Preview: Arkansas TV NEWS
Arkansas TV NEWS
We cover the TV News biz of Little Rock and the Ark-La-Tex(Shreveport,LA) AND Northwest Arkansas TOO!
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)
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 Business. May 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.
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.
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 www.escapetv.com for the full programming schedule.
Arkansas CW to Start Airing Morning News
Source: Arkansas CW Press Release Beginning 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
Slain KATV Anchor's Mother Presses on With Lawsuit
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
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
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
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
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.
Chris May Returns Home to KATV
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
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.