Friday, January 19, 2007

Channel 11 Hires Another Backpack Journalist

Arkansas Business.com is reporting that former Little Rock PR man Charles Crowson has been hired by KTHV as its second backpack journalist. Crowson leaves AB.com reports that Crowson's wife, Aryana, also works at KTHV as a THV 2 anchor.

44 Comments:

At 10:49 PM, January 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That dude's ego makes the galaxy look minuscule. I feel sorry for those who will have to deal with this prick.

 
At 11:51 PM, January 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nooooo Kidding!! Couldn't have said it better myself!

 
At 1:31 AM, January 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he looks just like andy pearson!

 
At 1:41 AM, January 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but can he handle a WINTER STOOOOOORRRRMMMM?!?!?

 
At 9:10 AM, January 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back Andy Pearson!

 
At 12:48 PM, January 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does this guy exist on TV? He is the reason I watch the other channels for sports if I wanted sick comedy I would find it, all I want is sports instead of (lip) service.

 
At 2:49 PM, January 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Translation again... Television stations are getting cheaper and cheaper! The product will suffer. What's next... just have the viewers send in their stories?

 
At 4:31 PM, January 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CNN is already doing that.

 
At 7:32 PM, January 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone see that old reporter gal from Bob Jones University on the Saturday KTHV Early News? She fronted a package concerning Senator Hillary Clinton's announcement of an exploratory committee being formed. She kept referring to the Senator as "Hillary" and the former President as "Bill." - Go back and review your AP Style Guide if you had those at Bob Jones University.
The newscast spent maybe a minute on a historical announcement - an announcement that includes the former First Lady of Arkansas running for President of the United States.
Of course being a Bob Jones University graduate, I'm sure she and the G.M. over there think Senator Clinton is an alien from another planet here on Earth to remove everyone's left nipple.

 
At 1:32 PM, January 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charles Crowson will be a great addition to Today's THV. He's a good writer, a tremendous researcher and owns a great work ethic. Competitors beware. He's smart, confident and hungry.

 
At 11:15 PM, January 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everybody say "HI ARAYANA!!!"

 
At 7:52 AM, January 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess Charles decided to write in.

 
At 8:12 AM, January 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Backpack Journalists are happening everywhere. Yes it's a cost cutting move, but it also allows for more on air reporters. Instead of having teams of reporters and photogs and even editors at some shops. You have one person. Lets say you have two reporters that only report. Then you need at least one if not two other people for their stories to hit air. So two reporters would require a minimum of 4 people if not more. With BPJs you can have 3 reporters and save one position towards the bottom line.

if you want to blame something, blame the web. The viewer is control of when they get their news. The days of waiting until 5 or 6 are over. Now with more reporters (BPJ's) you can cover more news and feed that need for news on the viewers schedule.

I'm guessing a majority of people that are on here complaining about BPJs are current photogs and editors that are worried about getting left out has TV changes.

Change is constant and change is not kind. It's going to happen wether you line it or not.

 
At 8:29 AM, January 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a pathetic job. How can the guy have a huge ego, when he has, such a meaningless job ?

 
At 9:26 AM, January 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who runs that newsroom? Gannett or KTHV?

 
At 10:05 AM, January 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm guessing a majority of people that are on here complaining about BPJs are current photogs and editors that are worried about getting left out has TV changes."

I'm a photog - but I hadn't posted on this topic until now. Keep in mind that the cream always rises to the top - not always immediately, but it happens eventually. Those who possess the skills will stay around. Those who adapt will thrive.

It's more about quanity vs. quality - and the almighty dollar. Corporate types look at the bottom line. There is no denying that the TV business is changing rapidly - due in big part to the web.

 
At 11:05 AM, January 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish he would pack Craig O'neil's bag so that there would be sports not juvenile humor.

 
At 12:20 PM, January 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And most reporters are deadweights, and too lazy to shoot and edit their own stories. God forbid those princesses deal with shabby equipment and do a job with multiple duties!

 
At 6:10 PM, January 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of photogs at KATV don't edit. Most of them claim to not even know how.

 
At 9:47 PM, January 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure he will do fine. he's a good reporter.

 
At 9:59 AM, January 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That new blonde anchor at KATV sucks.. and I think she really sucks.. how else would she have gotten that job ????

 
At 12:02 PM, January 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KFSM has hired a BPJ or two. Think other stations are also doing the same and using the BPJ for other duties like production past their reporting.

 
At 12:08 PM, January 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too many places just hire BJ journalists.....

 
At 2:04 PM, January 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

... or BJ Sams.

 
At 2:18 PM, January 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would make a great advertisement for Channel 11's morning show!

" Start your day with a BJ ! "

 
At 4:50 PM, January 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question is does letting crew become BPJ help or hurt. Lets the few of them that want more get a shot but is it really that good a breeding group for later on? False hope or another way forward for getting experience.

 
At 9:34 PM, January 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think that letting more people be "backpack journalist" really helps that much. In the end you get a bunch of folks that are really not talent mucking up the works. A few might move past the BJP place and on to real journalist jobs. So I guess it is ok for that small minority. Otherwise you end up with a bunch of production crew thinking they are die hard journalists

 
At 7:32 AM, January 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BPJs are happening in everywhere. The move is going to stick. Cut your teeth in a small market like Little Rock and you cold move on to bigger and better things.

Being a BPJ is a real "journalistic" job. It just requires a little thing called effort. funny how kids today don't want to work, but they want the success.

 
At 10:47 AM, January 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He'll need more than a backpack to cover the WIIIINNNT...well you know.

 
At 2:26 PM, January 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Working hard is over-rated. Much easier to stand in front of a camera, holding a mic, with good hair

 
At 4:54 PM, January 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stone Ward to KTHV. That has to be a huge paycut.

 
At 7:34 PM, January 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK we need to have a best BJP award for the coming year. That way some of us can figure out who all these new people are

 
At 1:00 AM, January 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple of phrases come to mind in regards to this issue...

"Jack of all trades, master of none."

"You get what you pay for."

Quality suffers whenever you make a move like this. It's all about the corporate types cutting their bottom line. One person doing the jobs of two - wow, think of all the money you'll save. One set of eyes cannot pay as much attention to detail as two - it's black and white. You can't be in two places at once, but if you have a reporter/photog team on a story - it makes gathering pictures/sound/information quick and efficient. Don't get me wrong, I think that Mike Duncan does a good job in the BPJ role - and Charlie might do fine as well. I just think that you're trading quality for quanity - and if that's what you're after, then more power to ya.

 
At 1:10 PM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I caused that rally brotha!
Houston Nutt II

 
At 1:10 PM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave my dad alone!
Houston Nutt III

 
At 2:17 PM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does THV keep "cutting corners" when they bring in more revenue than any other station in the market? Who is getting the big bucks over there?

 
At 3:08 PM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry the Cat.

 
At 5:39 PM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous an oBserver said...

3:08PM

You are confusing Larry the Cat with Larry the Washed Up Anchor That Gannett took pity upon and made a GM.

 
At 11:20 PM, January 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ouch!

 
At 11:17 AM, January 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this guy is horrible!!!!

 
At 9:10 AM, February 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked for the guy when I was in college. He is a genuine, nice guy.

 
At 7:22 AM, February 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work for Grandpa.

Dale Nicholson III

 
At 9:49 AM, February 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can Dale Nicholson III even get in the air with a straight face? We all know he didn't have to compete for the job !

 
At 12:00 PM, February 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTHV is very bad on job profiling and racial profiling as well and that entire bunch is very ignorant.

 

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