Saturday, August 11, 2012

LA Local Emmys: KNBC Extends Its Streak at the Top


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Three time's a charm at the Emmys for KNBC (Channel 4). Just like last year, KNBC won all three top newscast honors at the 64th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, held Saturday night in North Hollywood.

"NBC4 News at 11 p.m." -- which has struggled in the ratings in recent years -- once again won the local Emmy for regularly scheduled evening newscast; "NBC4 at 6 p.m." won the daytime newscast Emmy; and "Today in L.A. at 6 a.m." won for morning newscast. KNBC had also won the daytime and evening categories in 2010 -- making this quite the streak for the NBC-owned station.

In another surprise, KABC (Channel 7) tied with KTLA (Channel 5) and KNBC for the most overall Emmys, at 7 apiece. Why a surprise? KABC doesn't officially participate in the Emmys, and doesn't submit entries to the awards (leaving it up to individual staffers to do it on their own). That's why KABC is never up for any of the top newscast prizes, in which anyone who submits is automatically a nominee.

(If you count Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket as one entity, the two channels combined won 8 awards on Saturday.)

KABC's tally included an Emmy for investigative news reporting (for the "Eyewitness News" package "Serial Plantiffs"). KABC's David Ono also won for outstanding programming writer and outstanding hard news reporting (which he also won last year).

At KNBC, its other wins included the Emmy for live coverage of an unscheduled news event (for its report on the Seal Beach massacre) and news special (for its coverage of the death of Osama Bin Laden).

Speaking of streaks, a big one came to an end on Saturday night: After five consecutive wins in the outstanding news writer category, KNBC's Mary Harris lost out this year to KCBS/KCAL's Nicolette Medina.

And KTLA continued its wins in the outstanding news director category, as Deborah Wilkinson, who won in 2010, took home the Emmy. (KTLA's Bryan Hileman won last year.)

Meanwhile, it may be a small victory, but even without the sheen of a PBS affiliation, KCET still won three Emmys (more than stations such as KMEX and KTTV). Two of those wins were for "SoCal Connected."

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