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KCAL News Los Angeles expands to 7 hours of morning TV

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KCAL-TV, the only local station with a three-hour prime-time news block, is launching a morning news franchise to air on the station and streaming channel CBS News Los Angeles.

Rudabeh Shahbazi, who was anchor and national correspondent for the Chicago-based cable news network NewsNation, and Kalyna Astrinos, morning anchor at KTNV-TV in Las Vegas, were named anchors for the weekday television show. Shahbazi will join current anchor Jamie Yuccas to lead the 7-10 a.m. portion of KCAL’s scheduled seven-hour block from 4-11 a.m. Astrinos will host KCAL’s 4-4:30 a.m. newscast and serve as the station’s morning traffic anchor.

The two new anchors are veterans of Los Angeles newscasts. Shahbazi was a reporter and backup presenter at KABC-TV from 2011 to 2015. Astrinos worked as a traffic presenter for KABC-TV and local radio stations from 2009 to 2015.

“KCAL has established itself as one of Southern California’s most-watched and trusted local news stations – primarily due to its three-hour prime-time nightly newscasts that were a first experience in the country when they launched in 1990 with an anchor team that included Jerry Dunphy and Pat Harvey,” said Joel Vilmenay, president and general manager of local businesses for CBS News and Stations in Los Angeles, in a statement. “Now the time has come for another bold undertaking: the extension of KCAL News to mornings.”

Coinciding with the December launch of KCAL’s morning newscasts, sister station KCBS-TV will begin airing live shows of “CBS Mornings” from 4 to 6 a.m., while continuing to air editions of the west coast of CBS News morning program from 7 to 9 KCAL morning news will air on KCBS and KCAL from 6 to 7

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