KATV Hires Former KARK Creative Services Director
Matt Barnette has been hired as the new marketing producer at KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock. TV Newscheck reports Barnette will start his new job later this week. Barnette most recently worked at the Nextsar stations in Little Rock.
Sinclair to Produce Sunday National News Program for its Stations
Sinclair has announced it will start producing a Sunday morning national news program for its stations nationwide, which includes KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock. In a press release Sinclair says former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson will join the company in June and host the 30 minute weekly program.
"We are excited to have Sharyl on board as we launch this group-wide
news program," said Scott Livingston Vice President of News for Sinclair Television Group. "Our goal is to provide the context
and perspective on major issues impacting our viewers. Sharyl has a
proven track record of exposing the truth behind stories that other news
organizations shy away from. I admire Sharyl's determination and
passion to seek the truth. Her unwavering commitment to exposing
government waste, abuse and impropriety will be the foundation of our
The program will begin in the fall.
Former NWA Met Finds New Gig
We now have the answer as to where former KNWA weather guesser Gina De Vecchio is. Gina debuted this past weekend at WXII in Salem, North Carolina. Gina disappeared from Northwest Arkansas at the first of the year.
New Corporate Name for Gannett Broadcast Stations and Digital Unit
KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock will be getting a new parent company..sorta. Gannett announced today it is spinning off its publishing and broadcast and digital properties. Tegna will be the new name for Gannett's broadcast and digitial units. "Tegna is a nod to the more than 100-year-old history of Gannett," Gracia Martore, Gannett's CEO, said in a statement. Tegna will be the new corporate name for 46 broadcast stations and its digital units.
This from the tip box:
KATV is officially looking like Sinclair. They debuted the Sinclair graphics and music package today. (Monday)
The Beginning of the End for Soul of the South?
Could Little Rock's two year old Soul of the South network be shutting down operations? Arkansas Business.com reports the network is in financial trouble and is mulling the decision to wind down operations. Read the complete article over at Arkansas Business.com.
Another Clean Sweep for KATV for February
KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock sweeped the ratings in February's Nielson ratings book.. Arkansas Business.com reports KATV won every news hour where it had competition. AB.com says the station beat KARK and KTHV by 6 ratings points in the 6pm news slot alone. KATV attributes the ratings win with its weather coverage during the month.