Monday, March 07, 2011

Another KTHV'er to KATV

This from the tip box:

Word is Allyson Courtney has resigned and gone to KATV

More info:
Alyson Courtney has left THV to anchor Daybreak at 7. She'll have to stay off the the air for 6 months because of her non-compete.

67 Comments:

At 2:22 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a shame for THV. She was very well liked and will be missed.

 
At 2:48 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless her. I will still won't watch channel 7 everybody there seems so uptight and stuck up. Beth Hunt will make her do all the work in the mornings now.

 
At 3:11 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is beth going to do? she doesnt do any actual work as it is!

 
At 3:19 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've worked with Beth Hunt since she came to 7. You won't find anyone who puts in more hours or works harder. She's top notch.

 
At 3:28 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Beth

 
At 3:44 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the slow, agonizing decline of a once great television station continues. Thanks to Larry Audas and the don't-give-a-damn higher-ups at Gannett. It is a shame.

 
At 3:51 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous THV EMPLOYEE said...

Alyson will be missed in the newsroom! She was so much fun and always worked hard. Larry and Chuck really lost a good one. I hope they feel like idiots.

 
At 3:56 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a gain for KATV! She's a gem! Why not let Dawn or Liz go and use the extra money to keep Allison around? They're boring and dull. That morning show is now a sinking ship. Congrats

 
At 4:00 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you serious??????? This is a surprise. What a loss for channel 11. I knew it was getting bad over there but looks like it just got worse. much worse.

 
At 4:00 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's too good for 7. Sad though 11 doesn't have anybody to promote to be on the morning show.

 
At 4:03 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry feel like and idiot? Not possible. The EGO will not allow that.

 
At 4:14 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

kthv has really lost it this time. looks like katv will soon be taking every rating away from them. wow

 
At 4:48 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Alyson was great and I loved her with Tomm almost as much as I loved Robyne, B.J. and Tom. What I would like to know is are there not any African Americans qualified enough to be and anchor, becuase I have never seen one except in the evening and that was long ago.

 
At 5:10 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ch7 is a better station than some get it credit for. Ut has some great hard workers on and off camera.

Do you see them back stabbing and talking about each other on here like employees at thv on every blog on here even if its not a thv blog... no.

They actually truly like each other, work well together and strive to make do with the equipment and studio and everything else they have to over come.

Thv sure is going to have a pretty studio no one is going to watch sooner than later.

People don't care about being first in HD as much as they care about fair wages and being treated like humans

 
At 5:21 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now Really? Something tells me there's probably a cat fight in the newsroom at 7 everyday because all the blond anchors/reporters are so jealous of each other.

 
At 6:14 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep thinking that and make yourself feel good that others are fighting about looks and positions... when that's not the case. Get a life.

 
At 7:13 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, pretty sure they don’t have grown women cry like Ashley Blackstone does to get what she wants.
Guess she will be pulling out all the stops now to get Alyson’s old position.


She got Mike Duncan’s weekend anchor gig while he was there and they didn’t give him a reason. Ratings were good, no mess ups…. I guess Blackstone is running the place.

 
At 10:17 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back Win Noble.

 
At 10:25 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where does she fit in on the morning show at KATV. Beth must be moving to the evening news whiile Heather goes on maternity leave and will take over Nightside for Munoz after that. Or Barry is going back to Live at Five!!! Beth and Alyson are friends, so who knows what's going to happen.

 
At 10:27 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Morning show calling Craig....morning show calling Craig!!!!

 
At 11:20 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet Alyson will take over MidDay and Beth will get a shorter day and they will both compensate for shorter days by working on segments or packages that can be held for later newscast so they're seen in other shows.

At least I hope. I will help fill content and put more faces in shows.

 
At 12:39 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally fucked

 
At 4:07 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Duncan got arrested on drug charges and how in the world is that Ashley's fault? Audas canned him!!!!! Ashley shows energy and great stage presence. I would love to see her in the morning show or she would.be great paired with Dawn at five, six. and ten. Put Craig and Liz on the A.M. show.

 
At 4:48 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH GAWD please don't put Liz on the AM Show!

 
At 12:28 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodby KATV - celebrated those KTHV absent days when Alyson and her mouth didn't show up. Made 7 my new habit and now I got to hear Alyson's mouthy, cockey, self-absorbed attitude on 7 - Grrr. Guess I'll trudge on back to KTHV.

 
At 12:38 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? Alison will give life to the dull people at katv. Kthv should be shaking in their boots right now. AND she's not mouthy, she's fun! I can't wait to start tuning in to katv to see her.

 
At 12:39 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Love alyson and everything she has to say. She is real on camera....... and isn't afraid to have fun with people. Can't wait to see her at katv either.

 
At 12:41 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get rid of liz all together. she's not worth a dime. i've heard she's lazy, loud AND annoying.

 
At 1:38 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PAIR ASHLEY AND DAWN.

HUH, YOU DON'T WORK AT THV. IF YOU DID YOU'D SEE THEIR BODY LANGUAGE AND NOTICE THEY DON'T TALK OR GET NEAR EACH OTHER.

THIS ALK STEAMS FROM ASHLEYS JEALOUSY OF DAWNS BEAUTY, SUCCESS, HOW MUCH PEOPLE LOVE HER AND HOW NORMAL SHE IS.

ASHLEY THINKS DAWN WANTS HER SOON TO BE EX HUSBAND. THAT'S WHY ASHLEY HAS SCREAMED AT DAWN IN THE NEWSROOM - GIRL NEEDS A REALITY CHECK.

 
At 1:45 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

old news. get over it, dawn. lol

 
At 1:45 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is about Alyson. Leave Ashley and Dawn out of it. Stupid.

 
At 1:49 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe alyson would have a job right now at kthv but since Larry is letting Dawn and Liz get the $$$$$$ big bucks, there isn't anything left over for Alyson. Think about it. Take notice Larry: DAWN AND LIZ AREN'T WORTH IT!!!!!

 
At 2:29 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't expect to see Dawn stick around THV much longer anyway... She's pretty sick of it all from what I hear & I think her deal is almost up. So cheers to all the Dawn-haters! But if she does goes-- who else does THV have that has the chops to fill a main-anchor role?
No one!

 
At 4:10 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't give pam baccam or baccum any more anchoring duties. She ruins the good concept for the saturday morning show. So dull and can't read well.

The content is fine but as a viewer I can't watch.

 
At 10:19 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz is Dawn's sidekick, Dawn carries the news part. If Dawn ever leaves, Liz & Craig as the main newsteam, I would rather watch Joey the Garden Cat.

 
At 5:37 AM, March 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Ashley don't move to the morning show,

 
At 9:17 AM, March 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyson has come a long way from when she first started on THV. Not a good move to let her go so abruptly, without any sort of good bye. Very dissappointed in THV's handling of this. Hope she kicks butt...she will. What about Tom?

 
At 11:12 AM, March 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV must have a management team with their heads in the sand.

 
At 1:28 PM, March 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hated to see alyson leave the show is boring but I still watch. Don't like KATV

 
At 2:59 PM, March 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if dawn ever leaves? please. no one even notices when dawn is there. craig IS and WILL ALWAYS BE the only one holding up the evening newscasts. the other two are just pretty faces.

 
At 3:00 PM, March 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i miss alyson already. melissa is so boring. she has no sense of humor and can't carry a conversation with tom. they need chemistry people! bring in someone brand new.

 
At 3:01 PM, March 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

send melissa to katv. not alyson!!!!!!!!

 
At 4:27 PM, March 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the Channel Four morning women should go to 11. One of them is in trouble because there is too much payroll on that show.

 
At 5:37 PM, March 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew thv had problems when they made someone a Saturday female anchor who can't read or carry on a conversation.

 
At 8:44 PM, March 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about not being able to conversate. They both like to talk about farts while some of their audience is eating breakfast. Now that's being informed and entertained.

I know, I know, it's not a word but thought I would just use it anyway.

 
At 2:54 PM, March 10, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok. I get it. People have favorites.

Here is the thing.

Ok so we agree whatever THV is doing isn't working.

I assume alyson was getting paid well. I mean better than the reporters making 20k. So what did she want that they didn't give her?

 
At 1:59 PM, March 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably wanted the cake and wanted to eat it 2. everybody is down on 11's management. Could be something she demanded and didn't get so she quit and went to 7.

 
At 7:32 PM, March 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Basically 11 let her slip out as there was no contract offer at the time hers expired. So 7 snuck in saw an opportunity and stole her away. Management has made some bone-head moves lately with personel. They'll spin it to say that the person didn't want to stay at 11 but all they have to do is show a little respect toward thier employees and maybe, just maybe one or two will stay. Well, that and pay them a living wage. 11 has a lot of young, raw talent. Well I hesitate to say that. After watching this morning, if they go forth with Pam Baacum there will not be any ratings left! Not trying to be mean, she is an ok reporter, but NOT an anchor. As a matter of fact they have a lot of young and green talent (and I use that term loosley). Jessica Duff, Steed, Lauren, Lisa, all young but very green and they need guidance. Something 11 will not provide. In the meantime there only 2 choices there to fill Alyson's seat - Ashley Blackstone and Melissa Gates, neither would really draw an audience. It may be best to look on the outside this time. Can't blame Alyson for leaving though if she was shown a lack of respect or even taken for granted then 11 got what they deserved.

 
At 7:44 AM, March 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think steed has proven himself. you're not right on that one.

 
At 1:00 PM, March 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks BJ - 6 mos. doesn't a reliable reporter make, much less anchor. That's the problem with your generation - the "gimmie, gimmie, gimmie I deserve it" generation. You absolutly need more seasoning. We have seen your live shots and they need some serious work.

 
At 9:48 PM, March 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So sad... Little Rock used to be a training ground for the top 20. Now,, this market SUCKS. Been around the business a long time and although 16 gets the grief on this board and their ratings don't show it, they have some great reporter talent.
Four is next with some real potential if they'd get rid of Clausen and a few of their weather boys. Seven next, but they're flat and basically doing the same format they were 25 years ago. Their latest reporter hires are weak.
Eleven is shot. A clown for a male anchor and no personal offense intended there, a main anchor woman who is blogging that the business is getting to her, reporters who wouldn't be hired in Jonesboro and a GM who has either lost it or is working for a company that is about to spin off some assets. I believe it's more the former. The first sign is when they fired their front desk person. If you walk into THV, there is basically a booth with a phone to greet you. You expect the first thing you'll hear is, "Good morning, Mr Phelps.."

Sad

 
At 12:56 AM, March 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11 has too many reporters and doesn't even have space to let them intro their stories. You don't know who those people are.

7 has too few reporters, you see them in every show with a different story. They run them too thin. They do several stories a day and that takes a toll on the quality and time you put into it.

Both stations look weak for opposite reasons.

 
At 5:54 PM, March 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all about saving MONEY! They can hire all of the MMJ's they want. Niether of them are making more than 24K a year! Cheap, Cheap, Cheap! Larry looks at losing Courtney as a money saver. Although she probably wasn't making the big bucks, they could probably get 2 or 3 MMJ's for that money. That or producers who are even CHEAPER!

 
At 7:12 PM, March 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They have gotten cheaper the past year. Now all the mmjs they hire are also producers.
Bj, max and now Lisa and lauren. Good luck getting the girls to learn. They are trying to learn how to mmj. Sad days for thv.

Check out thvs website for jobs. An mmj/producer position is open.

Do they need more mmjs? I don't think so.

 
At 10:13 PM, March 14, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watch all of the news stations- 4, 7, 11, & 16... Channel 7 is by far the most professional of all of the stations... I work at a "social" establishment in Little Rock that sees it's fair share of ALL of the Local TV personalities... The employees at Channel 7 are always so genuine and kind. Sadly, I cannot say the same about some of the ladies at Channel 11, Especially Meredith Mitchell! She is so RUDE! She'll get a couple of vodka tonics in her and she loses her filter. I.E. She will talk to you like you are dirt. She is a very poor representative of a "professional" news reporter. I miss the days of Beth and Tom on 11. Also, what ever happened to 11's version of "Dialing for Dollars"?

 
At 8:14 AM, March 24, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are any of you worried about where she is going... She can go and do whatever she wants. You shouldnt talk bad about any of them!

 
At 6:35 PM, March 25, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry the way she left,Becam is not an anchor person, I would prefer Dunbar-Gates, or bring back Robyn..I watch the programm allthe time, please put this to bed quickly..thank you, Merle Guy, Horseshoe Bend, AR...p/s please try to think about are area regarding the WEATHER...........

 
At 6:14 PM, March 30, 2011, Blogger Chris said...

It looked to me from the beginning in watching tom and allisons body language that they didn't quite mesh. Tom does seem to get along with Melissa Dunbar-Gates. Its just a matter of finding the right fit. People do a better job when they are happy where they are. Allison never looked happy or comfortable even though she was a good newscaster.

 
At 7:46 PM, April 05, 2011, Blogger Kennith said...

See you on channel 7

 
At 5:26 AM, April 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who Cares!!!

 
At 12:59 PM, April 10, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allyson Courtnie was good. She did not fit well with Tom and BJ then Charlie from the beginning. She ended up doing pretty fair. I don't think that anyone could replace the morning show hosts:Tom, BJ and Robyn. However, I do believe that she kept 11 alive. I know it kept me a committed viewer, but now...I really don't know. I agree that Allyson's leaving is 11's loss. I don't think I can do 7 though. I'll just have to wait for channel 16 in the evening.

 
At 9:30 AM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyson on Channel 7. WHAT A BUMMER!!!!

 
At 5:00 PM, May 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz Massey makes the show anytime!!

 
At 1:38 AM, July 26, 2011, Anonymous puertas metalicas said...

To my mind everybody have to glance at it.

 
At 4:12 PM, December 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ashley Blackstone has a nice big booty.
Melissa Gates looks like Tina Fey. Is she screwing anyone?

 
At 8:44 PM, August 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why do anyone think a black would be put on in the morning.if you ever watch golden girls you would see why i says this .but you know thats why that never put Stephanie Bryant on in the morning she was their before alyson courtney.,and how she got the job on 7 from pam smith THEY ARE BLACK

 
At 8:51 PM, August 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

orylegeNo one want to see a black person first thing in the morning look at the golden girls show see what sophie says you will never see ablack on in the morning Pam Smith tryed for years to get on morning .I am glad she finally quit.on 4 thatDouglas lady gave thatblack woman such a hard time she left see all the station have aproblem with putting a black on in the morning

 

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