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.
Tegna Taking the News Out of its Newscasts
FTV Live has an interesting story on how Tegna, the parent company of KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock, is trying to boost ratings on its low rated stations. FTV Live reports Tegna has hired a consultant to spear head that effort and has implemented the strategy at KXTV in Sacramento, California. FTV Live has a run down on of a recent newscast HERE
Longtime Arkansas TV Personality Passes Away
Long time Arkansas TV personality Beth Ward has passed away. KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock made the announcement on its website. Beth was in the broadcast business for 37 years...retiring in 2006. Beth began her broadcast career at KARK/Channel 4 in 1968 leaving in 1986. She helped launch KTHV's noon newscast in 1987.