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Lu Parker's boss says anchor's relationship with Mayor Villaraigosa isn't an issue

June 3, 2009 |  7:34 am

Lu Parker
KTLA news director Jason Ball told The Times' media columnist, James Rainey, that he doesn't see a conflict in anchor Lu Parker's relationship with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Ball said Parker doesn't cover politics and won't cover the mayor.

"There is no issue," Ball said. "She is not a political reporter. She doesn't cover politics generally. ... The mayor doesn't work in our newsroom. There will be no conflict."

According to Rainey: "A KTLA insider offered the further assurance that Parker [as an anchor] usually relies on scripts written by others. So she won't have a major role in shaping content."

Ball also said KTLA, which is owned by Tribune Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times, has no plans to address the relationship on the air.

Villaraigosa told reporters Tuesday: "I've got a right to a personal life. I have a right to privacy."

Read Rainey's full column here.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: KTLA