BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — KBAK and KBFX are Bakersfield's only English-language television stations this year to receive Emmy nominations for outstanding TV news coverage.
The nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences were unveiled Tuesday night at Bakersfield's Camino Real Mexican Restaurant.
Eyewitness News received 12 nominations, which is believed to be the most Emmy nominations ever for a single station in the Bakersfield market. Both KBAK and KBFX, Bakersfield's CBS and Fox affiliates, respectively, are operated by Seattle-based Fisher Communications Inc.
Among the nominations were Best Evening Newscast and Best News Special, both for coverage of last July's Bull and West fires in the Kern River Valley and Tehachapi areas.
A pair of weekend newscasts are under consideration, as is Leyla Santiago's political coverage in "Truth & Promises," a look into campaign promises made by Kern County supervisors.
Emmy winners will be announced in June in San Diego.
It was announced just last week that KBAK is Bakersfield's only TV station this year to win regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism. The Radio Television Digital News Association also honored KBAK's wildfire coverage, granting it awards for hard-news reporting, documentary and newscast.