Paul Moyer, Bob Long depart biz with a bang
Retired KNBC anchor Paul Moyer and its departing news director, Bob Long, went out with an Emmy bang.
Moyer’s final year at the helm of the NBC-owned station’s 5 and 11 p.m. newscasts — which he co-anchored with Colleen Williams, who remains with the outlet — netted KNBC a pair of wins Saturday night at the 61st annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards.
KNBC led the total Emmy tally (as it had the previous two years), netting eight. Fox-owned KTTV was next with seven, followed by PBS outfit KCET with six.
The 5 p.m. newscast won the Emmy for daily news over 35 minutes, while the station’s 11 p.m. telecast won the Emmy for news under 35 minutes. The dual wins were a sweet farewell for Long, who announced last week that he would depart the station next month to take a teaching job in Turkey.
KNBC’s 11 p.m. win ended KCBS’ streak in the category. KCBS had won an unprecedented four years in a row in the newscast-under-35-minutes category.
The Peacock outlet’s haul included several repeat winners, including Mary Harris, who again won for newswriter. The station’s Joel Grover and Matt Goldberg also once again won for hard news reporting.
And, like last year, the station won the Emmy for investigative reporting. Last year’s report was titled “Contaminated”; this year’s was “Contaminated Water.”
Meanwhile, KTLA’s “KTLA Morning News” again earned the daytime newscast Emmy. And KCET’s “SoCal Connected” won big, picking up six Emmys — including for nonstudio informational/public series, feature segment and information segment.
The 2008 Metrolink train disaster netted KTTV an Emmy for live coverage of an unscheduled news event and KCBS/KCAL an Emmy for serious news story/single report.
KTLA’s coverage of the Tournament of Roses Parade earned the station an Emmy for live special event, while KCAL picked one up for live sports coverage (Dodgers vs. Red Sox at the Coliseum).
The news director category, which went missing last year, was back — and won again by Univision’s KMEX (Horacio Cervantes).
Other winners included L.A. Cityview 35, which earned four Emmys; KCBS/KCAL and FSN Prime Ticket were next, with three each. FSN West/Prime Ticket, KCAL, KMEX, KTLA and KVEA each received two.
Earning one apiece were KABC (which has a policy of not officially competing in the Emmys), BHTV-10, Educable Channel 95, KLCS and LA36.
Besides the live special event Emmy, KTLA’s coverage of the Tournament of Roses also drew this year’s L.A. area Governors Award, for more than 60 years of broadcasting.