Good Day L.A.
|Good Day L.A.|
The logo of the show
|Presented by||Steve Edwards (1995–present)
Liz Habib (2017-present)
Julie Chang (2012–present)
Maria Quiban (2011–present)
Rick Dickert (2008–present)
|Opening theme||"Good Day" by Gari Media Group|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Josh Kaplan|
|Location(s)||Fox Television Center, South Bundy Drive, West Los Angeles, California|
|Running time||180 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Fox Television Stations, Inc|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV),
|Original release||June 18, 1993 – present|
Good Day L.A. is an American morning television news and entertainment program airing on KTTV (channel 11), a Fox owned-and-operated television station in Los Angeles, California that is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. The program broadcasts each weekday morning from 7 to 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Differing in format from the conventional 2½-hour morning newscast that precedes it, the program features news, traffic and weather segments, but emphasizes entertainment and feature stories (including celebrity interviews – which are mainly done in-studio, although are occasionally performed via satellite – as well as features such as fashion and food segments).
The program is currently co-hosted by Steve Edwards alongside anchor Liz Habib, weather anchor and social media correspondent Maria Quiban, entertainment reporter Julie Chang and traffic reporter Rick Dickert.
Good Day L.A. debuted on June 18, 1993. At its inception, it was a two-hour newscast that was originally anchored by Antonio Mora and Susan Lichtman. Mark Thompson moved from the station's 10 p.m. newscast to serve as its weather anchor; Dagny Hultgreen served as the entertainment anchor; and Suzanne Dunn was the traffic reporter, reporting from the station's news helicopter Sky 11 (now SkyFox).
The format was unsuccessful, and the show had suffered from frequent anchor turnover. Mora left for ABC News and was replaced by Thompson and later Tony McEwing (who has anchored the early morning Fox 11 Morning News since its 1993 launch). Hultgreen was replaced by Lonnie Lardner; Dunn was replaced by Will Kohlschreiber.
The show was retooled in March 1995 when Steve Edwards was brought in as anchor alongside Jillian Barberie (now Jillian Reynolds) as weather anchor (swapping positions with Thompson, who took over her former post reporting weather on the station's 10 p.m. newscast), and Dorothy Lucey handling the entertainment reports; Rod Bernsen took over the traffic reports from the helicopter, and McEwing reported headlines from the newsroom.
In mid-2012, the show saw its first major lineup change in nearly two decades with the departure of Lucey, whose contract was not renewed in May. Around the same time, Reynolds was offered to work on a freelance basis and began appearing less frequently on the program. Unsatisfied with the demotion, Reynolds chose to leave completely in September of that year. At the same time of Reynolds' departure, frequent guest host Maria Sansone was made a full-time co-host of the program, alongside Edwards. The two were later joined by Araksya Karapetyan who served as a third host/anchor with regular contributions from Lisa Breckenridge, Marla Tellez and Tony McEwing. 
Both Lisa Breckenridge and Maria Sansone were let go from the show in January 2017 unannounced. For a short period the broadcast was hosted by just Edwards and Karapetyan before the latter was moved to the channel's early morning newscast. Liz Habib then joined as the show's new co anchor.
Good Day Live
In 2001, Good Day L.A. spun off a nationally syndicated program called Good Day Live, which was an hour-long version of the local show with the same hosts; the program, which featured the same format as Good Day L.A. (although with more of an emphasis on entertainment news, interviews and feature stories over news headlines), was distributed by Twentieth Television and was originally launched on the Fox Television Stations, the parent of KTTV which operates Fox's owned-and-operated stations. Jillian Barberie was fired from the show and Dorothy Lucey left the syndicated version in 2004, yet both continued to host the L.A.-based version. They were replaced by Arthel Neville and Debbie Matenopoulos. Good Day Live was cancelled a year later due to low ratings.
Expansion to three hours
Following the cancellation of Good Day Live, KTTV expanded Good Day L.A. to three hours, running until 10 a.m. local time (becoming the first Fox-owned station, and one of the earliest stations not affiliated with the Big Three networks, to expand their morning newscast into the 9 a.m. hour). Also in 2005, Good Day L.A. added a Sunday edition of the program that was hosted by Robb Weller, Nischelle Turner and Elizabeth Espinosa (in July 2006, the Good Day L.A. branding was removed from the Sunday edition and the format was changed to a more straightforward newscast; Turner and Espinosa were reassigned to other news programs, but Weller remained and co-anchored the Sunday morning newscast with Gina Silva until that program was cancelled by the end of the decade).
Steve Edwards is presently the longest-serving host of the program, having been primary host of Good Day L.A. since 1995.
Current on-air staff
- Steve Edwards – host and news/opinion anchor
- Liz Habib - co anchor
- Julie Chang – entertainment anchor
- Maria Quiban – weather/social media anchor
- Tony McEwing - newsreader and fill-in anchor
- Marla Tellez – newsreader and fill-in anchor
- Gigi Graciette – field reporter
Former on-air staff
- Lisa Breckenridge – entertainment and lifestyle correspondent
- Maria Sansone – co-host and news anchor
- Araksya Karapetyan - co-host and news anchor
- Dorothy Lucey – co-host/entertainment reporter
- Antonio Mora – co-host
- Jillian Reynolds – co-host/weather anchor
- Lauren Sanchez – entertainment reporter
- Mark Thompson – weather reporter
KTTV morning newscasts
The station's early morning newscast, Fox 11 Morning News, premiered alongside Good Day L.A. in June 1993; it was originally anchored by Diana Koricke and Tony McEwing, with veteran KTTV reporter and former anchor Tony Valdez serving as an occasional fill-in anchor. Koricke left television news in June 1996 and was replaced on the broadcast by Jean Martirez (who joined the station from KCNC-TV in Denver). The show originated as an hour-long newscast beginning at 6 a.m., but was later expanded to 90 minutes, with a 5:30 a.m. start time. In 2004, an additional half-hour was added, expanding the morning newscast to two hours beginning at 5 a.m. (long after many other stations around the country, particularly in markets as large as Los Angeles, expanded their morning newscasts into the 5 a.m. slot). The morning newscast was expanded to 4:30 a.m. in April 2010.
On July 14, 2008, KTTV debuted a half-hour late morning newscast that immediately follows Good Day L.A. at 10:00 a.m. The program is currently anchored by McEwing and Araksya Karapetyan. In December of that year, a half-hour noon broadcast debuted on the station, which was reformatted in September 2011 from a traditional midday newscast to a mix of news and features with Good Day anchors Edwards and Sansone brought in to anchor the broadcast.
Critics of Good Day L.A. have praised the show for being "so wonderfully bonkers", particularly in comparison with its competition, including KTLA's morning newscast as well as the national network morning shows seen on ABC, CBS and NBC.
In other media
Clips from Good Day L.A. are frequently shown on the E! comedic television roundup series The Soup. The show features their logo and often showcases interviews or funny moments either in studio or from the field.
- Good Day New York – a similar morning news and entertainment program on sister station WNYW in New York City, New York.
- KTLA Morning News – a competing morning news program on Los Angeles CW affiliate KTLA
- Today in L.A. – a competing morning news program on Los Angeles NBC owned-and-operated station KNBC
- Today in New York – a similar morning news program on New York NBC owned-and-operated station WNBC
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