August 6, 1996 |
Rick Feldman was mad as hell, and he decided not to take it anymore. The general manager of KCOP-TV Channel 13 in Los Angeles has grumbled for years about cable networks receiving what he deems unduly positive and excessive media attention in light of relatively low ratings. So when Feldman saw a Daily Variety ad last week touting CNBC's Charles Grodin talk show as "a ratings sensation," he anted up an estimated $3,000 for another full-page ad pointing out that Grodin attracts a 0.
November 9, 1995 |
Marc Brown and Bob Jimenez rank among the elite at local television stations. They are in the first string of news anchors. But although both are veteran journalists who have risen through the ranks and gained respect among their colleagues and managers, another factor sets the two apart: Brown and Jimenez are the only two minority men anchoring a local newscast on weekday evenings. Brown, 34, anchors the 6 p.m. news on KABC-TV Channel 7 and is also a reporter for the station's 11 p.m. newscast.
October 7, 1994 |
Being a reporter in the '90s means chasing tragedy. Thus, the only good thing about this week's grisly cult massacre in Cheiry, Switzerland, is that at least it's a temporary diversion for some of the sensation-driven media riveted to even the trivia of the Simpson-Goldman homicide case. Among them is the notorious "Premier Story," a 4-month-old syndicated tabloid series aired locally on KCOP-TV Channel 13, the station now boasting that its scrawny half-hour newscast at 10 p.m.
September 7, 1994 |
"The Arsenio Hall Show" is history. But the late-night landscape on KCOP-TV Channel 13 is more "busy," as the departed talk-show host liked to say, than ever. KCOP has procured a 2 1/2-hour block of original, syndicated programming specifically designed as a late-night alternative to news, old sitcoms and the tried-and-true network talk shows. "Nobody has ever done this before," said Rick Feldman, KCOP's general manager.
September 7, 1994 |
Five years and millions of dollars later, all Jeff Wald has to show for his experiment in creating a local newscast for the "Star Trek" generation is a reputation as the station with "the newspeople who stand up." At least that's better than "the newspeople who walk around," which is what the anchors used to do--aimlessly, pointlessly, Wald admits--when KCOP-TV Channel 13 unveiled its much-delayed, multimillion-dollar newsroom and attempt at a hip-but-serious news style nearly two years ago.
February 25, 1994 |
The scheduled appearance tonight of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on "The Arsenio Hall Show" has sparked protests from religious and gay organizations who fear Farrakhan will be given an uncontested forum to put forth his controversial views on whites, Jews and gays. The Simon Wiesenthal Center has urged KCOP-TV Channel 13 and other stations around the country not to broadcast the program.
July 23, 1993 |
Xavier Hermosillo, the latest KCOP-TV Channel 13 commentator to wear more than one hat, will remain on the air after his appointment by Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan to the Fire Commission. Hermosillo and News Director Jeff Wald say there won't be any conflicts with the dual roles. "Xavier has mainly been doing social commentary, and I see absolutely no problem in allowing him to continue," Wald said. "I would think he would stay away from anything having to do with the Fire Department."
April 27, 1993 |
A spokesman for Los Angeles mayoral candidate Richard Riordan on Monday called it "terrible policy" by KCOP-TV Channel 13 to allow state Democratic Party Chairman Bill Press to continue as a news commentator. On Friday, Press appeared at a news conference to announce the party's endorsement of Riordan's opponent in the June 8 election, City Councilman Michael Woo.
April 9, 1993 |
KCOP-TV Channel 13 has granted Rep. Robert K. Dornan's request to respond to Bill Press' Tuesday commentary belittling the Garden Grove Republican's presidential aspirations, news director Jeff Wald said Thursday. The station was not legally obligated to give Dornan equal time but nonetheless will allow him to appear on the station's 10 p.m. newscast one night next week "out of the spirit of fairness," Wald said.
April 6, 1993 |
Following through on its pledge to offer a platform for conservative views following the election of its commentator, Bill Press, as chairman of the California Democratic Party, KCOP-TV Channel 13 plans to have Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday night's newscast, news director Jeff Wald said Monday. Wald also added that he spoke with veteran conservative commentator Bruce Herschensohn about working at the station.