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Father Says He Saw Son Shot to Death By LA Police on Live TV

ktla_helicopterOne of the people watching the live police chase in Los Angeles more than a week ago that ended with the killing of the suspect on live TV was the victim’s father.

Bill Beaird told The Los Angeles Times his youngest son Brian called him while being chased by police the evening of December 13. He said he told his son to pull over after Brian Beaird said he done nothing wrong.

The chase and subsequent shooting was carried live by Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA and Fresno FOX affiliate KMPH. The family has filed a $20 million claim against the city of Los Angeles.

Later, Beaird watched live as a KTLA-TV News helicopter showed police chasing the Corvette into downtown L.A. He saw his son’s car T-bone another car before spinning onto the sidewalk. The driver staggered out of the vehicle, briefly raised his hands with his back to the police officers, then grabbed his stomach as he fell to the ground.

“I thought it was my son, but I wasn’t sure,” Bill Beaird said.

Beaird said he was initially confused about what happened to the man — the television reporters said he might have been shot with a Taser, he recalled. But when he tried to reach his son and couldn’t, his family began putting the pieces together. Read more

Violent End to Police Pursuit Shown Live in LA and Fresno

ktla_helicopterViewers of two stations hundreds of miles apart got more than they bargained for Friday night.

At the tail end of the 10:00 p.m. news on both Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA and Fresno FOX affiliate KMPH, the station’s aired live helicopter footage of LA police in pursuit of a man wanted for reckless driving.

The chase ended when the suspect’s Corvette plowed into a car at an intersection and ended up on a curb. After trying to drive away from the accident, the suspect stumbled out of the Corvette, walked around the rear of the car and fell to the ground.

“Game over,” said KTLA’s Micah Ohlman from the studio.”They’re taking him out.” Then after what appeared to be both the helicopter pilot and Ohlman realizing what had happened, Ohlman said, “Let’s pull out, Tim. I’m not sure if those were non-lethal rounds or not. But clearly they hit him with a whole lot of something as he tried to run from behind that car.”

KMPH took KTLA’s feed, but used their own anchor, Erik Rosales to describe the action.

Watch video of part of the chase after the jump. Read more

Carlos Amezcua Leaves KTTV for His Own Business

amezvua_kttvCarlos Amezcua anchor for Los Angeles FOX owned station KTTV is no longer with the station.

Kevin Hale, vice president and general manager of KTTV told staffers this evening about Amezcua’s departure, “After more than five years on KTTV’s Fox 11 10 p.m. News, Carlos Amezcua has decided to step down from the news desk to expand his own media and technology company, “Carlos Media Corp.” here in Los Angeles, said Hale. “Having won over 10 Emmy’s throughout his career, Amezcua has made many contributions to this community, as well our newsroom. We wish him continued success in building his own media and technology firm.”

Amezcua’s first day on-air at KTTV was September 2007. His last day was last Friday.

SF Bay Area Anchor to Join ‘Good Day LA’

tellez_cropped_2Marla Tellez is joining Los Angeles FOX owned station KTTV as co-anchor for “Good Day L.A.”

Tellez comes from KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area market where she was an anchor and reporter. She starts at KTTV on January 7.

Kevin Hale, KTTV vice president and general manager, said in a statement, “Marla’s extensive news anchoring experience and warm engaging personality will be a great addition to our morning ensemble.”

Before KNTV, Tellez worked at KOB in Albuquerque, NM. She has also worked as a reporter for HDNet World Report, KPIX in San Francisco and KION in Salinas-Monterey, CA, and as a producer for KPIX and KFTY in Santa Rosa, CA.

“I am eager to join the amazing team at ‘Good Day LA.,’” said Tellez. “The opportunity to work for a show that’s dynamic, smart and entertaining is truly a dream come true.”

KABC to Add 8:00 p.m. News on Local Independent Station

kabc_kdocLos Angeles ABC owned station KABC announced it will begin airing a live one hour 8:00 p.m. newscast seven days a week on Anaheim, CA, independent station KDOC starting in January.

“As the news leader in Southern California, ABC7 Eyewitness News is glad to have an additional opportunity to provide viewers the news and weather information they need,” KABC president and general manager Arnold J. Kleiner said in a statement.

KABC also announced KDOC will also begin re-airing the KABC 11:00 p.m. news at midnight.

“One of our goals at LA56 has always been to air a primetime newscast; and, now, we have a partnership with the number one news station in the LA market,” said KDOC president and general manager John Manzi. We could not be more excited to work with ABC7,”

Lucy Noland Leaving KNBC in Los Angeles

lucy noland knbcLucy Noland will sign off from KNBC this week, a spokesperson for the NBC owned station in Los Angeles confirms to TVSpy.

“After two years with NBC4 Southern California, Lucy Noland has decided to leave the station to spend more time with her family. We are grateful for Lucy’s steadfast dedication and contributions to NBC4 and wish her the very best as she pursues a new chapter in her life,” a KNBC spokesperson said in a statement. “Lucy’s last day is Friday and a permanent replacement for the noon newscast has not been determined at this time.”

News of Noland’s departure was first reported by FTVLive.

Noland joined KNBC from KHOU in Houston in 2011. She anchored the noon and 6 p.m. newscasts until last month, when she was replaced on the 6 p.m. by Colleen Williams.

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.

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

LA Stations Cover Shooting at LAX

A gunman opened fire this morning at Los Angeles International Airport, injuring at least three people and prompting a terminal evacuation and a ground stop at LAX.

CBS’ duopoly KCBS-KCAL was the first to report the news at 9:37 a.m. NBC owned KNBC was next at 9:39 a.m., followed by CW affiliate KTLA at 9:41 a.m. ABC owned KABC and Fox owned KTTV both reported the news at 9:43 a.m.

Watch the live stream of KCBS-KCAL’s coverage after the jump. Read more

Lucy Noland, Robert Kovacik Taking On New Roles at KNBC

lucy noland robert kovacikLucy Noland and Robert Kovacik are taking on new roles at KNBC, TVSpy has learned.

Noland, who joined the NBC owned station in Los Angeles in 2011, is no longer anchoring the 6 p.m. newscast. She will be replaced by Colleen Williams, who anchors the 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

KNBC spokesperson Terri Hernandez Rosales told TVSpy Nolan will continue to anchor the midday newscast. Speculation about the 6 p.m. anchor changes was first reported by FTVLive.

Weekend evening anchor Robert Kovacik is also getting a new role at the station. He will step away from the anchor desk to be a reporter for the 11 p.m. newscast.

“Robert Kovacik is a valuable member of the NBC4 news team, and one of the best reporters in Los Angeles. Just this year, he was honored by the Los Angeles Press Club as Journalist of the year because of the trust and respect he’s earned from our audience,” Hernandez Rosales said. “It’s that type of reporting we want bring to our viewers at the 11PM newscast Monday-Friday.”

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