Wednesday, May 03, 2006

It's GMA in HDTV on KATV

This from an e-mailer: "Confirmed yesteday morning that KATV is airing Good Morning America in HD. Only the studio segements are HD, the news segment is SD as well as news footage (with colored pillars)."

65 Comments:

At 7:05 AM, May 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW they're passing the networks HD signal. Bravo! (sarcasm intended)

 
At 10:08 AM, May 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, it has been a network problem. GMA has been in HD for several months, but only in the Eastern Time Zone. The network does the tape delay for the other zones, and they just started those in HD last week, which is when KATV started carrying it.

 
At 10:23 AM, May 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Beth Hunt really pregnant? If so, when is she due?

 
At 1:16 PM, May 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha...Beth Hunt announced on Daybreak she was preggie probably a week or two ago. Dunno when she is due! Didn't even know she got married? That one slipped past me! Is she married???

 
At 3:52 PM, May 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you have to be married to become pregnant?

Well, Win ws fired for less I guess.

 
At 4:08 PM, May 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

uuuuhhhhh.....what do you think?

I know what you are trying to say...but let's face it....an unwed preggie will be looked upon with some ire in this market.

 
At 4:10 PM, May 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think some of you just have a real problem with the mainstream Arkansas culture/values and take every opportunity to slam them on this blog. It's getting old people....accept that things are like they are....accept that when your favorite TV personalities...particularly newbies....live a lifestyle that contradicts local society....they will have problems up to and including termination.

 
At 5:34 PM, May 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth was on Tommy Smith's show the day they were all down at Oaklawn for the opening of racing (probably late January). And they were talking about her being engaged but she wasn't yet married.
So obviously the wedding has been very recent, and a lot more recent than the pregnancy. That's obviously why they're keeping a low profile.

 
At 8:35 AM, May 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately Beth Hunt became pregnant by her "on-again, off-again" boyfiend which resulted in a hastily planned "shotgun" wedding.

 
At 9:28 AM, May 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go beth you are going to have a dove and michelle rupp is a red drested robin and i like to see her baby robin too and i know she is married and i got to get pam smith too and i like to say she is a buzzard and she sure acts and look like one because of her hair!

 
At 11:34 AM, May 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Way to go beth you are going to have a dove and michelle rupp is a red drested robin and i like to see her baby robin too and i know she is married and i got to get pam smith too and i like to say she is a buzzard and she sure acts and look like one because of her hair"


What the hell is all that about, Win?

 
At 4:45 PM, May 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

katv has a news anchor opening on their web page
tell me they are firing christina...she is TERRIBLE!!!!

 
At 6:01 PM, May 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of 12 comments, only TWO are on topic.

Some people do give a damn about media news in this blog.

Get a life folks and quit your one-handed typing-worship of Beth Hunt.

 
At 10:40 AM, May 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't YOU get a life and quit worrying about trivial BS!

 
At 2:17 PM, May 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't this comment section about GMA now in HD?

I haven't seen it, but I bet they've got the skin tone detail cranked so high on their cameras it probably looks like SD!

 
At 8:00 PM, May 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations beth you are going to have a baby dove!

 
At 10:14 PM, May 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

katv has a news anchor opening on their web page
tell me they are firing christina...she is TERRIBLE!!!!

Are you serious? Who is better in this market? Christina and Jancey are the two best female anchors in this market hands down. You're an idiot!!!

 
At 4:08 PM, May 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV is getting what's coming to them if you ask me! That Daybreak blunder last year is costing them plenty and they continue to pay for it! Beth Hunt's pregnancy out of wedlock is even more justice! Firing Julia Grayson continues to look dumber and dumber. I bet she is enjoying watching Daybreak continue to fall on its face!

 
At 4:11 PM, May 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Julia wouldn't put out for the right managers at KATV! Beth Hunt had no problem with that.....so she got the job

 
At 5:36 PM, May 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is absolutely not the truth and to say so just shows how much you don't know about the biz in this market as well as your unbelievable ignorance.

 
At 10:08 PM, May 08, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
That is absolutely not the truth and to say so just shows how much you don't know about the biz in this market as well as your unbelievable ignorance."

Which comment were you referring to....the overall Daybreak post or my post about Beth getting in the sac with the right people?

The overhaul of Daybreak last year will go down as one of the biggest blunders in the history of Little Rock TV. It all happened because KATV's ego won't allow them to just be competitive anymore...they have to kisk ass. When they don't, they panic! While THV is beatable in the mornings.....no one will be able to beat them in every ratings book with the lineup they have right now. Steve, Jason, Melinda, and Julia were not the problem...but they took the blame. KATV is lucky that Steve and Jason continue to work for them...and cutting Julia for Beth looked at best like an even swap then...and now clearly they picked the wrong gal.

As for Beth's rep.....she has a history of getting around that goes back to her days in Northwest Arkansas. Many speculated that Beth slept her way into her job at 40/29 and then 7. True or not, that's the rep she has built for herself. Julia does not have the reputation, and she has carried herself through this whole thing with INCREDIBLE class. I am glad she landed on her feet again with Easter Seals, and I bet even though she's too sweet to admit it...I am sure she is enjoy watching KATV pay for their mistake both with their reputation and their bottom line.

 
At 5:21 AM, May 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You obviously know nothing about Beth you idiot.
This is a girl who has paid her dues with hard work...plain and simple. Oh, and by the way, she didn't even work at 40/29! Yeah...you REALLY know what you're talking about don't you?

 
At 8:03 AM, May 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It really does not matter because Today's THV this morning is kicking butt and not looking back and there is NOTHING KATV can do about it.

 
At 12:31 PM, May 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which station did Beth work for in NWA? I thought she was at 40/29 too?? Will her defender (and you are obviously a friend of hers...if not her) please step up once again and answer that question?

 
At 12:33 PM, May 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It really does not matter because Today's THV this morning is kicking butt and not looking back and there is NOTHING KATV can do about it."

So what do you do over at THV?:)

 
At 12:39 PM, May 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, let's see....BJ, Robyn, and Tom.....unbeatable?? They have a loyal following, but that's a stretch!

The Matt Mosler/Julie Mayberry Daybreak team years ago was so incredibly stale that people began looking for something different. Before that time...particularly in the days of Ron Sherman and Lorrie Johnson....the clicker never left KATV, even for a moment.

Then of course, the "blunder" of the View-style program cost them even more viewers last year.

KATV hasn't found the right mix to win those viewers back yet.....but I can assure you all they eventually will. They always win their viewers back in time!

 
At 12:59 PM, May 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see, the ratings for Feb in the morning for THV were KATV and KARK put together. The morning crew at THV is very down to earth, and very talented. These anchors have a lot of fans, trust me. And they always look for new things to do to keep the show from getting stale, so they don't take their ratings for granted at all. They all work hard and it pays off.

 
At 1:03 PM, May 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They can win their viewers back by stealing BJ, Robyn and Tom when their contracts run out. Obviously nothing else has worked, and it's been how many years now at #2? After Feb, KATV is borderline #3.

 
At 1:12 PM, May 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV has done some really stupid things lately, but surely they are not dumb enough to let their morning crew get away. It's the most popular newscast they have. It's very rare to have such a high rated morning show when the other newscasts are mediocre at best. It speaks volumes for BJ, Robyn and Tom, whether we across the street like it or not.

 
At 2:30 PM, May 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adding to what you just said about THV....Those three are just good on the air. Like I said....Daybreak went stale and let soooo many viewers get away...and THV won't let them go!

It is interesting that...of the three...Robyn is the most personable in public! But, she is a baby machine! She misses so much time...but her pregnancies seem to draw people in even more! Maybe Beth Hunt going preggie is an attempt to compete?? :)

As for BJ and Tom, again they have great chemistry...but the off-air personalities of both leave a lot to be desired! Tom is not that great a guy anyway! He reminds me so much of Ken Rank.....those of you who watched him on 40/29 way back when!

I think they ARE beatable, but it won't happen overnight. THV didn't pass KATV overnight either.

KARK will not be a factor with the lineup they have now.

 
At 2:38 PM, May 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you mean Tom's not that great a guy? He is a very nice guy, and he is very nice to people who interupt him trying to eat dinner or browse at Home Depot in peace. He is very active in the community, and he loves his family. The same goes for BJ. I know them personally, do you? Then don't make up what you would like people to believe because it's just not true.

 
At 2:43 PM, May 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently KARK is a factor to compete since in the last book they were neck and neck with 7. They can't beat 11, but they can beat 7.

 
At 2:47 PM, May 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TV anchors are human, and it's not fair to try to make negative comments about people you don't even know, like Beth Hunt's situation or whether Tom and BJ are rude to people who approach them in public.

 
At 7:36 PM, May 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth Hunt and the KATV Doves have too many personal issues affecting their work!

 
At 3:42 AM, May 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you know that I do not know those people?? Obviously some of you are friends with these people....and of course they're nice to their friends!

 
At 9:24 AM, May 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously someone is a little envious of the #1 rated morning show!

 
At 2:08 PM, May 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's right. If you have the highest rated show, you are going to get critiqued by jealous nay sayers even if you are the nicest person on earth.

 
At 2:11 PM, May 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It didn't take long for THV to pass KATV in the morning after they put the current crew together. By the standards of this market, and that KATV invented morning tv here, yes, they did pass them overnight. Check you history.

 
At 7:25 AM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV didn't have any competition in the mornings... 4 and 11 didn't have a show, they had news & weather cut-ins. I agree with the above poster, since KATV invented the "Morning Show" with Ron Sherman and company many many moons ago... early to mid 80s.

As long as THV can keep the "team" intact - BJ, Robyn & Tom, 4 and 7 will not beat them.

Hey Dale, here's a thought for you. If you want to win mornings again, how about stealing them away. Or do you have too much pride because you had the chance to have all three once upon a time ago. If you want to win, money talks, BS walks.

 
At 7:33 AM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys....this perception that BJ, Robyn, and Tom are the only people viewers will ever wanna watch in the mornings is a little much isn't it??? Listen to yourselves....talking about how if KATV wants to be number one again they would have to "steal them away"??? I think some THVers are getting a little carried away don't you think?? It's okay to be proud of your show and their success....but you are starting to sound like a bunch of Texas Longhorn fans.:)

 
At 7:43 AM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are they gonna do when BJ dies eventually?? If he's the ONLY guy Arkansans want delivering the news in the morning???? Better start working on that BJ look-a-like robot!!! I agree with that last post. You THVers are getting way too cocky! You are just setting yourself up to be taunted when things eventually go south again!

 
At 7:46 AM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV this morning is on a good run right now....KATV opened the door to them because of some bad personnel decisions and stale programs.....and to THV's credit they walked through that door. I also credit THV for being more entertaining and bringing in a younger audience to the mornings. But, these things go in cycles, and KATV and/or KARK will come up with something eventually to make it more competitive.

 
At 7:52 AM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHA a BJ robot wouldn't be too much different from the real thing! Just keep his death quiet and no one would know the difference.

 
At 8:14 AM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of KATV personnel, I am trying to make up my mind about Melinda Mayo. She has been a constant through all the changes, and yet the ratings continue to be unimpressive. Her resume is of someone you'd think would be an asset: market longevity, pleasant appearance, good weather delivery, AMS seal, etc. But, as Simon from American Idol would say, she seems to be missing that extra "umth" that draws the viewers in.

The problem though, if she is "dead wood", is what to do about it. KATV already has an extra weatherperson. You'd almost have to can Melinda, which would be unthinkable. Or, let Todd go and put her on weekends. Something would have to be done to make room for that morning weather anchor that has the seal and experience.....along with that "umth" that seems to be missing. That would be a hard choice for KATV, and I don't get the feeling that are prepared to make it. Melinda has been their gal and they've stuck by her. What do you guys think? Am I off base here?

 
At 8:53 AM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Native Arkansan from Pine Bluff area, Melinda's not going anywhere.

When Matt & Julie took over for Ron and Lori back in the mid 90s, the rating went up UNTIL THV locked in BJ, Robyn & Tom, then the ratings tanked. Matt & Julie were cut loose. Ron and Co. at one time pulled in a 14 rating and 50 share with the morning program.

KARK and KATV will have to find other than what they have to compete with THV in the mornings.

Yes, THV is on an unbeatable cycle right now. When BJ retires and Robyn & Tom decide to move on to other things, then that time will come. That's not cocky, that pretty much the truth of the matter as it stands right now. The others don't have the chemistry to compete at this time. I agree, It's always more fun to see a competitive market.

 
At 3:03 PM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Melinda was an Arkansas native, and had been around for a long time...which is why I said letting her go would be unthinkable. Heck, I'm pretty sure KATV helped her get the education and credentials to move from news to weather....which is why I said before she is "their gal". BUT.....at the end of the day....you look at those ratings....and you see that it may be time to make some HARD choices. When Matt and Julie were let go....and I am not sure what the connection is (someone enlighten me)....a lot of folks in Saline County where I live got all pissed off. I'm sure the ratings here took a hit. Do they think taking a hit in Jefferson County would be an obstacle if they considered moving Melinda to another cast or cutting her loose?

 
At 3:09 PM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed that too! My goodness, I'd drive down I-30 to "Save Matt/Julie signs." I don't know where Julie was from, but I know Matt Mosler came to KATV from 16-APT (WAPT, ABC)in Jackson, MS. I guess they must have lived in that county and become very popular there. It's kinda pathetic that to this day, some of those people are still not over that!

 
At 3:35 PM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me break it down for you THVers:

Here's where your viewers come from:

1. People who didn't like the Matt/Julie team.

2. People who didn't like it when KATV canned Matt and Julie.

3. People who didn't like the team of Steve/Melinda/Julia.

4. People who didn't like it when that team was replaced last year for the "view-style" program, and/or didn't like Nicole and Sharese.

5. People who didn't like replacing Julia Grayson with Beth Hunt.

THV offered the stability of having the same lineup through almost all those KATV changes.

But, don't be so dumb as to think it was something THV did to make those viewers switch.

It has always been about what KATV did or didn't do that drove people away.

BJ Sams was on primetime news forever and a day to DISMAL ratings.

Robyn Richardson (Lowery) was doing morning cut-ins for years to DISMAL ratings.

Don't tell me Tom Brannon is a ratings driver.

KATV is and always will be THV's best ratings driver in the mornings. Morning, noon, and night, Arkansas's TV viewers have been and always will be KATV's to win or lose!

 
At 3:49 PM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me break it down for you THVers:

Here's where your viewers come from:

1. People who didn't like the Matt/Julie team.

2. People who didn't like it when KATV canned Matt and Julie.

3. People who didn't like the team of Steve/Melinda/Julia.

4. People who didn't like it when that team was replaced last year for the "view-style" program, and/or didn't like Nicole and Sharese.

5. People who didn't like replacing Julia Grayson with Beth Hunt.

THV offered the stability of having the same lineup through almost all those KATV changes.

But, don't be so dumb as to think it was something THV did to make those viewers switch.

It has always been about what KATV did or didn't do that drove people away.

BJ Sams was on primetime news forever and a day to DISMAL ratings.

Robyn Richardson (Lowery) was doing morning cut-ins for years to DISMAL ratings.

Don't tell me Tom Brannon is a ratings driver.

KATV is and always will be THV's best ratings driver in the mornings. Morning, noon, and night, Arkansas's TV viewers have been and always will be KATV's to win or lose!

 
At 4:55 PM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what you're really saying is...

that THV's ratings are by default?

That KATV ALLOWS THV to have the number one show in the mornings for the past 5 plus years? It's a loaner?

That BJ, Robyn & Tom are not ratings drivers? (Boy what you smokin') Hmmmmm I guess they weren't popular enough to take away the number one slot in the mornings that KATV invented and THV then re-invented? Wait, it's a loaner until someone says THV give KATV's ratings back.

Or maybe, it's because KATV was too blind to realize that they had the wrong people in place for hmmmm... let's see here...the past eight years?

The only reason THV's morning ratings exist is because KATV lets them exist?

PLEASE get a HALF a clue and stop living in the past. This is just so KATV - Arrogant. No, wait I give most of the folks at KATV more credit. Unfortunately there is no help for you.

You really need help. Why can't you just admit a good butt-whipping when you've had one?

 
At 5:05 PM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe that someone would be so bitter about THV doing so well in the morning. Do I sense a horrible case of the ugly green monster? To come up with some big list of why they are #1 by such a landslide and then say it's not b/c they're any good? Please. Matt and Julie were let go because 11 beat them. I agree with the sour grapes poster. Jealousy brings out the worst in people. You can put your ridiculous spin on it all day, but the fact is, people do really like BJ, Robyn, AND Tom, and yes, they are all ratings drivers. The proof is in the Nielsen book. Get over yourself.

 
At 5:10 PM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is about the most arrogant thing I have ever heard. All ratings are driven by KATV even on other stations? I used to watch you guys in the morning, but I turned to 11 today to see what it looked like, and they are much more interesting than 7. And after the arrogant comment that obviously came from a KATV employee, you lost me.

 
At 8:46 PM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people on the news are what drive the ratings. Whether it's morning or evening or whenever. To turn it around and try to make it look like it's due to another station's decisions and not the talent is just plain ignorant. You are not a very good sales person.

 
At 8:58 PM, May 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ENVY. Move on.

 
At 4:35 AM, May 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I am gonna be the lone defender of the cocky KATV poster, and I am not a KATV employee. I actually work for a competitor which will remain nameless.:) The morning viewership for both our stations consists mostly of folks KATV let go by putting people on the air they didn't like. To our credit, we haven't given them back. It's a fact that THV has brought some new, younger viewers into the mix with the style of program. But, the vast majority used to watch KATV.

MY dad once told me something that I still believe rings true today, although it will be less and less as time goes on. Our house, like most others, was a KATV home for many, many years in the 80s and 90s. People miss those days when they were so good. KATV was a station we could all be proud of. We'd show our relatives coming in from out of town a KATV cast and they'd say "Wow."

I believe people want to see KATV rise again, so they can come home again and reconnect with the good old days.

I know this sounds strange coming from a competitor, but I talk to my friends and family about this from time to time. No anchor team in this market has come close to Andy, Gina, Betsy, Ned, Paul, Ron, and Lorie.

That team will likely never be together again. But, I get the feeling Arkansans want one like it to emerge- preferably in the "Spirit of Arkansas."

 
At 4:57 AM, May 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say they could never work together again......all it would take is money. Granted...lots of it...particularly for Andy and Ron...but it's humanly possible. Gina doesn't have that great a gig in St.Louis anymore, so I'd bet she would listen.

I realize that may sound far-fetched, and it is. But, it's humanly possible if KATV wanted to do it and was willing to open their wallets and spend whatever is necessary.

They need to bring back the old news openings, jingles, and graphics package from the 1993-1995 era too. Those were sooo good!

Dare to dream...but if all that were to happen...4 and 11 can kiss it goodbye! KATV would post even higher ratings than they did then! Nostalgia would run wild all over Arkansas!

Dare to dream.:)

 
At 7:51 AM, May 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coulda, shoulda, woulda.

If it was that easy to bypass THV in the morning why hasn't one of the other's done it.

For the record..I DO NOT WORK FOR A TV STATION!

 
At 5:06 PM, May 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt that Ron would leave making his mi$$ions to go back to KATV. I don't care how much they offerd him, it would be enough to get up at 3:00am to go to work.

Yes the vast majority DID watch KATV. If I'm not mistaken, Matt and Julie had a good thing in the mid 90s. I think even Vic worked weekday mornings before they brought in Matt and Julie. The chemistry (or lack there-of)between Matt and Julie just didn't work. It did for those tried and true KATV viewers who didn't have another channel on their tv's and followed Matt and Julie until their departure. However, THV did beat 7 BEFORE Matt and Julie were dismissed. Look back at the ratings I think you'll be surprised just how quickly KTHV caught up and passed them. Channel 4 took viewers from 7 as well. THV took viewers from both, and now you combine the numbers between 4 and 7 and you get 11 ratings numbers. Just look at the Feb. numbers posted by Arkansas Business. Do they even let KATV's people look at the book?

Back in the early 90's KATV had a solid hold. So what happened? I think it began when Andy and Ron left then Gina. Ned and Paul have stayed true. Even Ed Buckner (Arkansas Weatherman) has taken viewers away from KATV over the years. The great thing about this market is, it's going to fluctuate and go through cycles. Hold on for a bumpy ride.

 
At 3:41 PM, May 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for Ron.....you just minimize his show prep by having staffers do all the work. They could allow him a 4:30ish arrival, giving him enough time to read over everything. Rom (Steve)likes mula! haha I bet he would listen.

You guys might think that's crazy...but something has to be done! They're not just gonna concede the mornings to THV like some of you think they should!

 
At 3:43 PM, May 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Sherman DID return to Daybreak for a while in the late 90s, didn't he?

 
At 7:15 PM, May 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No he didn't. And no he won't come back either.

 
At 7:16 PM, May 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for conceding.... THV has beaten them the past five years in the morning ratings. That white flag was raised years ago.

 
At 5:45 PM, May 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm from Little Rock, working in television in Dallas. Do you think an ethnic person on KATV's morning show would be accepted by Arkansas Viewers?

 
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