Los Angeles Newscasts Waking Up Earlier

By Andrew Gauthier 

Los Angeles Times

The streets are dark, the sun has not yet risen and most residents are still sleeping. But the daily war on the local TV front is already blazing.

It’s a battle being waged from West Los Angeles to Burbank and fought with a steady stream of friendly bulletins about traffic, weather and a preview of the day’s coming news. But don’t mistake the pleasant tone of the pre-dawn newscasts at KCBS Channel 2, KNBC Channel 4, KTLA Channel 5, KABC Channel 7 and KTTV Fox 11, which belies what is fast becoming one of the most fiercely competitive time periods in regional news across the country.

Driven largely by the dynamics of the 24-hour news cycle and the growth in early rising commuters More…