Fox affiliate KTTV-TV emerged as the leader in the numbers game in the local Emmy race. The station earned 20 nominations for its news and special programming, as the 52nd annual Los Angeles Area Emmy nominees were announced Thursday.
KTTV's showing, coupled with seven nominations picked up by cable channels Fox Sports West, and seven more by Fox Sports West 2, made it a good day for the various News Corp. franchises.
Independent KCAL-TV came in second in the nomination derby with 19, followed by UPN affiliate KCOP-TV with 17, KCBS-TV with 15, KABC-TV with 10, WB affiliate KTLA-TV with nine, KNBC-TV with eight, and PBS affiliate KCET-TV logging in with seven. Spanish-language Telemundo affiliate KVEA-TV earned three nominations, followed by independent KDOC-TV with two. KMEX-TV, the Spanish-language Univision affiliate, Spanish-language independent KWHY-TV and LA Cityview each received one nomination.
The awards, honoring the best local broadcast and cable programming of 1999, will be presented during a black-tie ceremony June 17 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. In all, there were 127 nominees in 31 categories.
The Los Angeles Governors Award also will be presented that night, with the honor going to KTLA (owned by Tribune Co., which is acquiring the Los Angeles Times).
Nominated for outstanding hard news reporter were David Goldstein (KCAL), Christina Gonzalez (KTTV), Harold Greene/Randy Roach (KABC), Joel Grover (KCBS) and Kyra Phillips (KCBS).
Singled out in the investigative reporting category were the following: "Shop at Your Own Risk" (KCBS), "Lewd Online" and "Telemarketing Scam" (KCOP), "Honduras Gangs" (KTTV) and "Stalking the Stalkers" (KTTV).
In the live coverage of an unscheduled news event category there were five nominees, including KCBS' and KNBC's coverage of the Jewish Community Center shooting, KNBC's and KABC's coverage of the La Can~ada Flintridge-Glendale fires, and KCAL for its Trench Rescue report.
Among those in the running for multipart serious news story are KTTV for "Asian Boyz" and "Sureno--13 Wars," KABC for "Corcoran State Prison: A Look Inside Hell," KCBS for "Friendly Fallout," KCAL's "Gift From a Stranger" and "Out of Darkness," and KWHY's "A Mother for All Children" (Al Filo de las Noticias).
In the news feature reporting category the nominees include Mike Boguslawski/Luv Villarreal (KCBS), Mike Castellucci (KCBS), Thelma Gutierrez (KCBS), Dan Hattal/Travis Cutler (KCOP), Tshaka Armstrong/Jeff Nguyen (KCOP) and Joe Rico (KNBC).
Among the categories judged by peer group juries (there are no nominees) only one award was given. For creative technical crafts, an Emmy for sound was awarded to Dennis Grey, sound editor, and Jon Nettlesbey, sound mixer for "Nomad, Roe" (Adelphi Cable). No awards were given in the following categories: short promo; public service announcement; instructional programming; public, municipal and operator produced cable; graphics; and short informational programming.