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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: 2018-03-21T15:14:53.494-05:00


Former KTHV'er Back on Air in Little Rock


Former KTHV/Channel 11 weather anchor/reporter Meredith Mitchell is back on the air in Little Rock.  Mitchell is now working for KLRT/Channel 16-KARK/Channel 4.  Mitchell disappeared from KTHV in late 2017 with no explanation. 

Channel 11 Re-hires Former Met


Tracy Beane will be re-joining the weather team at KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock.  KTHV news director Dave Parker made the announcement Thursday.  Beane previously worked at Channel 11 between 2010 and 2012.  She brings 20 years of meteorological experience to the viewers.  Beane will be appearing on the station's Saturday morning news program and working with the rest of the Channel 11 weather team.

KTHV Hires New Weekend Met


KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock has hired a new meteorologist.  Nathan Scott will join the Channel 11 weather team in March.  Scott comes to Little Rock from Jackson, Mississippi.  Scott will be the new weekend met.

Fort Smith Station Moving Out of Fort Smith


FTV Live is reporting that KFSM will be moving out of Fort Smith in the coming year.  Station GM Van Comer says the station will be making a move to the the area of Johnson, east of I-49.  FTV Live reports the station has already signed a long term lease for a build to suit project in Johnson....

Ruiz Officially Joins KTHV Morning Team


KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock has officially named Mariel Ruiz meteorologist and co-anchor of THV11 This Morning.  Ruiz has been with Channel 11 since June 2016.

KARK Plays Follow the Leader


Seems KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock is playing follow the leader as debuts its 4pm news program.  The program debuted today with Ashley Ketz and Keith Monahan as hosts.   In September 2017 KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock debuted its 4pm news short Good Afternoon Arkansas.   Will Channel 11 follow with their own 4pm show....

KATV Tops in November Ratings Book


KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock dominated the November ratings.  According to a KATV press release, the station was tops in all time periods. Below is the break down according to Commscore:

KATV- 3.09 rating
KTHV- 2.53 rating
KARK- 1.88 rating

KATV- 5.67
KTHV- 4.43
KARK- 3.37

KATV- 8.85
KTHV- 5.36
KARK- 6.53

KATV- 11.26
KTHV- 5.39
KARK- 6.36

KATV- 8.09
KTHV- 5.41
KARK- 5.05

KATV Reporter Moving to Nashville, TN


KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock is losing a reporter/fill-in anchor.  Arkansas Online reports Elisabeth Armstrong is leaving Channel 7 for WZTV in Nashville, TN.  Armstrong had been at KATV since April 2016. 

The Bill O'reilly Show Coming to Sinclair Stations?


Word has it Sinclair, yes the parent company of KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock, is in talks with Bill O'reilly for a gig that would put a show on all its affiliates.  It is reported Sinclair is considering a two hour block for his show..6 or 7pm.  The new show, if BO comes on board would air on all Sinclair stations.

Update: 11.01.2017

Sinclair CEO tells TV Newser Sinclair has no interest in hiring Bill O'reilly.  BUT Sinclair did admit BO approached Sinclair. 



A new face has appeared on the morning show of Little Rock's KTHV/Channel 11.  THV reporter/anchor Amanda Jaeger has been made a part of the morning show as of today.  Jaeger will continue as the anchor for the noon news at Channel 11.   One could say her promotion is in anticipation of Tom Brannon's retirement December 22.

Veteran KATV Sales Manager Moves to KTHV


Arkansas Business Online reports KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock has hired Leigh Graham as its local sales manager. Graham had been local sales manager KATV/Channel 7 for the past 14 years. Graham had with KATV for 30 years.  

"THV11 has been a legend in the Little Rock Market for years, and I'm so excited to become a part of this great team," Graham said in a KTHV news release.

Brannon Responds to the Announcement He is Leaving Channel 11


KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock Meteorologist Tom Brannon has released a statement about him leaving at the end of the year. Brannon posted the following on Facebook this morning:

Longtime Little Rock Anchor, Meteorologist Announces Departure


Longtime KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock anchor, meteorologist Tom Brannon has announced he will be leaving the station later this year.  Brannon has been with the Little Rock station since 1996 starting as the weekend meteorologist and weekday feature reporter.  Brannon later joined the“Today’s THV This Morning” team in 1998.  

Tom looks back at his career with pride, as does his THV11 family.  He said, “It has been a phenomenal almost 22 years. I have had the honor and privilege of working with some really special and talented people. I will miss the viewers and seeing my coworkers every day. Thank you for your love and support.

Brannon will be joining Ron Sherman Productions later this year where he will be operations director.

NWA Station Brings Back Former VP/News Director


Rick Bagley has returned as VP/News Director at KFSM/Channel 5/Fort Smith-Fayetteville.  TV Spy reports Bagley has made the move back to Northwest Arkansas after being gone over 2 years.  Bagley returns to The Natural State from KTRK/Houston.

Former KATV Anchor Joins KARK/KLRT


This can't be sitting well with the folks at KATV/Channel 7. Arkansas Online reports former KATV anchor Scott Inman has joined KARK/KLRT as a Razorback commentator.  Inman will be on air Monday's and after Razorback games.  Inman left KATV in March 2016 for a job in financial advising. 

KATV Hires New Reporter for Afternoon News Program


KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has hired a new reporter for its new news program. Arkansas Online reports Ansley Watson will join Elicia Dover and Barry Brandt on Good Afternoon Arkansas when it debuts September 4th.  Ansley previously worked at the Fox and NBC affiliates in Marquette, Michigan.

An Arkansas Noon Tradition Returns Friday


Dialing for Dollars returns to KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock Friday.  The long time Arkansas noon time tradition has been on hiatus due to being re-formatted and the construction of a new studio.  Arkansas Online reports the new format will feature a retro format of a 70's or 80's game show ..and the presentation will be all digital.  Up for grabs Friday will be a $1000 prize

Little Rock Station Debuts New Set


KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock debuted its new news set today.  Viewers got their first look during the 5pm news.

KARK's New Set to Debut Thursday


KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock will debut its new news set this week.  According to a promo on the stations facebook, it will debut Thursday.

A New Reporter Hits the Street in Little Rock


KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has hired a new reporter.  KATV news director Nick Genty announced via Twitter Tuesday Nick Popham has joined the staff at Channel 7.  Arkansas Online reports Popham comes from Sioux City, Iowa. 

KATV Names Anchors for Good Afternoon Arkansas


(image) KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has named the host of its new afternoon news program.  Arkansas Online reports longtime KATV meteorologist Barry Brandt and reporter Elicia Dover will be anchoring Good Afternoon Arkansas.  The new program will air from 3pm beginning September 5th.

KTHV Sports Anchor Leaving


KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock is losing its sports anchor.  Arkansas Online reports Mary Dunleavy is leaving the station after only 3 years.  Dunleavy tweeted she is leaving for WRAL-TV/Raleigh, N.C.  

KTHV recently brought on board Taylor McGregor earlier this month to anchor sports.

Sinclair Exec Defends Criticism and Whines About Other Media Outlets


Sinclair VP of news Scott Livingston is fighting criticism of his organization’s position on must-run segments, morale in the newsrooms.  TV Spy reports Livingston is wanting to fight of "myths" that has been reported in the national media. 
Livingston argues in the memo that while it’s true Sinclair issues “must run” content, media reports which say they are of “poor quality” and “politically tilted” are not true, and that “must runs” amount to less than one hour per week, on average, of Sinclair stations coverage, compared to more than 35 hours of local news. Plus, he argued that such commentary provides a different viewpoint not usually found in the national media.

“While it is true that Sinclair offers commentary segments from Mark Hyman and Boris Epshteyn, this content is clearly identified as commentary and constitutes a tiny percentage of the station’s weekly broadcast content,” Livingston wrote. “Mark and Boris’ commentaries provide a viewpoint that often gets lost in the typical national broadcast media dialogue. Boris Epshteyn worked in the Trump White House, a fact that Sinclair makes no effort to hide, and provides a unique insight that viewers can’t find anywhere else. The presence of former administrative personnel serving as news commentators is a well accepted practice in journalism.”

Livingston also specifically called out The Washington Post for reporting on falling morale at the WJLA station in Washington, writing that the Post “largely ignor[ed]” information about investments, awards and ratings growth at the station while assembling “fear-mongering reports.” WJLA was sold to Sinclair in 2014 by the Allbritton family, which owns POLITICO.
 “It’s important to remember that the Post is a Sinclair media competitor,” Livingston wrote. “As such, any discerning reader of their newspaper should view the Post’s reports about our company with a healthy sense of skepticism.

Livingston suggest outlets doing stories on Sinclair are "Left Leaning".

Two NE Arkansas TV Stations to Launch Joint Weeknight Newscast


Two Northeast Arkansas TV stations are launching a weeknight newscast.  Arkansas Online reports Jonesboro's newest FOX and CBS affiliates will beging the newcast next week. KNJB/FOX 39 is the primary channel while CBS 39 is the secondary digital channel.  The newscast's anchor team is set to Sarah Blakely an alumna of Purdue University's Brian Lamb School of Communication.  

Northeast Arkansas News will offer Jonesboro and the surrounding area a compelling brand of news that will give a new voice of local events and happenings,” said veteran journalist Lon Tegals, who is leading the launch.

Northeast Arkansas News will air at 6pm and 10pm on CBS 39 and at 9pm on Fox 39

KARK Welcomes New Anchors/Reporters


KARK/Chanel 4/Little Rock has hired Tyler Thomason and Rebecca Jeffrey to join its news team.  A KARK news release states the pair are husband and wife and come from KMID-TV and KPEJ-TV in Midland, Texas.  Both have ties to Arkansas.  Thomason has previously worked at KNWA in Northwest Arkansas where he met Jeffery.  

"Rebecca and I are ecstatic about this opportunity and cannot wait to get started," added Thomason. "She may be a Texas girl, but she already knows how to call the Hogs! I'm thrilled that we will be able to work together with so many friends and family members nearby."

The pair will begin on air in August.