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Steve Carlston On ‘Rebuilding the News Legacy’ at KNBC

Since taking over as president and general manager of KNBC in October 2011, Steve Carlston has been a busy man.

Carlston says the many changes under his watch at the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles have resulted in a significant improvement in the station’s “corporate culture.” He cites Comcast’s investment in local programming, as well as the leadership of NBC Universal president Steve Burke and NBC Owned Stations president Valari Staab.

“It’s hard to describe in a word, but it’s a better place to feel part of a team, it’s a more competitive environment than it’s ever been,” Carlston tells TVSpy. “They believe we can be the news leader again.”

If the changes at the station over the past eighteen months are any indication, Carlston clearly believes it, too. He has hired a new news director and assistant news director, strengthened the station’s investigative reporting team and expanded the weekend and midday newscasts.

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Viewers Respond To Stations ‘Sandy’ Relief Efforts

After Hurricane Sandy swept through the North East leaving a trail of destruction its wake, many local stations, station groups and networks stepped up to raise money to help in relief efforts.  Here’s a round up of what their efforts gained:

>WZZM in Grand Rapids, MI and the American Red Cross raised over $33,000 to help the victims of Sandy.  The station held an 11-hour telethon for the effort.

“Our viewers and digital users showed their generosity,” Janet Mason, president and general manager of the ABC affiliate, said in a statement posted to TVNewsCheck.   “We asked them to make a difference, and they responded with their big hearts.” Read more

Cincinnati News Director Heads West to KNBC

Stacy Owen, news director at WLWT in Cincinnati is heading west.  NBC has confirmed Owen will join KNBC, the NBC owned station in Los Angeles, as assistant news director.

Owen, who led the news effort for the Cincinnati NBC affiliate, came to the station three years ago from KXTV in Sacramento.  Cincinnati.com said that Owen’s main goal was to stop the high turnover rate at the station,

“She’s done a great job for us. She’s been a great  manager. She’s really smart and a great competitor,” says General Manager Richard Dyer.

Owen plans to stay at WLWT until one day after the election.  Her last day will be November 7.

[cincinnati.com]

>Update: Stacy told TVSpy, “I am proud of my team at WLWT and what we are accomplishing here, and at the same time excited about building a winning team at KNBC.  I have long respected [news director] Todd Mokhtari for both his news sense and management style, and the opportunity to work with him and [general manager] Steve Carlston was one I could not pass up.  At the same time, it’s a new challenge for me, and a homecoming to L.A., where I grew up.  The best of both worlds.”

KNBC Shuffles Morning and Noon Anchors, Expands Midday Newscast

KNBC, the NBC O&O in Los Angeles, has announced several changes to its morning and midday newscasts.

Michael Brownlee (pictured) moves from the noon newscast to the morning newscast, where he will co-anchor alongside Alycia Lane. Brownlee replaces Kathy Vara, who is shifting to weekend evening anchor at KNBC.

Replacing Brownlee at noon is Whit Johnson, who is joining KNBC from CBS News. Johnson will c0-anchor with Lucy Noland beginning in mid-September. The noon newscast will also expand to a full hour on weekdays.

“It’s part of NBC4’s culture to produce high-quality news content for Southern California’s unique audience,”  Todd Mokhtari, KNBC vice president of news, said in a statement.  “These changes reflect our priority to deliver on that tradition every day, every newscast.” Read more

KIRO News Director Todd Mokhtari Jumps to KNBC

After five years as news director at KIRO in Seattle, Todd Mokhtari will take over next week as vice president of news at KNBC in Los Angeles, the NBC O&O announced today.

The move is a return to KNBC for Mokhtari, who was managing editor there from 2006-07. Prior to that, he spent four years as assistant news director at another NBC O&O, KNTV in San Francisco-San Jose. From 1997-2002, he was news director at KCPQ, the Fox-affiliate in Seattle.

“I am thrilled to welcome back Todd to the NBC4 team,” Steve Carlston, president and GM of KNBC, said in a statement. “Todd’s knowledge of the Southern California market, combined with his experience in producing high-quality content for broad audiences, will greatly contribute to our newscasts.”

KNBC has been without a news director since Vickie Burns resigned in March. Read more

KNBC Launches Weekly Series Showcasing Acts of Goodwill in LA

KNBC has launched a news series called “Life Connected” to “celebrate community-centric acts of goodwill” in Los Angeles.

“‘Life Connected’ is a long-term station initiative that will celebrate different communities and cultures and demonstrate the human spirit and triumphs throughout Southern California,” Steve Carlston, KNBC’s president and general manager, said in a statement.

The weekly segments will air on Tuesdays during the 11 p.m. newscast on the Los Angeles NBC O&O. The first installment, a report by Lolita Lopez on three friends who met doing volunteer work, aired last night. Video inside… Read more

Michelle Valles Joins KNBC as Weekend Anchor

Michelle Valles has been hired as weekend morning co-anchor at KNBC, the NBC O&O in Los Angeles.

Valles most recently lived in Austin, where she anchored on KXAN from 2003-08 and on KEYE from 2008-10. For the past two years, she has been acting, appearing in musicals and writing for a local magazine, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

“Her experience as a broadcast journalist, along with her energy, wit and creativity, will greatly contribute to our newscast,” KNBC president Steve Carlston said in a statement announcing Valles’ hire. Read more

VP of News Vickie Burns Leaving KNBC

After almost two years as vice president of news at KNBC, Vickie Burns is leaving the Los Angeles NBC O&O.

“Vickie Burns has decided to leave KNBC to pursue opportunities closer to her family,” a KNBC spokesperson told TVSpy. “We’re so grateful to her for her contributions and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

Burns was hired in 2010 by Craig Robinson, who was promoted to chief diversity officer at NBC Universal in August. Steve Carlston took over as KNBC’s president and general manager in September.

“When Craig moved to his new role, I committed to helping a new leader with transition,” Burns wrote in a farewell note to staff obtained by LA Observed. “Now, it’s time for Steve to select a News Director to help lead the next phase of growth for KNBC and time for me to get back east of the Mississippi.” Read more

KNBC Debuts New Logo, Name in Rebranding Effort

There are some changes coming to Los Angeles NBC O&O KNBC today. Under the new leadership of Steve Carlston — along with a new investment of resources by NBC parent company Comcast — the station is getting a new look and a new name. The Los Angeles Times has details:

On Monday, KNBC rebrands itself with a new logo and name — NBC4 Southern California. It will unveil a larger set with a separate weather station, large monitors behind the anchor desk and state-of-the-art graphics. A key component will be an 82-inch diagonal, multi-touch advanced Perceptive Pixel (aka the “Magic Wall”) screen that will allow the telling of complex news stories in various media formats. The screen costs more than $150,000, plus special software custom-designed for the station. Read more

KNBC Hires Michael Brownlee to Co-Anchor New Midday Newscast

Michael Brownlee is joining KNBC as a general assignment reporter and co-anchor of the station’s new midday newscast, where he’ll work alongside Lucy Noland.

“Michael has the right combination of on-air vitality and journalism experience that is well-known in the greater Los Angeles area,” said Steve Carlston, KNBC’s new president and general manager, in announcing the move.  “He is a dynamic Anchor who will further strengthen our newscasts.”

A native of San Diego, Brownlee comes to KNBC from KCOP, the Fox-owned MyNetworkTV-affiliate in LA. Before joining KCOP in 2003, he worked as a reporter at KCBS. Read more

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