February 11, 1990
I want to thank KABC-TV Channel 7 for captioning its newscasts every day. I was just hoping for at least one half-hour of captioned news each day, but the captioning is presented on the 4, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts five days a week. I can see the station is still working on the captioning format, but perhaps that takes time. At least I can finally watch captioned news on a local station. Mary Ann Horn, Seal Beach
June 29, 1989 |
After being contacted by an angry CBS network whose legal counsel had vowed to take "all action necessary" to protect the title of its reality-based fall series "Rescue 911," the producer of a similar, locally produced show said Wednesday that he will change the name of his "911" series to "On Scene." CBS would not comment, however, on whether it would consider the name change an acceptable solution. Both shows deal with actual 911 emergency calls and the life-saving efforts of paramedics, firefighters and other rescue teams.
June 3, 1989 |
Pop music fans are in for another of those benefit concert extravaganzas today as Sting, Diana Ross and Elton John headline a satellite global telecast to help bring attention to the world's environmental problems. "Our Common Future," a five-hour concert from New York, London and Brazil hosted by "Live Aid" creator Bob Geldof, Sigourney Weaver and Richard Gere, will be broadcast in its entirety on the Arts & Entertainment Channel at 5 p.m. and on KABC-TV Channel 7 at 11:30 p.m. Channel 7 will also broadcast three hours of the event, which features performances from R.E.M.
May 26, 1989 |
KNBC-TV Channel 4 captured its second consecutive "sweeps" victory in the local news ratings this month, edging out KABC-TV Channel 7, which until this year had been the king of local news for most of the 1980s. According to figures released Thursday by the A.C. Nielsen Co., Channel 4 won the three head-to-head afternoon news races at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. by a clear margin, in spite of Channel 7's highly rated simulated earthquake stunt on the first day of the four-week ratings period, April 27. Channel 4 also won in Arbitron's ratings for those time periods, but by such a slim margin as to be statistically meaningless.
May 25, 1989 |
All the news that's fit to air? Shame on KABC-TV Channel 7 and KNBC Channel 4--one for reporting non-news, the other for non-reporting. Through the years, Channel 7 has taken a back seat to no Los Angeles TV station when it comes to blatantly using its news programs to promote its entertainment programs, especially in such ratings sweeps months as May. Tradition was again served Sunday when Channel 7 carved out a chunk of its 6 p.m....
May 5, 1989 |
KABC-TV Channel 7 was first on the air with the Califronia State Supreme Court's verdict on Proposition 103 Thursday, but the station's hurried and unscheduled initial report got it wrong. KABC interrupted its morning talk show, "A.M. Los Angeles," and mistakenly reported that the Supreme Court had "struck down as unconstitutional" the 20% rollback called for by the initiative that was approved by voters last November. After KNBC Channel 4 and KCBS-TV Channel 2 broke into their own regular programs a few minutes later and reported that the Supreme Court had in fact upheld the rollback, KABC reporter Mark Coogan again interrupted the station's usual programming to correct the error--about 20 minutes after his first report.
April 21, 1989 |
With its "Action" newscasts leading the way, KCBS-TV Channel 2 once again captured more Los Angeles-area Emmy Award nominations Thursday than any other local station. KCBS collected 50 of the 198 nominations announced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences--six fewer than last year but 13 more than KNBC-TV Channel 4 and 28 more than KABC-TV Channel 7. KCBS newscasts accounted for 22 of the nominations, including five for news reporting, three for feature reporting, three for special mini-documentaries and two more for investigative work.
April 15, 1989
With a chance to dethrone the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Kings host Edmonton in Game 7 of their Smythe Division semifinal this weekend. Prime Ticket (cable) carries the decisive match-up tonight at 7:30. And as the pro basketball season winds down, the Lakers go up against two lowly foes. Tonight they take on the Clippers, their cross-town rivals, in the Sports Arena at 7:30 p.m. on Channel 9. On Sunday, the world champions will host the Miami Heat at 7:30 p.m. on Prime Ticket.