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‘Good Day L.A.’ Anchor Dances During News Headlines

4410015_GIn the immortal words of my very first news director, Mike Moran, at KJCT in Grand Junction: “always act as if the mic is hot.”

And in the studio, it’s wise to remember that every camera is pretty much always on. Those producers–those irritating, annoying producers–can take any camera at any time. Like, say, if you’re waiting at the weather wall while your fellow anchors read headlines, and, say, you pop in the earbuds and bust a few moves. Like that. That could get your camera popped up–and a moment of viral video perfection is born.

Here’s what we know: KTTV Los Angeles’ “Good Day L.A.” anchor Araksya Karapetyan has moves. Many, many moves. And they were put on display during GDLA on the Fox owned station Wednesday:
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KTTV Swaps Anchors on ‘Good Day LA’

tellez_karapetyan Fresh off its experimentation with where Steve Edwards should sit during Good Day LA, KTTV in Los Angeles is now trying out Araksya Karapetyan in place of Marla Tellez on the FOX owned station’s morning show.

Tellez now co-anchors the 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. show. A station source assured TVSpy stations switch anchors up all the time and that “everybody” liked the new look.

While FOX first poo pooed the change as a rumor, our LA based eagle-eyed super fan who first told us about the swap asked Karapetyan if she liked the change. Karapetyan replied, “up for anything!” You can see a screen grab of the tweet after the jump. Read more

Where Will Steve Edwards Sit Next? The Case of the Moving FOX Anchor

An eagle-eyed TVSpy reader tipped us off recently that KTTV morning show host Steve Edwards has been moving chairs on the set of Good Day LA.

Up until May 6, Edwards was sitting center at the Good Day desk, then May 7 everything changed. He was sitting at the far right end of the desk. We received word yesterday he was still far right, but this time he was standing. Did someone take his chair?

The move was written about on another media site and our faithful reader thought Edwards’ rightways migration might be KTTV code for something nefarious, as in “we’ll keep moving him right…right off the set.” While this post is easing towards red on the sarcasm meter, it does show that details like where an anchor sits is important to viewers.

The good people at FOX told TVSpy there is no ulterior motive behind the moving anchorman. They said they’re simply experimenting with anchor positions on the new set.

Of course, if Edwards begins reporting from the bathroom or starts “working from home” maybe our reader can tell us he told us so.

Julie Chang Back on KTTV

Julie Chang is back on KTTV after recovering from brain surgery in November.

Chang showed the scan of her brain which revealed the tumor on air. Anchor Steve Edwards described it as the being the size of a clementine.

Chang told Edwards and co-anchors Lisa Breckenridge and Maria Quiban, “To put it simply California saved my life.” Chang said she took up surfing when she moved from New York to California. She said she banged her face on her surfboard, got a CT scan to make sure she hadn’t broken anything and discovered she had a brain tumor.

On set, Chang talked about the surgery and the symptoms she experienced before the tumor was found. She said her eyesight has been the only casualty of the tumor saying, “I’m 100 percent back with the exception of my vision.”

KTTV Anchor Julie Chang Has a Brain Tumor

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“Good Day LA” entertainment anchor Julie Chang has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, the Fox O&O announced on its morning newscast this morning.

“In the next few days and weeks, the tumor will go, the hair will grow back and I will recover with the warmth you have given me since my first day here on Fox 11,” Chang said in a message to viewers read by Steve Edwards (video above).

The tumor was found by a CT scan that Chang had after a surfing accident a few months ago. She will have surgery this week.

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.

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.

Maria Sansone Named Morning Co-Anchor at KTTV

Maria Sansone has been named co-anchor of “Good Day LA,” the morning newscast on Los Angeles Fox O&O KTTV.

Sansone moves to Los Angeles from New York City, where she was most recently a field reporter for NBC O&O WNBC. She has previously worked as a correspondent for TV Guide Network and as a VJ for MTV.

“Maria has interviewed everyone from pop culture icons and sports legends, to everyday people with compelling stories,” KTTV VP-GM Kevin Hale said in a statement. “Her contagious energy and signature style will be vital to the next generation of ‘Good Day LA.’”

Sansone appeared on the program during an on-air audition over the summer. She officially begins October 1 alongside anchor Steve Edwards, meteorologist Rick Dickert, weather anchor Maria Quiban and contributor Jillian Reynolds on “Good Day LA.” She replaces Dorothy Lucey, who left the station in May after her contract was not renewed.

LA Anchor Blogs About Firing: ‘He Said I Made His Eyes Bleed’

Dorothy Lucey, former co-anchor of the KTTV morning show “Good Day LA”, offers a surprisingly candid look at why she thinks she was let go from the Los Angeles FOX affiliate.

So many of you have asked what happened. Well it did involve blood. After 17 blissful (well mostly blissful…but that’s another blog) years at Good Day LA I got a new boss. He said I made his eyes bleed. Not the crusty yucky pink eye. New guy was saying when I spoke it made his eyes bleed. I have read that can happen after you vomit. Now I could almost see my husband saying something like that to me…after all we are married. But from a new boss…

Lucey left the station four months ago after co-anchoring the FOX morning newscast, along with Steve Edwards and Jillian Reynolds, since 1995.

For those curious, Lucey’s blog also offers a sometimes too revealing look into her life and her future plans.  Click the link to view.

>Update: When contacted for comment, a station spokesperson told TVSpy: “The revitalization at Good Day LA has been refreshing.”

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