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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: 2017-05-28T07:48:24.120-05:00


Former Little Rock News Director Buys Media News Website


Former KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock news director Rick Iler has bought the TV News insider website NEWSBLUES.  TV Spy reports Iler bought the site from Mike James who was going to shut the site down later this year.  Iler currently resides in Houston, TX with his daughter and plans to keep the site up and going with some changes.  Iler was news director at KARK from 2001-2005.

Longtime Arkansas Broadcast Set to Retire


Doug Krile has announced he will retire this summer.  Krile is the current President of the Arkansas Broadcasters Association.  Arkansas Business reports Krile plans on retiring following the ABA's convention in July.  Krile started out in radio but is best know for his 11 year stint at KARK/Channel 4 as an anchor/reporter.  He left that position in 1997 for a corporate job at Equity Broadcasting in Little Rock.  Krile has led the ABA the past 7 years.

KLRT Names New Weekend Met


KLRT/Channel 16/Little Rock has named Kelly Dobeck as its new weekend meteorologist.  Dobeck comes to Little Rock from WRDW, Augusta, Ga.  Arkansas Online reports Dobeck will begin at KLRT in June.

Sinclair Broadcasting Buys Tribune Stations


There will soon be less competition in TV broadcasting as Sinclair Broadcasting has announced it will buy Tribune Media for 3.9 billion dollars.  Sinclair is the parent company of KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock.  There is one tribune station in Arkansas and it's KFSM/Fort Smith/Fayetteville.  The deal announced this morning does include 42 tribune tv stations and the WGN cable channel

Longtime Jonesboro Anchor Gone


Longtime anchor Craig Rickert at KAIT/Channel 8/Jonesboro is longer at the station.  According to the NEA Report, there is no official word as of why Rickert is gone from the station.  Rickert had been with the station since 2002.

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.