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October 24, 2007
Sac media and the SoCal fires

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A few notes on Sacramento's fire coverage in Southern California:

1) Nine photographs from Bee photographers Randy Pench, Bryan Patrick, Kevin German and Jose Luis Villegas will be featured tonight on the "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric." The show airs locally at 5:30 p.m. on Channel 13.

According to The Bee's director of photography, Mark Morris, a CBS producer saw The Bee's photo slide show on sacbee.com and was so impressed that she wanted to use the shots as "bumpers" between stories. That is, the photos will appear on the screen for about five seconds between stories and before heading into commercials. The Bee will receive credit for the photos at show's end.

2) Channel 3, in cooperation with the Sacramento chapter of the American Red Cross, will air a telethon for fire victims on Thursday. The telethon will run from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., with KCRA providing live "cut-ins" throughout the day.

"Our viewers care very deeply about what is happening in Southern California," said KCRA president Elliott Troshinsky in a release. "This is merely a vehicle to help them offer whatever they can to assist those in need."

3) Kudos to News10 for making the decision to preempt "Jeopardy!" and go to "Wheel of Fortune" late on Tuesday night to cover Gov. Schwarzenegger's press conference. (Channel 13 did not preempt programming and Chanenl 3 covered it as part of its 6:30 p.m. news.)

No word from News10 honchos as to whether they heard from angry "Jeopardy!" fans - and whether those fans phrased their complaints in the form of a question - but News10 made the right call.

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