KNBC nabs seven L.A. Emmys

Honors include wins for evening, midday news

Despite recent controversy about its news product, KNBC cleaned up Saturday night at the L.A. Area Emmy Awards.

The NBC-owned outlet scored six (and a seventh shared with sister KVEA) Emmys – the most of any individual outlet. KNBC’s haul included the awards for evening newscast (for its 11 p.m. news) and midday news (for its 5 p.m. report).

KTLA won the other newscast award, as the “KTLA Morning News” won for best morning broadcast.

It was a repeat win for all three – as KNBC’s 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. telecasts, as well as the “KTLA Morning News,” all won Emmys last year as well.

The KNBC wins repped a final hurrah for former station news director Bob Long.

The well-respected Long departed KNBC at the end of September; the eligibility period for the 2010 L.A. Area Emmy Awards was between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2009.

That also means that KNBC’s recent news director switcheroo didn’t take place under this eligibility period. Steve Lange, who was hired as Long’s replacement at the start of 2010, resigned under fire in May.

Lange had been accused of compromising KNBC’s journalistic standards by faking certain news segments. KNBC just named Vickie Burns as its new news director.

Among other wins, KTLA’s coverage of Michael Jackson’s death landed the station the Emmy for live coverage of an unscheduled news event.

And KCBS landed both “serious news report” Emmys – one for a report on fake fur, by reporter David Goldstein, and one on the resignation of Mike Duval, by reporter Dave Lopez.

KCBS sister KCAL, meanwhile, landed the Emmys for light news stories, single and multi-reports.

KNBC’s other wins included outstanding news feature, by anchor Chuck Henry; as well as for hard news reporting, entertainment programming and news writer (Mary Elizabeth Harris).

KTLA’s Deborah Wilkinson won for news director, while the Tribune station also won for investigative report.

And KCAL’s coverage of the Lakers vs. Knicks won for best live sports coverage.

L.A. fixture Steve Edwards, now co-anchor of KTTV’s “Good Day L.A.,” was honored with the L.A. Area Governor’s Award.

The KCBS/KCAL duopoly actually scored the most Emmys of anyone, when those stations’ individual and joint tallies were added up – 11 all together.

Beyond KNBC, KCET and KTLA next, with five apiece; KCBS, KCAL, KTTV and Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket all landed four. KCBS/KCAL also landed another three as combined nominees. KABC, as usual, didn’t participate.

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