Saturday, December 16, 2006

KATV Parent Company To Buy KFSM

An inside source tells ATN, "Virginia based broadcasting group Allbritton Communications Company to buy KFSM-TV (Ft. Smith/Fayetteville)from New York Times. They have been visiting KATV (LR) and KFSM (NWA) for the past few weeks."

69 Comments:

At 11:23 AM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KFSM just hired a new reporter to be on 3 times a week and do production on the weekends.

 
At 11:46 AM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting.

I saw Tara Campbell anchoring today. She was chosen to sit in the chair over Sara Lasure. Sara repeatedly gets the shaft. Hopefully Sara will get promoted to KATV.

 
At 11:47 AM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The person KFSM hired used to work at KFTA but left out of frustration.

 
At 11:48 AM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tara would be good at KATV but they just hired a group of new people. Will have to wait till some move markets

 
At 12:14 PM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've worked at an Allbritton station before. Pretty much sucked. Talk about morale going down. They also have a reputation of cleaning house.

 
At 12:29 PM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Left out of frustration or left to handle a family situation?

 
At 1:17 PM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The interesting twist in all this is that KATV has a great working relationship with KHBS/KHOG (ABC. If it's true, KFSM (CBS)would now also be in bed with KATV. What would this do for the relationship between KFSM and KTHV(CBS)? Would KTHV lose its connection to Northwest Arkansas or would they still trade because both are CBS affiliates ?

 
At 1:52 PM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary Marsh left to handle a family situation and is now at KFSM

 
At 3:28 PM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this means Craig O'Neill wont be getting his Hog highlights anymore.

And we have a new home for ARSN broadcasts in NWA.

Brilliant!

Plus, KATV now has a western Arkansas sister-station to get all the early WINTER STTTTOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRMMMMMM warnings!

 
At 5:53 PM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One would hope this helps Hearst buy out the rest of the NYT stations. (Albritton buys the ones in non-competing markets, Hearst buys the others.)

 
At 8:21 PM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who wants to bet this doesn't happen? Put your money where your mouth is! I wouldn't go as far to say that THV has a relationship with KFSM. That is a stretch. No more than just affiliations. I think KATV relationship is a lot stronger with KHBS. Plus it's not an automatic on the ARSN package switching. Daddy Frank likes his KNWA relationship and don't kid yourself into thinking that Little Daddy Dale has the final word. Did I mention I would bet anyone that wants to wager on KATV and KFSM being sis stations?

 
At 8:43 PM, December 16, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also know of two other companies that have been in direct talks with NYT but haven't made PUBLIC showings at the local station. Those are the ones that usually end up with the keys. NYT was also at Equity's building in LR a few weeks back. That doesn't make sense. I think we better all hold on. There is no telling who we will all end up working for soon.

 
At 9:44 AM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the FCC approved the NYT buy of KFSM since they owned stations in Tulsa and LR?

 
At 10:34 AM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary Marsh left to handle a family situation and is now at KFSM

1:52 PM, December 16, 2006

Nice try, but we know the real reason why KNWA let her go. Why do you keep trying to defend her. You are probably the same person saying Ginny Barksdale was sick and she was not fired from KNWA. The fact is she was fired. Come up with something better next time. You must be a real genius.

 
At 12:36 PM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you know what the real reason is then share it and source your info. You obviously don't care if you make someone mad because all you do is run people down from KNWA.

 
At 12:36 PM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no FCC issues with other markets.

 
At 2:19 PM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet Van Comer wishes he hadn't thrown Dale Nicholson under the bus as a sports anchor, now that Dale's granddaddy and Allbritton might have a say in Comer's future.

You know what they say, what goes around comes around.

 
At 4:28 PM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Blog is a joke.

Truth is, several buyers were in town over the last few weeks. Albritton was just one of about 5 potential owners who visited the area. Hearst was not one of them. NYT will announce within the week.

 
At 5:09 PM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are wrong. Mary was fired. I guess her and Ginny finally ended up having something in common after all. They just couldn't keep up with THE SARGE.

 
At 5:45 PM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new owner will blow you away!! It will shock us all. What and see. By the way, Van will be packing his bags.

 
At 10:04 PM, December 17, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary was not fired. End of story. She is working for KFSM now and is in a much better place than KFTA. The guy who hides behind blasting mary all the time is just spreading libel behind anonymous comments.

 
At 4:49 AM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, help me understand something. we're supposed to BELIEVE that Marsh's problems were SOO serious that she had to quickly pack up and leave, but only to come back a couple of months later at a different station. YEAH RIGHT!! she just wasn't happy at KFTA and she needs to be WOMAN enough to admit it. and everything was that good for her at KFTA, why didn't they have her back. Mary Marsh, QUIT BLOGGING ON HERE DEFENDING YOURSELF AND TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!!! YOUR STORY'S NOT CONVINCING.

 
At 8:03 AM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truth. Mary's grandfather had a stroke. Her mother takes care of her special needs sister and her grandparents so she had to move home. You tool! Stop talking out your rear end and hating on people. KFTA was not a fun place to work true but she had to leave bacausse her mother could not take care of her sick grandfather had keep her sister at home. It was either that or put her in a group home. So shut up and leave the girl alone!

 
At 8:43 AM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one has purchased KFSM yet. The company visits go on this week. Get your facts straight.

 
At 12:24 PM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 8:04, why don't you libel a couple of deez!

 
At 12:35 PM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Aaron and Ginny get engaged?

 
At 12:38 PM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:03 and 8:04 must have something shady going on. Mary quit posting on here and trying to defend yourself. We know what really happened. Have you updated your myspace profile since what happened with KNWA?

 
At 12:38 PM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Mary was not fired. End of story. She is working for KFSM now and is in a much better place than KFTA. The guy who hides behind blasting mary all the time is just spreading libel behind anonymous comments.

10:04 PM, December 17, 2006

Why don't you spread some libel on a couple of deez!

 
At 12:39 PM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary was told to never re-enter the building again. END OF STORY

 
At 12:49 PM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would she want to ever enter the building again?

 
At 3:38 PM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Mary and what does she have to do with Albritton potentially buying KFSM? NOTHING!

 
At 8:27 PM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

GEEZ, people, would you learn to stay on topic for once? Quit making this your own personal gossip boards and STFU, 'k?

 
At 10:45 PM, December 18, 2006, Anonymous George said...

Why don't some of you grow up? Mary is a great young lady and is a hard worker. Just lay off and leave her alone. I never knew Ginny all that well but I would think regardless of what she's done or how she's acted that you all still need to stop being rude to her. Keep on topic and stop acting like children.

 
At 1:20 AM, December 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A-Men to that!

 
At 1:34 AM, December 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet Mary will buy KFSM!

 
At 10:22 AM, December 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is natural for a company that has a talented individual leave because they are being mistreated to slander that individual as much as possible so that it doesnt look so bad when that same individual shows up happy at rival station. Too bad it doesnt work as most people know why that individual left and know that she is in a much better and happier place.

 
At 8:16 PM, December 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arkansas Business is reporting that Andy Pearson has departed THV to pursue other opportunties...

 
At 9:15 PM, December 19, 2006, Anonymous an oBserver said...

Good for Andy. If he's smart (and he is), he'll get out of broadcasting.

There are some unbelieveably petty, manipulative lying posters on this blog. Must be fun waking up and going to work every day wondering about what the guy/gal in the next cubicle is posting about you. Truth doesn't seem to be an issue on this blog. You people throw out whatever lies that you please without regard to the consequences.

I must conclude that station managers are participating because otherwise they would have the site blocked. Hey GM's--wanna make some more money at your station? Wanna see employee productivity skyrocket? Block this site and force your workers to post and read from home.

Just a thought.

 
At 11:40 AM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since it has been so debated here, let me be the first to say it...

KFSM pulls off huge win in November book leads in HH and demos in all newscasts!

 
At 12:39 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know how KFSM "wins."

Their product stinks.

 
At 2:32 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe because they are better than you and you just don't know it?

 
At 2:38 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A) Garret Lewis, Brad Flickinger and Kendra Kent.

B) They don't have Cannon.

C) They don't have giant sponsor logos on crawl at the bottom of the screen.

D) Content. They deliver content that viewers actually want, not just what consultants suggest.

E) Mike Irwin really does win in sports, no matter what anyone says.

F) They recognized three years ago that they were on a downward trend, that they needed to change, and they did it.

 
At 4:39 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know channel 5's own news director posted on this blog..congrats for being a true homer!

 
At 5:15 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

C) They don't have giant sponsor logos on crawl at the bottom of the screen.

Someone does this? I really don't know.

 
At 5:30 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't take a News Director to see all the flaws in this market.

KFSM has figured out how to capitalize on the other stations lack of experience crappy series pieces.

KNWA: Sending main talent to Mississippi for Hog Game = $800

KHOG: Sponsoring their school closings +$1200

KFSM: Relevant local content, good story telling, and accurate meteorologists, oh and Mike Irwin = priceless.

 
At 5:51 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

*Addition

It doesn't take a News Director to see all the flaws in this market.

KFSM has figured out how to capitalize on the other stations lack of experience crappy series pieces.

KNWA: Sending main talent to Mississippi for Hog Game = $800

KHOG: Sponsoring their school closings +$1200

KFSM: Relevant local content, good story telling, and accurate meteorologists, oh and Mike Irwin = priceless.


KNWA: GM spends more time worrying about how his office is going to turn out & how many people he can send to cover the hogs..

 
At 6:25 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, not to ding the people that work at KNWA, because they are just like everyone else in the business, but that last one about the GM and his office is on the mark. They can't win with the Apple Dumpling Gang running the show over there, and never will. MM had the right idea -- move over where the management has the top numbers, even if they've been put up for sale...

 
At 6:38 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, sounds like its going to be a loooong, cooooold winter for the folks at 40/29 and knwa. could be be a.... WINTER STORRRRRMMMMM!!!!

 
At 6:39 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

all of you people who like to criticize 5's gm and nd on here have to admit one thing... they put together a team that kicked your butts.

 
At 8:16 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 'Winter Storm' stuff is really getting old. 5 may win the ratings, but I doubt their winning the demos. 5 claims #1 status based on the senior citizens watching. Let's wait until all the numbers come out before you claim victory.

 
At 9:27 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actual quote from KNWA's website regarding AM Anchor Job:

{Look into this job and you`ll see why when a top network executive recently visited the station, he said, "I`ve been to a lot of stations around the country, but this is one of the coolest I have ever seen!"}

WTF? Anyone know why Fox24 at 9 wasn't on tonight? I miss The Sarge.

 
At 10:42 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox24 has viewers?

 
At 11:45 PM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 9:27.. You have to turn on your tv first.. dumbass!

 
At 8:35 AM, December 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, 8:16, 5 won the demos too. In fact, they have won them for the past year. You are wayyyy out of touch.

And in case you have noticed, the ratings came out yesterday.

 
At 8:42 AM, December 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 won the 25-54 demos at 5:30 a.m., 6 a.m., noon, 5 p.m., 10 p.m. and all shows on weekends. 6 p.m. is a tie with 40/29.

5 won households across the boards in every show, 7 days a week.

 
At 11:20 AM, December 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually, looking at the numbers, 5 won the 25-54 at 6 too.

 
At 1:07 PM, December 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Aaron broke up Ginny and Alan. I guess Ginny still has her Cocker Spaniel, Millie. Will Alan be paying for dog food?

 
At 4:23 PM, December 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was channel surfing last night and noticed that NBC programming was on Fox all night, with no Fox newscast. I thought it was odd KNWA News aired on Fox at 10.

 
At 2:46 AM, December 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I called Channel 5 to confirm allbritton deal.Channel 5 says it is false information and it should not be here.Their said their got several bidders.Call for yourselves.

 
At 2:48 AM, December 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the NBC programs on Fox,I figure it was techincal glitch.

 
At 12:03 PM, December 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not know that michelle rupp was a cabbage patch doll and jewish and a robin at the same time,WOW.

 
At 1:04 PM, December 22, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF is the above comment about? Really can somebody explain

 
At 6:10 PM, December 22, 2006, Anonymous Mr Blackwell said...

"Winter storm is tired" is 2007's winter storm

 
At 8:46 PM, December 24, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am already down here at katv and i really covered up who i am and you will never figure me out Guess Who!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 2:10 AM, December 25, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be nice to the ND they put up with alot of BS! Please Love your ND. Thank You and Merry Christmas Y'all! And another thing, Will come ppl loose there jobs because some other company bought the station?

 
At 7:28 PM, January 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarge can just go kiss it.. She is just a blonde that gets paid to sit there and read Neile & Matt's scripts for 10.. Go back to mommy and daddy Sarge... You look so fake..!

 
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Mary Marsh is hot!

 
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