KCBS/KCAL cop 15 kudos

CBS’ Los Angeles KCBS/KCAL duopoly dominated the 57th annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, picking up a combined 15 statues –including two of the three top prizes.

KCBS’ 11 p.m. newscast won the Emmy for 35 minutes-or-less newscast, as well as the award for top daytime newscast. Fox’s KTTV, meanwhile, landed the Emmy for top news program over 35 minutes (for its 10 p.m. show). On an individual station basis, KCAL and KTTV led the pack with nine Emmys each. Event was held Saturday night at the Academy of TV Arts & Sciences’ North Hollywood headquarters.

KCBS and KNBC each won six awards, while KTTV’s cable sibling FSN West won five.

Univision’s KMEX, Tribune’s KTLA and KNBC’s Telemundo sister KVEA took home four each.

Other stations winning Emmys: PBS outlet KCET and public access L.A. Cityview 35 (two each); KABC, Beverly Hills Network 10, Azteca America outfit KAZA and Orange County PBS station KOCE (one apiece).

As per station tradition, KABC doesn’t enter itself in the Emmy competish, hence its low results — station employees are allowed to enter, but on their own dime.

Besides the newscast win, KTTV’s tally included Emmys for hard news reporting (Claudia Botero); serious multipart news story (for the 10 p.m. report on “Kevin Cooper”); for the news special “Border Crossroads” and for “Good Day L.A.’s” live coverage of a deadly van crash.

KTTV also won the Emmy for serious single report news story, for “Zodiac Killer Case.” That piece shared the award with KNBC’s report, “Shameful Harvest.”

KTLA’s wins included the Emmy for light multipart news story for “The Audition” — in which the station searched for a new weather forecaster — on the “KTLA Morning News.”

The WB affil also scored the Emmy for live special event, thanks to its coverage of the “Tournament of Roses Parade.” And KTLA’s Renne Sams took the award for news feature reporting.

KCAL’s entertainment mag “9 on the Town,” meanwhile, scored three Emmys: for entertainment programming, feature segment and L.A. local color.

In sports, KNBC and FSN West tied for sports reporting, while FSN West’s Lakers basketball drew live sports coverage kudos. KTTV (“Terror Connection”) and KAZA (“El Infierno De Las Carceles En EEUU”) tied for investigative reporting.

KMEX’s Horacio Cervantes took the news director trophy, while Cityview 35’s Robert Manciero won for non-news director.

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