he new management team at CBS’ Los Angeles KCBS/KCAL duopoly has made changes to its key news teams.
In the biggest switch, Pat Harvey — who just celebrated her 20th anniversary as anchor of KCAL’s primetime newscasts — will now move to KCBS, where she’ll co-anchor the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. broadcasts with Paul Magers.
Laura Diaz, who had anchored at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. since moving to KCBS from KABC in September 2002, will now anchor the 6 p.m. newscast solo.
According to KCBS/KCAL, that makes Diaz “the first Latina to solo anchor a nightly newscast for a major station in Los Angeles.” (On the flip side, it means Los Angeles has lost its only Latino anchor on an English-lingo station at 11 p.m.)
As part of the change, Sharon Tay will replace Harvey on KCAL, and will now co-anchor that station’s 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts with Rick Garcia.
Tay, who was originally rumored to be in line for the top KCBS job, had served as a reporter and weekend anchor for KCBS/KCAL since 2007, after returning to the L.A. market (where she’d previously been at KTLA for years).
With the retirement of KCBS weathercaster Johnny Mountain, KCAL’s Jackie Johnson will move to Channel 2, where she’ll serve as the meteorologist on the station’s 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. Josh Rubenstein will take over the KCAL weather slot on a temporary basis.
Johnson had been KCAL’s primary weathercaster since 2004.
KCBS/KCAL also confirmed Channel 2 sports anchor Jim Hill had signed a new pact with the station.