NBC-owned KNBC (Channel 4) once again leads the nominations for Los Angeles Area Emmys, with 20 nods out of 42 categories overall (KNBC also led the pack last year). Tribune's KTLA (Channel 5) was next, with 14 nods, followed by ABC-owned KABC, with 13 -- which is a feat in itself, since KABC employees nominate themselves in all categories. KABC continues to sit out of the Emmy competition and still doesn't enter itself in any of the major awards.
But here's where things get tricky. CBS' KCBS/KCAL duopoly will likely note that when the two stations' tallies are combined, they actually lead KNBC with 21 noms overall. That's because KCBS earned 13 nominations and KCAL earned 2, while a combined KCBS/KCAL earned another 6.
And if we're getting technical here, Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket, which also operate under the same roof, actually lead the market with 22 noms overall -- 8 for the combined operation, and another 7 apiece for Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket. Sister Fox-owned KTTV (Channel 11) earned 3, and KCOP (Channel 13) even earned one (which is odd, since KCOP simply airs KTTV-produced news) -- so the entire Fox west coast operation got 26.
Whew. Got it? OK, let's move on to the actual nominations.
In my favorite category, "L.A. LOCAL COLOR" (which was won last year by KCAL's "Dine on a Dime") the nominees are:
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF KTLA MORNING NEWS (KTLA)
BEHIND THE SCENES AT CIRQUE DU SOLEIL IRIS (KABC)
MASTER CHEF: THOMAS KELLER UNCORKED (KCET)
NONSTOP FOODIES FROM PORTO'S (KNBC)
SPECIAL OLYMPICS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: ABOVE AND BEYOND (KTLA)
For "NEWS SPECIAL," won last year by Dave Malkoff's "Assignment Iraq" at KTLA, the noms are:
THE CONRAD MURRAY TRIAL (KCOP)
NBC4 NEWS AT 11: THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN (KNBC)
For "LIVE SPECIAL EVENTS- PROGRAMMING," won last year by KTLA's Rose Parade coverage:
2011 ROSE PARADE (KTLA)
JERRY WEST STATUE UNVEILING (Fox Sports West)
For "LIVE COVERAGE OF AN UNSCHEDULED NEWS EVENT, won last year by KTLA storm coverage:
CONRAD MURRAY: THE VERDICT (KNBC)
OCCUPY LA (KTLA)
SEAL BEACH MASSACRE (KNBC)
For "OUTSTANDING SPORTS REPORTING," won last year by Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket's Lindsay Soto:
Michael Eaves, Reporter (Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket)
Courtney Jones, Reporter (Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket)
Mario Solis, Reporter (KNBC)
For "OUTSTANDING HARD NEWS REPORTING," won last year by KABC's David Ono:
Ana Garcia, Reporter (KNBC)
David Goldstein, Reporter (KCBS)
Robert Kovacik, Reporter (KNBC)
David Ono, Reporter (KABC)
For "OUTSTANDING NEWS FEATURE REPORTING," won last year by KNBC's Bruce Hensel:
Pat Harvey, Reporter and Mansan Luc, Producer (KCBS)
Chuck Henry, Reporter and Tara Wallis, Producer (KNBC)
Susan Hirasuna, Reporter, Producer (KTTV)
Dave Malkoff, Reporter (KTLA)
David Ono, Reporter (KABC)
For "OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR - NEWS," won last year by KTLA's Bruce Hileman:
Gayle Galvez, Director (KNBC)
Deborah Wilkinson, Director (KTLA)
For "OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR - PROGRAMMING," won last year by KNBC's Gayle Galvez:
Doug Freeman, Director (Fox Sports West / Prime Ticket)
Andy Rosenberg, Director (Prime Ticket)
For "OUTSTANDING WRITER - NEWS," won usually by KNBC's Mary Harris:
Mary Harris, Writer (KNBC)
Nicolette Medina, Writer (KCBS/KCAL)
Already winning awards are KTLA for "LIVE SPECIAL EVENTS - NEWS" with coverage of the Royal Wedding. And KCBS/KCAL's Gustavo Sampaio won for news editing. Veteran KCAL producer Susan Stratton -- who broke gender barriers while working on the station's Lakers coverage for 27 years (harking back to the days when it was still KHJ) will receive this year’s Governors Award.
KNBC swept last year's awards in the news show categories, we'll see if they repeat on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood.