June 24th, 2002
NEW SECOND IN COMMAND: Chris Myers is the new assistant news
director at KNBC/Los Angeles. Myers had been a special projects
producer at WMAQ/Chicago.
June 17, 2002
UNI-PURCHASE: Univision is getting into the radio business
in a big way. The Spanish-language television broadcaster
is buying Hispanic Broadcasting's 55 radio stations for $3.5
billion dollars worth of Univision stock. It's Univision's
first move into radio, and will give the broadcaster some
major new cross-promotion opportunities. With NBC recently
completing its purchase of rival network Telemundo, things
could be interesting for Spanish-language broadcasting during
the next few years.
WHAT'S NEXT? Lots of speculation, but little news is coming
out about exactly how the KCBS-KCAL television merger in Los
Angeles will work out. There are different stories floating
around about where the joint operation will be based, Columbia
Square or the Paramount lot where KCAL is now located. Plans
call for the combined operation to be up and running by the
start of the fall television season.
HI HO, VEGAS: Greg Ricks is half of the new morning anchor
team at KVVU/Las Vegas. Greg was morning anchor at OCN in
Orange County, California for seven years, and did cut-ins
for KCBS/Los Angeles. Ricks recently reported and anchored
at KOCE-TV/Huntington Beach-Orange County.
MOVING NORTH: Chris Licht is the new nightside EP at KNTV/San
Jose, He previously worked as an EP at KNBC-TV/Los Angeles.
ROLLING THE DICE IN VEGAS: Dick Tuininga is now Managing Editor
for Las Vegas One, the local news channel run by KLAS/Las
Vegas. Tuniniga has been a news director in San Diego, and
has also been a ND in Los Angeles, Cleveland and Detroit,
June 3rd, 2002
TALK ABOUT DUOPOLY: Viacom is continuing its consolidation
of its two Los Angeles television stations. First, KCAL general
manager Don Corsini was named as topper of both Channel 9
and KCBS, Channel 2. Now, KCAL News Director Nancy Bauer Gonzales
has been named as n.d. for both stations. The move stunned
some people, because Princell Hair had only been running the
show in the KCBS newsroom for about six months, and had been
hand picked by top Viacom executives. However, Bauer Gonzales
is an L.A. news veteran, with ratings up at KCAL, and more
than a decade in the newsroom at cross town KNBC.
HOME AGAIN: Marc Bailey returns home to anchoring mornings
at XETV/San Diego, after a stint at WAGA/Atlanta.
DOUBLE DUTY: Shaun Robinson re-upped at NBC's "Access Hollywood",
and is adding some special assignment duties at KNBC/Los Angeles
to her schedule in Burbank.
L.A. BOUND: Joel Connable joins KCAL/Los Angeles as a reporter
from WLTX/Columbia, South Carolina. HE REPORTS, HE COACHES,
AND HE TEACHERS: "California Connected" television reporter
Jon Beaupré is also firming up his teaching gig. Beaupré just
received his permanent appointment to the Cal State Los Angeles
Department of Communications Studies. Beaupré is also an AP
and RTNA awared winning radio journalist.
May 27th, 2002
LEGEND IS GONE: "From the desert, to the sea, to all of Southern
California". If you grew up in Southern California, you grew
up with those words. He was a broadcasting icon...probably
the closest thing Southern California had to a Walter Cronkite.
KCAL-TV/Los Angeles anchor Jerry Dunphy passed away last week,
several days after suffering a heart attack. As anchor of
"The Big News", CBS's pioneer hour long local newscast on
KNXT (now KCBS-TV) in Los Angeles, he helped make TV history.
The newscast dominated the local news scene for more than
a decade... regularly getting a 25 share of the viewers. Dunphy
later moved to KABC-TV, and then was one of the cornerstones
of KCAL's three-hour prime time newsblock. He won virtually
every honor in Southern California broadcast journalism over
the years. Dunphy was 80 years old.
website is hosting a special documentary on the life and career
of Jerry Dunphy...click
here to see it.
KCOP CHANGES: UPN/13 in Los Angeles is making changes to its
newscast. The Fox-owned station is thinning the herd in the
10 p.m. newscast race, by cutting back to a half-hour, and
moving to 11. As of June 3, the station will run the syndicated
"Seinfeld" followed by "Frazier" in the 10 p.m. news slot.
The change still leaves three hour long newscasts going head
to head in the crowded 10 p.m. slot.
MOVING UP IN SAN DIEGO: Dan Shadwell moves into an evening
anchor slot at KFMB/San Diego.
May 20th, 2002
CAN YOU SAY Y'ALL? Scott Diener is the new n.d. at WHAS
TV/Louisville. He had been VP/News at KNTV/San Jose before
its sale to NBC.
GETTING UP EARLY: Evan Michael is the new morning anchor
at KOAA/Pueblo, Colorado...moving from KNVN/Chico-Redding.
GETTING DUE CREDIT? Many of America's Spanish language broadcasters
have long argued that the current television ratings system
hasn't accurately measured their audiences. Now, Telemundo
and Univision say that Nielsen Media Research is getting ready
to start a new way of tracking TV viewing in Spanish-speaking
households. If the system gets approval for use, it will be
tested for a year. The new system would eventually integrate
the two sets of numbers now released by Nielsen for English
and Spanish language networks into one standard.
May 13th, 2002
IT''S OFFICIAL: Viacom's purchase of KCAL-TV/Los Angeles
was approved by the FCC this week, creating a KCBS/KCAL duopoly.
Approval of the deal means Viacom will also have to sell one
of its seven Los Angles radio stations in the next six months.
How the competition of the deal affects news operations is
still a question mark, although with the May sweeps underway,
it's probably business as usual for the next few weeks. But,
if the FOX/Chris Craft deal is any indication, look for merging
of many front-office functions. One big change that occurred
this week: David Woodcock has left the general manager's slot
at KCBS, with KCAL's Don Corsini poised to run both stations.
TREJOS GOES NETWORK: Claudia Trejos is now the main sports
anchor for "Al Rojo Vivo", Telemundo's Florida-based
national daily news magazine. She was most recently at KVEA/Los
Angeles, and her stops before that include KTLA/Los Angeles,
KWHY/Los Angeles, and KLCS/Los Angeles. She'll join Maria
Celeste Arraras on the show, who was hired from the Univision
DIANE DIAZ RETIRES: KNBC/Los Angeles weekend anchor Diane
Diaz has left the station after 12 years, saying she wants
to spend more time with her kids.
NEW MANAGING EDITOR: Annette Smith is the new newsroom guru
at KCRA/Sacramento, filling the long-vacant slot created by
the departure of John Carr. Smith had been at WFAA/Dallas.
MORE WORK FOR SCHWAID: Steve Schwaid has been rewarded for
his help as head of NBC's transition team at KNTV/San Jose.
The formerWCAU/Philadelphia news director is now VP/News Programming
for the NBC-owned stations.
May 6, 2002
IT'S OFFICIAL: KNTV/San Jose is now officially the NBC owned
and operated television station for the San Francisco Bay
Area. The deal for the network to buy Channel 11 from Granite
Broadcasting got final FCC approval April 30. As we told you
last week, the network is bringing in Linda Sullivan, from
WRC/Washington, D.C. as general manager.
MOVING HOME: Joe Gomez is leaving his n.d. slot at KERO/Bakersfield
to return home to his native Texas, and KABB/San Antonio,
where he'll be an executive producer.
BIG DEAL TIME: The San Francisco Chronicle reports Gary Radnich
signed a whopper of a deal to stay at KRON/San Francisco.
Details haven't been released, but the agreement calls for
him to stay on as main sportscaster at the station for seven
HIGH DEFINITION BOOST: Wonder why the engineers at your station
have been taking forever to fix that broken wireless mike?
It might be because they were racing to meet a May 1 deadline
to start broadcasting in digital. A good chunk of stations
didn't meet the deadline. That has some members of Congress
angry, because they feel that some important spectrum is sitting
unnecessarily idle right now. HDTV did get one boost this
week...the country's 10 largest cable operators agreed to
add five broadcasters, or cable networks to their lineups
January 1 which offer significant amounts of high-def programming.
ARIZONA BOUND: Former KWHY-DT/Business News Anchor John Marshall
joins Metro Networks National Broadcast Center in Scottsdale,
Arizona. Marshall is also a former anchor for Airwatch Traffic
and News in Orange County, California.