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Public TV stations KCET and KOCE to merge in shifting market

After clawing for seven years over the same turf, Southern California's two large public television stations — KCET and KOCE — are merging to become a stronger voice in local broadcasting.<p>The consolidation, announced Wednesday, will bring together two nonprofit organizations with separate strengths …

Frank Lloyd Wright

Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong reaches deal to buy L.A. Times and San Diego Union-Tribune

For more than a century, one family owned the Los Angeles Times and used the newspaper to build great wealth and exert political influence over how the city would take shape.<p>But over the years, the Chandler family — descendants of hard-charging Civil War veteran Gen. Harrison Gray Otis, who bought …

Los Angeles Times journalists vote 248-44 to unionize

Journalists at the Los Angeles Times have overwhelmingly elected to form a union, a first for the 136-year-old news organization that for much of its history was known for its opposition to organized labor.<p>The union drive was launched publicly in October and culminated in an election earlier this …

OC Register and other Digital First Media newspapers face 'significant' layoffs

Southern California News Group, which includes newspapers such as the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Daily News, will be hit with "significant" layoffs in the coming months, the group's management announced Friday in newsroom meetings that took place across five publications.<p>Meetings …

Hedge Funds

Finestone Named KCBS-KCAL News Director

CBS promotes Assistant News Director Tara Finestone to succeed Bill Dallman at the CBS-indie duopoly in Los Angeles.

Southern California

Fox O&Os To Air 'Caught In Providence'

Debmar-Mercury said today that Fox Television Stations has acquired Citylife Productions’ <i>Caught in Providence</i> for a fall 2018 national launch. The …

San Francisco

Fox Stations Aim to Replace Late-Night Syndicated Comedy With Local News (EXCLUSIVE)

Fox-owned stations have some news for viewers who like to stay up late.<p>Late-night couch potatoes who never cared for witty monologues from Jay Leno …

Comedy

California’s KVCR fast-tracks expansion of local production slate

San Bernardino’s KVCR wants to offer California’s Inland Empire a local voice in the sprawling media market known as Los Angeles. Now, as one of …

Los Angeles County

Local TV to broadcast 6 Dodgers games amid cable stalemate

LOS ANGELES -- Six Dodgers games will be broadcast on local television in Los Angeles over the next two months.<p>Spectrum Networks said Thursday it has …

Los Angeles

The Wires Are Unraveling for Verizon's Landline Buyer

It was less than 18 months ago that the telecom company Frontier Communications acquired Verizon’s wired voice and data operations in Texas, Florida, …

Google Fiber

Cable giants in talks for yet another high profile merger

The upcoming season for cable TV could see yet another merger.<p>Charter Communications — the nationwide cable giant whose properties include Spectrum, …

Journalism

Buyouts hit the Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times on Friday issued a staffwide announcement that it's offering buyouts to the newsroom.<p>The announcement, which came in a memo …

Dearden's furniture stores to close after 108 years in Los Angeles area

Furniture retailer Dearden's, one of Southern California's oldest businesses, said Thursday that it will close its eight stores and wind down operations over the coming weeks.<p>Founded in 1909, the Los Angeles-based chain sold furniture, appliances and other home goods to a predominantly lower-income …

Fox 29’s ‘The Q’ to air in seven cities nationally this summer

Fox 29’s <i>The Q</i>, hosted by Germantown native and Temple grad Quincy Harris, is going national for a four-week preview this summer, with seven cities …

Fox O&Os To Debut Seven Summer Shows

Fox Television Stations will present an original slate of summer programming composed of seven shows.<p>They are: <i>IWitness, Punchline, Watch What Happens</i> …

TV

Hip-hop radio station Power 106 in Los Angeles sold for nearly $83 million

Emmis Communications has agreed to sell its prominent Los Angeles radio station KPWR-FM (105.9) for $82.75 million to the privately held Meruelo Group of Downey.<p>The station, known as Power 106, is one of Los Angeles' top-ranked stations and a longtime leader in hip-hop music.<p>"Power 106 has been …

The New Sinclair: 72% Coverage + WGNA

Reports late Sunday and early Monday that Sinclair Broadcast Group would win its bid to buy Tribune Media Co. proved correct.<p>The two companies this …

Zombie Station Goes For $10M In Los Angeles

Hero Licenseco LLC was among the broadcast companies that cashed in on the FCC incentive auction, selling the spectrum of its Spanish-language KBEH …

Los Angeles

Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Alex Trebek Sign on for Two More Seasons of ‘Wheel of Fortune,’ ‘Jeopardy’

The longtime hosts of “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” are sticking around. Pat Sajak, Vanna White, and Alex Trebek have all renewed their contracts …

Alex Trebek

Judge Judy Sheindlin Syndicated Game Show From Fremantle & Debmar-Mercury Gets Summer Test Run On Fox Stations

Courtroom TV queen Judge Judy Sheindlin is expanding into the game show space with <i>iWitness</i> (working title), a new half-hour syndicated game show from …

John Henson

KOCE To Expand Service With Auction Money

PBS SoCal KOCE, the flagship PBS station for Greater Los Angeles and Southern California, announced it earned $49 million through its participation …

‘Dateline’ To Premiere In Syndication In Fall

NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution has sold <i>Dateline</i> in 80% of the country for its debut in national syndication in September 2017, it was …

End Of The Road For ‘Hollywood Today Live’

Nexstar Broadcasting and Fox Television Stations announced Friday that the final telecast of their one-hour, nationally syndicated daily …

Veteran LA Newsman Paul Magers To Retire From CBS 2

Veteran television newsman Paul Magers is hanging up his mic. After 38 years in television news, including the past 13 years as an evening anchor …

Los Angeles

NBC's 2018 Olympics coverage will air live in all time zones

NBC’s prime-time coverage of the<p>2018 Winter Olympicsin Pyeongchang, South Korea, will air live across the United States, including on the West Coast, a first since the Games became a major television attraction in the late 1960s.<p>The move to coast-to-coast live coverage — which<p>NBC Sportsis …

Harry Connick Jr. Talk Show Renewed for Season 2 (EXCLUSIVE)

Harry Connick Jr. is staying put in daytime. NBCUniversal Domestic TV and Fox Television Stations have renewed the syndicated daytime strip “Harry” …

TV

Tribune, Sinclair Pick Up Daily Mail TV Show

Nearly two years ago, the U.K.-based Daily Mail said that it was teaming with Dr. Phil McGraw and his son Jay on a syndicated magazine show based on …

KTLA to Broadcast 10 Los Angeles Dodgers Games This Season

Los Angeles Dodgers fans' will be able to watch 10 televised Los Angeles Dodgers games on KTLA at the start of the season following an agreement with …

A Fourth Owner for Los Angeles Magazine

The urban monthly magazines acquired by Hour Media Group LLC from Emmis Communications were all started the same decade: Los Angeles and Atlanta …

Los Angeles