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No more Mr. News Guy -- LA anchor Kent Shocknek signs off - Los Angeles Times

Notice something missing from your TV news this week. It's Kent Shocknek, who spoke to The Times two days before signing off Friday, after 31 years in the anchor chair on two stations, KNBC and KCBS/KCAL. His tenure, one of the longest of any L. A. anchor, spanned immense changes in the news, from a local early-morning show he pioneered to the age of online video. Although viewers will miss him, here's something the man himself won't miss: his watch alarm sounding 11 times a day to summon him to a broadcast. What's the argument for TV news — appointment news — when there's the Internet. TV news has skilled people who can judge what's important, what's new, what's interesting, put it in context and present it in a way that's of value to the viewer. In the, quote, old days, more people were home, sitting down in front of the 26-inch black-and-white Magnavox watching the 6 o'clock news. At 6 o'clock we know about the event, at 8 o'clock we have reaction, and at 10 o'clock we have outcome. How else has technology influenced TV news. A viewer can say, "I saw this story on CBS," maybe on a television station, an online video, a tweet — but because it carries the CBS brand, it carries credibility. I think our news division is not concerned about the proliferation of platforms — quite the opposite. The definition of journalism has changed, or people's perception of the definition. Now, on the "CBS Evening News," I can watch a half-hour of world and national events or I can go down the dial to some Hollywood gossip show that does not fit my definition of news, but may fit someone else's. It's on at the same time, the anchor is also sitting at a desk, they're also showing video clips, [but] they're talking about a celebrity instead of a leader of state. Smart audiences — and news audiences are smart — can see where the pursuit of truth is not quite as aggressive. Has the proliferation of entertainment shows affected the appetite for real news. Are the two conflated when the news leads with Justin Bieber egging a house rather than a City Hall story. We make sure viewers' plate is full — with everything that's nutritious, the newest, the most interesting, what affects us the most, and if there's room on the plate, a little dessert's not going to kill you. In Detroit they make cars, so they talk about cars on the news. Here we make entertainment, so we talk about. Source: www.latimes.com

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  • No more Mr. News Guy -- LA anchor Kent Shocknek signs off

    10/01/14 ,via Los Angeles Times

    Notice something missing from your TV news this week? It's Kent Shocknek, who spoke to The Times two days before signing off Friday, after 31 years in the anchor chair on two stations, KNBC and KCBS/KCAL. He so fits the role, he got anchor cameos in

  • Veteran KCBS/KCAL anchor Kent Shocknek announces retirement

    08/04/14 ,via Los Angeles Times

    KCBS/KCAL news anchor Kent Shocknek, a familiar face on local broadcasts for more than 31 years who is also known for his dramatic on-air desk dive during the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake, has announced that he is retiring at the end of September.

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  • MORNING NEWS ANCHOR DROPPED BY KNBC.

    08/06/16 ,via thefreelibrary.com

    BURBANK - In a further shake-up at KNBC-TV (Channel 4), veteran morning news anchor Kent Shocknek is being let go in a cost-cutting move that has already claimed three other reporters and several support staffers. Shocknek, who has been on the air with the ...

  • California's drought-resistent gardens are hot

    03/09/16 ,via Phys

    Kent Shocknek, CBS morning television news anchor, walks with his wife Karen in their garden created by Robert Cornell, a Californian landscaper specialized in drought resistant plants, in Pasadena, California, on March 12. Even grinding recession has not ...

  • Supergirl Radio Season 1 – Episode 12: Bizarro

    02/04/16 ,via supergirlradio.com

    Guest stars in the episode include Peter Facinelli (Maxwell Lord), Blake Jenner (Adam), Hope Lauren (Bizarro), Michael Albala (Doctor), Carly Nykanen (Employee #1), Nick Jaine (Employee #2), and Kent Shocknek (Newscaster).” Supergirl stars Melissa ...

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Veteran Los Angeles TV news anchor Kent Shocknek frequently is cast for authentic portrayals of newscasters, reporters, commentators, and similar parts in dramas and ...

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