Los Angeles Wants A New Anchorman
There have long been rumors about a possible Los Angeles/Southern California all-news TV channel. 24/7 local television news makes sense -- from both a regional and business perspective. Not just for the biggest metropolitan areas; Seattle/Portland has one, Boston too.
Over the weekend the NY Times did a nice piece on the success of Time Warner-owned NY1 (citing our big brother Gothamist's fandom). And the Gray Lady isn't the only one to see the strengths and abilities of a local all-news TV station.
There are all sorts of possibilities. For one, the Tribune Company has the LA Times already, and dabbles in local TV all over the place. But local reporters, both in New York and Los Angeles, have talked openly for years about the possibility that Time Warner could launch a Los Angeles version on NY1.
So, why doesn't Time Warner launch its long-rumored LA1? They could even share offices with CNN in Hollywood. And share resources like they do in New York.
Now, there'd be some who say we already have our own local news outlets. But the existence of competing, niche market news only bolsters the argument for an actual news station in town. Even the NYT story mentions that NY1 does a segment titled "In the Papers" that draws on local news sources.
Just imagine, the station would be able to syndicate its car-crash videos for a hefty fee...plus would be able to just grow the ranks of the stalkerazzi. Hey, it's working for KCAL and KTLA.