Wednesday, January 10, 2007

KLRT Beefing Up Staff for Evening Newscast

Looks as though KLRT is readying itself for the launch of a evening newscast later this year. On the station's website, KLRT is advertising for a News Reporter, News Producer, News Associate Producer, Assignment’s Manager, Non-Linear Editor, Web Content Producer, and Production Personnel. It ought to be interesting to see how big of a hunk KLRT can pull away from the other guys.

22 Comments:

At 10:14 PM, January 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should carve out a niche in the mornings like that are trying to do at 9 p.m. I like WGN's model in Chicago, morning, noon and nine.

 
At 8:21 AM, January 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they did a morning show, could KARK's ratings get any lower? Is there such an animal as a NEGATIVE rating ????

 
At 8:28 AM, January 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only way they'll get a number is by not going head to head with any of the the big three.

If they try and compete head to head they'll never do much of anything.

 
At 9:07 AM, January 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you NOT go head to head with any of the big three? There'd be no other choice. And as long as their product would be better, over time, they'd do plenty of something. All three of the big three's morning shows are just too boring. FOX could jazz it up a bit with some invigorating talent and hip new ideas.

 
At 9:34 AM, January 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch out you never know what might happen!!!!!!

 
At 10:01 AM, January 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/section.asp?secID=3

KLRT Newscast to Compete Early Evenings
By Arkansas Business Staff
12/25/2006


If KLRT-TV, Channel 16 gets its way, it’ll have a competing newscast in the early evenings sometime next year.

With its “Fox News at Nine” running for an hour before the big three affiliates kick off their nightly newscasts at 10 p.m., it’s still unclear if KLRT will attempt a 4 p.m., 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. project.

Chuck Spohn, general manager for Clear Channel in Little Rock, announ-ced at a staff meeting last week that the strategic plan he presented to corporate ownership in November was approved.

“That approval came on [Dec. 19],” Spohn said. “The plan was approved in whole, which included news expansion.”

Despite Clear Channel’s recent announcement that KLRT and KASN-TV, Channel 38, its CW affiliate, would be among the television stations it’s trying to sell, Spohn said the approval was still a good sign.

“It demonstrates complete confidence in these properties and this staff,” he said. “Despite being for sale, our current ownership was willing to continue to invest. … While we are for sale, we are not just another lame duck; we are not contracting; we are expanding.”

Spohn has said all along he didn’t expect any major changes because of the sale, and feels that an expanded news footprint is essential to the long-term success of Little Rock’s television operation.

You’ll remember reading in Whispers last week that Michael Fabac, the station’s founding news director, is leaving for an NBC affiliate in Austin, Texas (see Outtakes, Page 30 for more). Spohn said he wouldn’t nail down a launch date for the newscast until “sometime in January,” possibly after Fabac’s replacement is found.

 
At 10:54 AM, January 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more thing to suck at, Congratulations,

 
At 2:18 PM, January 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you know anything about FOX...local stations do newscasts at 5:30pm not at 5pm or 6pm. I wish newspaper reporters/editors did research on television like they should do on every other story they write on.

 
At 3:39 PM, January 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen to the last poster. On the east coast, local Fox affiliates run a 630p evening news against the Big 3 National news, so here in Arkansas, a 530 newscast would make the most sense. It's hard to imagine them giving up their position as the only Big 4 station to have a full hour of Prime Access from 6-7pm.

As for all the comments on this blog regarding morning news on KLRT....well, nobody has mentioned a morning newscast on Fox, and it is a far different set of talent, stories, reporters, etc...to pull off any kind of local morning news vs. a local evening news. I wouldn't look to see a local morning show there anytime soon, sell or no sell on the properties.

 
At 7:01 PM, January 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox affils do news at all times. Not just 6:30 or 5:30. There are many that do news at 5 and 6 and some have tried to do it at 4 and failed. 4pm is not a good hour to sell news. Still can't get the hogh dollar per point you can get from a 5 or 6.

 
At 11:00 PM, January 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're beefing up all right....for the WINTER STOOOOORM!!!!!

 
At 8:18 AM, January 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 7:01 poster:
You are right, Fox affiliates around the country do news in all time slots...and quite successfully in Top 20 markets, the point was, that in Little Rock, a 5:30 pm local newscast would make the most sense for a first expansion of their news product, putting it up against national news on the Big 3. And giving viewers their only local news choice in the time slot.

 
At 9:43 AM, January 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox will do a hour long newscast starting at 5pm.

Morning news is coming

 
At 10:19 AM, January 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh, so that will cover the the other big three 5pm shows, AND the network news at 5:30. Smart move. We'll see if they can pull off an hour that much earlier.

 
At 11:26 AM, January 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that pregnant woman at Channel 11 never comes back. She's just not interesting

 
At 12:38 PM, January 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that's true and they go for the one-hour at 5pm...well good luck, and good for the rest of the stations too, because that is going to be a very tough go and will not hurt the other stations lead-ins at 6.

 
At 1:05 PM, January 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 11P-1/11/07

Normally I just ignore you but, frankly, your 1 phrase is as funny as broken p----. Why not find some other people to annoy?

 
At 2:23 PM, January 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the Fox GM is saying the company os behind the station even though they're probably getting sold. Anyone that's been in this busines more then a month knows the first person to go when new owners take over is the GM.

I wonddr if he's got another gig lined up with CC or if he's just in denial.

 
At 10:44 AM, January 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a buy out the GM does go but they also stay.

I guess the last poster didn't know that Dale Nichalson made it through 2.

 
At 8:52 PM, January 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like Kevin and Troy, and Donna is very cute. On the other hand the sports dept. is very weak, but not nearly as weak as the weekend anchor. Oh, and don't forget Tyler, he really pumps himself up, but he's so overzealous that it's hard to believe his stories.

 
At 9:48 PM, January 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to disagree about the sports department, they're probably the most solid part of that news operation, along with Kevin Kelly.

 
At 2:02 PM, February 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having worked for Chuck, and witnessed all of the department heads and other staff he has burned through in his tenure, I am sure this will be another great Spohn Production! All flash and no substance.

 

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