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February 4, 2006
ROBERT LLOYD'S long-winded request for KCOP to return to its glorious past ["Please Make It Local, KCOP," Jan. 27] may have been well-intentioned, but it was also completely misguided. The station that first brought you Wally George has no great past to relive. JACK WOLF Westwood
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BUSINESS
October 22, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
As the fee dispute between News Corp.'s Fox and satellite broadcaster Dish Network spills into its fourth week, hundreds of thousands of TV viewers are growing increasingly frustrated that they continue to pay for channels they do not receive. And soon, they could face even more blackouts. Fox is threatening to pull the signals of the local TV stations that it owns ? including KTTV-TV Channel 11 and KCOP-TV Channel 13 in Los Angeles ? from Dish systems if the two sides fail to agree on payments for those signals by Nov. 1. Dish's 14.3 million customers have been without cable channels FX and National Geographic and more than a dozen regional sports networks since Oct. 1. The new threat, if carried out, means Dish subscribers would miss Fox broadcasts of NFL football games and episodes of "House," "Glee" and "The Simpsons," unless they install a digital antenna to capture the stations' over-the-air signals.
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SPORTS
August 21, 1990 | ELLIOTT ALMOND
In a move to increase visibility, the Clippers announced Monday they have agreed to a lucrative five-year contract with KCOP (Channel 13) to televise at least 34 games a season starting with the 1991-92 season. The deal is worth more than $100,000 a game, a source close to negotiations said. Prime Ticket, which signed a 10-year contract with the Lakers in 1985, pays about $95,000 a game. The Clippers are in the final season of a five-year deal with KTLA (Channel 5).
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2009 | JAMES RAINEY
In the television news business, they call them duopolies. How about a more descriptive name? Zombie stations. Turn on KCOP Channel 13 for the weeknight news at 11 p.m. and you won't see KCOP anchors. Or KCOP reporters. They aren't backed by KCOP writers. In the last year, even the KCOP logo disappeared. The station's news operation has been taken over -- lock, stock, news desk and teleprompter -- by its duopoly partner, KTTV Channel 11, the local Fox television affiliate, which itself has been hobbled by mass layoffs in recent months.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1998 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Seinfeld" is going off on NBC, but it will be on in a few years on KCOP-TV Channel 13. The station surprised television insiders Friday by announcing it had purchased the second syndication cycle for the hit comedy, stealing "Seinfeld" from KTLA-TV Channel 5, which is currently showing the reruns. The deal mirrors a recent agreement in New York, where a Fox station outbid the Tribune-owned station that now carries the reruns.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 1994
I was a news reporter and producer at KCOP-TV from 1985 to 1992 and found the latest self-serving comments by the current news director, Jeff Wald, to be pretty amusing ("Channel 13 Struggles to Redo the News," Sept. 7). Wald is correct when he says the station was an also-ran in local news before his arrival, just as it is today. But to say KCOP's news was "invisible" and a "rip and read operation" is disingenuous. The truth, which Wald conveniently forgets, is that a small staff with meager resources produced better ratings and a more credible newscast than what KCOP offers today.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2006 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
The alphabet-soup merger of UPN and the WB spells a solid victory for one local station and a resounding defeat for another. The big winner in the Los Angeles area when the CW network debuts this fall is KTLA-TV Channel 5, which will be able to cherry-pick the best shows from the former UPN and its current WB prime-time lineups while losing a key competitor for the 18-to-34-year-old urban demographic group.
SPORTS
February 27, 1987 | LARRY STEWART
If you think running a marathon is tough, you ought to try televising one. Just ask some of those working Sunday's Los Angeles Marathon for KCOP (Channel 13). "We have 213 employees and at least 150 of them will be involved with the race in some capacity," Rick Feldman, station manager, said. Although many of the technicians and cameramen are hired from outside, about 50 KCOP employees will be on the job Sunday. The other 100 or so will be volunteers.
NEWS
December 23, 1990
KCOP's applaudable decision to air the Doo-Dah Parade (Nov. 25) was all but ruined by Vicki Lawrence Schultz and Richard Simmons' patronizing, unenthusiastic commentary. Apparently, KCOP tried to compensate for the parade's oddities by choosing the most witless, unhip hosts it could find. Eric Broome, Fullerton
NEWS
August 19, 1990
The last paragraph of your July 29 "Film Appreciation" cover story (which said KCOP takes pride in airing fewer commercials than other stations during its prime-time movies) impelled me--purely in the name of research--to turn on KCOP's 8 o'clock movie the following night. For the record, I tabulated a total of 55 "fewer interruptions" (41 commercials, 12 station promos, two news teasers). Having not watched Channel 13 in years, I wondered if this is typical of the film showings in which "KCOP also takes pride . . . . " Tom Lester, West Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles police have discovered that the shuttered Channel 13 studios on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood had become a haven for squatters. Officers found squalid conditions inside the landmark building, including discarded hypodermic needles, piles of trash, makeshift bedding in office cubicles and human filth on the floors and walls. "I was disgusted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2006 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Larry Attebery, an award-winning broadcast journalist who covered Los Angeles for more than three decades, including stints as anchor and news director at KTTV-TV Channel 11 and as a reporter for KCOP-TV Channel 13, has died. He was 73. Attebery, who retired in 2001, died May 5 at a hospital in Henderson, Nev., after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, his family said.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2006
ROBERT LLOYD'S long-winded request for KCOP to return to its glorious past ["Please Make It Local, KCOP," Jan. 27] may have been well-intentioned, but it was also completely misguided. The station that first brought you Wally George has no great past to relive. JACK WOLF Westwood
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2006 | Robert Lloyd
To: KCOP From: Robert Lloyd Dear KCOP, Or perhaps I should say, Dear Fox Television Stations Group, of which you are a part, or going higher up the chain, Dear Fox Broadcasting Co., or Dear News Corp., or just Dear Rupert Murdoch. Yet, no -- it's KCOP I want to address, Channel 13. Not the globe-trotting landlord but the hometown TV station. Fellow citizen!
BUSINESS
January 25, 2006 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
The alphabet-soup merger of UPN and the WB spells a solid victory for one local station and a resounding defeat for another. The big winner in the Los Angeles area when the CW network debuts this fall is KTLA-TV Channel 5, which will be able to cherry-pick the best shows from the former UPN and its current WB prime-time lineups while losing a key competitor for the 18-to-34-year-old urban demographic group.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2003 | Greg Braxton
David Boylan, the general manager of Fox-owned KTTV Channel 11 and KCOP Channel 13, will leave the merged TV stations today to become general manager of ABC affiliate WPLG-TV in Miami, Fla. Boylan, who has been with the Fox Television Stations group for seven years, resigned late last week in order to take the new position. He ran the Fox owned-and-operated stations in Greensboro, N.C., and Tampa, Fla., before taking command at KTTV in 2000. Fox executives have not yet named a replacement.
NEWS
December 6, 1992
Commendations to KCOP for airing National Geographic's "Superliners: Twilight of an Era" (Oct. 18). It covered a period when the only way to Europe was by sea. Frank Argall, Sherman Oaks
NEWS
March 30, 1986
I wish to express my appreciation to KCOP for its excellent coverage of the Los Angeles Marathon. I also want to thank the station for airing unedited movies such as "All That Jazz." Mary J. Clark, Redlands
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2002 | GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
KCOP-TV news anchor Rick Chambers got mixed up at the end of last Thursday's newscast. Chambers was attempting to remind viewers that the UPN station's newscast would premiere in its half-hour 11 p.m. time slot today. The move is part of a strategy prompted by the station's owner, News Corp., which also owns KTTV-TV and decided it didn't want to have both its stations competing with news at 10 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2002
Thank you to Howard Rosenberg for telling it like it is in his column about KCOP's nightly newscast ("UPN 13's News for Dummies," May 6). He couldn't heap enough ridicule on those clowns to satisfy me--and I don't mean to disparage any actual clowns by comparing them to the blow-dried and glossy bunch at Channel 13. "UPN News 13" is like the forgotten candy bar one finds in the back of a drawer: a gooey, artificial mess that, once consumed, leaves...
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