Thursday, January 25, 2007

Roberts Leaves KARK

Arkansas TV News can confirm that KARK anchor Barbara Roberts has resigned and will not be returning to the station following maternity leave. Roberts' last day on the air at KARK was August 15,2006.

61 Comments:

At 4:26 PM, January 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbara Roberts is a class act lady. I assume she resigned to spend more time with her children while they are young. I wonder if Melissa or Matt will be her replacement. I think they are both doing a wonderful job on the morning shows, especially Melissa. Best wishes to Barbara and her family.

 
At 5:06 PM, January 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heck no! Kim Betton will be her replacement! No coincidence KARK snatched her up!

 
At 9:20 PM, January 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barabara was definitely a class act and will be missed on the air. Best wishes to her and her family.

 
At 7:38 AM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We miss you, Barbara!

 
At 8:14 AM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why on earth would anyone want to see Kim Betton on a regular basis!?! She's a terrible reporter, and did a horrible job while fill-in anchoring. I can't understand why KARK picked her up from Fox!!

 
At 8:46 AM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think she did a wonderful job and any mom would feel the same way. You miss out on those special moments, and the tv biz isn't just an 8 hour a day job. I hope the best for her.

 
At 12:03 PM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck Barbara...and I really like Kim Betton!

 
At 1:24 PM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbara should've gotten Jancey's job.

 
At 2:18 PM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She has to get out before the WIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNTEEEEERR STOOOOOOOORM!!!!!

 
At 6:04 PM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim betton is a class act!

 
At 7:58 PM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:44 p.m. doesn't know grammar. it should be "you're."

 
At 9:49 PM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your baby, Barbara!

 
At 11:51 PM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
Kim betton is a class act!

6:04 PM, January 26, 2007"

Why can't you Clear Channel people seem to learn that simply saying something nice about somebody doesn't erase the fact that you lied to and screwed them?

 
At 11:59 PM, January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim is a welcome addition to KARK.

Also, why are legitimate comments being deleted on this post?

 
At 8:10 AM, January 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:58 thanks for the spelling lesson...love WIN

 
At 10:19 AM, January 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:58 pm I do know grammar,Kelsey and I have drank many beers together.Thank you for the english lesson though.....We need more loving and caring posters like yourself who think of others before themselves......

 
At 10:38 PM, January 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbara was the most boring news anchor I have ever seen. Watching the noon show on KARK was like death become us....always fell asleep within the first minute

 
At 8:53 AM, January 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbara was a lot like Alice Stewart... both older and both boring.

 
At 11:03 AM, January 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A BJ is always better than a Barbara !!!!!

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

Barbara was a good anchor, and Alice was a good anchor/reporter. I'd watch either of them over Dawn Scott and Pam Smith.

 
At 12:12 PM, January 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Pam Smith still on T V?

I watch 7 news on the weekend when she does not anchor.

 
At 12:30 PM, January 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh-oh. One wonders whether Dawn Scott will get the same idea. Motherhood Vs. Crazy THV.

 
At 2:30 PM, January 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV needs to replace Pam Smith with Anne Pressly on a permanent basis.

 
At 7:30 PM, January 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a great idea.

Sincerely, KTHV & KARK

 
At 10:39 AM, January 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

katv needs to get some seasoned reporters who know what they are doing. katv used to lead the pack with seasoned veteran reporters.

 
At 8:44 AM, January 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV goes for good-looking women... they do not care about journalism !

 
At 2:00 PM, January 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seasoned reported? Sounds like OLD BAGS to me! Who wants news, when we can have a hottie parade?

 
At 4:35 PM, January 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always enjoyed watching Barbara on the early morning show. I never had a chance to see her on the noon show, though. As for the morning show, I hardly watch it anymore because I find Matt Mosler to be so annoying.

 
At 9:12 AM, February 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least we don't have to see Barbara's weave anymore !

 
At 12:33 PM, February 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

katv has no interest in finding real reporters who know how to dig up and investigate stories. they go for the good-looking college grads who think they're doing a good job by smiling and giggling into the camera.

 
At 9:48 PM, February 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"At least we don't have to see Barbara's weave anymore !"

Do NOT criticize Barbara's hair!!!!

 
At 8:55 AM, February 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristin Fisher is a great example of that. She looks great but has no talent. I mean it seems it would take EFFORT to stay as monotone as she does when reading, but she does ! Same thing with that new blonde (chemically blonde) anchor woman that KATV hired. No emotion, just robotic reading.

 
At 8:57 AM, February 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Castleman is the true CLOWN of Arkansas television. He frosts his hair, wears too much make-up and dresses like a pimp. And he loved slamming Mr. Food. Too bad that Mr. Food has a bigger career than Chris ever will! I mean, doing morning weather in Jonesboro, how bad can it get ?

 
At 10:31 AM, February 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IS the winter storm reference about Tom Brannon? I was watching tv this morning and noticed he said it a couple of times.....just wondering because I don't know.

 
At 12:15 PM, February 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't we talk about Barbara's weave ?????

 
At 12:31 PM, February 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, we can talk about it, but only if you say good things.

 
At 11:15 PM, February 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

winter storm reference is coming out of nwa. good grief, a meteorologist can't say the words winter storm now without it being questioned?

 
At 10:04 AM, February 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Said made a comment about Channel 4's morning show and said they were doing a good job.

You have got to be kidding. It's like watching local access in Peoria, IL. Melissa and Matt act like a frat boy and sorority sister.

They just finished up a featured segment where Matt brought Melissa (a norhtener) duck hunting for the first time. It was ridiculous, a slight to real duck hunter. All Channel 4 wanted to do was to bring out the pretty girl and dress her up and as she acted like a stereotypical helpless female. They should just make a reality shoe and be done with it.

Melissa Simas should be ashamed to let her image as a journalist be sullied by these ratings stunts. She looks cheap. Matt looks cheap for playing along and making comments about Melissa's looks. Most of all, Channel 4 looks cheap for allowing this to go on air.

 
At 10:07 AM, February 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the above should say:

"someone" said.

and "show" not shoe.

sorry, everybody. type to fast for my own well-being.

 
At 10:36 AM, February 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like the above poster is very resentful and jealous. I found the story quite interesting, but I guess I am a "stereotypical helpless female" also. Several people at my work enjoyed the story. It made great "water cooler conversation". Several hunters (male and female) started telling the first hunt (deer, duck...)stories and about what happened when children and grandchildren went hunting the first time. Personally, when my Dad took me hunting, I cared nothing for the cold & my feet got wet inside my boots. I never went back again. Kudos to Melissa for getting out there and being willing to go back again. In my opinion, KARK did what the story was probably meant to do...get people talking and watching. Ask the advertisers and sales teams anywhere, nothing cheap in that.

 
At 10:41 AM, February 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who cares if Melisssa Simas Is a "northener" you dumb... redneck.

 
At 2:51 PM, February 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melissa Simas by far the strongest news person on any morning show in this market.

 
At 8:28 PM, February 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's absolutely the truth. Not just the morning shows... but most of the evening shows as well.

 
At 7:17 AM, February 04, 2007, Blogger observer said...

I thought Matt's comments about Melissa's looks were inappropriate, and certainly irrelevant to duck hunting. The KARK morning show is still the best one on local TV and Melissa does a good job at the anchor desk. But in my opinion, Tracy Douglass is the best part of the show. She certainly is the most versatile, doing live shots, weather fill ins, interview segments and now Arkansas Showcase. My understanding is she has been contacted on more than one occasion by Frank Magid and Associates. Apparently her talents are also appreciated by those outside of Arkansas.

 
At 11:21 AM, February 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

being contacted by Magid means nothing. They are a dime a dozen.

 
At 3:29 PM, February 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what? Tracy's still the best part of the show.

 
At 8:49 AM, February 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone's office still have a water cooler ????

 
At 8:58 PM, February 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, it is serviced by Mountain Valley or whatever the bottled water company is with the blue label. It's real fancy and heats the water up for us also. Makes us all feel real special when we make hot chocolate.

Back to the original topic.

Best of luck to you Barbara. I hope you enjoy time with your family or whatever you decide to do.

 
At 11:03 PM, February 05, 2007, Blogger observer said...

In response to the person who commented on Tracy's anatomy.

Apparently the choice of words I used to describe why I felt Tracy was the best part of the KARK morning show, had a few to many syllables in them for you. I came to this conclusion since your comment refering to her physical attributes was obviously a reflection of your vast vocabulary and high intellect. Tell me oh anonymous one, how did you come this incredible revelation?
Was this meant to be a compliment to Tracy or a slight? Did you intend to insult Melissa also? Or, maybe ... just maybe ... a truly original, intelligent thought is just to difficult for you and high school locker room talk is all you can muster.

 
At 8:47 AM, February 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The above poster expects intelligent thought in here? Good luck !

 
At 9:30 AM, February 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Observer only started coming here this month. She hasn't learned that posters need to be thick-skinned and take few things seriously, in here !

 
At 6:58 PM, February 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barbara's hair wasn't real?

 
At 7:55 PM, February 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could always tell that it was a windy day because Barbara's hair would be off-center.

 
At 11:25 PM, February 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her hair looked good every day. More importantly, she seemed to do a good job. Too bad the station isn't telling viewers what's going on. Many will still be wondering when she's coming back from maternity leave.

 
At 10:10 AM, February 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: the last poster.

I think it said she would not be returning from maternity leave. Quite a few women and families make this decision. Duh! Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure, hey I want to spend some time with my children while they are young. Why try to make something sinister out of it?

 
At 12:25 AM, February 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: the last poster

She did NOT say on air that she wouldn't be returning from maternity leave. In fact, Melissa said on the noon show just two or three weeks ago that she was "in for Barbara Roberts."

It's fine and dandy if she wants to be with the kids but viewers have a right to know that a familiar face won't be returning.

So no one is trying to say anything sinister but you.

Pay attention to the facts and "DUH" yourself.

 
At 1:58 PM, February 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With no job how is she going to pay for that new truch she just brought and that home by the golf course!
She is not working!

 
At 1:58 PM, February 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With no job how is she going to pay for that new truch she just brought and that home by the golf course!
She is not working!

 
At 2:00 PM, February 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

she can always go back to new york.

 
At 10:47 AM, May 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It took Barbara FOREVER to finally learn how to read script. She was boring and made mistake after mistake. Maybe KARK can do a better job in the future hiring experienced and prepared reports/anchors.

 
At 3:14 AM, September 25, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris Castleman is the CLASS of Arkansas TV. He's polished. Smooth. And easy on the eyes. On top of which he is truly a good guy. Don't be a hater. Castleman's been places in this business most of us will never see. Good luck Chris.

 

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