Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

KATV Names Anchors for Good Afternoon Arkansas

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.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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".

Friday, July 14, 2017

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