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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: 2017-01-22T07:02:40.899-06:00


KARK GM Promoted to Corporate Job


KARK's Vice President and General Manager Mike Vaughn has been promoted.  Nexstar has promoted Vaughn to Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.  The promotion follows the closing of Nexstar purchasing Media General to become the second largest broadcasting company in the United States.  

According to the story from KARK, the new Nexstar Media Group will have more that 170 broadcasting stations around the country.  Vaughn will oversee stations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Tennessee. Vaughn has been GM of KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock since 2011.  Vaughn came to Little Rock from Northwest Arkansas where he was GM from 2008-2011 at KNWA/KFTA. 

Ax Falling at Sinclair Stations...Will it Swing in Little Rock?


The ax is falling at Sinclair stations across the country. TV news websites are reporting numerous firings at Sinclair stations the last couple of days...Who will get the ax in Little Rock...

KARK Hires New Weekend Met


KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock has hired a new weekend meteorologist.  Arkansas Online reports Arkansas Native Hayden Nix will be the stations new weekend met.  Hayden is originally from Rison and comes to the NBC affiliate from KTXS/Abilene, Texas.

Tegna Taking the News Out of its Newscasts


FTV Live has an interesting story on how Tegna, the parent company of KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock, is trying to boost ratings on its low rated stations. FTV Live reports Tegna has hired a consultant to spear head that effort and has implemented the strategy at  KXTV in Sacramento, California.  FTV Live has a run down on of a recent newscast HERE

Longtime Arkansas TV Personality Passes Away


Long time Arkansas TV personality Beth Ward has passed away.  KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock made the announcement on its website.  Beth was in the broadcast business for 37 years...retiring in 2006.  Beth began her broadcast career at KARK/Channel 4 in 1968 leaving in 1986.  She helped launch KTHV's noon newscast in 1987. 

Network News Programs November Sweeps Numbers


There's little news in the local news here are some numbers from the network news programs during the November sweeps period:

Source: TV Newser

For the evening news:
  • Total Viewers: ABC: 4.822 M / NBC:  4.673 M / CBS:  3.805 M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC:  1.566 M / NBC: 1.834 M / CBS:  1.143 M
Morning News Programs:NBCABCCBS
• Total Viewers:8,523,0008,619,0007,115,000
• A25-54:2,125,0001,897,0001,625,000      


Little Rock Weather Guesser Leaving


KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock meteorologist Kira Miner is leaving the station just after more than a year and a half in The Natural State.  In a facebook post, Miner stated she is moving on to Tucson, Arizona to be a morning met.  Miner came to KARK in March 2015

KARK Boasts Election Night Ratings


KARK/Channel 4 dominated election night coverage in the Little Rock market.  TV Spy reports KARK won every quarter hour from 6:30pm Tuesday evening through 3am Wednesday morning.  TV Spy also reports KARK had the highest rated 10pm newscast that night with a rating of 12.3.  

This is part of a shift we’ve seen in the market over the last few months,” said KARK General Manager Mike Vaughn. “For the last few years, we’ve made severe weather, big story coverage and political reporting our top priorities. We’re glad to see that’s making an impact with our viewers.

New Met in NWA


This from the tip box:

KHBS/KHOG 40/29 has a new meteorologist Breanna Adams. She worked for 5 news several years back



Know of any media related news...send us a tip...use the anonymous tip box to the right.........

Northwest Arkansas Sports Anchor MIA


Seems KNWA/Razorback Nation anchor Aaron Peters is MIA.  According to information emailed to ATN and found on the web, Aaron was last seen for a brief moment last Wednesday night as the sports segment began and they quicky cut away.  Blog readers described Peters as acting intoxicated..not being himself.  Aaron hasn't been on air since and emailed tips say he was fired.  His bio is not on the KNWA website either.....

UPDATE: TV Spy reports Peters was asked to step down after mixing alcohol and prescription medication.  He posted a video apology to his facebook page.

Arkansas' TV Doctor Leaving TV


Dr. David Lipschitz is leaving TV.  Lipschitz has been appearing on Little Rock TV for years. ( I believe before KARK he was on KATV)  His final appearance was today.

Fort Smith Anchor Signs Off


KFSM/Channel 5/Fort Smith anchor Dillon Thomas has left the station.  Wednesday was Thomas' last day on air as he is heading to Denver, CO to work for the CBS affiliate there.  Thomas was the weekend evening anchor and a weeknight reporter for KFSM.

Sinclair is Taking News Gathering to the Sky


KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group is looking for drone pilots.  TV Spy reports Sinclair is looking to increase its use of drones in its station group.  Sinclair is looking to hire 80 trained drone pilots for use in 40 of its markets.

“Our drone program is off to a great start, with safety being the top priority,” said Jeff Rose, chief pilot for Sinclair’s drone operations. “Our policy is to have two operators for each aircraft; one to fly the drone and one to focus solely on the photography. We also meet with local law enforcement as part of our training and before we begin operations. We think establishing coordination protocols at the outset with police, fire and other first responders is critical for the safety of our communities as we incorporate the use of this new technology.”

KATV/Channel 7 has been using drones for news coverage for some time now.  Including Little Rock, 5 other Sinclair stations already use the technology.

KTHV Hires Beauty Queen


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


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


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


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


“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?


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?


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


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

KLRT to Launch New Broadcast Channel for Women


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 for the full programming schedule.

Arkansas CW to Start Airing Morning News


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


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