It appears that Tribune owned KTLA is making some changes as to who will be running the morning news at the station.
FTVLive has obtained an internal memo sent out by News Director Jason Ball, explaining the new roles:
From: "Ball, Jason"
Date: 2/15/17 3:05 PM
There are a few changes I wanted to make you aware of:
I am happy to announce Valerie Gratias has been promoted to Executive Producer of the KTLA 5 Morning News, the highest rated newscast in Southern California. A Southern California native, Val has been with us for nearly four years. In that time she’s produced several different newscasts and shown great leadership. Prior to joining KTLA she worked at KABC for five years. She is excited to return to the Morning News and step into the very large shoes left empty by Kerry Brace.
I am also happy to announce the creation of a new position, Senior Producer of the KTLA 5 Morning News, the highest rated newscast in Southern California. Nick Harrer will be taking on this new challenge. Nick has been at KTLA for nearly 5 years and has been at the helm of the 6 a.m. during major audience growth. Before moving to Southern California, Nick worked at WHDH in Boston.
Val and Nick will share daily editorial oversight and news management. Nick will launch the day and focus on the earlier hours while Val will focus on the later hours as well as future planning.
Additionally, Janet Hill will continue in her role as Senior Supervising Producer. A Morning News veteran, Janet provides unique content and perspective that helps differentiate our broadcasts from the competition.
Since the middle of the February book is a great time for change, it all starts Monday.
KTLA VP/News Director
Oh! In case you didn't read that in the memo, "KTLA 5 Morning News, the highest rated newscast in Southern California."