KCBS/KCAL combo scores eight Emmys

Freberg honored with Governors Award

Coming off its first sweeps win in decades, KCBS-TV’s 11 p.m. broadcast continued its winning streak Saturday by picking up the Emmy for top local half-hour news.

Overall, CBS’ KCBS/KCAL duopoly scored the most wins — eight — at the 58th annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, handed out at the TV Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in North Hollywood on Saturday.

Behind KCBS/KCAL were Fox-owned KTTV and KCAL (with several awards it didn’t share with sib KCBS) tied at five.

Tribune’s KTLA, Fox’s FSN West cabler and NBC’s KNBC-TV were next in line, with four apiece, while KCBS scored three and PBS outlet KCET, Univision’s KMEX, Orange County-based PBS KOCE, NBC-owned Telemundo outfit KVEA and public access channel LA Cityview 35 all took two. As usual, KABC declined to enter the competish, although the station still picked up a lone Emmy (employees are allowed to enter, but on their own dime).

The Emmy for “Regularly Scheduled News: 0-35 Minutes” repped a repeat win for KCBS, which also took the prize last year. Also making a return trip to the podium: KTTV, which took the Emmy for top newscast of more than 35 minutes (an award it also won last year).

The other newscast award went to KTLA, which won the top daytime newscast Emmy for its “KTLA Morning News.”

Among major news awards, KCBS/KCAL’s news team won the Emmy for “live coverage of an unscheduled news event,” while KTTV’s 10 p.m. feature “Missing in Mexico” earned the award for news special.

KCBS’ 11 p.m. segment “Billy Queen” won the award for “serious news story — single report,” while the KCBS/KCAL collaboration “Gas Can Danger” scored the Emmy for “serious news story — multipart.”

In sports, FSN West’s “L.A. Times High School Spotlight” won the Emmy for sports series (programming), while KVEA’s 6 p.m. segment “Pie de Atleta” won for sports series in a newscast.

FSN West also picked up the Emmys for live sports coverage (L.A. Lakers basketball) and sports reporting (for Patrick O’Neal).

KCET’s “Life & Times” picked up the Emmy for top informational/public affairs series (with more than half shot on remote), while KWHY’s “Al Filo de la Noticia” earned the top prize for informational/public affairs series handled mostly in the studio.

Just as it did last year, KTLA picked up the Emmy for live special event — but this time for the “Hollywood Christmas Parade” (last year, it earned the prize for the Rose Parade).

Individual awards included KNBC’s Mary Harris for news writer, and KOCE’s Kris Koenig for non-news writer. KTLA’s Frank Buckley won for hard news reporting.

Also, KCBS/KCAL’s Nina Maaluf was named for news editor, and KMEX’s Horacio Cervantes once again picked up the Emmy for news director (which he also won in 2005).

KCBS/KCAL’s other major Emmy wins included investigative reporting (for “Danger in the Rearview Mirror? The MTA Files”) and news feature reporting.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann hosted the kudofest, which also honored humorist Stan Freberg with this year’s Los Angeles Area Governors Award. An edited kudocast will air at 9 p.m. Aug. 26 on KTLA.

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