"THE NEXT GENERATION OF LOCAL NEWS," 4 p.m., Monday (2)--Some may read the preceding description as a threat. Nevertheless, it's the billing that KCBS-TV is giving its reconstructed news block premiering this week.
The old, third-in-the-ratings KCBS weekday news began at 4:30 p.m., followed by one-hour local newscasts at 5 and 6 and "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" at 7. Based on those ratings, KCBS was not having great commercial success with the current generation of local news, so it decided to fast-forward to the mostly-20-minutes-a-pop, life style-oriented "next generation."
Get ready for progress:
--"The Channel 2 News First Edition" (4-4:20 p.m.), anchored by Bill Stout and Valerie Coleman, unfolding the news of "the breaking world."
--"California Health" (4:20-4:40), anchored by Tritia Toyota and Steve Gendel, reporting health and fitness news.
--"California Living" (4:40-5), anchored in the field by weathercaster Kevin O'Connell, reporting the many Southern California issues "not previously addressed by local television."