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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: 2017-04-25T16:34:52.646-05:00


KARK/KLRT Hires New Reporter


(image) With all the shuffling of anchors and reporters at KARK and KLRT a new reporter has been hired to fill in the gaps.  Price McKeon will be joining the Nexstar group of stations in Little Rock in May. McKeon comes to Little Rock from FOX 23 in Tulsa, OK.  Price begins her new job in May.

KATV Anchor/Reporter Leaves for Virginia


KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock Anchor/Reporter Stacey Spivey has left the station after two years.  Spivey joined KATV in April 2015..and interned at the station in 2012.  Spivey is a Benton native.  Spivey made the announcement of her leaving on her facebook page:

Former KARK Host Passes Away


Former KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock  host Betty Fowler has passed away at age 91.  Arkansas Online says Fowler hosted Little Rock Today and the children's show Betty's Little Rascals during the 1950's on KARK.  Fowler also performed in live commercials on Channel 4.

New Host Named for Little Rock Station's Political Show


KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock has named Jessi Turnure as the new host of Capitol View.  Arkansas Online says Turnure will also serve as the station's statewide political correspondent.  Turnure has been with the Little Rock station since 2015.  Drew Petrimoulx had been host of the Sunday political program but since been promoted to the position of political reporter for Nexstar, KARK's parent company.

KARK Reporter Moving to DC


KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock reporter Drew Petrimoulx is on his way to Washington D.C. to become a political reporter for Nexstar.  Arkansas Online reports Petrimoulx will continue to report for KARK and other Nexstar Broadcasting stations.  Petrimoulx was also the host for Capitol View, KARK's political show.

New AM Weather Anchor for KHBS/KHOG


KHBS/KHOG/40-29/Fayetteville-Fort Smith has a new morning weather anchor. TV Spy reports Taylor Pannell began on air April 3rd.  Taylor is a 2015 graduate of Arkansas State University.

Northwest Arkansas Native Returns Home to Anchor Morning News


There will be a new anchor on the air at KNWA Today Monday morning.  Jennifer Penate will be joining the morning show March 27th.  Jennifer is a 2011 graduate of The University of Arkansas where she reported, produced and anchored the campus news station UATV.  She comes to KNWA from KODE/Joplin, MO.

New Morning Weekend Anchor for Northwest Arkansas Stations


TV Spy reports Allison Wise has been promoted to fill the vacancy of weekend morning anchor for stations KHBS/KHOG/40-29.  Allison has been working at the stations since 2011, starting out as associate producer and working her way to on air work.  Allison starts anchoring weekday mornings April 1.

Sinclair and Tribune Close to Making a Deal


FTV Live reports Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Broadcasting is this/close to making a deal.  FTV Live says it all depends on the FCC relaxing the ownership rules.  Sinclair is the parent company of KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock.

New General Manager Named for Little Rock Nextstar Stations


Nexstar stations KARK/KLRT/KARZ/KASN have a new General Manager.  TV Spy reports J. Kyle King has been promoted to fill the spot left vacant following the promotion of Mike Vaughn earlier this year.  King comes to Central Arkansas from stations KMID and KPEG/Midland, Texas.  

“Throughout his career with Nexstar Broadcasting and beyond, Kyle has demonstrated a results-oriented, entrepreneurial approach to the business of broadcasting and sales management,” said svp and Regional Manager of Nexstar Broadcasting Mike Vaughn. “A well-respected leader in our industry and in our Odessa-Midland operations, Kyle’s exceptional service and community involvement is acknowledged by local viewers, advertisers, businesses and community organizations throughout South Central United States.”

KLRT Losing Weekend Met


TV Spy reports KLRT/Channel 16/Little Rock weekend Meteorologist Matt Peterson is leaving Little Rock for KYW in Philadelphia.  Peterson came to Channel 16 in April 2015

Sinclair Wants to Combine with Tribune


Reuters reports Sinclair Broadcast Group has approached Tribune Media Company about possibly combining the two companies.  Tribune Media is comprised of 42 owned or operated broadcast stations, as well as cable network WGN America, Tribune Studios and WGN-Radio. Sinclair owns, operates or provides services to 173 television stations in 81 markets. 

 Sinclair is the parent company of KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock.

Northwest Arkansas Anchor Moves From Mornings to Evenings


KNWA morning anchor Marissa Kargas will be moving to evenings next week.  Kargas joined the Northwest Arkansas station in 2011general assignment reporter then moved to produce and anchor the weekend newscasts at the station.  In 2014 Kargas was promoted to morning co-anchor.  Kargas begins her new assignment Monday, February 27th.

Car Slams Into Shreveport TV Station Building


KSLA/Channel 12/Shreveport didn't have to go far for this story..a car slammed in the KSLA building Saturday afternoon.The car was filled with several children with one suffering a broken leg. 



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Northwest Arkansas Hit with Winter Weather?


Seems KHBS/KHOG/Channels 20/49 tweeted out the incorrect forecast Saturday. FTV Live had the screen grab:

The Bachelor Contestant Accuses KATV of Censoring Show


Arkansas Native The Bachelor contestant Raven Gates has accused KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock of censoring Monday night's episode as she started telling the story of her finding her boyfriend cheating on her.  KATV General Manager Mark Rose tells The Washington Post, "Gates’s anecdote was cut because the master control department — which preps the shows and puts the timing sheets in for each program — entered the wrong time, so a commercial break accidentally ran during the show’s content"

 “I’m obviously not pleased [with] what happened,” Rose said, calling it a “pure and simple” mistake. Not only did it happen on one the station’s most popular shows, he added, but it was especially unfortunate that it occurred during a scene featuring an Arkansas contestant. “We’re trying to put things in place so it doesn’t happen again.”

Gates encouraged Arkansas fans to look for the clip elsewhere.

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.