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.