March 14, 2004 |
The hour was late, the rock music was blaring and the Friday night festivities were at full steam at Pinot Hollywood as the guest of honor, newly arrived from the Midwest, made the rounds. As new KCBS anchor Paul Magers mingled with dozens of his colleagues who had gathered, Laura Diaz -- the night's host and Magers' co-anchor -- approached her new partner to see how he was doing.
April 8, 2010 |
In a major shake-up at two local stations, Pat Harvey, one of the most prominent news anchors in Los Angeles and the most identifiable personality of KCAL's prime-time newscast, jumped Wednesday to the anchor desk at sister station KCBS. Harvey, who helped launch KCAL's prime-time newscast two decades ago, will now anchor the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Paul Magers at KCBS. His former co-anchor Laura Diaz has moved to a solo anchor slot on KCBS' 6 p.m. newscast. KCBS weekend anchor Sharon Tay has succeeded Harvey as co-anchor of KCAL's 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.
March 21, 2004
According to "He's Live in L.A." (March 14) CBS' choice to lead Channel 2 out of third-place ratings has a "deep voice," an "off-the-cuff sense of humor," "pimpalicious suits," can "clean your clock" playing Trivial Pursuit, "loves pea soup" and possesses "incredible looks." After 20 years of newscasting in Minneapolis, Paul Magers is described as 1. good at breaking news and 2. making people laugh. These attributes have been rewarded with $2.2 million in pay and the ability to purchase a $6.5-million estate.
April 29, 2005 |
KCBS-TV Channel 2 anchor Laura Diaz is adding some Latin flavor to the local airwaves with an occasional series she will host focusing on the Latino community in Southern California. Beginning Sunday, "La Vida" will occasionally replace "Studio 2," a weekly community public affairs program hosted by Diaz and her co-anchor Paul Magers at 6:30 p.m.
March 28, 2004
As a native of the Midwest, which isn't nearly so "staid" as certain Angelenos believe, I find it bizarre that some Times readers think a longtime anchor from that region, Paul Magers, isn't up to doing the news in Los Angeles (Letters, March 21). I admit, when I lived in Chicago, I thought local TV news was pretty bad; it was infected by the "if it bleeds, it leads" mentality, and anchors and reporters were notable more for their good looks than their journalistic abilities. But that looks like Jim Lehrer's "NewsHour" compared to L.A. stations' parade of car chases, celebrity gossip, reports on cosmetic surgery and video clips of building demolitions and noninjury plane crashes even if they happen in faraway locales -- no relevance to Los Angeles needed, as long as there's video!
January 6, 2009 |
Longtime CBS television station executive Don Corsini has joined crosstown rival KTLA-TV Channel 5, becoming general manager and president of the Tribune-owned station. Corsini last summer decided to step down as general manager of CBS Corp.'s two Los Angeles stations -- KCBS-TV Channel 2 and KCAL-TV Channel 9 -- when his contract expired Wednesday.