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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: 2017-03-28T14:04:59.572-05:00


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.

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



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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.