knew something was terribly wrong.

“As we were going into our package, I said to our producer, ‘Phone 911. There’s physically something wrong with her,’” he told the Star Tribune. Paramedics arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and examined Branson’s vital signs. According to Magers, Branson wanted to go home that night instead of visiting the hospital.  She saw her doctor on Monday and underwent tests.

Rumors Abound After KCBS’s Serene Branson Gives Shaky Grammys Report

Los Angeles viewers were left wondering “What happened?” last night as KCBS reporter Serene Branson gave a stumbling, nearly incoherent live stand-up from the Grammys (video above).

At the top of KCBS’s late newscast following the Grammys, anchor Paul Magers checked in with Branson, who was stationed outside the Staples Center. Branson began her report with enthusiasm but her speech quickly became muddled and she looked confused.

“It is feared that she may have suffered a stroke on air,” UK newspaper The Telegraph reported last night, writing that Branson had been taken to the hospital.

A dubious-looking Twitter account was set up last night in Branson’s name. “I am not in the hospital,” read one tweet. “I’m sorry, it was just the nerves,” reads another.

Calls and emails to KCBS representatives have not yet been returned.  We’ll make sure to update this post as more information comes in.