November 28, 1996 |
Buoyed by the popularity of the "Rosie O'Donnell Show," KNBC-TV Channel 4 came close to a clean sweep of the local news race during the November ratings sweeps, according to figures released Wednesday by Nielsen. For the first time in years, KNBC squeaked past archrival KABC-TV Channel 7 in news at both 4 and 5 p.m. Channel 7 had enjoyed a long reign as champ thanks to the supremacy of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" as a lead-in to the afternoon news block.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1995
Catalina Island will be soon be leading the morning newscast on KNBC when the station installs a camera overlooking Avalon Bay. The "Cat Cam" will provide KNBC with a backdrop during its morning weather report and help the station provide more accurate weather forecasts. "I'd say it's worth about a million dollars in advertising for Catalina," said Avalon Mayor Ralph Morrow Jr., who also happens to owns Catalina Cable Co., where the camera will be installed.
August 2, 1995 |
How swell it would be if no news sources were anonymous. How swell it would be, also, if Bosnia were serene and the Oklahoma City bombing a dream, if there were no violence or earthquakes or hunger or illness or greed or crime or bigotry or governments driven by political partisanship. But the real world intrudes. Part of that world?
July 22, 1995 |
You have to admire creativity, especially on behalf of great literature. Earlier this month, fertile minds got together at KNBC-TV Channel 4 and devised a way to use one self-serving non-story as a pretense for covering another. Or was it vice versa? The date was July 10, and it happened on more than one newscast, the main benefactor being veteran Channel 4 anchor Kelly Lange, who had just published a novel.
June 29, 1995 |
Brett Lewis, Channel 4's No. 2 sportscaster behind Fred Roggin, has been dropped by the station. Channel 4 news director Bill Lord said the station was not picking up the option on Lewis' contract and added that the reason was a confidential personnel matter. Lewis' last appearance on Channel 4 was Sunday night. Roggin said he was called in Palm Springs, where he was on vacation, and asked to return to work.
April 28, 1995 |
Upset over the broadcast of a surveillance tape showing the slaying of a convenience store clerk, the new news director of KNBC-TV Channel 4 has ordered staffers not to show violent acts that have been caught on film. In a memo to the news staff, Bill Lord said the broadcast Tuesday morning of the tape, which showed a clerk in Paramount being gunned down during a robbery, "violated any imaginable standard of good taste or good journalism."
December 1, 1994 |
November was supposed to have been the month that Garrett Glaser, KNBC-TV Channel 4's media/entertainment reporter, announced to viewers that he was gay in the course of presenting a gay-themed story. It didn't happen. And acting news director Kenny Boles says there are "no specific plans" for Glaser to "come out" on a newscast, although Boles considers it "an important thing to do."
September 24, 1994 |
Barring a television station from covering the hottest trial in America might satisfy Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito's desire to control inaccurate media coverage of the O.J. Simpson case. But it most likely would run afoul of the U.S. Constitution, legal experts say. Ito might be on firmer legal footing if he pulled the plug on courtroom television coverage altogether, they add--but even that would not remedy the problem of leaks and inaccuracies that the judge has so bitterly denounced.
September 24, 1994 |
Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito, infuriated by what he called a local television station's inaccurate and irresponsible reporting on the O.J. Simpson case, threatened Friday to bar the station from the courthouse and said he may shut down television coverage of the proceedings altogether.
September 24, 1994 |
The O.J. Simpson trial media machine turned on one of its own Friday, treating KNBC reporter Tracie Savage as if she were just another celebrity in a jam. Savage had reported that a pair of blood-marked socks from Simpson's bedroom had been subjected to DNA tests at a Maryland laboratory. The tests, according to Savage, indicated that Nicole Brown Simpson was the source of the blood. For the second consecutive day, Superior Court Judge Lance A.