December 1, 1992 |
Last Friday's aftershock near Big Bear sent local television ratings jumping: An additional 645,000 households looking for news switched on their TV sets immediately following the temblor. KTLA-TV Channel 5, which was on the air with its morning news show when the quake hit just after 8 a.m., led all stations in total ratings, picking up an additional 165,000 homes after the ground shook and averaging about 420,000 homes for the first hour following the quake.
March 16, 1999 |
If you grew up in Los Angeles between 1950 and the mid-1980s, you'll remember independent TV stations as the primary source of fun on the dial. Local television provided everything from children's shows to "The Million-Dollar Movie," "Twilight Zone" marathons to UCLA and USC games. Independents brought us Sherlock Holmes movies starring Basil Rathbone on Saturday nights and Sheriff John's birthday song each day, before we learned how to skip backward watching "The Three Stooges."
May 25, 2006 |
EchoStar Communications Corp. was barred by a federal appeals court from delivering distant network signals to subscribers in a victory for local broadcasters. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta upheld a 2003 ruling in favor of the affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX and the FOX TV network. The broadcasters accused EchoStar of violating federal copyright law by bypassing local affiliates and airing network programs beamed from stations in cities such as New York and Los Angeles.
September 10, 1990 |
KNSD-TV(Channel 39) program director Penny Martin called it a "preemptive" strike. Earlier this year, rival KGTV(Channel 10) bought the rights to Maury Povich's new talk show, which won't air until Sept., 1991, before, she says, Channel 39 even had "an opportunity to be interested in it." It was just one of several maneuvers and strategy adjustments that went into this year's edition of syndication poker, the annual bidding competition on the new crop of original syndicated programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1996
A coalition of civic, religious and business groups has been trying to get local TV stations to agree to set aside 10 minutes out of each news hour to cover the ballot issues that will be voted on just four weeks from now. For the most part, the TV Campaign '96 Coalition has run into a stone wall. Only the area's two Spanish language stations, KMEX-TV Channel 34 and KVEA-TV Channel 52, say they are providing the kind of coverage on state and local measures that the coalition seeks.
October 18, 1988 |
After a rough night, the Democratic politician looked into the camera and, without flinching, got out the words: "I think the momentum really is with the Dukakis-Bentsen ticket at this time." And last Thursday and Friday, KCRA-TV in Sacramento aired that claim by Democratic Rep. Robert T. Matsui again and again, even as national commentators--and even some prominent Democrats--were saying Michael S. Dukakis had not helped his candidacy with his debate performance in Los Angeles.