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posted by ATN @ 9:04 PM
several things here.1) No one is re-signing with THV because they're not willing to step up and pay someone what they're worth when it is time to renew2) Every time someone leaves THV they fill it with someone who has no idea what they're doing. They will get better and leave when their contract is up and 3) Reporters leave TV stations all the time. This isn't real news to blog about.
The fact that Charles Crowson left says it all. If an anchor who has been wanting that specific position leaves. I think it shows management didn't attempt to make the pay worth it.Then here we go with reporters making no telling how little. They have plenty of good material to put on a resume tape once their contract is up and get better offers and keep moving. If you are going to be in this business. That's just it, it's business and you have to evolve and be willing to move around unless you are Anne Jansen.(Not knowing her) It worries me that she would just quit without another job lined up. She must have really wanted to get out of there. Gutsy!
if THV would pay reporters a cost of living wage maybe they'd stick around.does Gannett pay their newspaper employees as bad?The thing is these kids have to get a job to get in the market, but it seems like THV has their own bottom line when it's time to renewing and their willingness to want to pay them enough to stay. Just keep hiring cheap, young help.We're not talking 60k people, were talking 20k, that's why this is such a shame.
I heard the two new girls THV hired this month as backpackers don't know how to shoot or edit. Have fun with that. One word: QualityI'm glad the other stations still care about quality. The new ratings might just reflect how viewers are wising up too.Other post are about pay. Where does THV stand with 4, 7 and 16 on paying their reporters?
I'd just like to say there are other TV stations in the area and I get tired of seeing THV as the topic of conversation.Is it because THV has the most drama?A reporter left at what seems was the end of their contract. It happens and there doesn't seem to be a scandal, right?
I hear she is going down the block.
Who in their right mind would want to re-sign as a backpacker?Maybe if you don't have other options.But to do it all in this market, that is a lot of work.I don't know how she did it for so long. She was a hard worker.I'd see her out in her heels and skirts, with her hair and make up perfect. And she would be getting down on her kneees getting creative shots and shit. I was impressed. She carried all that equipment like a pro and everytime a photographer from another station offered help or help shooting her stand-up she wouldn't take it.When I have been driving my reporter, I'd see a THV backpacker driving next to me away from the story we were at and capturing their video in the passenger seat and pushing buttons on the computer while driving. That is messed up.If her husband is still at THV, I am curious about what she's going to do next.
If she is really going 'across the street' I applaud her. It takes some strength to walk away because she has a husband, father inlaw and mom who work at the station.Now we know for sure she didn't get special treatment while at THV or she would have stayed!Don't go to FOX.
People in their 20's and 30's should be thinking about where they will be when they get to retirement age. If you think that broadcast companies are going to pay you a wage that you can, with Social Security, have a decent retirement you need to think again. Most (95%) will not retire from broadcasting and will find themselves in a dead-end job in twenty years. Think about it.
jessica dean switched overnight, who is to say others can't.good for her. show them she isn't going to put up with it.
the poster who said 4, 7 and 16 cares about quality: have you watched those lately? 7 hasn't cared about quality for some time, and the same can be said about 4 and 16!
11 doesn't care about quality. they skype in shows, it is grainy and jitters in slow motion and they were in such a rush to beat everyone to HD that the studio cameras are the only ones in HD this blog is about THV MMJs. MMJs are valuable, but making someone do 3 and 4 jobs for a corporation that has the money. Having MMJs go out everyday degrades the quality, no matter how good they are.
Yes, but unlike Jessica Dean THV has the non-compete claus in all their employes contracts.
As far as the comment about one of the two girls that KTHV hired, I will say this about Lisa. She can shoot because when I was broadcasting high school sports on local TV in north central Arkansas, she was actually running my camera. I'll go further and say that she did a damn good job. She is very polished, has a good voice and face for TV. Lisa will do just fine.
All the MMJs do just fine. The problem THV will face is when they're contracts are up they won't stay. The balancing act and daily stress, plus the pay will have them putting together a resume tape a year before their contracts are up.Do I sign again for 25k or find a reporting job for 35k? Real tough decision.
Katherina has too much hair and too much of an accent to be taken seriously!
Did one of the new thv girls start out at syncm at the dem-gaz?
too much hair? It looks really good. You are dissing someone for having a good head of hair? I don't want to hear what you will say about Craig.Accent? Umm, have you heard Faith Abubey?
Who is "dissing." When someone makes a remark there are some that have to use the word "dissing" when it is not a word, at least in English. Who dat?
That is so funny, Faith Abubey.I do have to strain to hear her sometimes. I guess she is from South Africa.If you are reffering to Katherina's accent, I'd say it's a southern accent.I know for a fact she was born her and went to school in Little Rock since kindergarten and she doesn't speak Spanish with her mom.
LIsa is one of the better recent hires. She's rough around the edgesm, but has the talent to be a good reporter in this market. LAuren as well. Let's hope they don't get trapped in LR as MMJ's. Keep this in mind Boys and girls.... the less Larry pays you, the more he gets in his Christmas Bonus at the end of the year! Ho, Ho, Ho!
or lauran and lisa can just follow Katherina to KATV when their contracts are up.Today was Katherina's on air appearance at KATV after leaving THV Friday! WOW!!!!How did she pull it off? Doesn't she have a non compete claus
Hum. That little 5-foot, 90-pound girl was underestimated in book book if she maneuvered that deal.
Yes, she had a non-compete. Her contract with 11 expired and they offered her another contract(with no money), so by her contract terms she was supposed to sit on the shelf for 6 mos. Does anyone know how the "Right to Work" status may come into play here? Here's another thing that may keep THV from from filing a lawsuit. She's a minority (discrimination) and it would look really bad if THV went after her. She was small potatoes there in terms of the money they were paying her. If she can leave without being called on the non-compete thing, then so can some of the higher paid talent due to the presidence(sp) that has been established with Katherina. Good luck Katherina, I'm sure Davy will be joining you very soon.
Why would it look bad for channel 11 to sue the reporter for violating the no compete clause?? Honestly, just because she's a minority, doesn't give her the right to circumvent the rules that are supposedly made for everyone. Did her contract with channel 11 have a stipulation that because she's a minority, that the no compete clause is not enforceable? Of course not!! Its another example of entitlement of one's race overlapping the legal right that the station has, in this case, to sue the reporter for violating the no compete clause that she legally signed, when she first went to work for channel 11. One's race should not have anything to do with one's punishment for breaking a rule. I'm sorry, to me, its black and white, no gray area. You break a rule or commit a violation, then there is a consequence. It may "vogue" to be PC, but its destroying the fabric of what built this country and what got this country through a lot since 1776. I'm sorry if this offends people, I'm just saying what I feel.
I totaly agree with you however, if the station doesn't sue her and a non-hispanic(white)reporter or anchor leaves and goes across the street and they get sued isn't it wrong the other way too? Or does the station fight it's battles according to who they feel is more important to them? It will happen again in the future.
Non-competes arent worth the paper they are written....Look at half of KARK's newsroom...they stole them some another station.Just proves some people can hire people on their own.
It's the truth-- there's no legal standing for it and stations have just bullied reporters and talent for years. Now since now one gives a rats a$$ and the stations are pinching pennies like a squirrel hoarding its nuts, they're not going to go after most any reporter.Someone willing to spend a few grand to pay a lawyer to fight the non-compete would have the whole joke tossed in half a day.
I heard she told the managers to expect her back in the air this month because she didn't want the tension when she left between the managers and her family who still work there.I think she played a good hand. This is all just a thought, but maybe she presented the other offer and they knew they couldn't compete.... and they knew they couldn't stand in front of a judge and say, "Yeah, that's right judge, if we can't have her, no one can, but we're not going to stand up and compromise to what she needs to stay with us."Right to work people!Especially when she was counting pennies and doing 3 and 4 jobs in a day when some of her co-workers (Ashley and Ebone) go out with reporters and have someone shoot and edit and whatever else for them.You talks about minorities getting deals? What about how fair it isn't that two (a white and black) are reporters at THV and the rest (8 to 12) are MMJs?????
You have a point. She can't burn a bridge completely if her family works there. They can't fire them, but they can sure try and make the remaining fam miserable.How can they have reporters and tell MMJs they're on their own? That seems to my like a law suit right there, what makes the 2 reporters so special that they haven't had to MMJ?Even though the above post is right (THV can't hold a person from a better offer if they won't compare the offer) Now that someone has successfully gone against the non compete it does open the field for others to jump ship.Is anyone else from THV trying to leave? Locally or not in the biz?
It was probably more a safety issue than anything. Sending attractive young women out by themselves at night has the potential to be a much larger lawsuit than chasing any non-compete. One day a MMJ will be attacked / raped / murdered and this whole concept will go away.
The other possibility is that they didn't want her, so they have no incentive to enforce the non-compete.That's the vibe Larry sends to all employee's who are up for a raise; "ya know, we like you okay, so we're going to offer you crap. But we can really do without you." The Audas Management System.
Just wait til one of his main-line anchors jumps ship. He's offering NOTHING to keep anyone he has. It's a "Merit" raise system which means you can bust your arse and go above and beyond and STILL get SCREWED for a measley 1%. He will lose others, and he will lose a main anchor soon that will either go across the street or find something better, of which he really doesn't care. He has lost anchors that would have stuck around if he hadn't meddeled and would have paid them a LIVING wage. He'll replace whomever with a just-out-of-high-schooler he can pay mimimum wage, dress it up as a great opportunity and then never allow them to succeed or leave for tha matter. If you are considering a job with Gannett, realize this - if you gain employment, you will be payed 30 to 70% less than what that job would pay... in a SMALL market! Be careful. Katherina has set the presidence with the non-compete basically being crap. There was no way she left with fewer than 4 months left of that no-compete. Great job Katherina and best of luck!
You talks about minorities getting deals? What about how fair it isn't that two (a white and black) are reporters at THV and the rest (8 to 12) are MMJs?????Here's the deal... THV is doing away with all reporters. Their goal is to go with all MMJ's - That's a FACT! Oh, and by the way -photogs are next!
Sorry I had to share. For some reason people on this blog like to talk about the talents hair, but what about this.Isn't this the new reporter at THV, Lauren Clark. Well, play the video until you see her and check out the hair.Then scroll down to the comment.Someone says she looked like she stuck her finger in a wall socket before going on the air.Anyways, it gave me a good laugh.
you forgot the link, but hard not to know what or who you were talking about.I won't be taken Lauren Clark seriously with my news.http://www.todaysthv.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=138715&catid=2
Here's the deal... THV is doing away with all reporters. Their goal is to go with all MMJ's - That's a FACT! Oh, and by the way -photogs are next!you will always need a couple of photogs for live shots.
Not to mention the engineering part. Look around master control and see what one or two people are doing at KARK. Station breaks for stations not even in this state. Computers will replace most of the people in tv and radio stations in the next few years. Anyone in their 20's that is not in the Tech Department will never retire from a station at their retirement age. Might as well find a new field to work in now. You think I am kidding, look around.
THV will solve their NO Photog problem with engineers. It's already been discussed. Engineers will run live shots. Whatever.
Great, engineers as photogs. You're losing the best Engineer in Little Rock in Russell Wilson! If there's a serious problem, they'll probably stay off the air. As for engineers becoming photogs? Good luck with that!
Well, engineers are, and always have been, a necessary evil as far as management is concerned. Sales are the fair-haired children in the station, along with whomever is leading in the ratings and viewer mail. When was the last time you ever heard of an engineer being promoted to station manager?It will be funny when they start using them for photographers. I mean, come on, how creative are the engineers you know? Actually, the reporters will set up their own camera and will be trained to operate the live-shot vehicles. Just stand by for broken stuff to happen and not get fixed.
Is THV even trying to hire someone with a degree in communications?The two new young ladies make it hard to watch their news.I can tell this is their first job on the air. If I can, so can everyone else.
how many stations hire reporters with no experience? Little Rock has become an entry level market. Believe me they get worse. Just watch a Shreveport station newscast. And for some reason channel 7 always gets the worse newcomers to the biz.
Lisa will do just fine.
I don't think Little Rock is an entry level market. I think THV started it.KATV learned their lesson after hiring Holly Sonders and her boobs with no experience.The girl was terrible, but probably got people to watch because it was eye candy/train wreck.I can't watch Lauren Clark on THV, her voice is very high pitched and she doesn't look credible.I noticed a new guy on THV, let me guess, MMJ?
I agree with the above poster the Little Rock it seems is becoming an entry level market for reporters. Channel 7 and 11 are the biggest abuser of hiring green on air talent. I do not watch Fox 16. Watching a newscast on Channel 11 is like watching a newscast that was produced and reported by a college journalism department. It is so bad at times I get embarrased for the reporters.It seems like KARK is the only station that is willing to invest in experienced reporters. Overall their anchors and reporters outshine 7 & 11 in my eyes.Again I do not work in the business. Just a longtime advertiser.
I think this "Investigative Reporter" thing is a joke. The promos are so dramatic, much like one of their weather readers in the morning. That's right, they read the forecast from NWS in NLR, then change it a little like they are the ones forecasting the weather. What a joke that is.
"I agree with the above poster the Little Rock it seems is becoming an entry level market for reporters. Channel 7 and 11 are the biggest abuser of hiring green on air talent. I do not watch Fox 16.Watching a newscast on Channel 11 is like watching a newscast that was produced and reported by a college journalism department. It is so bad at times I get embarrased for the reporters.It seems like KARK is the only station that is willing to invest in experienced reporters. Overall their anchors and reporters outshine 7 & 11 in my eyes.Again I do not work in the business. Just a longtime advertiser."9:44 PM, January 28, 2011As a longtime advertiser, have you noticed that broadcasters run competitors' commercials back-to-back now. There used to be at least fifteen minutes of separation. I guess the traffic departments are too lazy to separate them now.
I would think the management at KTHV would be embarresed regarding the amateur reporting, especially when their bosses are in town. I can't watch anymore.
I don't think KTHV's bosses know what's happening there. However, the directive from corporate is to cut costs, turn a profit and have decent ratings. Well, two out of three ain't bad. Cutting costs and turning a profit, but the ratings ave slipped. If you know how to read a ratings book, and it's not brain surgery, you'll clearly see that THV is slipping. As a matter of fact the sample of viewers is decreasing as well market wide. It's survivalal of the fittest! If I'm an upper-management-type within Gannett, I'm thinking Larry's doing a fabulous job at running THV. It's profitable, costs are low, and the ratings are OK. As far as 20-year old questionable reporters, Gannett doesn't see that nor will they. They only care about the bottom line. Good job Larry!
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