KTTV adding hour to L.A. news show
Several months after the cancellation of its national spinoff, KTTV’s “Good Day L.A.” is expanding once again — but this time keeping it local.
“Good Day L.A.” will add a third hour to its telecast beginning Monday. The breakfastcast’s team — Steve Edwards, Dorothy Lucey and Jillian Barberie — are all onboard to anchor the additional 9 to 10 a.m. portion.
The extra hour fills the spot on KTTV that had been occupied by Twentieth’s “Good Day Live,” until that show was axed in March. “I Love Lucy” episodes have been airing in the hour on the station since then.
Edwards, Lucey and Barberie all originally hosted “Good Day Live” in addition to “Good Day L.A.” — but Lucey and Barberie were eventually dropped and replaced with Debbie Matenopoulos and Arthel Neville.
In other local news, KNBC announced that it will fill the void left by the departing “Dr. Phil” (which moves to KCBS this fall) by sliding “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to 4 p.m. The new syndicated Martha Stewart vehicle “Martha” will take over “Ellen’s” 3 slot.
Moves are effective Sept. 12. The same day, KCBS is expected to drop its 4 p.m. newscast in favor of “Dr. Phil.” KCBS sibling KCAL will fill the void by launching a 4 p.m. newscast that same day.
With KNBC opting not to revive its 4 p.m. newscast, and KCBS moving its news over to KCAL, that makes KABC the last major O&O in the L.A. market with a news broadcast in the hour.