Sunday, August 07, 2011

LA Local Emmys: KNBC Scores All Three Top Newscast Prizes

NBC-owned KNBC (Channel 4) pulled off an Emmy hat trick on Saturday night, landing all three top newscast honors during the 63rd Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards.

The station, which has struggled in the news ratings recently vs. market powerhouse KABC and growing KCBS, nonetheless earned the affinity of Emmy, picking up the statuette for daytime newscast (for the "Channel 4 News at 5 p.m."), morning newscast (for "Today in LA at 6 a.m.") and evening newscast (for the "Channel 4 News at 11 p.m."). KNBC repeated in the daytime and evening categories, but beat out last year's winner, KTLA, in the morning race.

KNBC led the pack in overall Emmys, winning 13. KTLA was next with 6, followed by KABC and KCBS, with 4 each. Fox Sports West, KCAL and KCET each received 3, while KLCS landed 2. KOCE and KTTV only landed one each. (If you're counting duopolies, KCBS/KCAL was actually second, with a total of 7, while Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket received 5.)

KNBC's Emmy haul included the fifth consecutive win for the station's Mary Harris, who continues her streak in the outstanding news writer category.

KTLA's Dave Malkoff won the news special Emmy for his report from Iraq. And KABC's David Ono's coverage from Haiti won for serious news report, while Ono also won for outstanding hard news reporting.

Also, KTLA's Bryan Hileman won for outstanding news director. (KTLA's Deborah Wilkinson won it last year.) And the Tribune-owned station's Rose Parade coverage, an Emmy favorite, once again picked up the Emmy for live special events.

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