'Morning Show' host to co-anchor newscast
producer on Tuesday morning that he was quitting. Amezcua will join Christine Devine at the KTTV desk. Asked why the station would make a change when its program is already rated No. 1 at 10 p.m., Hale said he “wanted to continue to try to grow this newscast.” “We want to look at ways to increase ratings, and sometimes that involves change,” he said. “We felt the timing was right to make a change.” It’s unclear where Beard will wind up next, or if he’ll continue in the local TV news market. “He’s been here 14 years and done a great job,” Hale said. “He was instrumental in building the 10 p.m. news into an award winning-powerhouse.” Amezcua, a seven-time Emmy winner, helped launch the “KTLA Morning Show” — then called “KTLA Morning News” — in 1991 and has been with the ayem broadcast ever since. Before KTLA, Amezcua worked as a CBS News correspondent and an “NBC Nightly News” reporter. He has also worked for CNN and HBO’s “America Undercover,” as well as stations in New York, San Diego and Denver. With Amezcua out of the running for the KTLA anchor slot alongside Leila Feinstein, candidates to replace Fishman include weekend anchor Frank Buckley, who has been subbing for Amezcua on “KTLA Morning Show.” But KTLA insiders said it’s more likely the station will look outside to find its next main anchor. KTLA veep-general manager Vinnie Malcolm was traveling Tuesday and unavailable for comment.
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