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Not to be confused with the NBC-affiliated television station in Texarkana, Arkansas, KTAL.
Los Angeles, California
United States
Branding KTLA 5 (general)
(The) KTLA (5) News (newscasts)
Slogan The Beat of Southern California
Channels Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Translators (see article)
Affiliations The CW
Owner Tribune Broadcasting
Founded September 1942
(as experimental station W6XYZ)
First air date January 22, 1947; 67 years ago (1947-01-22)
Call letters' meaning K
Former channel number(s) Analog:
4 (VHF, 1942–1947)
5 (VHF, 1947-2009)
Former affiliations DuMont (1947–1948)
Independent (1948–1995)
The WB (1995–2006)
Transmitter power 1000 kW
Height 948 m (3,110 ft)
Facility ID 35670
Transmitter coordinates 34°13′36″N 118°3′56″W / 34.22667°N 118.06556°W / 34.22667; -118.06556
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website ktla.com

KTLA, channel 5, (UHF digital channel 31), is a television station located in Los Angeles, California, USA. KTLA is owned by the broadcast subsidiary of the Tribune Company, which also publishes the Los Angeles Times, and is an affiliate of the CW Television Network. The station's studios are located at the Sunset Bronson Studios on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, and its transmitter is located atop Mount Wilson.

KTLA was the first commercially-licensed television station in the western United States, having begun operations in 1947.[1] Although not as widespread in national carriage as its Chicago sister station WGN-TV, KTLA is available as a superstation throughout North America via Dish Network (available only to grandfathered subscribers of its a la carte superstation tier before Dish halted sales of the package to new subscribers in September 2013), as well as on cable providers in select cities within the southwestern United States and throughout Canada.


Experimental years[edit]

KTLA's first commercial station logo, from 1947, under Paramount ownership. This logo combines Paramount's mountain and stars logo with a TV transmitter.

The station was licensed by the Federal Communications Commission in 1939 as experimental station W6XYZ, on channel 4, but did not sign on the air until September 1942. It was originally owned by Paramount Pictures subsidiary Television Productions, Inc., and was based at the Paramount Studios lot. Klaus Landsberg, already an accomplished television pioneer at the age of 26, was the original station manager and engineer.

Early years as a licensed station[edit]

On January 22, 1947, the station was licensed for commercial broadcast as KTLA on channel 5, becoming the first commercial television station in Los Angeles, the first to broadcast west of the Mississippi River, and the seventh station overall in the United States. Estimates of television sets in Los Angeles County at the time ranged from 350 to 600.

Bob Hope served as the emcee for KTLA's inaugural broadcast, titled as The Western Premiere of Commercial Television, broadcast live that evening from a garage on the Paramount Studios lot. The program featured appearances from many Hollywood luminaries. Hope delivered what was perhaps the most famous line of the evening when, at the program's start, he identified the new station as "KTL" – mistakenly omitting the "A" at the end of the call sign. A 10-minute fragment from KTLA's first broadcast exists at the Paley Center for Media.[2]

KTLA was originally affiliated with the DuMont in which Paramount held a minority stake; it disaffiliated from the network in 1948. Despite this, the FCC still considered Paramount as controlling manager of DuMont due to the strength of their voting stock and their influence in managing the network.[3] As a result, the agency did not allow DuMont to buy additional VHF stations – a problem that would later play a large role in DuMont's failure, whose programming was splintered among other Los Angeles stations until the network's demise in 1956. Paramount even launched a short-lived "Paramount Television Network" in 1948, with KTLA and WBKB as its flagship (broadcasting) stations.[4][5][6] The service never gelled into a true television network, but during KTLA's early years, the station produced over a dozen series syndicated in much of the U.S., including: Armchair Detective,[7] Bandstand Revue,[8] Dixie Showboat, Frosty Frolics,[9] Hollywood Reel,[10] Hollywood Wrestling, Latin Cruise,[7] Movietown, RSVP,[11] Olympic Wrestling,[11] Sandy Dreams,[9] and Time for Beany.

In 1958, KTLA moved to the Paramount Sunset Studios on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. For many years, those who have worked on Stage 6 at KTLA were told that it was the site where Al Jolson's landmark film The Jazz Singer was shot in 1927, when the lot was known as the Warner Bros. Sunset Studios; Mark Evanier, who wrote for one such show in 1978, points out on his website that Stage 6 did not even exist at the time The Jazz Singer was produced and that it was actually probably filmed at what is now Stage 9.[12] The former Warner Bros./Paramount lot is now known as Sunset Bronson Studios, where KTLA's facility remains based to this day, and where shows such as WKRP in Cincinnati, Judge Judy, Hannah Montana, The Gong Show, Solid Gold, Name That Tune, Family Feud, The Newlywed Game, MADtv and Let's Make a Deal have been produced over the years. KTLA is currently the only Los Angeles area broadcaster based in Hollywood as many other television and radio stations have moved to other parts of the region.

Golden West Broadcasters[edit]

In 1964, KTLA was purchased by actor and singer Gene Autry and merged with his other broadcasting properties (including Los Angeles' KMPC radio) into an umbrella company, Golden West Broadcasters.[13][14] During the 1970s, KTLA was uplinked to satellite and became one of the nation's first superstations, and was eventually carried on cable providers across much of the country west of the Mississippi.

In the late 1960s and 1970s, KTLA sought a different programming strategy from the competition. It would emphasize syndicated reruns of off-network programs (with a heavy emphasis on western-themed programs such as The Gene Autry Show), first-run talk shows, movies and sports programming. Children's programs, with the exception of weekend morning Popeye cartoons (which originally came from former parent Paramount,[15] but had been sold off to what became the syndication arm of United Artists Television[16]), were also phased out. In 1979, KTLA acquired much of the programming inventory of struggling independent competitor KBSC-TV (channel 52, now KVEA-TV).

Acquisition by Tribune Broadcasting[edit]

In 1983, Golden West sold KTLA to investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts for $245 million.[17][18] Two years later, KKR sold the station to Tribune Broadcasting, for a then-record price of $510 million.[19][20] Under Tribune, KTLA continued to acquire high rated off-network sitcoms as well as talk shows.

KTLA spent much of the early and mid-1980s battling KTTV (channel 11) for the spot of the top-rated independent station in Southern California, offering a variety of general entertainment programs including movies, sports and off-network reruns; it took the top spot among the market's independents full-time after KTTV became a Fox charter station in October 1986.

The WB comes to KTLA[edit]

On November 2, 1993, the Warner Bros. Television division of Time Warner and Tribune Company announced the formation of The WB Television Network. Due to the company's ownership interest in the network (initially 12.5%, later expanding to 22%), Tribune signed its seven existing independent stations (one such station, Atlanta's WGNX, joined CBS instead one month prior to The WB's launch), along with a eighth it acquired the following year, to serve as The WB's charter affiliates.[21][22] The WB debuted on January 11, 1995, resulting in KTLA becoming a network affiliate for the first time in 47 years.

Initially, KTLA continued to essentially program as an independent station as The WB had broadcast only on Wednesday nights at launch, with the station continuing to broadcast films in primetime along with some first-run syndicated scripted series; the network would eventually carry primetime shows six nights a week (Sunday through Friday) by September 1999. In September 1995, KTLA added afternoon cartoons from Kids' WB, bringing weekday children's programs back to channel 5 for the first time in many years. The station continued use the "Channel 5" brand it used prior to its WB affiliation (with The WB logo simply tacked onto the station's "Gold 5" logo), until it was modified to "KTLA 5, L.A.'s WB" in 1997.

KTLA's Halo logo, used from January 1, 2005 to October 13, 2009; The CW logo and "5" were added in 2006.

The Tribune Company purchased the Times-Mirror Company (then-owners of the Los Angeles Times) in 2000, bringing the newspaper into common ownership with channel 5; ironically, the Los Angeles Times was the original owner of Fox owned-and-operated station KTTV from 1949 (under a joint venture with CBS through 1951) until it sold the station to Fox Television Stations predessor Metromedia in 1963; because of FCC rules prohibiting the common ownership of newspapers and broadcast outlets in the same market, Tribune was granted a waiver by the agency in order to acquire the Times. The Times and KTLA will be separated in 2014 with the planned spin off of the publishing division into a separate company, with KTLA and its other broadcasting properties remaining with the Tribune Company.[23]

KTLA launched a new branding campaign on January 1, 2005, that omitted all references to its over-the-air channel 5 position (although the references returned after the station became a CW affiliate one year later). The new look included a new logo, and a branding change to KTLA, The WB.

KTLA joins The CW[edit]

On January 24, 2006, the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner and CBS Corporation announced that the two companies would shut down The WB and UPN and combine the networks' respective programming to create a new "fifth" network called The CW.[24][25] Through a ten-year affiliation agreement with the network that saw all except three of Tribune's 19 WB affiliates join The CW, KTLA became the Los Angeles affiliate of the new network.[26] The station rebranded as "KTLA 5, The CW" on September 17, 2006 after The Night of Favorites and Farewells.

KTLA tower on Sunset Boulevard in 2007.

On January 22, 2007, KTLA celebrated its 60th anniversary of continuous broadcasting. Two days later, on January 24, 2007, KTLA became the first television entity to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to the station itself, six other individuals associated with KTLA – former owner Gene Autry, newsmen Hal Fishman, George Putnam, Stan Chambers and Larry McCormick, and founding manager Klaus Landsberg – have received stars on the Walk of Fame. In addition, KTLA continued its celebration on the weekend after Thanksgiving with a 60-hour marathon of classic shows that aired on KTLA in the past such as The Honeymooners, The Jack Benny Program, The Little Rascals, Wonder Woman and Peter Gunn. KTLA also aired retrospectives of historic Los Angeles news stories during its weekend newscasts,[27] until November 24 due to coverage of the Corral Canyon fire in Malibu.

On February 14, 2008, the Tribune Company sold Tribune Studios and related real estate in Los Angeles to Hudson Capital LLC for $125 million, with the studio lot adopting the current Sunset Bronson name following the sale.[28] There had been speculation that KTLA might move into the Los Angeles Times Building in downtown Los Angeles, combining operations and staff with the Times newspaper; this arrangement is also used by two other Tribune combined newspaper/broadcast operations: Miami's WSFL-TV is based out of the offices of the Sun-Sentinel, while WTIC-TV/WTXX moved into new facilities in the Hartford Courant building in December 2009.

On October 14, 2009, KTLA unveiled a new logo and a redesigned news set, bringing back the classic stylized number "5" previously used by the station from 1981 to 1997, and eliminating The CW logo from regular usage (though it is still used in promotions for the network's programs). The "LA" in the KTLA callsign is in bold lettering to emphasize the station's Los Angeles location and coverage area, similar to a previous logo used from 1997 to 2005.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[29]
5.1 1080i 16:9 KTLA-DT Main KTLA programming / The CW with SAP/DVS
5.2 480i 4:3 Antenna Antenna TV[30]
5.3 This TV This TV[31]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KTLA shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 5, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television.[32] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 31,[33] using PSIP to display KTLA's virtual channel as 5 on digital television receivers.

Veteran newsman Stan Chambers, who was hired by KTLA almost a year after its 1947 launch and remained there until his 2010 retirement, was given the honor of "throwing" a ceremonial mock switch from the analog to digital position, signaling the engineers to shut down the analog signal at its Mount Wilson transmitter site at 10:45 p.m., during KTLA's Prime News telecast. Covering the on-air event for KTLA was Stan's grandson, reporter Jaime Chambers.[34][35] As part of the SAFER Act,[36] KTLA temporarily restored its analog signal 15 minutes later at 11 p.m. to inform viewers of the digital television transition through a loop of public service announcements from the National Association of Broadcasters.


Syndicated programing seen on KTLA include Maury, Friends, Two and a Half Men and The Arsenio Hall Show. KTLA has also broadcast the annual Tournament of Roses Parade from Pasadena each New Year's Day since 1948; while other local stations have also broadcast the parade over the years, KTLA remains the sole English-language outlet in the Los Angeles market to continuously broadcast the event. The station also served as host broadcaster of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which was later syndicated to all Tribune-owned stations.

Sports programming[edit]

From 1964 to 1995, KTLA was the broadcast television home of the Los Angeles/California Angels baseball team, after then-Angels owner Gene Autry purchased that station through Golden West Broadcasters. The television rights to Angels games moved to KCAL-TV in 1996 (which KTLA had previously assumed broadcast rights from, and whose then-owner The Walt Disney Company's ownership interest in the Angels briefly overlapped with KCAL's contract with the team),[37] KTLA carried select Los Angeles Lakers games during the early and mid-1970s. Channel 5 held the local broadcast television rights to Los Angeles Dodgers games from 1993 to 2001. KTLA was also the over-the-air home of the Los Angeles Clippers for two periods, from 1985 to 1991 and from 2002 to 2009. Other than telecasts of preseason games from the Oakland Raiders (the former Los Angeles Raiders) syndicated by the team's television network, KTLA no longer produces any sports programming.

News operation[edit]

KTLA 10 p.m. newscast title card.

KTLA presently broadcasts 59½ hours of locally-produced newscasts each week (with nine and a half hours on weekdays, five and a half hours on Saturdays and six and a half hours on Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the largest local newscast output among the Los Angeles broadcast television stations, beating Fox-owned KTTV's weekly news total by 13 hours.

KTLA's news department is located inside the former Warner Bros. Cartoons studio at the corner of Van Ness and Fernwood in Hollywood. Although KTLA does not cover police pursuits as much as other stations, it has put more emphasis in local crime stories, as opposed to politics, health and other serious news. KTLA has also created synergy between Tribune Company entities. For example, entertainment reporter Sam Rubin has often been seen on Chicago's WGN-TV. Los Angeles Times columnist David Lazarus also frequently reports on consumer stories from the paper's headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.

For many years, Channel 5's news department, which has existed since its sign-on, was considered the benchmark of Los Angeles television. In 1958, KTLA began operating a well-equipped helicopter for newsgathering known as the "Telecopter", and was the most advanced airborne television broadcast device of its time; it was ultimately sold to NBC-owned KNBC (channel 4), which flew the Telecopter with pilot Francis Gary Powers and cameraman George Spears until its fatal crash on August 1, 1977. The station eventually launched a 10 p.m. newscast in the mid-1960s, the simply-titled News at Ten (also known over the years as The George Putnam News, NewsWatch and KTLA Prime News). Its evening news program was often serious and no-nonsense in nature and has received many journalism awards. KTLA news anchors Hal Fishman, Larry McCormick and George Putnam became icons in Los Angeles television news over the years. Accompanying his news anchoring career, McCormick also hosted a public affairs program for KTLA called Making It!, which featured stories on the entrepreneurial successes of ethnic minorities. Its veteran field reporters have included 62-year KTLA veteran Stan Chambers and Warren Wilson. Stu Nahan, Keith Olbermann and Ed Arnold (now anchor of KOCE-TV's Real Orange) formerly served as sports anchors.

In March 1991, KTLA was the first station to air the infamous video of the Rodney King beating by Los Angeles police. In July 1991, KTLA debuted the Los Angeles market's first live, local morning newscast, the KTLA Morning News, to compete with the network morning shows on KABC-TV (channel 7), KCBS-TV (channel 2) and KNBC (which started at 7 a.m., as KTLA's program initially did). The program suffered from low ratings at first; however, the ability to cover breaking news live (as opposed to the network morning programs, which were aired on a three-hour tape delay) attracted more viewers to the program. As time went on, the Morning News has enjoyed great ratings success, generally ranking number one in its main 7-9 a.m. time period. The program's success spawned rival KTTV to launch its own morning newscast, Good Day L.A., in 1993. From 1994 to 1995, the station aired gavel to gavel coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial anchored by Marta Waller (this coverage was rebroadcast by other stations such as Portland, Oregon WB affiliate [and future Tribune sister station] KWBP, now KRCW-TV).

The station debuted a midday newscast at noon in 1995, which lasted less than two years before it was cancelled in 1997. In recent years, KTLA's newscasts have become more tabloid-based in nature, perhaps to compete with KTTV. Both stations have rivaled each other in the ratings for many years. With this, KTLA has placed more emphasis on entertainment news, and has featured personalities such as Mindy Burbano Stearns, Zorianna Kitt, Ross King and most recently Jessica Holmes as entertainment reporters. In 2004, KTLA debuted a segment on its morning newscast titled "The Audition", in which several actors and actresses competed for a role as weathercaster on its 10 p.m. newscast. Ross King was the winner of the first installment, followed by Jessica Holmes as the winner of the second installment (Holmes now serves as co-anchor of the 9 a.m. hour of the KTLA Morning News).

On January 13, 2007, KTLA became the second Los Angeles television station to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition (after KABC-TV). On July 30, 2007, Hal Fishman anchored what would be his final newscast for KTLA. Following several days of hospitalization for a liver infection, Fishman died on August 7, 2007.[38] KTLA's newscasts that day were dedicated to Fishman, for whom the station dedicated its news studio in 2000. After Fishman's passing, longtime Morning Show co-host Carlos Amezcua became the interim co-anchor on the 10 p.m. newscast. Local media speculated that Amezcua would become a full-time 10 p.m. anchor, but on September 4, Amezcua announced his departure from KTLA to replace John Beard as co-anchor of KTTV's 10 p.m. newscast.[39][40] Morning co-anchor Emmett Miller took over as interim evening anchor, and was named as Fishman's permanent replacement on December 4.[41]

After former KCBS/KCAL general manager Don Corsini was appointed as KTLA's president and general manager in January 2009,[42] the station's local news programming underwent an expansion that year. On January 19, KTLA soft-launched a nightly half-hour 6:30 p.m. newscast[43] (the market's first since KCAL-TV and KCBS-TV ran newscasts in that slot – KCBS's being part of an hour-long 6 p.m. newscast – during the mid-1990s, prior to CBS's 2002 purchase of KCAL). Then on April 1, 2009, the KTLA Morning News was expanded by a half-hour to start at 4:30 a.m., and an hour-long midday newscast at 1 p.m. debuted.[44] On April 4, the weekend edition of the 6:30 p.m. newscast expanded to a full hour at 6 p.m., with the 6:30 p.m. weekday newscasts following suit that September. Shortly afterward, KTLA expanded the station's traffic reports to the afternoon and evening newscasts (the weekday edition of the Morning News utilizes a dedicated traffic anchor, while traffic reports for all other newscasts are done by channel 5's on-air weather staff).

In April 2011, KTLA added weekend morning newscasts (an hour-long newscast at 6 a.m. on Saturdays, which expanded to two hours at 5 a.m. in September 2012, and a three-hour Sunday newscast at 6 a.m.; the Saturday morning edition airs in its early timeslot due to The CW's Vortexx animation block).[45] In August 2011, KTLA added a two-hour primetime newscast titled the KTLA 5 Sunday Edition from 8-10 p.m. on Sunday evenings, leading into that night's 10 p.m. newscast. On February 2, 2012, KTLA expanded the weekday edition of the KTLA Morning News to begin at 4 a.m. On May 9, 2014, the Saturday morning news was expanded to three hours and now airs from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., matching Sunday's morning news timeslot.

On June 16, 2014, KTLA quietly added a half-hour newscast at 11 p.m. seven days a week without any publicity in what the station describes as a 'soft launch', moving the cancelled and moribund Arsenio up by a half-hour as its reruns are burned off.[46]


  • In 1978, Arnold Shapiro's documentary Scared Straight was broadcast on the station with profanity uncensored, narrated by Peter Falk as a controversial deterrent to juvenile delinquency.
  • In 2004, People and Hollywood Reporter entertainment writer Zorianna Kit was hired as an on-air reporter despite having no television news experience (Kit had previously served as a panelist on the short-lived TV series Movie Club with John Ridley). Kit raised ethical questions in January 2005 when she made an on-air criticism of Brad Grey's appointment as the head of Paramount Pictures, without disclosing that her husband, producer Bo Zenga, had sued Grey over profits from the film Scary Movie. The issue was reported in the Los Angeles Times and in mid-January, Kit apologized on-air; she left KTLA in July 2005.[47]
  • In January 2006, KTLA management came under fire for replacing Stephanie Edwards, who emceed the parade for nearly three decades with Bob Eubanks, as co-host of the station's annual broadcast of the Tournament of Roses Parade. Edwards was moved out of the booth and became a street reporter, being replaced in the booth by Michaela Pereira. The move was widely seen as insensitive and created a storm of controversy, including a scathing Times column by Patt Morrison. This situation was made worse by the fact that it was raining that day, and Edwards was forced to stay out in the rain. Pereira fully replaced Edwards in 2007, though in September 2008, KTLA management announced that Edwards would resume co-hosting duties with Eubanks for the parade's 2009 telecast.
  • In February 2006, the Pasadena Star-News reported that three KTLA personalities – Carlos Amezcua, Sam Rubin and Michaela Pereira – accepted free rooms at the recently renovated Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel and Spa in Pasadena. The station telecast an entire Morning News broadcast from Pasadena, although the hotel was not specifically mentioned. Still, it was widely seen as a significant ethical lapse, one that violated Tribune Company guidelines.
  • On March 4, 2006, the Times reported that Michaela Pereira had accepted $10,000 worth of furniture for her Pasadena home. The furnishings, delivered in September 2005, were to be part of an unaired "Extreme Home Makeover" segment on the Morning News. The furniture company was never paid, stating that it was under the impression that the work was in exchange for favorable coverage.[48][49]
  • In June 2009, the Los Angeles Times reported that anchor Lu Parker began a relationship with Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in March of that year. KTLA management was reportedly unaware of this until May 2009. Parker reported several stories on Villaraigosa's political future before being reassigned.[50]
  • In a live interview on February 10, 2014, KTLA's Sam Rubin got a "shellacking" by actor Samuel L. Jackson after confusing Jackson with actor Laurence Fishburne in an opening reference to 'the Super Bowl commercial'. While Rubin promptly apologized and later suggested that he was referring to a different commercial, Rubin got a firestorm of criticism from Jackson for mixing him up with "the other black guy" - an honest outrage over "crazy" racial (in)discrimination, which actors like Jackson often experience. He referred to other examples on twitter. [51]

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • Newsroom (1939–1947; as W6XYZ)
  • Telenews/Newsreel (1947–1955)
  • The News Live on 5 (1955–1962)
  • Newspicture 5:30 (1962–1966)
  • Big 5 News (1966–1969)
  • The News (1969–1973)
  • (The) George Putnam News (1973–1975)
  • News Watch (1975–1977)[52]
  • (Channel 5/KTLA/KTLA 5) News at Ten (1977–2005 and 2009–present)[53][54]
  • KTLA Morning News (1991–2006 and 2008–present)[55]
  • KTLA Prime News (2005–2009)[56]
  • KTLA 5 Morning Show (2006–2008; formerly used for the 7-10 a.m. portion of the news)
  • KTLA 5 News (2009–present)[57]

Station slogans[edit]

  • "The Number One Prime Time News Hour" (1969–1995)
  • "L.A.'s Very Own" (1990–1993; variant of sister station WGN-TV's slogan "Chicago's Very Own")
  • "KTLA 5, L.A.'s WB" (1995–2005)
  • "where _LA lives" (2005–2009)[58]
  • "L.A.'s Local News Leader" (2009–2010)
  • "Get Connected" (2010–2011)
  • "The Beat of Southern California" (2012–present)

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[59][edit]

  • Frank Buckley - weekday mornings on KTLA Morning News (7-10 a.m.)
  • Chris Burrous - weekend mornings on KTLA Morning News (6-9 a.m. weekends); also weekday reporter
  • Cher Calvin - weeknights at 6, 10, and 11 p.m.
  • Rick Chambers - weekends at 6, 10, and 11 p.m. and Sundays on KTLA 5 News Sunday Edition (9-10 p.m.); also weekday reporter
  • Courtney Friel - weekends at 6, 10, and 11 p.m. and Sundays on KTLA 5 News Sunday Edition (9-10 p.m.); also weekday reporter
  • Megan Henderson - weekday mornings on KTLA Morning News (4-7 a.m.)
  • Jessica Holmes - weekday mornings on KTLA Morning News (7-10 a.m.) & weekdays at 1 p.m.
  • Micah Ohlman - weeknights at 6, 6:30, 10, and 11 p.m.
  • Lu Parker - weekend mornings on KTLA Morning News (6-9 a.m. weekends); also weekday reporter
  • Chris Schauble - weekday mornings on KTLA Morning News (4-7 a.m.)
  • Glen Walker - weekdays at 1 p.m.; also weekday reporter
5 LIVE Weather / 5 LIVE Traffic
  • Vera Jimenez - meteorologist and traffic anchor; weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 p.m.
  • Jim Castillo (AMS CBM Seal of Approval) - meteorologist/traffic anchor; Wednesdays-Fridays at 1, weekends at 6, 10, and 11 p.m. and Sundays on KTLA 5 News Sunday Edition (9-10 p.m.)
  • Henry Dicarlo (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on KTLA Morning News (4-7 a.m.)
  • Ginger Chan - traffic anchor; weekday mornings on KTLA Morning News (4-10 a.m.)
  • Liberte Chan - weather and traffic anchor; weekend mornings on KTLA Morning News (6-9 a.m. weekends) and Mondays and Tuesdays at 1 p.m.; also weekday reporter
  • Mark Kriski - weather; weekday mornings on KTLA Morning News (7-10 a.m.)
Sports team
  • Derrin Horton - sports director; weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 p.m.
  • Rebecca Hall- sports anchor; weekends at 6, 10, and 11 p.m., sports reporter
  • Steve Hartman - sports anchor; fill-in, also sports reporter
  • Gayle Anderson - weekday morning (4-10 a.m.) and 1 p.m. feature reporter ("Gayle on the Go")
  • Wendy Burch - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Kimberly Cheng - general assignment reporter
  • Carolyn Costello - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Rich DeMuro - technology reporter
  • Elizabeth Espinosa - general assignment reporter
  • Jennifer Gould - general assignment reporter (wife of weekday morning weather anchor Mark Kriski)
  • Jane King - NYSE business reporter
  • Doug Kolk - general assignment reporter
  • David Lazarus - consumer reporter; also columnist for the Los Angeles Times
  • Allie MacKay - general assignment and "Allie at Work" feature reporter
  • Mary Beth McDade - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Dave Mecham - general assignment reporter
  • Kacey Montoya - general assignment reporter
  • Erin Myers - general assignment reporter
  • Jim Nash - general assignment reporter
  • Christina Pascucci - general assignment reporter
  • Lynette Romero - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Sam Rubin - entertainment reporter
  • Eric Spillman - weekday morning reporter (4-10 a.m.); also fill-in anchor
  • Sara Welch - general assignment reporter
  • Kareen Wynter - general assignment reporter
  • Chris Wolfe - general assignment reporter
  • Chip Yost - Orange County bureau reporter

Sky 5 HD

  • Mark Kono - pilot/reporter; weekday mornings on KTLA Morning News (5-10 a.m.; husband of weekday morning traffic reporter Ginger Chan)
  • Tim Lynn - pilot/reporter; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.

Notable former on-air staff[edit]


KTLA is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:

In popular culture[edit]

  • KTLA gained some notoriety among fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on November 30, 1991 with the airing of their mockery of the movie War of the Colossal Beast. In the movie, there are scenes of a KTLA news anchor – real-life station reporter Stan Chambers – predicting where the title character Glen Manning will end up next. The anchor ends up pronouncing the station's call letters as "KIT-lah". In a skit segment later in the show, Joel Robinson, portrayed by Joel Hodgson, mocks the anchor's "KTLA Predicts" style of newsreading and parodies The Amazing Criswell. The phrase "KTLA Predicts" became a catchphrase among fans of the show.
  • During the 1950s, while Paramount owned the station, that company also produced Popeye cartoons. In one cartoon, "Punch and Judo" (1951), Popeye's nephews turn on their television to "chanel number 5" (not the perfume, but channel 5 – KTLA).
  • KTLA has also been featured in other media (usually with its newscasts). Hal Fishman was featured reporting for Channel 5 News at Ten in the movie Malibu's Most Wanted. In one scene in the 2002 movie Showtime, SkyCam 5 (later renamed the KTLA HD Telecopter, now Sky 5 HD) was seen among a group of helicopters surrounding the Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.
  • A fictionalized version of KTLA was seen on the Nickelodeon sitcom Big Time Rush; it is identified as KULA and is seen on channel 6 instead of 5.
  • Another fictionalized version of KTLA is seen in the movie Blue Thunder; it is identified as KBLA and is seen on channel 8.
  • In the film Friends with Benefits, Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) appear in a news story seen on KTLA.


  1. ^ KCBS-TV in Los Angeles originated in 1931 as W6XAO under an experimental license. It was commercially licensed in 1948.
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  25. ^ UPN and WB to Combine, Forming New TV Network, The New York Times, January 24, 2006.
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  28. ^ Tribune sells L.A.'s Tribune Studios, will buy real estate from Chandler family - Los Angeles Business from bizjournals
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  44. ^ KTLA adds more local newscasts, Variety, March 31, 2009.
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  64. ^ http://www.fcc.gov/fcc-bin/tvq?call=K03EK
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