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KTTV makes Kaplan’s ‘Day’

KCBS-TV vet Josh Kaplan has been named exec producer of KTTV’s nine-month-old morning show “Good Day L.A.”

Kaplan, who will take the reins of the news and information show on Monday, recently served as an independent special projects producer for the Eye web O&O.

He will be charged with revamping the struggling morning show, which has already made strides to distance itself from the dominant “KTLA Morning News” by placing more emphasis on news and less on entertainment.

Kaplan developed and supervised specials and news sweeps series. For the past five years, he also produced ESPN’s “Up Close” series, hosted by Roy Firestone.

Kaplan will report to KTTV news director Jose Rios, who formerly served in the same capacity at KCBS.

Rios’ involvement in the morning show has increased since the departure of former exec producer Kim Paul Friedman, who left in February shortly after the departure of former general manager Tom Capra. Friedman, a former KNBC staff director, worked with Capra when the latter was the station’s news director.

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