November 13, 1994 |
Michael Gartner vividly recalls when, in 1989, as president of NBC News, he sat down for a meeting with Alfred Geller, the agent renegotiating Connie Chung's contract. "Geller plopped down and put his feet on the table," Gartner says. "He had a few buttons of his shirt open with his rather large stomach sticking out. He proceeded to tell me he wanted $3 million a year for Connie, her own prime-time show, she got to pick the producer and . . . he wanted a quick answer.
August 11, 1986 |
KCBS-TV Channel 2 plans to announce a new format and anchor lineup this week for its third-ranked weekday news programs. The changes come in the wake of a prolonged ratings slump, the announced departures last week of 5 p.m. newscast anchors Jess Marlow and Colleen Williams in salary disputes and urgings by a local civil-rights organization to increase the on-air presence of blacks at the CBS Inc.-owned station.
April 17, 1993 |
The dramatic disclosures in the Rodney G. King civil rights case came just in time for TV's late-afternoon newscasts Friday. And the network-owned stations immediately built the drumbeat with lengthy and often repetitious reports. KNBC Channel 4 and KABC Channel 7 went to the whip quickly, taking the essentially simple facts and milking them for emotional impact with high-pressure television. The facts were that the jury would meet at 7 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2007 |
David Garcia, the veteran television news reporter whose focus on environmental issues earned him the nickname "Earthman" and nudged other news outlets to increase their coverage of the environment, died of liver failure Tuesday at Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Desert. He was 63. "He carved out a niche before people really even paid attention to the environment," said KNBC-TV anchor Colleen Williams, who worked with Garcia from the mid-1980s to the mid-'90s.
February 9, 2001 |
A little more than two months after taking over the leadership of KNBC-TV, the station's President and General Manager Paula Madison is restructuring the operation and focus of the news department in a strategy that will result in the departure or reassignment of several veteran anchors and reporters.
January 25, 1992 |
Jim Lampley's removal as anchor is just the latest shake-up. 'They never stay with anything long enough to give it a chance,' says a competing news director. It is one of the great mysteries of local TV news. KCBS Channel 2, which shaped the Los Angeles TV scene in its earlier years as KNXT, has for the better part of two decades trailed in the ratings and doesn't seem to know how to regain the upper hand. The latest upheaval came this week when Jim Lampley was removed as a nightly anchor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2008 |
Los Angeles television news fixtures Harold Greene and Ann Martin will leave the anchor desks at KCBS-TV Channel 2 and KCAL-TV Channel 9 when their contracts expire in May, and about a dozen fellow staffers behind and in front of the camera have received pink slips at the sister CBS-affiliate stations. The layoffs were effective Monday and coincided with widespread layoffs at CBS affiliates nationwide, including San Francisco and New York.
April 2, 2009 |
Veteran KNBC-TV Channel 4 newscaster Paul Moyer, one of the last of a breed of well-paid and highly promoted local news anchors, confirmed his retirement Wednesday from the station at which he's worked for nearly a quarter-century. "It's been a hell of a run," Moyer said in a brief phone interview. "I'm going to miss it, I'm going to miss it a lot. Any success I may have achieved I owe to the people of Southern California. I thank them for every one of those 37 years [in the L.A. market].