CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2004 |
William K. McClure, 81, whose long career in CBS television news spanned Edward R. Murrow's "See It Now" in 1952 through a 30-year run with "60 Minutes," died July 2 of a heart ailment on the Italian island of Sardinia. A Knoxville native who was educated at the University of Tennessee, McClure learned his craft as a newsreel cameraman with the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II.
February 3, 1992 |
Howard Rosenberg is right in saying that many local anchors are "personalities and nothing more, extravagantly paid emcees, news readers and chitchatters" (Calendar, Jan. 27). But many are not. The last thing responsible news managers and station executives want in this new era of television news are expensive anchors who can't find a way to their Rolls-Royces or Porsches in the parking lot, much less report a story, although sometimes the actions of some managers betray this fact.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1994 |
Sherrie Mazingo worked for nine years as a producer, news writer and deputy bureau chief for NBC in New York and Atlanta. She is chair of the Broadcast Journalism Sequence, School of Journalism, USC. I paid particular attention to a leading local news channel on a recent Monday night. I wrote down every story they did. And I was appalled that the first 11 stories before the commercial break were all dealing with crime and violence. This is not balanced news presentation.
May 13, 1992 |
The verdict appalled me. That night my wife, who works in a social service agency called the Little Tokyo Service Center, went to the First AME Church to be part of the community response to the verdict. I went to pick up my daughter and went home to watch what was unfolding on television. Then, when my wife came back from First AME, I heard from her firsthand accounts of the fires burning on Western and Adams. We live near Pico and Fairfax.
November 19, 1989 |
She was warned that this particular assignment was going to be dangerous, and Sheila Hamilton wasn't about to take any chances. Before she set out on the assignment, Hamilton, a television news reporter for KTVX, an ABC network affiliate in Salt Lake City, tried to rent a flak jacket. When that didn't work out, she borrowed a bullet-proof vest from a friend. She thought that feeling protected would help her concentrate on getting the story.
August 2, 1989 |
This is a re-creation: Anchors Maria Shriver, Mary Alice Williams and Chuck Scarborough were in the screening room, watching footage of themselves from the premiere of the new NBC News program, "Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow." And they were euphoric. Scarborough: "God, I'm a commanding figure. Notice how I speak deeply and earnestly, my granite chin thrust toward the camera just so, implying strength and authority. My eyes have never sparkled like this before.
February 14, 1992 |
There's a special place in our memories for unforgettable TV moments. On the world-shaking scale, it can range from the shooting of J.F.K. to Peter Arnett reporting solo to the world from Iraq. But there are other moments, seemingly in your own back yard, that stay with you forever. The defining TV moment of the 1989 Northern California earthquake was the shot of the moving car that suddenly sank into the Bay Bridge.
February 16, 1990 |
Someone complained to me the other day about Nelson Mandela. Not Mandela the man. Not Mandela the leader. Not Mandela the political figure. Not Mandela the symbol. No, none of these. On the contrary, the person who complained was as supportive of Mandela's goal to repeal South Africa's apartheid as any clear-thinking person would be. The complaint, voiced earlier this week, was about Mandela the speaker.
June 7, 2008 |
Former Times Television Critic Howard Rosenberg, a Pulitzer Prize winner for criticism in 1985, will be writing occasional commentaries about news on television and the Internet. -- It seems like a couple of centuries since His Holiness Pope Walter reigned as God's deputy on the airwaves. Even longer if you think about leave-'em-laughing funnyman Keith Olbermann.
February 4, 2008 |
A voracious appetite for political news has prompted the broadcast television networks and their cable counterparts to gear up for extensive coverage of Super Tuesday, offering programming more typical of a presidential general election than a February primary day. "This dominates in ways that politics hasn't dominated since November of 2000, which was all politics all the time," said Phil Griffin, NBC News' senior vice president in charge of MSNBC.