Monday, February 08, 2016

Former Little Rock/Ark-La-Tex Anchor Lands in Kansas

Former KTAL/Channel 6/Shreveport morning anchor Stefanie Bryant has arrived at her new challenge.  Bryant started her new job at WOW!/Channel 6/Lawrence, KS as News Director/Lead Anchor.  The former Little Rock and Shreveport anchor left KTAL at the end of January just after 2 years with the station.  Her first day on the air at WOW! was Monday

Former Ft. Smth Station Accused of Stealing

Former KFSM/Channel 5/Fort Smith Vice President Dan Ray Bishop has been arrested on theft charges.  The Southwest Times Record reports Bishop is accused of stealing $32,000 from the company to support a gambling problem.  He is accused of using a company credit card to purchase 26 laptop computers and selling them on craigslist for personal profit.  Bishop has plead not guilty. 
Dan “Danny” Ray Bishop
Dan “Danny” Ray Bishop
Dan “Danny” Ray Bishop

Shreveport Station Promotes Reporter to Morning News Anchor

Meet the new KTAL/Channel 6/Shreveport morning news crew.  Lauren Vizza joined the morning crew last week to fill the gap when Stafanie Bryant left the station at the end of January.  Vizza joined KTAL in February 2015 as a reporter and filling in at the anchor desk as needed.  Vizza joins co-anchor Steve Bender and Met Patrick Dennis.
 

Friday, February 05, 2016

THV Adds New MMJ

KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock has a new Multi media Journalist on its team.  Sonny Scott is a graduate of Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.  According to his website he was an anchor and investigative reporter for Cronkite News on KAET Arizona PBS Ch. 8.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Shreveport Morning Anchor Moving On

KTAL/Channel 6/Shreveport has lost one of its morning news anchors.  Stefanie Bryant departed the station Friday just after 2 years.   Bryant joined KTAL's morning program in January 2014.  In her goodbye to viewers Bryant stated she was "moving on".  Kinda ironic, someone in the comments section of the blog post then mentioned she probably wouldn't stay past her 2 year contract.....

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Little Rock Weekend Met Leaving

Weekend Meteorologist for KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock is leaving.  Sarah Fortner made the announcement this afternoon on her Facebook page:



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sinclair Buys The Tennis Channel

The parent company of KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has purchased The Tennis Channel.  TV Spy reports  Sinclair is paying 350 million dollars for the cable channel. 

It was the only independently-owned major sports network left, and we knew we could unlock value through a tuck-in acquisition,” said Sinclair president and CEO David Smith

Nexstar Growing Its Station List

The parent company for KARK/Channel 4/Little Rock and KTAL/Channel 6/Shreveport is expanding its number of stations.  Here is the press release:

On Thursday, Nexstar Broadcasting announced the purchase of the Television group Media General for $4.7 billion.
 

Once the transaction is completed, Nexstar will own 171 television stations, reaching approximately 39% of all U.S. television households.
Nexstar will change its name to Nexstar Media Group, Inc. upon the completion of the transaction.

 

Perry Sook, Chairman, President and CEO of Nexstar, commented, “The acquisition of Media General’s broadcasting and digital media assets represent a transformational growth opportunity for Nexstar and is strategically and financially compelling.  The transaction increases Nexstar’s broadcast portfolio by approximately two thirds with very limited overlap with our existing properties, more than doubles our audience reach, provides entrée to 15 new top-50 DMAs and offers synergies related to the increased scale of the combined digital media operations.
 

The new Nexstar Media Group will be one of the nation’s leading providers of local news, entertainment, sports, lifestyle and network programming and content through its broadcast and digital media platform with annual revenue in excess of $2.3 billion.
Vincent L. Sadusky, President and CEO of Media General, said, “We are pleased to reach this agreement with Nexstar, which provides Media General shareholders with substantial and immediate value, as well as the opportunity to participate in the significant upside potential of the combined company. Together with Nexstar, we can deliver a more comprehensive, integrated and competitive offering across all markets for the benefit of our advertisers and brands. I am thankful for the hard work and dedication of our talented employees, and I'm confident they will continue to make many valuable contributions as part of a larger and stronger organization. I look forward to working closely with the Nexstar team to bring our companies together to realize the power of this compelling combination and ensure a smooth transition.”