Steve Bell


Former Fox and TCI exec and KTLA senior VP-general manager Steve Bell died of a heart attack Tuesday in Pacific Palisades. He was 66.

Bell spent 38 years working as an executive in television management, programming and production. He spent 11½ years at KTLA (1981-1992) where, among other projects, he oversaw the creation and development of “KTLA Morning News” in 1991.

He also led the station during its purchase by Tribune Co. in 1985.

After KTLA, Bell joined 20th Century Fox, where he ran network television production and founded Foxstar Prods. He then joined TCI, where he ran 12 cable channels for the Starz Encore Media Group.

He was a director of the Beverly Hills Branch of the Museum of Television & Radio.

Recently, he taught courses at UCLA Extension and frequently lectured on the history of opera for the L. A. Opera, the Los Angeles Opera League and the Wagner Society of Southern California.

Survivors include his wife Bernice (Binnie); two children; and a brother, Alan Bell, CEO of Freedom Communications.

Services will be held 3 p.m. Friday at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 W. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles.

Donations can be made to Inner City Arts, attn. Cynthia Hamish, 720 Kohler St., Los Angeles CA 90021, or the Los Angeles Opera Education Program, 135 N. Grand Ave. #327, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

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