Saturday, January 17, 2009

KTLA Adds Evening Newscast

In one of its first moves since Don Corsini took over as KTLA's general manager, the Tribune-owned station is adding a 6:30 p.m. newscast starting this Monday.

The new half-hour broadcast will be anchored by Emmett Miller and Leila Feinstein, who also anchor the station's 10 p.m. "Prime News" telecast.

Hopefully this is a good sign that KTLA is once again starting to invest in its news product. The station has cut back dramatically on its news team in recent years -- even before Tribune's current woes -- and suffered two major blows when Hal Fishman passed away and Carlos Amezcua jumped to rival KTTV.

The new KTLA broadcast represents the first 6:30 p.m. local newscast in more than a decade.

ALSO: Elsewhere in the local TV news scene, LA Observed reports that KNBC's Laurel Erickson has announced her retirement, and has the back story on why the station isn't exactly giving her the same lavish send-off that it gave to fellow retiree Furnell Chatman.

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