Former KTTV anchor John Beard -- who just announced plans to take a job in Buffalo, citing in part his disappointment in L.A. news -- is probably feeling pretty good about his decision right now. Yesterday, he tweeted:
@jb111 3 major fires burning near LA... Injuries reported, homes threatened and not one LA station is live. How times have changed.
Today, he adds:
@jb111 Will LA tv take another day off as fires thrtn hmes and lives? Does anybody in mgmnt have the guts to spnd $$ to give viewers critical info?
@jb111Are LA TV Stations not doing live fire coverage (with lives at risk) because they spent so much on excessive Michael Jackson coverage?
I retweeted Beard's commentary yesterday in agreement. A few followers added these comments:
@trojanchick99 It is disturbing because if this fire were in Malibu we'd be getting 24/7 coverage.
@cajunasian It's sad that the only way I could get updated about the fires was by listening to AM 1070.
@dodgerthoughts Scale is 1 celebrity = 10,000 commoner homes
What do you think? Have the local TV stations completely abdicated their duty in this case to inform via the public airwaves?