Media in Los Angeles

Antennas on Mount Wilson, a major transmitter site for Los Angeles radio and TV stations

The media of Los Angeles are influential and include some of the most important production facilities in the world. As part of the "Creative Capital of the World",[1] it is a major global center for media and entertainment. In addition to being the home of Hollywood, the center of the American motion picture industry, the Los Angeles area is the second largest media market in North America (after New York City).[2] Many of the nation's media conglomerates either have their primary headquarters (like The Walt Disney Company) or their West Coast operations (like NBCUniversal) based in the region. Universal Music Group, one of the "Big Four" record labels, is also based in the Los Angeles area.

Five of the six major American television broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and MyNetworkTV) all have production facilities and offices throughout various areas of Los Angeles. All five, plus major Spanish-language networks Telemundo, Univision, and UniMás, also own and operate stations that serve the Los Angeles market. The region also has four PBS stations, with KCET, re-joining the network as secondary affiliate in August 2019, after spending the previous eight years as the nation's largest independent public television station.[citation needed]

The major daily newspaper is the Los Angeles Times, while La Opinión is the city's major daily Spanish-language paper. The Hollywood Reporter and Variety are significant entertainment industry papers in Los Angeles. There are also a wide variety of smaller regional newspapers, alternative weeklies and magazines, including LA Weekly, Los Angeles magazine, the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and the Los Angeles Downtown News. In addition to the English- and Spanish-language papers, numerous local periodicals serve immigrant communities in their native languages, including Korean, Persian, Russian and Japanese.

The Southern California News Group, a subsidiary of Digital First Media, operates eleven other regional daily newspapers in greater Los Angeles, with all covering four of the five Los Angeles DMA counties. The Los Angeles Daily News, published in the San Fernando Valley community of Woodland Hills, serves as the flagship newspaper of SCNG; other publications under the SCNG umbrella include the Torrance-based Daily Breeze (serving the South Bay and southwestern Los Angeles County), Long Beach Press-Telegram, Pasadena Star-News, and the Orange County Register, which SCNG acquired (along with the Riverside Press-Enterprise) from Freedom Communications in March 2016. Los Angeles arts, culture and nightlife news is also covered by a number of local and national online guides like Time Out Los Angeles, Thrillist, Kristin's List, LAist, and Flavorpill.[3]


The city's Hollywood neighborhood is notable as the home of the U.S. film industry, and its name has come to be a shorthand reference for the industry and the people in it. The industry's "Big Five" major film studios (Columbia, Disney, Paramount, Universal, and Warner Bros.) are all based in or around Hollywood. Several other smaller and independent film companies also operate in the Los Angeles area.

Print media

Daily newspapers

Weekly and monthly newspapers




The Los Angeles area is the home of several major offices and production facilities in the television industry. The Fox Broadcasting Company is based in the Century City district of Los Angeles inside the 20th Century Studios studio lot, while the Fox Television Center is in West Los Angeles. CBS owns CBS Studio Center in Studio City and previously owned Television City in the Fairfax District, although the network still maintains operations on that lot. ABC and parent company Disney produce programs at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank and The Prospect Studios in the Los Feliz neighborhood. NBC primarily produced shows at what is now The Burbank Studios before parent NBCUniversal moved their operations to a complex adjacent to the Universal Studios lot. Several other film studios may also produce TV shows on their respective lots.

Broadcast radio

A number of radio stations are broadcast from and/or are licensed to Los Angeles, including the following:[23][24]

AM stations

1 clear-channel station

FM stations

Asterisk (*) indicates a non-commercial (public radio/campus/educational) broadcast.

See also


  1. ^ "Is Los Angeles really the creative capital of the world? Report says yes". SmartPlanet. November 19, 2009. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  2. ^ "Tampa Bay 12th largest media market now" (Press release). Tampa Bay Partnership. August 26, 2006. Archived from the original on August 8, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
  3. ^ "Discover - Flavorpill Beta". Archived from the original on 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  4. ^ The Los Angeles Bulletin
  5. ^ Metropolitan News-Enterprise
  6. ^ "VetsinTech to launch Women-VetsinTech initiative". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  7. ^ About Us | Park Labrea News/ Beverly Press Archived 2013-11-24 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ India Journal - Subscribe Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ L.A. Watts Times
  10. ^ Asian Journal Digital Editions
  11. ^ About Us | Los Angeles Free Press
  12. ^ The Los Angeles Independent - About
  13. ^ a b c Los Angeles Wave - eEditions Archived 2013-11-03 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ About Us | Park Labrea News/ Beverly Press Archived 2013-11-24 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ a b "Valley News Group - About us". Archived from the original on 2013-11-02. Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  16. ^ Angeleno magazine
  17. ^ a b c Westside Today - Letter From The Publisher Archived 2013-11-02 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Discover Hollywood Magazine
  19. ^ Entertainment Weekly Moving Headquarters to Los Angeles
  20. ^ The Reader Magazine
  21. ^ Los Angeles Confidential
  22. ^ a b c d Eastern Group Publications - About Us
  23. ^ "AMQ AM Radio Database Query". Federal Communications Commission. Archived from the original on August 25, 2009. Retrieved 2014-08-10.
  24. ^ "FMQ FM Radio Database Query". Federal Communications Commission. Archived from the original on August 25, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-17.

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