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January 24, 1988
NO TWO VIEWERS see their evening anchors in quite the same way. No two local newscasts are produced or presented in quite the same way. And no two news executives use the same criteria for deciding what to put on the tube. Even their definitions of the basics vary. Channel 2's chief news executives gave these responses, recently, to three questions about TV news. ROBERT HYLAND III, general manager: "TV news is information. God, this is a tough one. How do I say this to you?
February 10, 1990 | RICK DU BROW
It is a staggering news story--the crumbling of communism as the sole official truth in the nations of Eastern Europe and now even in the Soviet Union. There will not be many bigger stories this century, if ever. Yet the TV networks, try as they may, simply seem unable to get a grasp on the monumental proportions of the almost surreal events.
History versus hooey. This week's disclosures about the ruthless and dishonest tactics of Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy -- as he extended the nation's Red Scare just after mid-century -- evoke memories of him being famously rebuked on TV by Joseph N. Welch. It was 1954, a time of black hearts and blacklisting in high places, and the occasion was televised hearings linked to McCarthy's charges that Communists had infiltrated the U.S. Army.
A reporter taking credit for a colleague's work? For shame! Yet.... Many television newsrooms are surely puzzled by what happened to Rick Bragg at the New York Times. Either that or they're having a big laugh about it. Bragg, who has a Pulitzer Prize, quit the Times last week after the paper suspended him over a story that carried his byline. Trouble was, it was reported largely by a freelancer who received no credit as either a co-writer or contributor.
August 18, 1992
The first television station in the San Fernando Valley to feature local, national and international news debuted last week on UHF channel 24. KSFV in Calabasas, or World Television, features foreign-language news, 24 hours a day, from more than 46 countries. The station, owned by Venture Technologies Group Inc., will have a potential audience of 1.3 million viewers in the Valley area.
August 22, 1992 | RICK DU BROW
It is one of television's most blatant trends, and it is everywhere. An NBC source calls it the "cross-pollination" of news and entertainment departments. It is deflowering some once-proud bastions of TV news. Sample: On KNBC-TV Channel 4, the 11 p.m. news shamelessly compromises itself by shilling for the upcoming shows of Jay Leno and David Letterman. Sample: NBC cut back its political convention coverage this summer but had Tom Brokaw file witty news reports back to Leno on "The Tonight Show."
December 25, 1994 | Howard Rosenberg, Howard Rosenberg is The Times' television critic. and
Once again, the entertainment story of the year didn't come from Holly wood, Broadway or the television networks' entertainment divisions. The year's most gripping story began with sketchy reports of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson, the former wife of football great O.J. Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. By the time Simpson was about to be charged with the murders, what seemed like the ultimate "tabloid TV" story had busted out of the realm of "Hard Copy" and "Inside Edition."
September 11, 1989 | KEVIN BRASS
KGTV(Channel 10) anchor/commentator Michael Tuck said in a recent radio interview that "television news is better now than it was five years a go." This is some sort of ritualistic chant practiced by just about everybody employed in the television news industry. Question any aspect of TV news1 and they get this glazed look on their face, usually followed by, "Well that may be true, but it is better now than it was five years ago ." Or they start talking about Edward R. Murrow.
March 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Bill Beutel, 75, a longtime television news anchor and the first host of the show that became ABC's "Good Morning America," died Saturday at his home in Pinehurst, N.C., the network said. The cause of death was not disclosed. His trademark signoff, "Good luck and be well," closed WABC's nightly local newscast in New York City for more than 30 years. He "proved you could be a tough newsman and a gentleman," WABC President and General Manager Dave Davis said in a statement.
As the anchor of one television news program here wraps up her daily broadcast, her sister is ready to face the cameras on a competing station. Lili Bliss, who anchors the noon news on KCTV, said she doesn't consider her sister a rival--even though Katherine Bliss is anchor for the 11:30 a.m. news on WDAF. "We want us both to be rated No. 1," she said. The Blisses are believed to be the only sisters in the media who come so close to being head-to-head rivals on network affiliates.
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