Wednesday, December 05, 2007

New Year, New Owner for Monroe TV Station

This from a tipster: KTVE will officially be owned by Nexstar Broadcasting effective January 1, 2008.

64 Comments:

At 10:33 PM, December 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, this is the type of station that needs to be affliated with Nexstar.

I stand corrected. This SUCKS. I almost forgot that Nexstar is run by a bunch of crooks. My apologies.

Well anyway, back to the news.

 
At 11:07 PM, December 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assuming there is any morale at the station to begin with, it will be completely gone by... let's say January 2nd.

Get out those audition reels, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

 
At 10:17 AM, December 06, 2007, Blogger Derek Ruscin said...

welcome to the family!
let the over taxation and late paychecks begin!!

 
At 12:58 PM, December 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Derek, you are so smart. Good way to risk your job. Keep up the good work.

 
At 2:22 PM, December 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it really that bad? Do you think any on-air people will lose jobs?

 
At 2:49 PM, December 06, 2007, Blogger robert said...

Nexstar has been trying to buy KTVE for the past several years.

 
At 4:15 PM, December 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenifer Andrews was so smart jumping ship when she did. She was a casualty of Nexstar's KTAL take-over so I'm sure she didn't want that to happen again.

Could be good for KTVE though, they'll probably share resources with KTAL and maybe cover South Arkansas for KARK. Maybe.

 
At 4:25 PM, December 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything will be good for the Monroe television market. It is practically unwatchable as is, which means that a lot of the responsibility falls on poor production quality and talent. Do get your resumes out while you have time, because poor performance won't be tolerated.

 
At 6:32 PM, December 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard that some of the higher paid talent may possibly be the first ones out the door. I highly doubt that's true though.

 
At 7:38 PM, December 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Higher paid at KTVE? I can't imagine that the highest paid talent make enough to break the bank.

And you better believe that the resources will be shared... everything from Monroe to Little Rock and Monroe to Shreveport. It's Nextar, did we forget?

 
At 8:10 PM, December 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, do tell? Not everyone understands about where Nextar's coming from. You really have to work at a place to know about it...so let us that haven't done any more than watch or click on them know what it's like to be on their payroll. Seemed like all I heard was that Rick Rogalla that just left LR was a pretty decent guy...didn't they bring him in?

 
At 10:10 PM, December 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The highest paid at KTVE don't break the bank, but they do have some people that are pulling down some pretty good change considering the market.

By the way, I hear Tammi Arender is leaving at the beginning of the year.

 
At 1:58 AM, December 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry Audas needs to have a conversation with the head of Nexstar, Perry and Sook, with the topic to be salvation, because we don't want either of them to die and go to hell.

I wonder about Larry's soul.

This is the only hope for KTVE and for all those poor souls who work there.

 
At 12:05 PM, December 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:25 said:

"a lot of the responsibility falls on poor production quality and talent."

And you think Nexstar is going to change that? Fixing those things takes money, and Nexstar won't spend any.

The only real change viewers will notice is that KTVE is no longer on any cable systems.

Employees will notice that everything just kind of sucks.

 
At 8:41 PM, December 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been with nexstar for a few years now and I can honestly say that it's not as bad as everyone on this thing says it is. They are not as cheap as everyone will tell you, they spend money only when they have to, I dont really call that cheap, We got alot of new equipment when they came in so there is a big kinda honeymoon period. We did loose two part time postions but as far as anchors and full time staff we all stayed the same. They did hit the sales staff hard with lower commisions and more monthly quota, so all of them left pretty quickly, but sales staff are a dime a dozen. Bottom line is just keep doing the best job you can and the transition will go fine. I have worked for worse companies before. Nexstar is not perfect by any means but it will be fine. MOst people who have a problem with Nexstar usually have a medical condition known as over inflated ego, and crazy view of self worth. That s all I have to say so lets start with the feedback about how I must be sleeping with zook or giving someone head to say all these things about nexstar. Go on I like reading peoples anonymous garbage.

 
At 8:55 PM, December 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

learn the owner's name first. sook, not zook.

 
At 11:39 PM, December 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTVE recently lost some really good talent.

 
At 1:19 AM, December 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

over inflated ego? Ok, you must not be in the news department, because every time they come in, they bottom line everything and that means less hard news and more fluff...more charity work, more "good" news - the kind lawyers don't need to vet and the kind that doesn't ruffle any feathers. They fire tons of news staff and franchise the hell out of everything. They have different priorities than a company based on producing a news product, i.e. NY Times or even (heaven help me) Gannett. They do their business, but aren't dedicated to news gathering or presentation...that's just an afterthought, and perhaps its the wave of the future as the media continues to decentralize and move online. They don't belong to AP, but they do steal from newspapers and other AP members. I agree with you about sales, but they've done nothing at any of their stations to improve the quality of the public conversation on matters of import in any community in which they operate. No one is afraid of a Nexstar station that holds political office, because the stations don't want to ruffle anyone's feathers. Mr. Sook is a fund manager, that's all...a big-time GM and investment banker, but not someone interested in a news product.

 
At 10:26 AM, December 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Per the response:

"'a lot of the responsibility falls on poor production quality and talent.' And you think Nexstar is going to change that? Fixing those things takes money, and Nexstar won't spend any."

All I can tell you is that here in Arkansas, they have vastly improved KARK (the company's flagship) from a station that seemed 20 years behind the times to one that probably has the best quality news. It's obvious that they are creating their own regional sports network. AND, they revived the NBC station from the dead in Northwest Arkansas.

 
At 12:09 PM, December 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with some of the last posts. They are not that bad. People just like to run down others. Look who has left when they take over stations. It most cases it was people that needed to leave. As far as sales goes they actually increased pay to them with commissions and made it a lot more pleasant place to work. I would like to hear from employees that don't like their department heads. I would imagine you won't hear a lot. In most cases they are well respected. I guess we will see.

 
At 1:46 PM, December 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like we're hearing a lot from people who are getting shafted by Nexstar because they actually have to work now. I saw KARK before Nexstar took them over, also KTAL... and these stations were pathetic.

Maybe some of these folks were on the short end of the stick when Nexstar came in and cleaned house. I have a lot of friends at KTVE and I will say this. You WILL see at least a few on-air changes in the next three months. I guarantee it. And one will happen before the first week of January is over.

 
At 1:04 AM, December 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If KARK was so bad before Nexstar, then how come they won the AP's best newscast award two years running shortly before Nexstar came in?

Yeah, uh huh. Rebut THAT.

Visually, the current product is better, but content and news quality hasn't improved.

 
At 2:14 AM, December 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:04 AM, I couldn't have said it better myself.

NEXSTAR SUCKS, CASE CLOSED (EVEN WORSE THAN GAZETTE). I can't believe that I just said that.

I think its time to retire.

 
At 3:15 AM, December 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, let me be more specific about how they damage the profession, and how they don't serve the viewers.

when they come in, they cut staff, many of the people who've been there for some time and often people with more experience who make more money. I'm not saying they shouldn't do this for their own bottom line, but it does nothing to add to the quality of the reporting and writing at their stations. They uniformly hire people with little or no experience who willingly work for much less - that goes for both journalists and managers. When they "improve" the on-air quality of what viewers see, it's only skin deep, not by adding sat trucks and microwave equipment, or by spending money to send phojos to eeminars for training. they ask underpaid, underexperienced people to do tons of work without the proper resources, and it shows in the quality and depth of the work the viewers see. These guys aren't breaking any big stories and they're not fulfilling any kind of watchdog duties. It may be the public doesn't care, but that doesn't justify the cynicism from upper management...these are not news people. This is what happens when the investment bankers and lower sales and promotion people take over the ship. they grab as much money as they can and don't give a damn about their viewers or ethics or anything else. Ask them how they get the Nielson numbers...ask them how often they steal AP stories from the papers rather than do something original. This doesn't apply to all the reporters and people who are really trying to do a good job, it just describes the crappy attitude toward the news business the folks on top foist on the stations. I'm sorry if you've worked for them and you've held any kind of ideals or dreams about reporting, but get out and go somewhere you can find journalism as part of the corporate culture, at least. These guys don't have it...and most of the folks on the street working at the other stations know that.

 
At 2:00 PM, December 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me be a little more specific on how you dont really know what you are talking about.

Kark has been with nexstar since 2001. Since then we have recieved 2 state of the art microwave trucks, the newest one arrived last week. They have added all digital microwave equipment in all of our 4 trucks. They have given us 15 sets of new cameras and tripods. 8 new photographer driven news vehicles, and They have raised the average photog salary a minimum of 3 dollars an hour. They dont send photogs to seminars because they expect the chief photographer and news director to make those decisions. Have you tried asking to go to one of the nppa conventions?? Probaably not. It sounds to me like you have a problem with your news mangement staff like your news director or general manager. If they want to sell out the station for all the reasons you state then maybe you should drop the big wigs a line in dallas to see if you get any results. YOU wont do that though your too chicken or just plain wrong to take that much initiative and try to change the way things are done. I do agree that the top brass are not news people, they are business people. They do only care about making money and profit and loss, but show me a company where all of your top owners and management came strait out of news. Dont worry I will wait. As for the Neilsen numbers that everyone wants to complain about. Pick up a copy of ARKANSAS BUSINESS every december,march,june,july. They print the numbers there for the public to see!!! It is not wrong for the station to have the numbers it is wrong for them to use the numbers, like sell to a client based on the munbers or promo the station based on the numbers. None of which you will see if you bother to pay attention to KARK. Dont you think that if KARK was to actually become number one based on neilsen numbers that those Neilsen people would be beating down the door to try to get us to buy from them again. They would want us to have the numbers. I know that nexstar is not perfect, but show me a company that is. and maybe you should go work for them if you have such a big problem with our company. Now tag your it. Feel free to insult me and call me names, its sunday and all im doing is watching football!!! :)

 
At 2:12 PM, December 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a viewer, kark leaves a lot to be desired. they have many technical mistakes and their coverage of stories is lacking. it may be a terrific place to work with lots of new toys, but you all should really work on your product.

 
At 2:32 PM, December 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Get out those audition reels, it's going to be a bumpy ride."

Memo to the station manager:

Some people may be cutting "late-night" audition tapes between now and then. Might want to keep tabs.

 
At 6:51 PM, December 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have added all digital microwave equipment in all of our 4 trucks.

Actually Nextel paid to have the digital microwave equipment purchased and installed in your trucks, as well as the central receive sites and the spectrum monitors.

 
At 11:02 PM, December 09, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man!! Why is it we seem pretty happy with our company and it takes someone outside our station to run it down. It sure seems to me that the other stations in town seem to be down in the dumps. If it was all that bad we wouldn't work here. Take your negative attitudes and go back to work. We can take care of ourselves just fine. Thanks away.

 
At 12:48 AM, December 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:00...why would I call you names? You make some very good points. However, what you don't address was followed up by this poster who wrote, "as a viewer, kark leaves a lot to be desired. they have many technical mistakes and their coverage of stories is lacking. it may be a terrific place to work with lots of new toys, but you all should really work on your product"

You sound very proud of your toys and very happy with your station. I suppose that's good, unless you've ever worked for another station or another media company. I have, and have to tell you that the treatment of employees at Nexstar was pretty bad in comparison. Not only that, but I was management, and yes, I did have problems with other managers. If you happen to be in sales, you have my sympathies. If you are a tech or a shooter, I'm not sure it's all that bad...but it is a competitive business and most of the reporters I know are the same way, and the weapons the reporters get to use and the back up they receive from management was some of the poorest in the business. I'm not saying Nexstar is the worst broadcast company to work for, but I'd bet they are in the bottom five. Again, I don't think news is their prime business because I don't think they invest in the personnel. You can have the toys if you like, and yes, they did buy some, but they were more worried about the toys than about the people and that bothered me. There are some fine people working at KARK, I respect them but somehow think many of them would get more respect from management and from their companies if they worked for someone else. KARK is one of their bigger stations...fantastic, how about their other stations scattered across the Southeast? I don't want to "down" them too much - I agree, they are business people and they have shareholders to satisfy, but some companies think of themselves as producing a product, "news" and some don't. It's better if you are a journalist to work for someone who focuses on the "news" aspect of the business...if you work for someone who doesn't, you'regetting less then you or the viewers deserve if you are in the "news" business. Enjoy your football game, I'll keep watching the cable news stations.

 
At 9:24 AM, December 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 8:41 who said "sales people are a dime a dozen"

ARE YOU CRAZY???? Try making budget with NO TOOLS to justify the highest rates in the market. If an advertiser asks you why you deserve a big share of the buy, what do you say? Because we are NICE to you? I sure can't prove my position in the market! No Neilsen!

Just who do you think pays every single salary in the entire station? Just who do you think generates the ONLY revenue. AND we have to sell the egotistical,lackluster, performances of half-ass anchors and reporters who will never crack a job in a top 25 market, or even a top 50 market!

I don't give a crap if you love your company or hate someone elses...before you bash sales why don't you try "beating the street" for a station that gives you no support, managers who stay locked in meaningless meetings all day and with a product that can be bought cheaper and more efficiently elsewhere.

AND THE SAD PART is, it pretty much is the same at every station...moving around doesn't help, it just delays the inevitable again!

 
At 9:33 AM, December 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone that does not think that sales persons are the "fair-haired" of the station has not been in broadcasting very long.

They support the entire operation.

Money is the name of the game and public service is done by requirement.

 
At 11:48 AM, December 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:02 says:
"Man!! Why is it we seem pretty happy with our company and it takes someone outside our station to run it down."

Outside our station? Sorry, pal, I'm on the inside, and Nexstar sucks.

I just did an initial interview for a new job somewhere else.

The news director asked me, "So why are you looking for work?"

I answered, "My current station is owned by Nexstar."

He replied, "Say no more. That's reason enough."

 
At 2:47 PM, December 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's look at a specific example of how Nexstar a) is ludicrously cheap and b) has no regard for the region they have stations in.

The Fox station in Northwest Arkansas is TECHNICALLY owned by a company called "Mission Broadcasting". Mission doesn't really exist... it's a PO Box somewhere. Nexstar does this all over the country... they run two stations in the same market (which is against FCC regulations, which they skirt), make one of them a skeleton station, and push ads that way.

For anyone wondering what the real difference between the Northwest Arkansas NBC and Fox stations are... just take a look. The Fox station doesn't even have its own website. They do 2.5 hours of news a week, use the same reporters (save the two they have in Fort Smith, who work primarily alone... and you can bet when there's a big story in Fort Smith, those girls will make an appearance on KNWA), same production staff... e.t.c.

Nextstar's bottom line is "how can we do the bare minimum with as few people as possible." Period.

 
At 3:24 PM, December 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, 11:48...

Amazing, I had that same experience at EVERY station where I interviewed. I wonder why, if Nexstar is so great, that answer "I work for Nexstar" always prompts the "say no more" response from everyone?

Is it just a big conspiracy? Does everyone just hate Nexstar because they're so great and everyone else is just jealous?

C'mon, give us a flippin break. To work for Sook is to hate Sook (and his inept manager cronies, regardless of what they try writing on this blog...)

 
At 3:26 PM, December 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pickey from NWA should weigh in on this...hey Scott, how did they treat you when they said goodbye? Do you think they're a great company?

 
At 7:21 PM, December 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What talent changes will happen at KTVE?

 
At 7:54 PM, December 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear that Tammi Arender is leaving. But, it has nothing to do with Nexstar taking over. She's taking a press secretary job in Baton Rouge. Plus, a lot of people are saying that some of the more experienced news people may be leaving and/or forced out.

 
At 9:05 AM, December 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the best way to look at it...

Nexstar is the Dollar General of TV... you can still get the essentials from there if you need to, but that doesn't mean the quality is great, the place is run competently, or that the good staff would want to make a career there. Yet... when given the choice between them and, say, a Target-y kind of company like Gannett/Hearst/Raycom... people still go there, and people still work there.

(I'd put Sinclair below them as, like, Dollar Tree, but that's another story.)

 
At 11:45 AM, December 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"sales staff are a dime a dozen"

Whoever wrote that is an idiot.

 
At 6:25 PM, December 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "Sales pays your salary, bow down to us" argument is just plain stupid.

Without product, you have nothing to sell. Television, so many seem to forget, is about programming. Whether the station has news or not, if the programming does not draw in a reasonable number of viewers, then the advertising will not sell for a premium no matter how many training programs and seminars you attend.

When you start thinking of television as dollars instead of programming, you miss out on the really big dollars to be generated by producing high quality program that viewers want to see.

It all works together and no cog in the wheel (i.e. sales)is any more important than any other (i.e. news, programming, production, promotions). They all combine to pay the salaries.

 
At 10:12 PM, December 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"sales staff are a dime a dozen"

Whoever wrote that is an idiot.


Yeah, an idiot for sure. It's more like a nickel a dozen.

 
At 5:29 PM, December 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are better owners than Nexstar, there are worse. KTVE's duopoly partner, KARD has been owned by Nexstar for some time. Changes will be minimal, because there's not a lot of fat to cut at 10. Look for them to hire one co-anchor/producer for 5,6, 9 & 10 (in addition to news director who anchors 6 & 10).

 
At 8:10 PM, December 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

knwa had a news director who anchored their morning show. he was horrible. rob something. yikes!

 
At 9:51 PM, December 14, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha, I remember that. It was bad.

 
At 12:29 PM, December 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No he was just feeling in if I remember right. It seems like it was just a couple of weeks. I know Rob and although he isn't an on air talent, I was impressed that he would actually go in and help out.

 
At 12:35 PM, December 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too many people moving in and out at KTVE. It makes me dizzy.

 
At 12:41 PM, December 15, 2007, Anonymous monroe watcher said...

Will KTVE beat out KNOE as far as talent is concerned?

 
At 2:34 PM, December 15, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTVE has been making ripples in the water as far as catching up with KNOE. Overall, if you watch the two newscasts, their product is better AND they are getting scoops on some particular stories. Combine those two with the fact that a lot of KNOE's loyal fanbase from the 60s and 70s are dying off, the ratings are getting closer... especially on the 6-7AM news slot in the morning.

I would think that KTVE may lose some ground in the February books. Lots of changes will be made... not necessarily people leaving, but moving around.

 
At 12:07 AM, December 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see more African American talent finally staying in the Monroe area.

 
At 1:27 PM, December 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the difference in African-American talent and, say, Japanese-American talent, Irish-American talent, or any other talent?

Please be specific.

 
At 6:32 PM, December 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know exactly what he meant, but there is a substantial African-American population in Monroe. (Much more so than, say, Japanese-American)

There is a theory about that a news team should look like the community it serves. With that understanding, retention of African-American talent could be considered a positive development.

 
At 8:32 PM, December 16, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There is a theory about that a news team should look like the community it serves. With that understanding, retention of African-American talent could be considered a positive development."

I don't know where you heard that but if it true then the viewer only gets one side of the so-called picture, the views of only one culture, and the culture in that viewing area remains primarily segregated and racist. That theory might work in Nigeria, but not here anymore.

 
At 2:08 AM, December 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the views of only one culture, and the culture in that viewing area remains primarily segregated and racist. That theory might work in Nigeria, but not here anymore."

You've missed the point.

A news team ought to look like the community, yes. But that doesn't mean it should be all African-American or all white or all anything.

If there is a significant African-American community in a media market, it makes sense to have some African-Americans on your news team. Note the word "some." Not all, but some.

Even if you don't buy the diversity argument, there is a simple ratings interest in it as well. If you want to draw some of that significant African-American community, some black reporters might be a good idea.

It's really not all that sinister, just a way of attracting more viewers.

 
At 9:12 AM, December 17, 2007, Anonymous Delhi Native said...

I think the writer meant African- American as in black. There were two at KTVE not too long ago who were very impressive. Don't know what happened to them.

 
At 10:35 AM, December 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One moved to Jackson, MS and the other to Tulsa, OK.

 
At 8:18 PM, December 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I think the writer meant African- American as in black . . . "

Well, a person can be African-American and be white. A true Afrikaner is white. The same goes for those in Northern Africa. They are known as Egyptians.

 
At 2:21 PM, December 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, to keep this thread nicely off track, there are millions of black people who aren't African.

The carribean, anyone?

 
At 5:11 PM, December 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Belize, they sound so English.

 
At 11:18 PM, December 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are probably more people on that continent that aren't black than are.

 
At 9:09 PM, December 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hearst-argyle should buy klrt.

 
At 12:43 AM, December 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope, looks like ole Mitt Romney is trying to sign the papers for that deal.

 
At 11:21 PM, January 03, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, how are things going over there at KTVE these days now that you are owned by Nexstar.

Is the morale all gone yet? If it isn't, don't worry, it will be in the near future.

 
At 5:32 PM, January 31, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, all of the above is true of Nexstar...mgrs. are jokes, they run on shoestring budgets, much is ignored in the news....although the pay is minimal and all that goes with it is aggravating at times; it is not that bad working for them....good insurance, and benefits

 

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