Saturday, February 16, 2008

Former THV Anchor Feels Liberated

Arkansas has some info about what former KTHV anchor Anne Jansen is doing following retiring earlier this month. In the article Jansen says, "This has been so liberating," Jansen said over the phone this week, a bit of a laugh in her voice as she added, "It's too bad I didn't do this a long time ago." Jansen spent over 20 years at the CBS affiliate and retired February 1st to stay home and spend more time with her children. The article also notes Jansen will be a guest columnist in the March issue of, an off shoot publication of Arkansas Business.


At 12:13 AM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dawn was annoyed with Anne. What up with that?

At 12:21 AM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTHV is the best. Anne will regret leaving such a dominant television station.

At 12:26 AM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that was a really weird comment about Dawn, too. I wonder if it was somehow taken out of context, or if Anne meant to imply that Dawn was being funny or joking.

At 2:34 AM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Anne only got a guest spot? That former producer girl's writing for several of the local mags.

At 2:37 AM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You gotta be kidding me -- sideline reports? Anne?

At 8:21 AM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The viewers feell liberated too... from those endless goodbye pieces.

At 8:35 AM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Free at last!

Anne has been liberated!!!!!!!

At 10:51 AM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone is a winner here. Management is liberated of her low six-figure income for part-time, non-journalist work. The time Larry Audas will save in Anne coming up to complain about this or that will liberate his schedule. Viewers are liberated from feeling any guilt when they write down other stations that they watch for news in the Nielsen ratings book. Jim Harris (whose ego rivals or beats anyone on TV) and Gwen are both liberated from having to hide that they secretly lust to run their hands through Anne's short hair (Gee Jim, better get an IQ refresher. Ever notice a guy named BJ Sams who WORKS AT THE SAME STATION has been on the air in Little Rock most of his adult life?). Anne's nanny is liberated from her job... eh... wait... Anne's keeping her. Finally, we're all liberated from the last TV personality in the Little Rock market who uses family connections to fortify a mediocre, ratings challeneged career.

At 2:18 PM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much was Mrs. Jansen making at KTHV and how many hours did she work in a typical day?

Just trying to figure out what her hourly rate was.

At 3:37 PM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if Katherina keeps plugging away,in 25 years we may all be celebrating her great career and departure from KTHV.

At 4:55 PM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anne Jansen describes her departure from television news as liberating. I don't doubt that is true. She's living the dream.

Oh, by the way all of you Anne-bashing losers, if you could work only half a day in TV you'd probably do it to. Stop griping. TV is such a grind. I don't blame her one bit for skating on the hours and taking it easy for a change. I'd do it if I could. You would too.

At 7:39 PM, February 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look, 4:55, in case you're too dense to get the point...what everyone is saying is, "liberated" from what??? She wasn't exactly working hard or long hours. Money was never the object. Her kids have been taken care of by a nanny since they were born. And now they're in school all day. So exactly what was so hard about her life before?

At 2:51 AM, February 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Anne will be able to relax and let her hair down now that she doesn't have to work three or four hours a day.

At 9:15 AM, February 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm told Anne made in the neighborhood of $150-$170K a year. She arrived between 1:30 and 2:00 and was out the door no later than 6:40.
She had in her contract that she wouldn't do election nights or special events, and she received six weeks of vacation a year and she worked no holidays.
Now, 4:55. You're correct that we all should take advantage of high pay and low work hours when offered if that's what you consider success. My question is, how can you respect and celebrate a supposed career in journalism when there's really nothing in the cards that closely resembles it?
Show me an award Anne got for doing some hard news; something other than interviewing celebrities or rich people. You won't find any--at least any she wrote and reported on herself.
Show me one rating period in her 21 years at the station where she came close to being number one. You won't find one. You will find years of dismal third place showings, and second place showings when more talented co-anchors came on board.
Then we see all this baloney about what a great newsperson she was. Give me a break. It's like calling David Hasselhoff a great actor.
Anne lasted as long as she did because she came from a wealthy local family, played the right political games and stabbed the right people in the back at the right time.
I don't wish the woman any harm or ill will and I hope she's happy. Just don't try to sell me a product--Anne Jansen--that was all glitter and no substance.
A side point--she would have been tolerable if she hadn't believed--correction, if she didn't still believe--all her press.

At 9:36 AM, February 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another classic Anne Jansen ego moment:

Arkansas Business: "I've talked with friends about this, and I've never seen this kind of send-off for anybody," she said."

Now let's take this literally and picture how this conversation would take place between Anne (AJ) and her friends (AF);

AJ: "Oh, and did you watch again today? They did something on each broadcast. Five, six, ten, the morning show, the noon show and all cut-ins."

AF: "I know, I watched each one of them. Did you count all the little commercial thingys? Excuse me, Anne... (the phone is held away) Pardon me... habla comprendo? Billy is calling from his room and you've taken far too long to respond. Chop, chop--you have a lot of cleaning to do, and then there's the yard to rake.... (back on phone) I'm sorry, Anne. Good help is so hard to find these days. How do you and Ralph manage with you working 60 hours a week?"

AJ: "I KNOW... well, anything the nanny and my personal assistant and chef can't handle, I know have several people on call. Let me see whose up next... OH--Larry Audas. He does a fine job on floors and carpets if you ever need him."

AF: "Okay, hon. Well, I see you have another commercial thingy coming on. Goodness-I have to tell you that I've never seen anyone who has more people kissing their... eh... who is so loved in this city. You go girl."

AJ: "I know... isn't it just fantastic? Thanks for the feedback, darling. I've got to call Jane and compare notes and whether she has ever seen anything like it."

Oh... the humanity!

At 12:44 PM, February 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good she is gone, now orkin hardcase and B.J. need to go.
Orkin Hardcase is one ignorant photographer.

At 2:27 PM, February 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:55 here to respond. Look, I don't work with Anne Jansen. I don't know her. I've met her. She was nice.

I'm not aware of what a backstabber she is (allegedly). I'm not aware of how much substance she lacks. But I am aware of what it's like to have to drop everything you're doing and skip things you want to do, just so you can go sit through a silly 30 min or 1 hour, 1.5 hour broadcast. You go through the motions trying not to make a mistake and there is very little reward. 170k? Pretty fair, but still not enough to have to sit through pointless drivel and read, hopefully the right script, act happy when you're not and making sure you're looking in the right camera. What a pain. And it's every day at the same time, on and on and on again. Yippee!

And by the way, is Anne bragging about being a groundbreaking, serious journalist? No, that's pretty much everyone else hyping her up. Doesn't KTHV have a promo department? I assume they do. Blame losers like that, the ad guys, the masters of spin and hype. They're part of the problem. I don't care if Anne has a rich family that pulls strings or whatever. Didn't even know that. Still though, don't care. Some people get better breaks than others. It happens all the time. And we should vilify Anne Jansen because she's had great breaks? Come on.

Not everybody gets to live a great life. That's reality. Get over it. I'm sure Anne Jansen is a fine, upstanding person despite what I've read to the contrary on this blog. Sounds like a lot of jaded, jealousy to me.

At 5:19 PM, February 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you serious? I seriously hope you aren't.

Oh its so sad that she misses out on what she wants to do so she can read the news for 30 minutes.wah. It was her JOB! Most everyone has to miss out on plent of things because of work. I certainly have. But if that one poster is right about her having 6 weeks of vacation a year...she had ample time to make up for some of the things she missed out on!

And regards to her having to pretend to be happy when she's not on camera for 30 minutes, a lot of people have to pretend to be happy at their jobs. Let's take me. I'm a college grad with 30G student loan debt working a retail job. I have be pretend to be happy when i'm not with customers 8 hours a day! And I only make $7/ Anne's salaray is more the fair! Yeah, Anne had it so rough.

At 7:29 PM, February 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I don't make good money either, but I don't bash the ones who do. A point I'd like to make about Anne, Anne's salary, her ideal situation at KTHV is that she doesn't necessarily control the flexible schedule, or the paycheck. She had the clout to get it. A few do. Most don't. A lot of that comes down to luck. Hard work doesn't play a factor sometimes, particularly in TV news. I have never seen an industry where merit, ability and hard work matters so little.

The reason, Anne Jansen had a lot of perks at KTHV is because a bunch of TV executives gave them to her. She doesn't have it without the execs' approval. If you want to despise someone, despise KTHV's manangement, and the management at other stations for that matter. A few make six figures while photogs struggle to make a living, regardless of how good they are at their craft and how professional they are.

The real problem is TV executives: loser GMs, production managers, sales managers, news directors, the marketing guys. They're poison. I've never found too many that I admired or wanted to be like. Maybe one or two, but for the most part television news executives are a bunch of disrespectful losers. These types say one thing and do another. They do not care about your financial welfare. They do not care about your retirement. They pay some people slave wages while they treat a good-looking few like they walk on water. It's incredible. Don't blame people like Anne Jansen. Blame these loser executives who mess up what could be a really fun business.

Oh, and as far as "It was her JOB!" goes - it's a crummy job. Why do you think she got out of TV? I see your point, but it's a crummy job. Do it every day for years on end and you'll see what I mean. It gets old, and there's no bigger picture to aim for when the credits are rolling, no matter how much you make. TV news is just a dumb, backwards business with a lot of loser assholes making bad decisions at the expense of others. Everyone gets screwed in this business at one time or another, except perhaps Anne Jansen. That's one reason why people are complaining about her on this blog. She didn't get screwed as bad as everyone else, if at all. I can see how that can be sickening, but blame executives, not Anne Jansen.

At 8:18 PM, February 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've checked out this blog for quite some time and have come to realize how pathetic it must be to be so unhappy with your own job that you have to tear down others. Anne's genuine personality and graciousness helped me decide to enter this business... She was a guest of mine on a crappy little cable access show at UALR years ago---she came on, had fun and generally enjoyed helping a crew of nitwit R/TV students have a good time (esp. at the expense of a Little Rock Sportswriter who arrived for the taping and then backed out when we asked him to face Anne in an Elevator race---completely ripping off Letterman). I later interned at THV with Ray Tucker and Scott Philbrick,who further cemented my belief that I wanted to pursue this for a career. As a guy who spends waaay too many meals and kiddos activities so that I can get from one h.s. game to another, I applaud Anne for getting out while she can still enjoy her kids.

Although I still enjoy what I do for a living, I realize there is more to life than being on t.v. Perhaps the Debbie Downers who comprise most of the commenters on this blog will soon realize there is a lot more to life than ripping someone to shreds... especially someone who comes from the same medium as you. Crap, it's tough enough getting into this biz---and then staying in the biz---why not root for each other while competing for stories? Strange, huh?

Couch Potato Salad Guy

At 8:21 PM, February 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and before any of you perfectionists rip me a new one... I meant, "spent waaay too much time going from one h.s. game to another---missing many meals and kiddos activities."

I guess that's why we have producers!

Couch Potato Salad Guy

At 9:19 PM, February 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"why not root for each other while competing for stories? Strange, huh?"

That's the very reason that you reporters can't be unionized. Way too much competition and way too much envy.

At 6:51 AM, February 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:55, you make some good points, as does potato head and the photog. Especially the photog.

I'll repeat that I don't personally wish Anne ill will and as a person, I think she's pretty normal. Most people are equally egotistical, but don't show it.

She can be very engaging like she was with cable boy. But don't kid yourself. She was tolerating you. You would never be in her circle of friends--unless you had something to offer her.

My problem is with Anne the product--and yes KTHV as a product.
Maybe I'm an old fogie, but it would be nice if stations in this market had a grain of what they used to have--credibility. KATV still has some golden moments in their investigative specials, but the rest is forgettable.

At 11:04 AM, February 20, 2008, Anonymous annfan said...

Ann deserves every penny and ackolade she gets. You go GIRL!!! MISS YOU!

At 4:13 PM, February 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now if we can only get Melissa Simas to go home!

At 4:35 PM, February 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm amazed by the small-minded people here who think they know something about Anne's life and her relationship with her children. The nanny "raised" her kids? Hardly. Anne has always been an involved parent, and now will have even more time to devote to those beautiful boys.

Some of you REALLY need a hobby.

At 4:38 PM, February 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:51, it's obvious you don't know Anne. Does it hurt to harbor so much unwarranted bitterness in your heart?

At 11:59 PM, February 20, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again... it's not the anchors fault they are overpaid and underworked. Yes, everyone else does all the work. Yes, they are the ones who make it happen every day. Yes, the anchor gets all the money and credit... These are facts of life in a news room. It is the ownership and management's fault that this happens. If you were offered lots of money to sit on your ass - you would take it.

The question you should ask yourself is why do you do it? Especially photogs... there is no reason any photog should accept the money they are offered in the Little Rock market... none! There is no opportunity for advancement, you will never be respected, you will work harder than everyone else in the newsroom, and you will be called lazy no matter what.

But those of you... photogs and producers who do the job every day and accept the pay and disrespect are part of the problem... YOU DO IT... until you don't - why should they pay you better?

As for Anne, I think she is just doing what anyone would do. It's her life... yes, it's hard to believe she feels "liberated" - hard to liberate someone from a part time gig with loads of vaca... but just doing nothing sounds good too!

At 8:55 PM, February 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read me loud and clear all of you ignorant Blogger, C.F.R. Council of Foreign Relations runs the news media in USA. All of the little guy's on the bottom are going at it and they are all on top working together. All of y'all are fools for really going against each other and all news media is basically ran my C.F.R. period. If all of you are getting the same angle on the same news story why r y'all at each other throat. I want all of you to take me up on my offer and go to Google and type in this one word (Zeitgeist) and learn the truth. All these media people need to know some of this secret knowledge to understand why all TV is a Media Circus. A thinking and informed public capable of critical thinking is the last thing the people need to know about and once the Zeitgeist that you are praying up on will catch on to you you will fall like a deck of cards. After reading this i will bet my Franklin 100 dollars that it is the media's turn to fall next.

At 11:53 AM, February 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

^Time to up the dosage, apparently!

At 11:21 PM, February 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>>>(Gee Jim, better get an IQ refresher. Ever notice a guy named BJ Sams who WORKS AT THE SAME STATION has been on the air in Little Rock most of his adult life?).>>>>

If this anonymous poster would bother to actually read the column, it said that Anne has been AN ANCHOR continously longer than anyone in the market. Yes, BJ is at 11, on the morning show now, but he hasn't been in that same job 20-plus years, nor was he an evening anchor for 20-plus years. So there, chum.

At 1:16 PM, March 04, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah?

Well, it must be you Jim. We can tell by your attitude and... hey, so that's what the bottom of you nose looks like.

Let's see, if we use your words that Anne was AN ANCHOR, it really doesn't specify where they worked, just what position they held.

BJ has been an anchor longer than anyone in this market on a continuous basis at all three stations, one in Hawaii and other places I can't remember. He was an evening anchor for much longer than he was a morning at channel 11. That's why we call it the autumn of a person's career. But you knew that Jim, right? Because everyone knows you know everything about everything.

In fact, BJ may be the longest tenured anchor in local TV news (hint: Channel 11--do some research and then a promo).

At 8:07 AM, April 22, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, somebody's bitter.


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