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KNBC Photographer’s ‘Do You Have Pics?’ Tweet Sparks Debate

Was KNBC photographer Kenny Holmes being insensitive—or simply smart—when he used Twitter to reach out to a person who claimed to be one of the riders stuck on a disabled California roller coaster Monday?

Four people were injured when a tree branch fell onto the track of the Ninja, a 2,700 foot ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Shortly after the accident, Holmes used Twitter to find a user named Israel who may have been one of the 22 riders who had to be rescued from the coaster by firefighters. “Stuck upside down on Ninja at Six Flags…scary. The news is here as well” he tweeted.

Holmes reached out with his own tweet:

That tweet was quickly pounced on as an example of uncaring media interested only in getting those exclusive photos, with one person sending a mocking tweet, “Stay classy @NBCLA @KHOLMESlive. “You haven’t been rescued yet, might fall, but u have pics bro?”

Holmes, who also reached out to relatives of potential victims of the coaster accident on Twitter, defended himself, saying he confirmed “Israel” was no longer on the ride, and not in danger of falling—actually, he’d never even been on the ride, but had sent out the “stuck upside down” tweet as a joke. Read more

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More Changes to KNBC’s ‘Today in LA’

knbc logoWith Daniella Guzman set to take over as co-anchor of KNBC’s “Today in LA,” the NBC owned station in Southern California has some other changes in the works for its morning newscast.

A KNBC spokesperson confirms to TVSpy that Whit Johnson, who currently anchors the noon newscast, will co-anchor “Today in LA” alongside Guzman. Johnson will swap with Michael Brownlee, who currently anchors the morning newscast and will be moving to the noon newscast.

Michelle Valles, who has been co-anchoring the morning newscast since Alycia Lane parted ways with KNBC last year, will return to her previous role as co-anchor of the weekend edition of “Today in LA” and report during the week.

On the revamped morning newscast, which debuts June 30, Guzman and Johnson will be joined by meteorologist Crystal Egger and traffic reporter Holly Hannula, who joined KNBC this week.

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KTLA Quietly Adds 11:00 p.m. News

Los Angeles Tribune station KTLA added another hour of news last night.

In what Tribune called a soft launch, viewers of the CW affiliate were treated to an 11:00 p.m. newscast anchored by 10:00 p.m. anchors Cher Calvin and Micah Ohlman.

A Tribune spokesperson told TVSpy the station debuted the show as an extension of the 10:00 p.m.

The only mentions were in tweets like the one below from a KTLA senior producer:

LA Station Catches Hidden Cash Millionaire Stashing Dough

The phenomenon that started in San Francisco known as Hidden Cash, where a mystery real estate developer puts hundreds of dollars in an envelope, tweets out hints to its location and lets people have at it with no strings attached is catching the attention of local TV stations.

Yesterday, the free money moved about an hour south of SF to San Jose where Bay Area FOX affiliate KTVU caught someone finding the cash on live TV. Watch that video after the jump.

Now, the millionaire is leaving his green calling cards in LA, where CBS owned station KCBS got an exclusive interview.

The mystery man who says he is giving back after a lucrative real estate deal told KCBS he was going to be in LA for a couple of days and planned to spread the love in the Southland. Read more

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.

Randy McIlwain Set to Join KNBC

Veteran reporter Randy McIlwain is trading one NBC-owned station for another as he joins KNBC in Los Angeles from KXAS in Dallas:

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports McIlwain will sign off from KXAS on June 20 and start at KNBC on July 7.

Courtney Friel Gets Asked Out Live on KTLA

While doing man-on-the-street interviews near a California wildfire yesterday, KTLA‘s Courtney Friel interviewed a man who turned the tables and started asking her the questions. “Wow. You’re super pretty,” the shirtless man said to Friel. “Do you want to go on a date sometime?”

Friel, who is married to CBS News correspondent Carter Evans, politely informed the man that she was live on the air for KTLA and steered the conversation back to the fire. Watch:

Carolyn Johnson Joins KNBC in Los Angeles

carolyn johnsonCarolyn Johnson is joining KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles, in June. Johnson comes from KGO, the ABC-owned station in San Francisco, where she has worked since 2007.

“Carolyn is an excellent journalist whose passion for journalism is seen through her exceptional story-telling abilities,” KNBC vice president of news Todd Mokhtari said in a statement. “Carolyn grew up in Southern California and now she is returning home to join the most talented and respected journalists in the market at NBC4.”

In her new role, Johnson will co-anchor the noon newscast alongside Whit Johnson and the 6 p.m. newscast alongside Chuck Henry.

KNBC Names Daniella Guzman Morning Co-Anchor

daniella guzmanDaniella Guzman has been named morning co-anchor at KNBC, the NBC-owned station in Los Angeles. She will anchor alongside Michael Brownlee weekdays from 4:30 to 7 a.m.

It is a move within NBC for Guzman, who has anchored the morning newscast at NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago since 2012. KNBC’s announcement of Guzman’s hire comes after WMAQ announced Zoraida Sambolin as the new morning anchor.

“Daniella has the right combination of journalistic experience and genuine warmth that comes across on the air and in person,” vice president of news Todd Mokhtari said in a statement. “She is a dynamic anchor who will further strengthen our newscast and help our viewers kick start their day.”

Michelle Valles has been anchoring KNBC’s morning newscast since Alycia Lane left the station last year.

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