‘Next Hal Fishman’ jumps to Fox

I was reading a lovely story on LAT about a historical home in Riverside that is regarded as a symbol of civil rights for Japanese Americans when I noticed a “Most Read Story” —
KTLA news anchor jumps ship. Ooh.

Carlos Amezcua, the longtime KTLA-TV Channel 5 morning news anchor who was viewed as a potential replacement for the late Hal Fishman on the station’s 10 p.m. newscast, has decided to move to rival KTTV-TV Channel 11, station officials said Tuesday.

Amezcua, who has been with KTLA for more than 16 years, had been working as the interim evening news anchor after Fishman died this summer.

“We had hoped that he would be in that position, but obviously things take turns. We’ve got to move forward,” said Rich Goldner, interim KTLA news director.

Variety reported that Amezcua will anchor KTTV’s 10 p.m. newscast beginning this fall, replacing veteran anchor John Beard.

So, last week, its announced that Tribune is going to sell off the last TV news station in Hollywood, now their most respected anchor is jumping ship. Ouch. Is that writing on the wall I see?

As for John Beard, his contract was apparently up and his last newscast will be on Sept. 28, according to Variety.