KTLA-5, WB (TV Station)

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KTLA-5 is a Los Angeles, California television station and an affiliate of the WB television network.

Station Owner

Tribune Company

Use of Video News Releases and/or Satellite Media Tours

In the 7am news bulletin on November 9, 2005 the station broadcast an edited and re-voiced version of a video news release produced by D S Simon Productions for Trend Micro on e-mail 'phishing' scams. The VNR was incorporated into a nationally syndicated TV segment hosted by "CyberGuy" Kurt Knutsson. [1]

According a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation April 1995 grant report, KTLA-5 aired one of their VNRs: [2]

Clips from a video news release, "Smokeless Tobacco: A Call for FDA Regulation," were used by 69 television stations for stories on April 26 and April 27, according to ORBIS Broadcast Group, a tracking service. ... KTLA, Los Angeles, CA

Payola

"An anchor at KTLA-TV received a customized dining-room makeover worth more than $10,000 for her own home, in what a local furniture merchant says was meant to be a swap of free goods and services ... for favorable coverage on the station's 'Morning News'," the Los Angeles Times reported. The segment was taped in September 2005 but never aired, leading the merchant to warn, "If it doesn't air," KTLA's Michaela Pereira will "be treated like a paying customer." Pereira agreed to return some items and pay for others. [3]

Pereira and two other KTLA anchors were also recently exposed for accepting "free accommodations in exchange for" favorable coverage of "the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena." The KTLA anchors stayed in "deluxe guestrooms, which on a weeknight would cost $300 to $400." The "Morning News" executive producer claimed they "try to acknowledge" when services are provided, but admitted that the KTLA anchors "did not specifically mention that the rooms were provided free." [4] [5]

Contact Details

KTLA-TV
5800 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: 323-460-5500
Fax: 323-460-5333
Web:http://ktla.trb.com/

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