The Los Angeles Times
has taken a swipe at corporate sibling KTLA, Los Angeles in an article posted
on its TV industry blog Channel Island, written by Scott Collins. Collins
observes that on Tuesday, Tribune Co., which owns the Times and KTLA,
among other media holdings, updated its ethics code, with Tribune Publishing
chief Scott Smith saying in a message to employees that the purpose of the
revision was to address "a series of ethical lapses ... that have undermined
our credibility in the public's eyes." Collins noted that one of those lapses
came to light when it was revealed that KTLA anchor Michaela Pereira had
accepted a dining-room makeover worth more than $10,000 from a local retailer.
(She has since agreed to return some of the furniture and pay for the rest.)
Tellingly, however, Collins concludes, "That incident appeared to violate the
existing ethics provisions at Tribune in nearly every conceivable way, and
nothing seemed to happen."