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August 8, 2001 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David Woodcock, who last week left his position as president and general manager of KCOP-TV Channel 13, has been named vice president and general manager of KCBS-TV Channel 2, the station announced Tuesday. Woodcock, who starts his new job Monday, succeeds John Severino, who will remain a consultant to the Viacom Inc.-owned station through the end of the year, said Fred Reynolds, president of Viacom Television Stations Group.
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February 26, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Joseph Dyer, a retired KCBS-TV executive who was one of the first African American reporters hired by a major network television station in Los Angeles and later helped it set a standard for community involvement, died of heart failure Thursday at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, said his daughter Monica. He was 76. The son of Louisiana sharecroppers, Dyer was hired by KNXT-TV (which later became KCBS) as a writer and news producer in 1965, a few months before the Watts riots erupted.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 1988 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
KCBS-TV Channel 2 fired longtime Los Angeles news anchors John Schubeck and Terry Murphy Friday and is giving relative newcomers Jim Lampley and Bree Walker a more prominent role in the station's news plans. Schubeck, an L.A. anchor for the past 17 years, had been anchoring the station's 11 p.m. newscast with Tritia Toyota. Lampley and Walker, the station's 5 p.m. anchors for the last two months, will take over at 11 p.m. in January. Lampley will replace Schubeck until then.
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February 18, 2011 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
KCBS-TV Channel 2 reporter Serene Branson smiled uneasily. She was back in the newsroom Thursday for the first time since becoming an instant ? and reluctant ? media sensation after she had infamously garbled her words during a live report at the Grammy Awards. But the 31-year-old journalist wasn't going back to work just yet. Instead she was back to be interviewed by her anchor, Pat Harvey, and to finally view the 17-second clip that triggered ridicule, concern and speculation that she'd suffered an on-air stroke or worse.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 1993 | DANIEL CERONE
After nearly five months without a full-time news director, KCBS-TV Channel 2 on Thursday hired Bob Jordan, news director at KING-TV in Seattle, to improve ratings and clean up the tabloid image that plagued the "Action News" team earlier this year. KCBS fired its last news director, John Lippman, in early May after months of controversy over his news tactics, which critics called sensationalist.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 1989 | STEVE WEINSTEIN
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2003 | Greg Braxton
Glen Walker, who joined KCBS-TV Channel 2 last fall, will co-anchor the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts beginning Saturday. He replaces Mark Coogan, who will become a full-time reporter and fill-in anchor. That is one of several changes KCBS is making in its weekend news lineup. Steve Hartman will alternate sports anchoring duties with Derrin Horton, a reporter on KCBS' sister station KCAL. They replace sports anchor Bret Lewis.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 1999 | KEVIN BAXTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
KCBS-TV won the most honors for the third consecutive year at the Radio & TV News Assn. of Southern California's 49th annual Golden Mike Awards ceremony Saturday at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City, but KTTV and San Diego's KNSD-TV captured the most coveted prizes. KCBS took home 15 honors for excellence in television news reporting in 1998 while KTTV's hourlong nightly newscast and KNSD's half-hour show were recognized as the best in those respective categories.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1992 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Steve Kmetko, the entertainment reporter at KCBS-TV Channel 2 since 1987, will leave the station when his contract expires next month. KCBS spokeswoman Carol Kinsey said Friday that Kmetko, who also reports for CBS' "This Morning," was offered a new deal, but refused it. Kinsey would not comment on the terms of the proposed contract, but a source in the KCBS newsroom said that Kmetko would have had to accept a 67% pay cut.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 1987
Bill Stout, who left his anchor's seat at KCBS-TV Channel 2 this week to cover the inauguration of Gov. George Deukmejian in Sacramento, won't be returning to the helm of the 4 p.m. newscast, station officials said Wednesday. Instead, Stout will spend more time this year reporting on news about state government, according to Don Dunkel, KCBS' acting news director. He will continue to be based in Los Angeles, however, and will offer commentaries on the 6 p.m. newscast.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2010 | By Greg Braxton
Vera Jimenez, who has been KCBS-TV's morning traffic reporter, will begin a new stint Jan. 25 as the evening weather anchor for KTLA-TV. Jimenez, who left KCBS and sister station KCAL last week after six years, will report on weather and traffic for KTLA's 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. newscasts, and weather for the 10 p.m. newscasts. "I'm really excited -- I'll get to see how normal people live," Jimenez quipped in an interview Wednesday. "I've been working mornings for so long." KTLA News Director Jason R. Ball praised Jimenez, calling her a valuable addition to the station, which, like The Times, is owned by Tribune.
SPORTS
June 2, 2008 | Dan Arritt and Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writers
The first mixed martial arts event shown in prime time on a major network was a big hit for KCBS-TV Channel 2. The Saturday night tape-delayed Elite Extreme Combat event from Newark, N.J., came in with a local overnight rating of 4.7 and a 9 share. The rating peaked at 7.2 the final 15 minutes. By comparison, a Stanley Cup final hockey game shown earlier in the evening on KNBC-TV Channel 4 averaged just a 1.3 local rating and a 3 share.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2003 | Greg Braxton
Glen Walker, who joined KCBS-TV Channel 2 last fall, will co-anchor the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekend newscasts beginning Saturday. He replaces Mark Coogan, who will become a full-time reporter and fill-in anchor. That is one of several changes KCBS is making in its weekend news lineup. Steve Hartman will alternate sports anchoring duties with Derrin Horton, a reporter on KCBS' sister station KCAL. They replace sports anchor Bret Lewis.
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November 8, 2002 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
If you think local TV newscasts aren't particularly good, you're not alone. Los Angeles ranks 16th out of 17 markets examined in a national study released Thursday that looked at 53 television news operations. KCBS-TV produces the highest-scoring 11 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2002
A memorial service for KCBS-TV cameraman Larry Greene, killed last week in a Navy helicopter accident in the Persian Gulf, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave., in Studio City. KCBS has established a fund for Greene's two children. Contributions can be sent to the Sons of Lawrence H. Greene Scholarship Fund, 1505 Riverview Road, St. Peter, MN 56082.
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September 7, 2002 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A KCBS-TV cameraman who worked for Channel 2 for 24 years was killed Friday in the Persian Gulf when the U.S. Navy helicopter in which he was riding crashed into a Syrian freighter, the Pentagon said. Larry Greene, 50, of Agoura Hills died and four sailors on the helicopter were injured when a rotor of the SH-60B Seahawk helicopter accidentally hit the mast of the Syrian ship 80 miles off the Iranian coast, said Air Force Brig. Gen. John Rosa, a military spokesman in Washington.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 1985
Frank Gardner, news director at the CBS-owned television station in New York City, Monday was named vice president and general manager of KCBS-TV Channel 2. Gardner, 42, succeeds James Bennett, who resigned last Tuesday, saying he wanted to explore other job opportunities. A native of Memphis, Gardner until now has spent his career in journalism. After earning a bachelor's degree in journalism from Memphis State University, he worked as a reporter for six years at WREC-TV in his home town.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2002
A memorial service for KCBS-TV cameraman Larry Greene, killed last week in a Navy helicopter accident in the Persian Gulf, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave., in Studio City. KCBS has established a fund for Greene's two children. Contributions can be sent to the Sons of Lawrence H. Greene Scholarship Fund, 1505 Riverview Road, St. Peter, MN 56082.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2001 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David Woodcock, who last week left his position as president and general manager of KCOP-TV Channel 13, has been named vice president and general manager of KCBS-TV Channel 2, the station announced Tuesday. Woodcock, who starts his new job Monday, succeeds John Severino, who will remain a consultant to the Viacom Inc.-owned station through the end of the year, said Fred Reynolds, president of Viacom Television Stations Group.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 18, 1999 | KEVIN BAXTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
KCBS-TV won the most honors for the third consecutive year at the Radio & TV News Assn. of Southern California's 49th annual Golden Mike Awards ceremony Saturday at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City, but KTTV and San Diego's KNSD-TV captured the most coveted prizes. KCBS took home 15 honors for excellence in television news reporting in 1998 while KTTV's hourlong nightly newscast and KNSD's half-hour show were recognized as the best in those respective categories.
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