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MEDIA : Fallbrook Tragedy Sparks Complaints Over Coverage

San Diego Spotlight

September 17, 1990|KEVIN BRASS

Promotions don't necessarily accurately reflect a news program's philosophy, but Channel 10's slogan is equally disconcerting. According to ads, Channel 10 "Stands for San Diego." Although the line is used for the whole station, not just the news department, the ads primarily feature the station's news stars, and leave the impression that Channel 10 is an advocacy agency, ready and willing to support causes.

The national headquarters of "P.M. Magazine" has announced that the show will go off the air in late December, but the local edition may not be dead. Executive producer Geary Buydos has been working with the producers of six other stations where the magazine's ratings were strong in an attempt to save the concept, not to mention his job. He has proposed that Channel 8 start a new "P.M."-like show in the 7:30 p.m. slot, sharing features with the other stations. The Channel 8 news department also has made a proposal for the time slot. Another variable to Buydos' proposal might be the status of "P.M." hosts Pat Brown and Dave Hood, who were tabbed to host an afternoon talk show, the start of which continues to be pushed back. . . .

Former XTRA-FM (91X) disc jockey Katy Manor has landed in the big time. She's working as Scott Shannon's sidekick for KQLZ-FM (Pirate Radio) in Los Angeles. . . . Channel 39's new weekend weather guy is Joe Lizura, formerly the chief meteorologist for the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati.

California ABC affiliates, including Channel 10, may have been shut out in their attempts to organize gubernatorial debates (which went to NBC and CBS affiliates), but they will air tape of a star-studded benefit for Proposition 128, or "Big Green," at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

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