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Anchor Carlos Amezcua Departs KTTV

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 4:58pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

amezcuaFive years ago, Carlos Amezcua took Los Angeles media circles by surprise with his move to KTTV to co-anchor the station’s 10 PM newscast after a 14-year stint on the morning show of rival KTLA, which he helped launch in 1991. Now Amezcua is out at KTTV. His departure was announced in the newsroom at 3:15 PM this afternoon. Amezcua’s final day was last Friday after making his debut on the station on September 17, 2007. There is no immediate replacement, and a spokesperson confirmed an external and internal search is underway. In 2007, Amezcua replaced longtime KTTV anchor John Beard whose contract was not renewed after a 14-year stint at the station. At the time, KTTV and general manager Kevin Hale went aggressively after Amezcua, offering him a rich long-term contract that also included a producing component with KTTV parent Fox. “After more than five years on KTTV’s Fox 11 10 p.m. News, Carlos Amezcua has decided to step down from the news desk to expand his own media and technology company, Carlos Media Corp. here in Los Angeles,” Hale said today in a statement. “Having won over 10 Emmys throughout his career, Amezcua has made many contributions to this community, as well our newsroom.”

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KTTV News Director Kingsley Smith Exits

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 8:07am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

KTTV news director Kingsley Smith has resigned after two years on the job. Smith joined the Los Angeles Fox station in June 2011 from Fox’s WTXF Philadelphia, succeeding KTTVs longtime news director Jose Rios. He announced his departure to the KTTV newsroom yesterday afternoon. The station’s Assistant News Director Tom Searson will be filling in until a replacement is named. Search is already under way. “After 20 years with Fox Television Stations, Kingsley Smith has resigned from employment with the company and will be pursuing other opportunities,” KTTV General Manager Kevin Hale said in a statement. The move comes a day before the start of the November sweep. While not as crucial after the introduction of Local People Meters, the local sweeps are still important ratings periods where stations step up their efforts with an emphasis on human interest stories.

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