Thursday, June 16, 2005

KARK 'Restructuring and Enhancing' Sports Department

Source: Arkansas A spokesman for KARK-TV, Channel 4, on Thursday denied rumors that the Nexstar Broadcasting-owned NBC affiliate is shutting down its sports department but said changes are on the way.

"There's a rumor going around that we're closing down our sports department and that's not true," Jeff Whatley, assistant news director, said. "For competitive reasons we can't go into it, but we are enhancing our sports and restructuring it as a way to enhance, not take away from us."

News director Rick Iler was out of town and unavailable for comment.

UPDATE:4:42pm News director Rick Iler was out of town, but did comment through a message left with Arkansas Business.

"That is not true," he said. "I'm not sure exactly how that rumor got started. We are going to be doing some different things with our Razorbacks coverage and some other things but we will have a full sports department."

Whatley said the fact that sports anchor Mark Rushing being on vacation this week has added to the rampant rumors.

"He'll be back and nobody is being told to leave," he added.


At 1:30 PM, June 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their news and weather is good. The sports does need help.

At 4:41 PM, June 16, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, their sports coverage tanked when Steve Sullivan was lured to KATV. It was hard for me to watch as others tried to fill Sullivan and Dave Woodman's shoes. Maybe they should temporarily bring back Woodman as they scramble to 'restructure' their sports department. This old timer would watch.

At 12:18 PM, June 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm hearing the key sports guys are being released from their contracts so they can look elsewhere. And much of their sports will soon be coming out of NW Arkansas. (As in All Razorbacks, all the time)

At 2:01 PM, June 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All Razorback all the time - that's just what I want...more information about a program in decline.

At 10:21 AM, June 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's funny how Joe Pequeno tries to be "ESPN Pimp Daddy" by stealing all their cute tag-lines and saying. He's such a follower.

At 2:47 PM, June 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should get Paul Eells. Afterall KATV made him quit doing sports a few years back. He just shows up to fill in now and then.

At 10:00 PM, June 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If KARK went and got Paul Eells, then KATV and ARSN might try to find a way and remove him as the voice of the Razorbacks. If they are going to make changes to their staff, then why not go get Jeff Wingfield.

At 10:26 AM, June 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark Rushing should be fired he is horrible and looks like Frankenstein.

Joe should be moved to the weekdays and they should try to rehire Carlton Wing on 4. Carlton was great and the station did him so wrong when they hired that idiot Fred Beck several years ago.


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