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Arkansas TV NEWS



We cover the TV News biz of Little Rock and the Ark-La-Tex(Shreveport,LA) AND Northwest Arkansas TOO!



Updated: 2017-09-24T03:39:43.216-05:00

 



Brannon Responds to the Announcement He is Leaving Channel 11

2017-09-13T08:17:34.698-05:00

KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock Meteorologist Tom Brannon has released a statement about him leaving at the end of the year. Brannon posted the following on Facebook this morning:





Longtime Little Rock Anchor, Meteorologist Announces Departure

2017-09-12T14:18:44.061-05:00

Longtime KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock anchor, meteorologist Tom Brannon has announced he will be leaving the station later this year.  Brannon has been with the Little Rock station since 1996 starting as the weekend meteorologist and weekday feature reporter.  Brannon later joined the“Today’s THV This Morning” team in 1998.  

Tom looks back at his career with pride, as does his THV11 family.  He said, “It has been a phenomenal almost 22 years. I have had the honor and privilege of working with some really special and talented people. I will miss the viewers and seeing my coworkers every day. Thank you for your love and support.

Brannon will be joining Ron Sherman Productions later this year where he will be operations director.



NWA Station Brings Back Former VP/News Director

2017-09-07T20:45:36.109-05:00

Rick Bagley has returned as VP/News Director at KFSM/Channel 5/Fort Smith-Fayetteville.  TV Spy reports Bagley has made the move back to Northwest Arkansas after being gone over 2 years.  Bagley returns to The Natural State from KTRK/Houston.



Former KATV Anchor Joins KARK/KLRT

2017-09-01T21:37:58.611-05:00

This can't be sitting well with the folks at KATV/Channel 7. Arkansas Online reports former KATV anchor Scott Inman has joined KARK/KLRT as a Razorback commentator.  Inman will be on air Monday's and after Razorback games.  Inman left KATV in March 2016 for a job in financial advising. 



KATV Hires New Reporter for Afternoon News Program

2017-08-28T21:56:29.127-05:00

KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has hired a new reporter for its new news program. Arkansas Online reports Ansley Watson will join Elicia Dover and Barry Brandt on Good Afternoon Arkansas when it debuts September 4th.  Ansley previously worked at the Fox and NBC affiliates in Marquette, Michigan.



An Arkansas Noon Tradition Returns Friday

2017-08-17T22:01:54.441-05:00

Dialing for Dollars returns to KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock Friday.  The long time Arkansas noon time tradition has been on hiatus due to being re-formatted and the construction of a new studio.  Arkansas Online reports the new format will feature a retro format of a 70's or 80's game show ..and the presentation will be all digital.  Up for grabs Friday will be a $1000 prize



Little Rock Station Debuts New Set

2017-08-17T21:56:29.549-05:00

KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock debuted its new news set today.  Viewers got their first look during the 5pm news.





KARK's New Set to Debut Thursday

2017-08-15T23:59:49.706-05:00

KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock will debut its new news set this week.  According to a promo on the stations facebook, it will debut Thursday.




A New Reporter Hits the Street in Little Rock

2017-08-09T10:41:28.412-05:00

KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has hired a new reporter.  KATV news director Nick Genty announced via Twitter Tuesday Nick Popham has joined the staff at Channel 7.  Arkansas Online reports Popham comes from Sioux City, Iowa. 



KATV Names Anchors for Good Afternoon Arkansas

2017-07-27T22:08:14.241-05:00


(image) KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has named the host of its new afternoon news program.  Arkansas Online reports longtime KATV meteorologist Barry Brandt and reporter Elicia Dover will be anchoring Good Afternoon Arkansas.  The new program will air from 3pm beginning September 5th.



KTHV Sports Anchor Leaving

2017-07-19T12:53:52.404-05:00

KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock is losing its sports anchor.  Arkansas Online reports Mary Dunleavy is leaving the station after only 3 years.  Dunleavy tweeted she is leaving for WRAL-TV/Raleigh, N.C.  

KTHV recently brought on board Taylor McGregor earlier this month to anchor sports.



Sinclair Exec Defends Criticism and Whines About Other Media Outlets

2017-07-19T10:06:14.714-05:00

Sinclair VP of news Scott Livingston is fighting criticism of his organization’s position on must-run segments, morale in the newsrooms.  TV Spy reports Livingston is wanting to fight of "myths" that has been reported in the national media. 
Livingston argues in the memo that while it’s true Sinclair issues “must run” content, media reports which say they are of “poor quality” and “politically tilted” are not true, and that “must runs” amount to less than one hour per week, on average, of Sinclair stations coverage, compared to more than 35 hours of local news. Plus, he argued that such commentary provides a different viewpoint not usually found in the national media.

“While it is true that Sinclair offers commentary segments from Mark Hyman and Boris Epshteyn, this content is clearly identified as commentary and constitutes a tiny percentage of the station’s weekly broadcast content,” Livingston wrote. “Mark and Boris’ commentaries provide a viewpoint that often gets lost in the typical national broadcast media dialogue. Boris Epshteyn worked in the Trump White House, a fact that Sinclair makes no effort to hide, and provides a unique insight that viewers can’t find anywhere else. The presence of former administrative personnel serving as news commentators is a well accepted practice in journalism.”

Livingston also specifically called out The Washington Post for reporting on falling morale at the WJLA station in Washington, writing that the Post “largely ignor[ed]” information about investments, awards and ratings growth at the station while assembling “fear-mongering reports.” WJLA was sold to Sinclair in 2014 by the Allbritton family, which owns POLITICO.
 “It’s important to remember that the Post is a Sinclair media competitor,” Livingston wrote. “As such, any discerning reader of their newspaper should view the Post’s reports about our company with a healthy sense of skepticism.

Livingston suggest outlets doing stories on Sinclair are "Left Leaning".



Two NE Arkansas TV Stations to Launch Joint Weeknight Newscast

2017-07-14T15:32:53.664-05:00

Two Northeast Arkansas TV stations are launching a weeknight newscast.  Arkansas Online reports Jonesboro's newest FOX and CBS affiliates will beging the newcast next week. KNJB/FOX 39 is the primary channel while CBS 39 is the secondary digital channel.  The newscast's anchor team is set to Sarah Blakely an alumna of Purdue University's Brian Lamb School of Communication.  

Northeast Arkansas News will offer Jonesboro and the surrounding area a compelling brand of news that will give a new voice of local events and happenings,” said veteran journalist Lon Tegals, who is leading the launch.

Northeast Arkansas News will air at 6pm and 10pm on CBS 39 and at 9pm on Fox 39



KARK Welcomes New Anchors/Reporters

2017-07-10T18:33:24.150-05:00

KARK/Chanel 4/Little Rock has hired Tyler Thomason and Rebecca Jeffrey to join its news team.  A KARK news release states the pair are husband and wife and come from KMID-TV and KPEJ-TV in Midland, Texas.  Both have ties to Arkansas.  Thomason has previously worked at KNWA in Northwest Arkansas where he met Jeffery.  

"Rebecca and I are ecstatic about this opportunity and cannot wait to get started," added Thomason. "She may be a Texas girl, but she already knows how to call the Hogs! I'm thrilled that we will be able to work together with so many friends and family members nearby."

The pair will begin on air in August.



KARK Getting New Studio Set

2017-07-08T13:04:15.322-05:00

A new studio news set is on the way for KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock.  In a facebook video, the station documented the demolition of the old news set which had been in place for 8 years. Crews began the destruction following last night's 10pm newscast.  In the meantime, all newscasts will be utilizing a temporary set. A picture of the temp set is below.





Arkansas Noon Time Tradition Getting Makeover

2017-07-07T21:45:18.138-05:00

Dialing for Dollars a 50 year Arkansas tradition on KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock is getting a makeover.   Arkansas Online reports the popular segment during the news news on KARK is going on hiatus for 3 weeks for a state of the art studio remodel and will return July 31st.  KARK news director Austin Kellerman says the Dialing for Dollars will return with a game show style contest.  Dialing for Dollars has been airing on KARK since the 1960's.



No Holiday for LR Newsrooms

2017-07-01T13:14:04.213-05:00

Newsroom staffs in Little Rock are working overtime this holiday weekend.  All Little Rock stations have been busy today reporting on the shooting at a Little Rock night club early Saturday morning.  KATV brought in its main anchor crew as it looks like KARK/KLRT is using Donna Terrell to head up anchor duties.   I don't have access to KTHV to see whom they are using.  This story will probably keep the newsrooms busy all weekend long...






'Weather Force 11' Hits the Road

2017-06-30T19:03:34.041-05:00

KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock has unveiled it's "Weather Force 11". 




KATV Sweeps May Sweeps

2017-06-26T21:49:20.034-05:00

KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock was the number station in all newscasts during the May sweeps. Channel 7 news director Nick Genty tells Arkansas Business the station came in first place in all the newscasts including the weekend newscasts in the lastest sweeps.  Genty says the biggest win came at 6pm with a 10.27 household ranking, compared to 7.26 for KARK and 5.61 for KTHV.



TV Academy to Honor Four Arkansas Broadcast Journalists

2017-06-22T21:56:55.886-05:00

(image) The Mid-America Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will honor four Arkansas journalists next month.  Arkansas Business reports Jim Pitcock, Lew Short, Carolyn Long and Larry Foley will be honored for their work in broadcast journalism in the state. 



Weather Force 11?

2017-06-20T09:45:57.664-05:00

KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock is promoting " Weather Force 11...coming soon" on it's facebook.  In the short promotional video you can hear the sound of a car starting up.....Is channel 11 getting a severe weather vehicle.......??
 



Fort Smith News Director Leaving

2017-06-19T17:29:37.285-05:00

FTV Live reports KFSM/Channel 5/Fort Smith News Director Bill Cummings is leaving after only 2 1/2 years.  Cummings joined the station in early 2015.  Cummings will stay through July sweeps and leave July 30th. 



KTHV Hires New Sports Anchor

2017-06-13T21:34:07.480-05:00

KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock has hired a new sports anchor.  Taylor McGregor comes to Little Rock from KCWY/Casper, Wyoming.  Taylor studied journalism at the University of Arkansas.  Taylor will begin her on air duties in July.



Good Afternoon Arkansas......

2017-06-12T17:37:01.315-05:00

KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has announced it will start an afternoon news/lifestyle program.  The new program will air from 3pm until 4pm, with The Steve Harvey Show moving to 4pm.  

KATV News Director Nick Genty said he was "thrilled to announce" the new program, which he said Channel 7 had been "working on for some time." Along with the hourlong "Good Morning Arkansas" at 9 and the 30-minute "Midday Arkansas" at 11:30, the new program will give KATV two-and-a-half hours of local programming between "Good Morning America" and "Channel 7 News Live at 5."

The station is currently seeking a host for the program which will debut September 4th.



Sinclair to Say Goodbye to Nielson Ratings...

2017-06-08T21:46:03.108-05:00

Sinclair Broadcasting, the parent company of KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock/ will start using comScore exclusively beginning in 2018.  TV Spy reports Sinclair has informed its advertisers and media buying agencies of the change.  “We understand that there are choices in local broadcast measurement, and Sinclair will continue to work with our clients to ensure their buys meet expectations,” Sinclair executive vice president and chief operating officer Steve Marks said in a letter obtained by TV News Check.