Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Flames Pop Up at KTAL

A tipster says that Willy Walker, News Director at KTAL, Shreveport was fired today!

27 Comments:

At 8:03 PM, January 04, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I see Mee-Shell is conspicuously absent from 5 & 6 again. Tonight makes 2 nights in a row. She hasn't accrued that much vacation time... and sick leave? Heck she was gone for about a month not too long ago.
Anybody wanna make book on when she'll make an appearance? We could have an office pool.

 
At 8:44 PM, January 04, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That woman decimated what little there was to the news department at KTAL. She drove off or fired talented workers hired before she got there, and brought in divas and unqualified replacements. Like most things at that station--this firing is too little, too late. That said, many of the people who survived and stuck it out are overjoyed.

Lets count up the turnover during her tenure:
2 anchors
5 reporters
6 producers
3 photographers
Countless PAs

 
At 11:25 AM, January 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I flipped by KTAL news recently and among the lackluster news reading, I witnessed a ray of hope. I saw a story done by reporter Kerry Charles and I must say he reported so professionally he seemed out of place. He should be moving on to a REAL station soon. Good luck dude.

 
At 11:37 AM, January 05, 2011, Anonymous Drake said...

Maybe some good will come out of this

 
At 12:57 PM, January 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Willy should have been fired a long time ago.

 
At 1:54 PM, January 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problems with KTAL go much farther than Willy "Walker Texas Ranger", Nexstar allowed her to do what she did, and have done horrible things of their own. They want a newscast to be proud of, but are unwilling to provide the resources to achieve said goal.

 
At 10:28 PM, January 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nexstar as a corporation cares nothing about their stations...as long as they keep profits up and expenses low, that's all that matters. Basically a bunch of hacks.

 
At 10:43 PM, January 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A newscast withOUT mee shell is the only time its watchable. WTF they hired her idk. she seems to get lifted out of her seat when she reads the news. its like a toyota commercial. and yes that one new reporter is so out of place. may he get noticed and move up quickly.

 
At 3:07 PM, January 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTAL is so far behind in this market, that it would take more than firing a bad ND to get them up to par. But maybe now with her gone, good employees won't keep being run off.

 
At 10:51 AM, January 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meshell was gone over a month

 
At 12:46 PM, January 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny thing about KTAL is that it was one of the bigger income producers for Nexstar before they acquired the other larger mkts in Little Rock, etc. Guess they must be managing KTAL by spreadsheet due to the enormous cost it took to upgrade the building & transmitter when they took it over from WHECO Media. Going to be awhile before that cost gets recovered.

 
At 10:31 AM, January 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK CHRIST ! She let me go with a 3 year contract and I had to take it to court !

 
At 7:53 PM, January 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was/is HORRIBLE!!!!!

 
At 5:38 PM, January 10, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can any insiders tell us why she was fired?

 
At 2:23 PM, January 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last night MeeShell showed up on-air wearing some weird B&W contrasty clothing that only a 3rd rate teen beauty pageant director with a Loratab issue would wear in public. And what's with this 3/4 speed over-enunciated vocal delivery?. She seemed like she was in-between making rounds at cocktail parties. Is anyone in management taking notes...anyone at corporate care? What's next? An on-air intervention by Todd Warren and the rest of the KTAL crew?

 
At 11:48 AM, January 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt KTALers care about Meshell enough to have an intervention. She'd show up late and would talk thru one if they decided to have one.

 
At 3:41 PM, January 14, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me-Shell needs to go

 
At 2:54 PM, January 15, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word on Willy replacement?

 
At 11:52 PM, January 15, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why was willy fired?

 
At 9:36 PM, January 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She probably cost the station/corporate some money somehow...either in former employees filing lawsuits or ratings drop or whatever.

 
At 10:02 AM, January 17, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I got my cash! LOL and she was in my lawsuits. After the ivesagation she was fired from EVERY News Director position or Asst. News Director Position she ever held. I also had talked to other News Director in the top 10 who knew her and I quote "SHE IS A WASTE" ....their ya have it !

 
At 9:44 PM, January 17, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

she was just sued by another young man. i'm sure that had something to do with it.

 
At 9:45 PM, January 17, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mee-shell is an angry black woman. can't wait to hear her resite "i have a dream' tonight. lol.

 
At 2:32 PM, January 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did any one meet Willy's possible replacement that came thorugh the other day? Hope it doesn't take 8 months to replace her like it did to replace the chief eng.

 
At 11:15 PM, January 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it may take some time to replace the ND. What happens is folks come to KTAL to look around, interview, get the station "vibe"..and they probably have second thoughts and look elsewhere OR they get a better offer somewhere else. Can you blame them? The station environment is dysfunctional to say the least.

 
At 11:44 PM, January 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The possible replacement is currently ND at a nearby smaller market. I hear she's also a trigger-happy ND who's fired about 10 people in the past year, but that could be just a rumor. Is she coming from Beaumont?

 
At 7:55 PM, January 25, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

any word on why she was fired? someone must know.

 

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