communities have a citywide access channel on cable. You
know, it's the one that runs the city council meetings
and programs about whose on the council and so forth.
Los Angeles, though, is lucky -- it has two. They are
referred to as LA CityView 35 and LA36. Two weeks ago
we took a look at LA CityView 35 and it's mission. You
can find that story in our FROM THE FIELD Archives. This
week, we turn our attention to LA36 -- LA's other city
From Steve Kindred
I really enjoyed reading the article by my friend Brian Jordan,
and find him an extremely qualified and valuable link to reporters
in the field. But I disagree with his description of himself
and others as de facto Assignment Editors.
The Assignment Editor's job is to decide what stories go on
the air,..the newsmaker's is to pitch stories,..and help coordinate
the coverage as requested by the stations.
Also, It's terrific to have seven County Fire PIO's, but remember
that there are 14 million people in the area,..and PIO assignments
vary from city to city. In the city of Los Angeles, the five
field PIO's for the fire department were all re-assigned to
cut the budget.
This means the incident commanders in the field have to handle
the complexities of putting out a fire while at the same time
providing vital information to the public through the news
media. I'm proud to say that after some lobbying by the RTNA
(Radio-TV News Association), the L-A City Council decided
not to gut the PIO's at the LAPD, t he Press Relations bureau
on the sixth floor of Parker Center.
Mayor Jim Hahn was behind both the fire department and LAPD
proposals. He apparently doesn't understand how important
these people are to public safety. When the next big firestorm
comes into the city of L-A,...or we have another Northridge
earthquake, he will.
About the Author
Steve Kindred has just celebrated 14 years at KFWB where he
is currently an anchor and city hall reporter.