Media and Communications in Los Angeles, Ca

by : Matthew Paolini



The news media of Los Angeles services the West Coast city's large population. The Los Angeles Times is the major daily newspaper. The main Spanish-language paper is La Opinion. The city also supports a wide variety of smaller regional newspapers, alternative weeklies and magazines, including the Los Angeles Daily News, LA Weekly, Los Angeles CityBeat, Los Angeles Business Journal, Los Angeles Daily Journal,The Hollywood Reporter and Variety magazine.

In addition to the listed English and Spanish papers, a healthy variety of local periodicals serve various immigrant communities in their native tongues, including Japanese, Korean, Persian and Russian.

A number of cities close to Los Angeles have their own daily newspapers, some who cover and are available in some LA neighborhoods. Two examples of this are the Daily Breeze and The Long Beach Press-Telegram.

On the airwaves, the Los Angeles metro area has a wide variety of local television stations, and is the second largest media market area in the U.S. It is the only city to have all seven VHF allocations assigned to it. Other markets have the same number of allocations but they are split between alternate cities. For example, New York City possesses seven allocations, but two of these are assigned to cities in neighboring New Jersey.

Interestingly, along with Washington, DC, Los Angeles is one of only a very selective group of television markets that do not have a VHF allocation reserved for public broadcasting.

The main network television affiliates include KABC-TV 7 (ABC), KCBS 2 (CBS), KNBC 4 (NBC), KTTV 11 (FOX), KTLA 5, KCOP 13 and KPXN 30. PBS has a number of area stations: KVCR 24, KCET 28, KOCE 50 and KLCS 58. World TV operates on two channels, KNET-LP 25 and KSFV-LP 6. Spanish-language television networks are also present, including KMEX 34 (Univision), KFTR 46 (Telefutura), KVEA 52 (Telemundo), and KAZA 54 (Azteca America).

There are several independent television stations in the area, including: KCAL 9 (owned by CBS); KSCI 18 (Asian-language programming); KWHY 22, KNLA-LP 27 and KRCA 62 (Spanish-language); KSMV-LP 33 and KJLA 57 (variety), KXLA 44 (classic programming) and KDOC 56 (local sports).