Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Letter From Anne On Her Retirement

During the Christmas holidays of 2005, my husband, Ralph, and I took a long walk and talked about the future of our family. We were prompted in large part by the fact that my contract at THV was up for renewal. I decided at that time that I would renew my contract at Channel 11 for two more years and then retire. How quickly that time has come.

The eve of my first day as an intern at KTHV was during the summer of 1979. I could not sleep because of my excitement. I had already spent my high school years at another television station in town as an Explorer Scout—a co-ed division of the Boy Scouts--and was certain that my career would be in television news. Then in 1982, armed with a college degree, Robert L. Brown, the President, General Manager and an owner of KTHV, took a leap of faith and gave me my first job.

I consider myself blessed to have been born in Arkansas. I have always loved this state’s breathtaking beauty and her incredible people. Many you have watched me on the news through the years. You have allowed me to make mistakes and helped me grow in my profession. It has been my privilege to share some of your stories with our viewers. My decision to remain in Arkansas was largely because of you and I can never thank you enough for your dedication and friendship.

It has been said that change is both good and inevitable. At this point in my life, I am finding this to be true.

During the course of my career, this industry has gone from using film to tape, to digital technology, to live streaming on the World Wide Web. And I’ve watched this once locally-owned television station become part of Gannett Broadcasting. The members of this THV family have come and gone through the years, each having brought something of value to the table. There is a spirit of genuine caring that prevails here. THVers care about each other, and they care about the people they reach each day. I leave here confident that this tradition will continue, and I feel proud knowing that I was once part of the wonderfully talented team here.

So, as I shift my focus to my family full-time, I look forward to redefining myself. I imagine that, eventually, I will work again. But for the immediate future, I plan on spending less time in front of a mirror, rediscovering the joys of reading for pleasure, and cooking without a microwave. I’ll help my sons with their homework, and may even manage to clean out a few closets. And even though you won’t see me every night, I’ll still be around. Only now, you’ll most likely find me in the grocery store or carpool line, and wearing a lot less makeup.

Thank you all. I will miss you.

Anne

65 Comments:

At 9:53 PM, October 16, 2007, Blogger Ryan said...

I had the opportunity to have lunch with Anne and few others several years ago while working on a project with the Children's Miracle Network. She seemed like a very nice lady.

Anne, I wish you all the best and I really hope I can retire after 25 years, too!

Take care,
Ryan

 
At 7:32 AM, October 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just marry a rich guy

 
At 11:05 AM, October 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a sweet and funny letter from Anne. She is a class act. Best wishes to her and her family.

 
At 11:35 AM, October 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only worked at one station.

 
At 12:21 PM, October 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you saying working only at one station is good or bad? I would say it's good. It's not easy to work at the same place 5 or 10 years, much less 25.

 
At 1:00 PM, October 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Especially when you don't pull any numbers. Seriously, how did she stay at a station for so long and do so bad.

 
At 1:39 PM, October 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, how long have you been where you are, 1:00? And what kind of numbers are you pulling in?

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

Are you saying working only at one station is good or bad? I would say it's good.

Makes for an abbreviated resume'.

 
At 2:56 PM, October 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you Anne, Arkansas broadcasting is losing another good one.

 
At 3:21 PM, October 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what kind of numbers are you pulling in?


Show me where any of her shows are number 1. Heck show me where they're even a close #2.

 
At 4:51 PM, October 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If she's not leaving until January, why are they announcing it now?

I'm sure Anne doesn't like it, but it's nice to have something somewhat controversial to talk about for a change.

The question is will these two blogs generate enough entries to beat Win Noble? That was this blogs heyday... :)

 
At 6:24 PM, October 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The question is will this blog generate enough to beat Ole Miss and give Huston the backing that he needs to win. That is the question. Come on people, let's get behind our coach and do something.

 
At 6:58 PM, October 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will always be these class act A list Anchors who have made a mark on our industry. I worked in Little Rock and moved on- not at Anne's station. Recently at my latest gig I watched another incredible leading lady anchor leave for the path of family and it is the most heart warming thing to see- Women brave enough to say, "I've had enough- I may return but for now I'm taking a breather!"
It is not for everyone but it is wonderful to see and share in the path these women have created. Thank You Anne

 
At 9:01 PM, October 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly heart-rending.

 
At 9:59 PM, October 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Huston?

 
At 11:37 PM, October 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude--yours is the exception rather than the rule. Usually the only reason they do that is because they've married a fat cat and/or they see the handwriting on the wall.

I'd argue the current round of 40 and 50 year old females in local news is that last we'll see for a while. Corporations are just too cheap.

 
At 12:47 AM, October 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I must say, 6:58..your comments are fairly dripping with condescension! What is "brave" about walking away from a job that you don't really need, in order to tend to home and hearth..or, as it more often the case...dump the kiddies with the nanny and hit the tennis courts with your other rich friends! What's brave are the women who don't have fat cat husbands to fall back on, who work hard for a living and still manage to raise their children.

 
At 6:04 AM, October 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The show numbers don't matter here. She has been on the job for 25 years. She has earned the trust of Arkansans who tuned in to watch the news. She outlasted many, many co-anchors.

Good luck Anne. Being a Mom is the hardest job of all.

 
At 6:13 AM, October 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What's brave are the women who don't have fat cat husbands to fall back on, who work hard for a living and still manage to raise their children."

That 's right. When was the last time a single woman, working three jobs to support her children got the "Woman of The Year" award? It ain't gonna happen.

 
At 11:27 AM, October 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that Anne is leaving and Robin has already left, I can stomach watching KTHV.

 
At 1:14 PM, October 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a mom might be the hardest job of all...but not when you have a nanny. I'm telling you...she lives in a different world than most of us do.

 
At 1:36 PM, October 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a mom is the hardest job in the world.. please!! I'm so sick of hearing stay at home moms say that just to justify why they sit at home and watch Oprah every day. If that's what you want to do, fine. But you can give up trying to convince the rest of us that you have it so rough. What about the women that work and do you "stay at home" job as well. They really work!

 
At 6:12 AM, October 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where does that put Robyn? She has 2 nannies and a house keeper.

 
At 7:31 AM, October 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently quit working to stay home with kids and I am much more tired now than I was when I worked full time. Chasing toddlers all day and being at their mercy is very exhausting. BUT, I don't have a nanny or a housekeeper. With a nanny, yes, I maybe could watch Oprah on occasion. I have lost 10 pounds since I quit, went from size 4 to a 2. Maybe some moms sit around an eat and watch tv all day, but not all of us. I want to go back to work just to get some rest!

 
At 8:12 AM, October 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the above poster. And I bet she is SO hot as a Size 2. Talk about not letting your body to downhill after kids. Congrats, woman !!!!

 
At 11:31 AM, October 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Michelle Rupp be the next Anne Jansen?

 
At 11:38 AM, October 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Anne Jensen?

 
At 1:12 PM, October 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee..7:31...like anyone gives a rat's ass what size you wear! Go post that crap on a stay-at-home mommmies website. This board is broadcast news.

 
At 3:07 PM, October 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they should give the job to Ashley Blackstone. She's great.

 
At 3:18 PM, October 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This board is broadcast news."

Broadcast news? Ha.

 
At 3:58 PM, October 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anne, your professionalism will be missed.
I wish you the very best in life!

 
At 9:11 AM, October 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know who is really professional and classy? That would be Tracy Douglass. She really carries a lot of energy and enthusiasm into her work. And she works hard. Just good to see a nice person have success. Too many TV personalties are cold and dismissive. Not Tracy!

 
At 4:51 PM, October 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would think Anne will be replaced with a man. but they will probably see how Liz and dawn do before they spend the money for a male anchor. but the money they lose in ratings is probably more than what they would spend on a new anchor.

 
At 8:16 AM, October 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good call... too much estrogen on that show as it is.

 
At 12:31 PM, October 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

do they have any male anchors at thv? i've only seen the three women during the week.

 
At 2:51 PM, October 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good to see you go.

 
At 9:52 PM, October 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You know who is really professional and classy? That would be Tracy Douglass."

How much makeup do you figure it takes to get her on camera?

 
At 6:48 AM, October 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"do they have any male anchors at thv? i've only seen the three women during the week."

I think that mostly women are running that station from the looks and "feel" of things.

 
At 9:15 AM, October 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feel of things? As in, smooth and supple ?

 
At 9:34 AM, October 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, as in "Feel the Difference."

I know I do.

 
At 1:59 PM, October 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

are they against male news anchors there or something?

 
At 8:22 AM, October 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, who wants to watch a male news anchor ?

 
At 9:25 AM, October 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whomever keeps posting comments about too much makeup on here is clearly jealous that the people who supposedly wear too much look better than you. They ALL wear a lot of makeup.

 
At 12:39 PM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one will admit it at THV, but the real reason she is leaving is because of a growing jealousy over the building affection between Dawn Scott and Craig O'Neill. I have known Anne for a long time and have been privy to her most secret desires, one of which is a liason between Craig and herself. Like so many women he works with, Anne is frustrated by Craig's faithfulness in his marriage.

 
At 12:47 PM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please. Whoever wrote that stop. It's too sensitive to bring up here. If the public finds out the true nature of the sex lives of TV people. .please. . .as a former TV staffer I beg you to not go there. It's too volatile.

 
At 12:51 PM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And now you know why there are no male anchors at THV. Craig O'Neill ran them all off. He has to be the alpha male wherever hehas been. It's why the Little Rock radio market ganged up on him and basically bought out his lucrative contract and they continue to pay his exhorbitant salary at THV. As a former employee at an accounting firm in Little Rock
that handled the books for Citadel broadcasting I can tell you for certain that the switch from radio to TV by Craig O'Neill is one of the most remarkable collaboration stories in media history.

 
At 12:57 PM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:39 PM, October 26, 2007

is that true? finally some good info on this blog. we need to get it out before the blogger takes this off.

 
At 1:26 PM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are we suddenly onto Craig O'Neill over an Anne Jansen reitirement. Lets let sleeping dogs lie. My wife left me for him in 1986 at the height of his power.

 
At 1:27 PM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay Craig, get off the blog. Turn the computer off

 
At 1:46 PM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why would anyone get with craig o'neill? he's not even good looking. and he seems annoying.

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

Maybe good old Craig has a huge... smile !!!!

 
At 2:44 PM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe, but you would have to put a bag over his head.

 
At 3:09 PM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig is married to his college sweetheart, Jane. They have two grown children, Abby and Thomas, and one grandchild, Bella.

that's on his bio. so, someone is not telling the truth.

 
At 3:32 PM, October 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Whomever keeps posting comments about too much makeup on here is clearly jealous that the people who supposedly wear too much look better than you. They ALL wear a lot of makeup."

Yeah, but good Lord, a whole tube of mascara per show. Doesnt' look better than anyone on the tube in this market.

Should do one of those daily 30-minute informercials for Mabeline.

 
At 3:35 PM, October 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why would anyone get with craig o'neill? he's not even good looking. and he seems annoying.

Truly a prima.

 
At 1:58 AM, November 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe she's born with it, maybe its maybeline.

 
At 8:46 AM, November 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was watching the Carol Burnett show last night and couldn't help but think of how Craig must have found some inspiration in that woman--although obviously Burnett is much better looking and much funnier.

The show was all about how comedy is born 99% of the time from tragedy or hardship. What was Craigs?

 
At 11:57 PM, November 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yes, poor Anne. She has SUCH a hard life. Let's see, she's the ONLY nighttime anchor I've EVER heard of in ANY market who was granted "special privileges" and ONLY had to "do" the early news. ANY other nightime anchor pulls their weight and does the 10 p.m. news, too. But, Anne was "special." She married a cardiologist. It's not like she needs the money. I wonder if she'll still keep her nannies and housekeepers? My guess is she will because it's hard work being Anne. Maybe she'll FINALLY change that hair of hers????? I have NEVER seen a woman keep the same outdated, short, boring, butchy hairstyle for THIS long. YEARS. My guess is that the new management came in and said, "OK, WHO is this short haired prima donna? Let's hire someone who's willing to WORK a regular news anchor shift!" I would have canned princess years ago. Good riddence. Even with less time to glance at herself in the mirror and wearing less make-up I'd spot that hair from a mile away. That'll never change. I still think my all time favorite Anne Jansen moment was when she was announcing her maternity leave for one of her babies and she said in a VERY SNOTTY voice, "I'll be gone SEVERRRRRRRAL weeks." Any one else would be stressing and thinking they better get back to work, NOT her. She came off as elitist and a total snob. Don't let the door hit ya on the arse. Oh, wait your butler will catch the door for her highness. I may have to have a Buh Buh Anne watch party for all my friends who also can't stand her and love to make fun of her. Maybe one day Anne will have ONE REAL issue in life to deal with and she'll come down to earth and get REAL.

 
At 2:26 AM, November 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harsh, but true.

The worst has started--the Anne Reflections on the THV website. All those years she covered those great stories and did those great things and never won an award for it, never got a call from a bigger market, never got above third in the ratings.

So Gene The Murderer had a thing for you--why does that make you proud? If he trusts you, what does that say? What a hoot.

 
At 2:31 AM, November 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the quote in case you don't have the time or energy or interest to see it for yourself.

Anne writes:

"He killed 16 people, 14 members of his own family.

Simmons refused to talk with detectives or other authorities about his crime. But he did make contact with me."

Well let's make a cake and put 16 candles on it. I guess that makes you a journalist, now doesn't it?

 
At 11:01 AM, November 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are "other authorities?"

 
At 2:18 AM, November 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, love the Anne quote about Simmons! How special, a killer wouldn't talk with anyone else, but her. HA! She just has a way of saying things that comes off snotty. I really don't get the people who see her as a "class act." More like a FAKE act, in my opinion.

 
At 6:38 PM, November 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anne's journal is the worst idea yet. How much longer must we endure Anne describe how wonderful she is? I for one will be happy to see her go. It will be nice to watch the news without the need to change the channel during Anne's irrelevant and dull reflections.

 
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