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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: 2016-09-27T04:57:47.435-05:00

 



KTHV Hires Beauty Queen

2016-09-20T19:15:07.639-05:00

KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock has hired former Miss Kansas Amanda Jaeger as an anchor/reporter.  Jaeger was Miss Kansas 2014.  TV Spy reports Jaeger comes from KWCH in Wichita.  Jaeger will anchor the weekday noon news and report for the 5pm, 6pm and 6:30pm newscasts beginning October 3rd.



NWA Reporter Leaving

2016-09-18T21:02:03.922-05:00

KHBS/KHOG/Channel 40/29 is losing another on air team member.  Anchor Ugochi Iloka is leaving Northwest Arkansas after 3 1/2 years.  She made the announce on her facebook page:





Northwest Arkansas Met Moving on to Tulsa

2016-09-14T10:14:57.352-05:00

Tuesday was the last day at KHBS/KHOG for meteorologist Brad Carl.  Carl will be moving on to KOKI/Tulsa, OK as the weekend meteorologist.  

UPDATE: From the tip box: Brad Carl's last day at KHBS/KHOG is going to be this upcoming Monday, the 19th (he was just saying goodbye to Allison since she'll be on vacay through Monday)





Little Rock Station Names New Morning Co-anchor

2016-09-13T12:35:40.717-05:00

Rob Evans has been named the new co-anchor for KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock. Evans most recently was the morning co-anchor at ABC7 in Fort Meyers, Florida.  Evans will begin on air Monday, September 19th. 



KATV Last Stop for May

2016-09-12T13:25:31.403-05:00

“This is the station I grew up watching, the station where I started my career and the station where I’m wanting to end my career.”...that's what KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock evening anchor Chris May told Arkansas BusinessMay returned to Arkansas last month following 18 years of anchoring in Boston and Philadelphia. 

“I left here for Boston [where he worked at WHDH-TV and WBZ-TV] in September 1998. I was away for 18 years — nine years in Boston and nine years in Philadelphia [KYW-TV, a CBS-owned and operated station]. I loved those places, and they have a lot to offer, but I’ve never found myself wanting for anything in Little Rock. You can’t go home again? After a month back at KATV and two months back in town, I’d point to my experience and say it’s just the opposite.”

May was off the air just over a year due to contractual restrictions with CBS.



Cuts Coming to Tegna Stations?

2016-08-30T09:58:35.314-05:00

FTV Live reports more cuts are coming for Tegna owned stations.  FTV Live says production assistant jobs will be cut at many stations....





Pay for Play at Sinclair Stations?

2016-08-30T09:55:43.308-05:00

Looks as thought KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group might be finding itself in the middle of a "pay for play" scandal.  FTV Live reports this:

Sources tell FTVLive that at the recent Sinclair corporate News Director meetings in Baltimore,  Sinclair CEO David Smith chastised the ND's at the meeting. 

As one News Director said, "Smith was crazy angry."

According to sources, it seems that around 30 Sinclair stations screwed up a pay for play story about Huntsman Cancer Institute out of Salt Lake City. 

You can go to any of the Sinclair stations websites, type in "Huntsman Cancer Institute" into the search bar and you will see a number of stories pop up.

Sinclair has a deal to shill for the Institute across their stations. This includes stories in station's newscast, in which the Institute pays Sinclair to run.



Shreveport Station Debuts New Set

2016-08-30T10:36:53.446-05:00

KSLA/Channel 12/Shreveport has unveiled its new set.  Below are some pics:






KLRT to Launch New Broadcast Channel for Women

2016-08-23T13:41:58.870-05:00

Source: KLRT Press Release  Mission Broadcasting, Inc. and KLRT, the FOX affiliate serving Central Arkansas, announced today plans to introduce a new channel on September 1, 2016. ESCAPE: the nation’s first broadcast television network for women, will launch on channel 16-2 and reflects Mission’s organization-wide commitment to broadcasting excellence for local viewers and advertisers.

Commenting on the launch, Dennis P. Thatcher, President and Chief Operating Officer of Mission Broadcasting, Inc. stated, “Mission and the dedicated team at FOX16 have a strong history of serving the needs of the viewers and communities in Central Arkansas. Our plans to introduce a new channel on KLRT will expand and further diversify our local and network-affiliated programming with new exciting content choices for the benefit of local viewers and we look forward to the debut of ESCAPE in September.”

ESCAPE is the nation’s first over-the-air broadcast television network for women. This fully programmed network targets women with a mix of theatrical motion pictures and off net series, 24 hours per day 7 days per week. ESCAPE’S movie lineup includes titles such as Body Heat, Presumed Innocent, Fatal Attraction and Misery and Malice, among others. ESCAPE also features some of the greatest true crime series in television history including Snapped, Unsolved Mysteries, Forensic Files and more. Viewers may visit www.escapetv.com for the full programming schedule.



Arkansas CW to Start Airing Morning News

2016-08-23T10:20:02.101-05:00


Source: Arkansas CW Press ReleasBeginning Tuesday, September 6th viewers will be able to watch 40/29 News Sunrise on the Arkansas CW weekdays from 7:00 – 7:30 a.m. 

Using the award-winning newsgathering resources from local ABC affiliate and sister station 40/29 TV, the 7:00 a.m. newscast on The Arkansas CW will offer local viewers an option for the LIVE. LOCAL. LATE BREAKING. coverage they have come to expect from 40/29 News.  40/29 News Sunrise on the Arkansas CW will feature familiar faces, including Anchors Daniel Armbruster and Yuna Lee, plus traffic reporter Allison Wise along with weather meteorologist Laura Huckabee.   Teams of field crews from across the entire region will cover important news and weather events from Fort Smith, The River Valley and all of Northwest Arkansas.

“We’ve long been committed to localism and to serving our community on The Arkansas CW,” said KHBS/KHOG-TV President and General Manager, Shawn Oswald. “In August, 2012, we added a 9 p.m. local newscast on the station. This expansion into the 7:00 a.m. time period extends our commitment to providing local viewers our award-winning coverage at a time that is important to them.”



Shreveport Station 9th on Social Rank Chart

2016-08-22T18:31:28.235-05:00

Now a company is measuring Social SHARE.  KSLA/Channel 12/Shreveport ranks 9th of the list. TV Spy explained it this way:

“Share Rocket creates social media ratings for local media markets,” a Share Rocket spokesperson told TVSpy. “One of our ratings metrics is SHARE. This represents the total share of audience, voice (posts) and engagement that a particular station is controlling for that period of time in their market. We measure all of the media assets in a local DMA and calculate the SHARE metrics every 15 minutes. The SHARE mentioned in the power rankings post was measured over a 7 day period.”

 Below is a ranking of stations according to the largest social SHARE scores in the station’s market. Click to enlarge pic





Shreveport Station Adding 4pm Newscast

2016-08-23T13:10:48.529-05:00

From the tip jar:

KSLA is adding a 4 p.m. show Sept. 7. Maria Waxel and Nicole Madden will host it.



Slain KATV Anchor's Mother Presses on With Lawsuit

2016-08-21T21:15:56.372-05:00

The mother of slain KATV anchor Anne Pressly is pressing on with a lawsuit to sue St Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock over some of its staff gaining access to Pressly's medical records.  The staff members involved have all dealt with, Patti Cannady after 8 years is still trying to make the hospital pay.  Arkansas Online says a decision on whether the suit can go forward will come by the end of the week. Patti Cannady found her daughter at her home after being attacked on October 20th 2008.



Former KARK Anchor to be Guest Anchor Next Week

2016-08-19T15:23:17.327-05:00

Former KARK/Channel 4 evening/morning anchor Jancey Sheats will be filling in next week on the morning news program.  Channel 4 has been bringing in former Little Rock anchors to help fill the gap in the mornings since Aaron Nolan has been reporting from the Olympics.  Arkansas Online reports after leaving KARK Sheats worked in commmunication for Sen. Tom Cotton.  She no longer works for him.



Two Little Rock Reporters Involved in Arguement at Judge's Trial

2016-08-17T11:53:25.342-05:00

Can you tweet or not during the trial of Wade Naramore in Garland County.  Seems KATV/Channel 7 reporter Marine Glisovic was tweeting about the trial while it was in session...despite a no cell phone ban by the judge. According to Arkansas Online,  KARK/Channel 4 reporter Drew Petrimoulx confronted Glisovic about tweeting after court on Tuesday.  Glisovic called the police and made a report of the incident but no charges are expected to be filed.  

"Glisovic said Petrimoulx got loud in her face which began an argument between the two of them," the report said, adding Petrimoulx "continued to harass" her as she walked down the stairs of the courthouse. 

The article says management of both stations have spoken and resolved the issue.  



KFSM Hires Morning Anchor

2016-08-15T21:39:52.819-05:00

This from the tip box:

Charlie Hannema joining KFSM as morning anchor from KOTV Sports in Tulsa.



Former KATV'er Guest Anchor on KARK this Week

2016-08-15T13:05:35.354-05:00




Christina Munoz is the guest morning co-anchor atKARK/Channel 4/Little Rock this week.  Munoz left KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock 2 and half years ago to become the Associate Vice President of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing at the University of Central Arkansas.  Several former Little Rock anchors have been filling in the past couple of weeks in the absence of Aaron Nolan as he as been reporting for the Nexstar stations from the Olympics.



Another Little Rock Reporter Has Left.....

2016-08-05T16:28:14.009-05:00

After two years KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock reporter Alexis Rogers has quit and on her way to Ohio where she will be on the morning show:





Former THV'er to Guest Anchor on KARK

2016-08-05T16:16:37.387-05:00

Former KTHV/Channel 11 anchor Liz Massey will be a guest anchor on KARK next week.  Arkansas Online reports Massey will be co-anchoring the morning show in the absence of  Aaron Nolan who is in Rio reporting on the Olympics. 



Chris May Returns Home to KATV

2016-08-01T19:32:42.641-05:00

Chris May has made his return to the evening newscasts at KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock.  May originally worked at KATV from 1993 til 1998, starting out as a general assignment then anchoring the station's evening newscasts.  May made this post of his facebook: 






KARK to Have Guest AM Anchor During Olympics

2016-07-29T14:51:14.246-05:00

KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock will be having a guest morning anchor each week while Aaron Nolan is gone to report from the Olympics. Arkansas Online reports  Matt Mosler has been tabbed as the first guest anchor for next week.  Mosler is no stranger to TV viewers as he has been a morning anchor at KATV/Channel 7...and most recently at KARK.  Mosler left the anchor desk in 2014 to join ministry work. 



Northwest Arkansas Met/Reporter Leaving....

2016-07-23T13:08:38.397-05:00

This from the tip jar:

 40/29 Brad Carl headed to Fox/Tulsa, starting sometime in September.. even with a new ND, she can't keep good talent.



Eady Leaves for Atlanta Next Week

2016-07-21T22:00:02.436-05:00

WAGA/Channel 5/Atlanta, GA today officially named Alyse Eady the new co-anchor for Good Day Atlanta .  In a facebook post Eady commented on being in Atlanta the last couple of days house hunting.  She announced her departure from KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock a couple of weeks ago. 





THV Morning Anchor Headed to WAGA/Atlanta

2016-07-15T14:45:05.420-05:00

Alyse Eady is headed to Atlanta Fox Station WAGA./Channel 5.

This from a tipster:

She said this morning on 103.7 that she would be working with Ron Gant, who is with the Fox affiliate in Atlanta.

Ron Gant is the co-anchor of Good Day Atlanta at WAGA.



ArkLaTex Station Loses Anchor

2016-07-15T11:16:33.026-05:00

This from the tip jar:

Meredith Hillgartner has left KTBS for KLBK(Lubbock TX). Recently married, hubby going to Pharmacy school at Texas Tech, Aubry Killion leaving for New Orleans, his hometown, and Nate Fluharty has arrived from WTRF.