Longtime KTLA-TV Los Angeles anchor Hal Fishman has been diagnosed with colon cancer, which has spread to his liver, station officials confirmed Friday.
Fishman, 75, has been hospitalized since collapsing at his home on Wednesday night. He was treated for a blood infection, which led doctors to discover the cancer. A KTLA rep said Fishman and his doctors were in the process of determining the next steps for his treatment.
There has been no official word about Fishman’s status with the station, but he is not expected to return to KTLA’s flagship 10 p.m. newscast in the near future. Anchor Frank Buckley has been filling in for Fishman during the past few nights.
Fishman has served as KTLA’s lead anchor since 1975. Both he and the station, which has been celebrating its 60th anniversary, were feted this week at the Autry National Museum in Griffith Park.
One of the few local anchors around the country to still offer commentaries, Fishman has been a Los Angeles news icon since 1965, having covered everything from earthquakes to riots to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.