The Los Angeles Times is getting ready to go Hollywood.

A camera will soon be installed in the paper's newsroom so that KTLA-TV Channel 5, a fellow Tribune Co. property, can interview Times reporters about topics of interest during its news broadcasts.

The newsroom reports could begin before October, said Joseph Russin, assistant managing editor for multimedia at the Times.

Tribune has similar arrangements in other cities, including Chicago where it owns the Chicago Tribune.

While some reporters have expressed an interest in appearing on television, others have taken a don't-point-that-camera at me attitude, Russin said. "It's a voluntary thing," he said.

Bay's Back

CNN plans to bring financial reporter and former model Willow Bay back later this year.

Formerly an anchor for the network's "Moneyline" show, Bay will return to host a weekday news program based in Los Angeles, said a CNN spokeswoman.

"She's a terrific anchor and a terrific interviewer and they want to give her a high-profile role," she said.

Bay is also slated to anchor CNN's "Pinnacle," a show that profiles people from corporate America.

Political Bent

After nearly 15 years at the L.A. Times, David Lesher has decided to leave his post as assistant national editor for politics at the paper to become editor of the California Journal.

Lesher, 43, is set to start at the Journal, a monthly magazine about California politics, on Nov. 1. He made the decision while on leave from the newspaper, during which time he is serving as a visiting journalist at the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan think tank based in San Francisco.

Journal Executive Editor A.G. Block said Lesher, a veteran political journalist, stood out among the handful of candidates that were seriously considered for the job.

The Advent of Ads

After five days of commercial-free programming to celebrate the introduction of KHHT-FM (92.3), the R & B-music; station began running ads last week.

The station which made the switch from "Mega 92.3" and R & B; oldies to "Hot 92.3" a mix of old and new R & B; music on Aug. 9 has been able to retain its advertisers through the change, said Roy Laughlin, who oversees KHHT and the other L.A. stations owned by Clear Channel Communications Inc.

KHHT is rearranging its lineup of radio personalities, however, in the changeover.

Claudia Peschiutta can be reached at 323-549-5225 ext. 229 or cpeschiutta@ labusinessjournal.com

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