KNBC tops local Emmys competition

KNBC-TV Channel 4 was the big winner at the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards again this year, picking up eight statuettes, including two of the three given for best newscasts.

KNBC also captured eight last year to lead the pack. But while the Emmys for best local news programs were split last year among KTLA-TV Channel 5, KCBS-TV Channel 2 and KCAL-TV Channel 9, this year KNBC won both in the category of newscasts 35 minutes or less (for "Channel 4 News at 11 p.m.") and newscasts longer than 35 minutes (for "Channel 4 News at 5 p.m.").

The other news Emmy, for best daytime newscast, went to "KTLA Morning News" for the second year in a row.

In ceremonies Saturday night at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, 14 other stations and cable companies were also honored with awards for the best local programming of 2008.

KTTV-TV Channel 11 garnered seven trophies, including honors for best news special for "Fire: Protecting Your Home" and best live coverage of an unscheduled news event, for the Metrolink collision.

Six Emmys went to noncommercial KCET-TV Channel 28, including the award for best informational/public affairs series shot mostly outside a studio, for "So Cal Connected."

The Emmy for best informational/public affairs series based primarily in a studio went to another noncommercial station, KLCS-TV Channel 58, for "Between the Lines."

Horacio Cervantes of KMEX-TV Channel 34 was named best news director, and Mary Harris of KNBC won as best news writer for the fourth straight year.

The full list of winners is at the TV academy's website at


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