LA Area Emmy nominees announced

KTTV's May Day melee coverage included

Fox-owned KTTV’s coverage of the May Day melee — in which its reporter and camerawoman were injured — is among the nominees for this year’s Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards.

The Academy of TV Arts & Sciences has announced the year’s contenders for the 60th annual kudofest — and the KTTV report earned a nod for live coverage of an unscheduled news event.

KTTV reporter Christina Gonzales and camerawoman Patti Ballaz were hurt during the May 1, 2007, clash, in which Los Angeles police officers used batons and force to break up a rally. On Tuesday, the LAPD brought disciplinary charges against 17 officers and two sergeants for their roles in the melee.

The KTTV report is up against four different reports on various fires around the region: Tribune-owned KTLA is nommed for its coverage of the Griffith Park fire; KTTV is nommed twice, once for the Malibu/Corral Canyon fire and once for “The Fires of October,” while Univision’s KMEX earned a nom for live coverage of the Southern California fires.

KTTV also drew a mention in the news special category for “After the Melee,” which reported on that turbulent May 1 event in more detail. That program is up against KTLA’s “A Tribute to Hal Fishman,” which aired during the “KTLA Prime News” slot following the death of the legendary anchor.

KABC, per tradition, did not enter itself in any categories, although a handful of the station’s reporters and producers earned noms by submitting themselves.

KNBC led the station tally with 24 noms, followed by KTTV (17), KTLA (11), KCET (nine) and the KCBS/KCAL duopoly (eight). KCAL also earned eight on its own, tied with FSN West/Prime Ticket.

This year’s Los Angeles Area Governors Award will be given to the Los Angeles Dodgers, “for their rich 50-year history of broadcasting in Los Angeles and their charitable endeavors throughout the Southern California community.”

The L.A. area Emmys will be handed out Sept. 6 at the TV Acad’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theater, located inside its North Hollywood headquarters.

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