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January 16, 1990 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
Tom Capra, who led KNBC Channel 4 to the top of the ratings as news director, Monday was named executive producer of NBC's "Today" show. He said he'll "modernize" the morning series, which he described as "kind of super-serious right now." He also told The Times he intends to quicken the pace of "Today," which is in a struggle with ABC's "Good Morning America" to maintain ratings leadership of the wake-up audience.
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January 29, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Channel 11 General Manager Quits: Tom Capra, general manager of Fox-owned KTTV, resigned, saying he wants to focus on producing television projects. "Recent events in my life and my family's life led me to examine what I want to do from here on out," said Capra, citing the extensive damage to his Woodland Hills home in the recent earthquake and the death earlier this month of his father-in-law, film producer Joe Juiliano. The resignation is effective immediately.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 1989 | Claudia Puig, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Nancy Bauer, news director at KNSD-TV Channel 39 in San Diego, was hired Monday as executive producer of all newscasts at KNBC Channel 4. She will join the station April 24, reporting to news director Tom Capra. Bauer replaces Nancy Valenta, who left KNBC last year to become news director of a TV station in Miami. A native of Downey, Bauer has been at KNSD since October, 1981, taking over as news director last June.
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November 7, 1992 | RICK DU BROW
Now here's a fine kettle of fish for Fox TV. Here you have the youth-oriented network, rolling in dough with such hits as "The Simpsons" and "Beverly Hills, 90210." Yet here you also have Fox-owned KTTV-TV Channel 11 trying to build a journalistic image even though the parent network's young viewers are not big news-watchers. What to do? Or isn't there much you can do?
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October 31, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
California Bound?: Sources at NBC are saying that "Today" show executive producer Tom Capra is likely to be leaving the program by the end of the year. Capra is said to have told executives that he wants to return to his home in California. "Today" has improved in the ratings during Capra's two-year tenure, but it has not overtaken ABC's top-rated "Good Morning America." Neither NBC nor Capra would comment Wednesday.
BUSINESS
January 29, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Channel 11 General Manager Quits: Tom Capra, general manager of Fox-owned KTTV, resigned, saying he wants to focus on producing television projects. "Recent events in my life and my family's life led me to examine what I want to do from here on out," said Capra, citing the extensive damage to his Woodland Hills home in the recent earthquake and the death earlier this month of his father-in-law, film producer Joe Juiliano. The resignation is effective immediately.
BUSINESS
November 5, 1992 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
Tom Capra, former executive producer of NBC's "Today" show, was named Wednesday as vice president and general manager of Fox-owned KTTV Channel 11. Capra, 51, who will start Nov. 16, said he is considering creating a two-hour morning series that would compete with network shows such as "Today." Another local station, KTLA Channel 5, already has such a series. The veteran executive, a former news director of KNBC Channel 4, said that he also hopes to improve KTTV's nightly 10 o'clock news.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 1991 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
The ongoing turmoil at NBC's "Today" show resulted in another departure Thursday when executive producer Tom Capra said he was leaving both the series and the troubled news division to join the network's entertainment department.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 1990 | RICK DU BROW
Watching CBS' new savior, Jeff Sagansky, hold his first press conference this week, I kept wondering whether he'd ever heard William Link, co-creator of "Columbo," describe the origins of that classic Peter Falk detective show. It "should have been a failure," Link said, because it broke five cardinal rules of network TV: "It had very little action and almost no sex. The central character often didn't enter until 15 or 20 minutes after the opening credits.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 1987 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Dying for your country is one thing, but dying for your TV station may be just a tad much to ask. "A human life is not worth a hostage situation," said KNBC consumer reporter David Horowitz on Friday, reacting to a decision by his station's news director that could have placed Horowitz in added peril. What is KNBC's integrity worth? One body, two bodies, three, four, a dozen? "I don't know the answer to that," news director Tom Capra replied Friday.
BUSINESS
November 5, 1992 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
Tom Capra, former executive producer of NBC's "Today" show, was named Wednesday as vice president and general manager of Fox-owned KTTV Channel 11. Capra, 51, who will start Nov. 16, said he is considering creating a two-hour morning series that would compete with network shows such as "Today." Another local station, KTLA Channel 5, already has such a series. The veteran executive, a former news director of KNBC Channel 4, said that he also hopes to improve KTTV's nightly 10 o'clock news.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 1991 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
The ongoing turmoil at NBC's "Today" show resulted in another departure Thursday when executive producer Tom Capra said he was leaving both the series and the troubled news division to join the network's entertainment department.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
California Bound?: Sources at NBC are saying that "Today" show executive producer Tom Capra is likely to be leaving the program by the end of the year. Capra is said to have told executives that he wants to return to his home in California. "Today" has improved in the ratings during Capra's two-year tenure, but it has not overtaken ABC's top-rated "Good Morning America." Neither NBC nor Capra would comment Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 1990 | RICK DU BROW
Watching CBS' new savior, Jeff Sagansky, hold his first press conference this week, I kept wondering whether he'd ever heard William Link, co-creator of "Columbo," describe the origins of that classic Peter Falk detective show. It "should have been a failure," Link said, because it broke five cardinal rules of network TV: "It had very little action and almost no sex. The central character often didn't enter until 15 or 20 minutes after the opening credits.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 1990 | RICK DU BROW, TIMES TELEVISION WRITER
Tom Capra, who led KNBC Channel 4 to the top of the ratings as news director, Monday was named executive producer of NBC's "Today" show. He said he'll "modernize" the morning series, which he described as "kind of super-serious right now." He also told The Times he intends to quicken the pace of "Today," which is in a struggle with ABC's "Good Morning America" to maintain ratings leadership of the wake-up audience.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 1989 | Claudia Puig, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Nancy Bauer, news director at KNSD-TV Channel 39 in San Diego, was hired Monday as executive producer of all newscasts at KNBC Channel 4. She will join the station April 24, reporting to news director Tom Capra. Bauer replaces Nancy Valenta, who left KNBC last year to become news director of a TV station in Miami. A native of Downey, Bauer has been at KNSD since October, 1981, taking over as news director last June.
NEWS
August 21, 1987 | TED ROHRLICH, Times Staff Writer
When a man walked up to KNBC-TV broadcaster David Horowitz during a live newscast Wednesday, nudged him with what looked like a real gun and demanded that he read a statement, news director Tom Capra had to make an extraordinary ethical choice.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 1992 | RICK DU BROW
Now here's a fine kettle of fish for Fox TV. Here you have the youth-oriented network, rolling in dough with such hits as "The Simpsons" and "Beverly Hills, 90210." Yet here you also have Fox-owned KTTV-TV Channel 11 trying to build a journalistic image even though the parent network's young viewers are not big news-watchers. What to do? Or isn't there much you can do?
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 1987 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Dying for your country is one thing, but dying for your TV station may be just a tad much to ask. "A human life is not worth a hostage situation," said KNBC consumer reporter David Horowitz on Friday, reacting to a decision by his station's news director that could have placed Horowitz in added peril. What is KNBC's integrity worth? One body, two bodies, three, four, a dozen? "I don't know the answer to that," news director Tom Capra replied Friday.
NEWS
August 21, 1987 | TED ROHRLICH, Times Staff Writer
When a man walked up to KNBC-TV broadcaster David Horowitz during a live newscast Wednesday, nudged him with what looked like a real gun and demanded that he read a statement, news director Tom Capra had to make an extraordinary ethical choice.
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