Wednesday, March 29, 2006

More on the Sullivan to The Big Apple Move

Source: New York Daily News The speculation about major changes at WCBS/Ch.2 is bound to heat up with word that the station is expected to hire Little Rock, Ark., anchor Kate Sullivan.
Sullivan, the main anchor of the 5 and 6 p.m. news on KATV-TV, an ABC station, is expected to start at Ch. 2 on April 17. Word is that she and station brass just need to iron out the contract.

In the meantime, there'll be a massive guessing game about whose seat Sullivan will take.

As reported earlier, Ch. 2 general manager Peter Dunn and the news department are planning changes for the broadcast teams and the look of the newscasts.

Sullivan's likely start date gives the station three weeks to juggle the lineup. Part of that task, however, depends on people whose contracts are close to expiring or who have windows where changes can be made.

Additional: Arkansas Business.com has an article about Sullivan's move as well.

43 Comments:

At 9:08 PM, March 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you, Kate! Congratulations and best wishes, we'll miss you!

 
At 11:38 PM, March 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good, get the heck out of here. Talk about overrated. She was never better than Karen Fuller. How'd she land in New York?

 
At 11:51 PM, March 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, enough with 'Jane Hathaway' - what the hell is going on with the Becky Ditchfield promo on THV?

 
At 1:48 AM, March 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Farewell my dove!

 
At 1:52 AM, March 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good, get the heck out of here. Talk about overrated. She was never better than Karen Fuller. How'd she land in New York?

Maybe she got tired of dealing with ignorant hicks like you? Might be why Karen left, too.

 
At 6:53 AM, March 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Kate! I'm pumped because I get CBS 2 through DirecTV, so I'll get to see her. She's one of those ladies that gets better looking with age.

Speaking of Karen Fuller, I watch her from time to time while in K.C.... she's doing a great job there.

It was a good move for Karen, and I hope it worked out well for her husband. He's talented, but Little Rock was a not so welcoming place for him.

 
At 2:19 PM, March 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't seen Becky's promo, what's wrong?

 
At 3:22 PM, March 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, they just used an opportunity to showcase ditchfield while the meteorologists are on vacation. It is kinda cute "The 19 days of Ditchfield"...and probably good timing with the babe bracket thing happening. You've surely heard of the babe bracket.?.?.?

 
At 3:25 PM, March 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kate was certainly better looking and had more presence in person. Though she didn't stink it up at KATV>
Also I thought her demo on medialine was pretty strong. Will it be Munoz now? Si.. (thats spanish for yes...for you -necks).

 
At 6:40 PM, March 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they put Munoz on all three shows.... bye bye number 1 ratings. She's awful.

Good luck to Kate!!

 
At 7:08 PM, March 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Munoz is the worst thing this market has seen since Aviva Diamond back in the 80's.

 
At 7:12 PM, March 30, 2006, Blogger Media Watcher said...

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At 7:21 PM, March 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am willing to bet that Munoz will get the position. All she has to do is threaten to quit again and BAM, an instant shoe in. And the the great ratings plunge will begin.

 
At 7:23 PM, March 30, 2006, Blogger Media Watcher said...

There was once another KATV anchor who was lured away by the bright lights of NY. Susan Roesgen went from KATV to WABC-Channel 7 in the mid to late 80's, but couldn't handle it, and ended up at WDSU in New Orleans until Katrina hit. Impressed with her reporting then, CNN hired her. While Sullivan has a good on-air presence and I always enjoyed her work, I don't think she'll last long at WCBS, inside the pressure cooker of NY-TV. She should have went to, say Dallas or Chicago or somewhere else before going to the #1 market.

 
At 11:34 PM, March 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The dork who blasts away at Kate Sullivan.....where do you work? What market are you in? How much money are you pulling in? Until you make 1/4 of what Kate will be making, PIPE IT DOWN LOCAL BOY!!!

 
At 7:01 AM, March 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Munoz better than Kate, so we all have different opinions. Kate was arrogant in her High Profile article to say that she has traveled Arkansas more than most native Arkansans. I don't think so. And to say she is recognized while running in a ski mask, you're not Julia Roberts, you're not a movie star, just a local LR anchor.

 
At 7:42 AM, March 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Look what's left in the cupboard at Channel 7, not much there that is anchor material. My vote is for Chrisina M. or possibly Joan Early. That's about it. Or, maybe they can convince Dawn Scott to "Come Home" and only have to pay her 125,000 to anchor here.
In public, Kate would wear glasses and hats to hide her appearance. I guess she was afraid someone would come up to her and say "hi, I watch you every night." and she'd have to speak to them. And what about the "High Profile" article on her? The Paper and KATV have long been bed-mates. I'm sure that ol' Rene is next. Hey Dem-Gaz, get half-a-clue and report on someone who actually has a good story - B.J. Sams. Oh wait, he doesn't work for KATV. They fired him back in the 70s. Gee, Ol' BJ's kickin' pretty good wouldn't you say?

Kate, best wishes and good luck reporting in NYC, You have proven you have talent to do that.

 
At 8:12 AM, March 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Munoz is horrible? Yeah right, from the looks of the latest 10pm ratings, it shows. Numbers are up clown.

 
At 10:10 AM, March 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Munoz hace un trabajo horrible. Ella huele como frijoles.

 
At 11:58 AM, March 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just impressed she is making the jump from LR to NYC.... I wish her the best of luck...

Oh, and I doubt Dawn Scott would come back since her husband is doing his residency out west....I wonder if she'll quit working after he is done and play Junior League with all the other nice ladies....

 
At 1:59 PM, March 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dawn Scott is a drug rep for Merk now. She got out of tv.

 
At 2:10 PM, March 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you mean Merck. You must work for Ch. 7.

 
At 6:41 PM, March 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 7 haters...one word: "Scoreboard."

Munoz and Co. are on top at 10:00 and there is no threat in sight at 5:00 or 6:00. Daybreak...that's another story.

Christina is as genuine and nice as she is talented. She'll do fine if/when she gets the nod.

 
At 7:09 PM, March 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How you can not like Munoz? Who can compete with her in this market? She is good looking, seems genuiine and friendly on air and does a good job of reading the news. I think KATV would be smart to put her on all 3 shows.

 
At 7:53 PM, March 31, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will these rednecks in Arkansas support a minority anchor in all 3 news casts? Isn't that why KTHV didn't promote Rochelle McCoy to main anchor when that slot became open?

 
At 1:23 AM, April 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Will these rednecks in Arkansas support a minority anchor in all 3 news casts?"

Absolutely not. Why Margaret Preston was only on for a matter of years! And viewers never really accepted Polish Denise Whitaker. VICIOUS RACISTS!

 
At 2:22 PM, April 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well in a perfect world they'd have hire Pam since she's been there the longest. However, in a not-so-perfect world, they will just hire Krista Platzer's evil twin or the like.

 
At 7:30 PM, April 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the above poster Munoz
on all three broadcast would be to much face time for her. I wished they would bring Joan Early back full time to do the 5 & 6 shows. She is a fimilar, award winning & good looking face in Arkansas tv news.

I have wandered why Pam Smith has stayed around over the years. Then the weekend news is on and I flip by 7 and I realize she does not come across good on air. I remember meeting her once and thinking she does not like men or whites. Pam Smith would be the ratings down fall for 7 during the week.

Now if they could con Margaret Preston to returning to T V they would almost have the old
"News 4" team since Barry & Steve are already there. That would be a newscast worth watching. If you can't tell I "was" a big ch. 4 & Margaret Preston fan.

Where did Rochelle (Davis) McCoy, Krista Platzer (why was she not her long)go.

I do wish Kate the best. I enjoyed her reporting. I always felt that she was interested in her reports and I felt like she informed me.
I wished I would have had the opp. to meet you.
Thanks Kate & best of luck.

 
At 4:11 AM, April 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. KATV needs to hire someone that is somewhat recognizable. What about anchors in neighboring markets? KATV overlaps into the Northwest Arkansas, Jonesboro, Shreveport, and Monroe markets, and there are plenty of great faces to pick from there. At least some of the KATV viewers would already be familiar with watching an anchor they watched in a neighboring market. Plus they wouldn't have to spend an arm and a leg hiring them either, anchors in those markets would surely jump at the chance to anchor at KATV. Could that work? Just a thought.

 
At 11:26 AM, April 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No

 
At 8:34 AM, April 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's "Richelle." And where is she now?

 
At 12:20 PM, April 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 7 haters...one word: "Scoreboard."

You're right..KTHV brings in more money.

 
At 3:21 PM, April 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV should just hire the best available candidate to replace Kate Sullivan and her name is Beth Hunt.

 
At 2:42 AM, April 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give Rupp a chance!

 
At 7:11 AM, April 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's "Richelle." And where is she now?

She retired and had children after leaving THV.

 
At 7:17 AM, April 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michelle Rupp does do a good job. And I say this with the kindest intentions: I just want her to change her makeup. There's way too much of it. It distracts from her reporting. The eyes. I'm mesmerized by the eyes. I can't stop staring at those coal-encircled, sparkly-blue beauties.

 
At 4:54 PM, April 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You Channel Seven people need to smell the coffee--and try some for your anchors before they go on the air in the morning.

While no one is close to seven at five and six, no one cares. Those two news programers are revenue sleepers compared to mornings and the 10PM. In that race, 11 wins the mornings big time, and both are in a statistical tie at ten. In fact, seven lost viewers from February last year.

 
At 7:05 AM, April 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Get rid of dale nickerson,rusty mizes and randy dixion and here is a hint i got got"

I'm trying to pinpoint this: Did you complete the fourth or just the third grade?

 
At 2:44 PM, April 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You give him too much credit. Anyone who thinks Michelle Rupp would be a good replacement for Kate could not have made it past the entrance exam for kindergarten.

 
At 6:43 PM, April 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth Hunt would be a terrific replacement.

 
At 8:06 PM, April 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know what happened to Rusty Jackson, the Razorback reporter for KATV?

 
At 6:40 PM, August 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rusty Jackson: http://rustyjackson.myadventures.org/

 
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