Saturday, July 23, 2005

KTAL Comes Under Fire From School District

Source: KTAL.com KTAL, NewsChannel 6 came under fire from the Texarkana Independent School District for in other words sensationalizing and creating a story out of nothing.

KTAL ran a story about how a new principal at Dunbar Elementary School in Texarkana took the teachers on a scavenger hunt "to help teachers better understand the kids they would be teaching." And when KTAL asked for a response from the TISD, they had this to say:


"Texarkana ISD finds it unfortunate that KTAL has chosen to create a story in an effort to sensationalize and misrepresent the positive intentions of a group of educators attempting to better understand the children and the community they serve.

It is always with regret that we see members of the media and their leadership ignore the abundance of positive stories that are available on a daily basis that could highlight the successes of our children and the committed educators that serve them.

KTAL`s actions and choices surrounding this attempt to attract more viewers only reinforces our outstanding partnership with Cable One."

That message was presented by District Spokesperson Barbara Lewis.

Read the complete story HERE.

8 Comments:

At 4:23 PM, July 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand. Why did the district perceive the story as negative?

 
At 4:53 PM, July 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could be because KTAL demanded Texarkana's cable system pay them for their signal. RIGHT AFTER KTAL, Nexstar, pulled its studio out of town and just left texarkana with a mall front office. No more newscasts or much reporting getting done from texarkana these days. All the other stations have picked up the slack. It's about time someone put KTAL AND Nexstar in their place!

 
At 7:37 AM, July 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the above poster. I live in South Arkansas and we too got the ax from them. Finally after way to long, our local cox service was able to get KARK from Little Rock to come in very clear. Even better than KATV, so I feel that Channel 7 will lose viewers in this area. I would think that the pulling of Channel 6 would hurt them with the ads they sell. It is to my understanding that they wanted .23 Cents per customers. I would have much rather paid that and continue to get Channel 6, but I do believe it turned out to be some kind of a war. I think that KTAL will feel the affects of all this in the end.

 
At 4:39 PM, July 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does the cable issue have to do with this? I still don't get it.

 
At 7:28 PM, July 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The school is behind cableone in it's stance not to pay KTAL, nexstar, for its signal. KTAL was once a big part of texarkana and promoting it and everything NOW KTAL has nothing more than a mall front. It has taken its presence out of the community in which it was first apart of THEN moved.

 
At 11:52 AM, July 27, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear KTAL has lost its Assignment Editor. Anyone know what the deal is there. He was very good.

 
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