Mergers in Los Angeles Newsrooms

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Reporters and editors at KCBS-TV and KCAL will soon be working under a single banner rather than in competition after KCAL's purchase by media giant Viacom, which already owns CBS. Recently revised federal regulations have resulted in three such "duopolies" in the LA market. The others are News Corporation, which owns Fox and KCOP, and NBC, which runs KNBC and KVEA, Spanish-language Telemundo. Will the public suffer from one less independent voice or gain from stronger news gathering? Will corporate buyouts diminish competitive investigations and reporting on public officials and issues of public interest? We hear from a local news director at KTLA, a national industry spokeswoman and an associate dean at USC's Annenberg School for Communication. Managing Editor Kyle McKinnon guest hosts.
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