Monday, March 07, 2011

KTHV Evaluating Morning Show Options

As reported here first, KTHV Morning co-host Alyson Courtney has quit the station and is moving to KATV to host Daybreak. Of course Courtney will be off the air for 6 months due to a non-compete clause in her KTHV contract. In the meantime, Channel 11 News Director Chuck Maulden tells Arkansas Business.com, "We really are going to evaluate the best course of action moving forward, and I'm not sure what we're going to do. Right now Melissa Dunbar Gates is going to expand her morning duties so the newscast won't miss a beat. We've been reviewing our morning show for quite a while, like any business. "We will figure out what to do next and move on."

68 Comments:

At 3:58 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck must be a knob. Melissa can't hold that show up. she has no personality. Good luck to tom. it is all on his shoulders now.

 
At 4:15 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good for allyson. she is smart and beautiful. i hope she gets everything she wants.

 
At 4:34 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm not sure what we're going to do"

That's exactly what you want to hear your leader admit to a statewide publication in times like this. The place is in great hands!

 
At 4:38 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck must have no back bone and no leadership skills. sad

 
At 4:43 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katherina, Nick and now Alison. This is insane. What is Larry and Chuck thinking? With Chuck and Michelle in charge of the newsroom the place will for sure fall to pieces. Chuck has no backbone and Michelle is dictator and no one likes her. good luck to the few employees left.

 
At 5:06 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So is someone gonna leave Daybreak when she starts?

 
At 6:33 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry Krief left 11 too. He us 7s sat truck operator and katherinas husband put in his application. There are two photog positions open at 7... and one reporter if anyone else at 11 is interested.ha.

 
At 6:35 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Nick you sneaky little man. What better way to get rid of your nearest competition other than just taking it apart. You see a loophole (as in Audass' brain) and you take advantage.
What Chuck was really saying in that article was that he doesn't know what the Mad Wizard up in the corner is going to do because he's checking his forehead powder and nose hairs so when he looks down at the substandard humans around him, he'll look his best.
I am THOROUGHLY enjoying the implosion. Couldn't happen to a better Jesus freak.
PS to Craig- they ain't gonna hire ya pard.

 
At 6:39 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! Now that's funny. I think Craig would go in a minute if he could be the Razorback announcer and say that Fist Down line once more before Frank or Dale croak.

 
At 7:01 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't give nick all the credit. Give it to larry audas for helping each individual make up their own mind about leaving after being treated like dirt... that's why nick left too.

Not to mention two or three sales people left this year, their chief engineer and a photographer.

Boom-Goes-The-Dynamite.

 
At 7:30 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry Krief
Charles Crowson
Neal Sommerlatte
Erica Zermatten
Katharina Yancey
Jordan Burns
Russell Wilson
Nick Genty
Alyson Courtney
(others?)

being inside the building is tough to see people wishing ill on the place just so they will see the Audas get his...sad, really sad. Larry, you don't care fot LR so find something in that huge corporation that needs screwing up worse than little rock.
Alyson, you were the best. I heart you and always will...

 
At 7:35 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ebone is next. She refused to sign for 6months. She's not under contract but after all this, they're not pushing her to re-sign like they did to katherina or they know she will quit and go home to her patents in cali.

Dave tells everyone he is in talks with katv to be a photog and back with his wife (katherina).

 
At 7:49 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck and Larry are really worried about what KATV will do next. Rumor is that Mark Raines will soon become the next news director and that scares Larry, because Mark knows how he thinks. I can't imagine Mark wanting to get back into TV but who knows? Mark and Nick made a good team at THV years ago.

 
At 9:51 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! Now that's funny. I think Craig would go in a minute if he could be the Razorback announcer and say that Fist Down line once more before Frank or Dale croak.

Hasn't he already failed at that once? Bet he would go back just to get to talk and be heard.

 
At 10:21 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous The Shadow Knows said...

Larry Krief
Charles Crowson
Neal Sommerlatte
Erica Zermatten
Katharina Yancey
Jordan Burns
Russell Wilson
Nick Genty
Alyson Courtney
(others?)


I have to wonder if Robyn, Anne and Andy would have left so soon if not for The Audas and his complete ineptitude.

 
At 11:21 PM, March 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lets just say they are congratulating everyone who leaves!!!!

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

Fucked

 
At 12:45 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She didn't get fired and she didn't ask for some crazy amount of money.

None of them have.

All those people listed above who left this year were unappreciated and over worked.

I hear THV pays the least off all local stations to top it off.

Those people realized the pay they did get wasn't worth being treated like third class citizens and its better to move on, even if it's not in broadcasting like they want.

 
At 1:30 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It could be called "The Tom & Joey Show". LOL. Now Joey could soon be paid a penny a day and room and . board. Craig would fit into that cartoon easily.

 
At 1:39 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Wess!!! Mark waiting in the backgroung patiently for the SD position.

 
At 1:55 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two people in the KTHV sports dept. Mark who is not good on camera at all and Alyssiawho couldn't make it in a real low market station running the sports at 11. BJ you left at the right time. He(Audas) is bleediing the station dry of talent. The main anchors are next,just because he had no anchor chops and is taking it out on everybody.

 
At 1:59 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "Tom and Joey Show". How cute!!!

 
At 2:08 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only one of the recent THV losses that has made any kind of impact is Alyson. Everyone else is expendable and replaceable. The people on that list were forgotten about five minutes after they were gone. What your seeing is not rats fleeing a sinking ship. Most of this is just a lot of normal employee turn over that coincidentally is clustered together.

 
At 4:05 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whomever posted above is a complete moron or in the promotions department... Wait.
This Audas collapse has been happening for five years, starting with the re-hiring of Dawn Scott and Pearson's dismissal. It was accelerated by the economy but gives you an idea that Larry is building enemy's everyday, anyone know if things are this bad at other Gannett stations?

 
At 6:10 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice spin "reviewing our morning show options" Go ahead and try and get out of this one. There was nothing WRONG with the show until Larry started his mettling spree. It was the MOST succeesful show THV had for a good 10 years! The BJ, Robyn & Tom era, then the BJ Alyson Tom era. KATV And KARK are thanking you Larry for the mass destruction!

 
At 8:27 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they run off Tom, then they might as well run paid programming from 5-7am. He's probably ready to leave after all this!!

 
At 9:42 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When management won't pay good people (Charley & Alyson) good money to put up with Tom's ego no one can blame them for leaving. I understand Charley, at his new station, is doing VERY WELL. I hope this move for Alyson is everything she wants and we should wish her all the best. One of these days, someone with more power than Larry, Chuck or Tom will figure out what the problem is I just hope its not to late.

 
At 11:39 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Alyson left to get away from Tom's ego, she is in for a rude awakening at Ch. 7!

 
At 11:42 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sometimes the devil you know is better than the one you don't.

 
At 11:49 AM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 11 has been going down hill for quite sometime now. It will only get worse with Melissa and Tom. Tom is so stupid I can't even stand to watch him anymore. Also, the sports guy on the weekend- Mark is terrible. He also has no personality. They should get rid of him. Also, Liz Massey needs a makeover. The dark burgandy lipstick she wears looks awful.

 
At 12:30 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craig needs to feel her spot!!!!!

 
At 12:31 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please don't let that weekend morning anchor fill her spot. Pam, isn't it? She is the worst anchor I have ever seen in my 23 years in broadcasting. She has crazy eyes and can't even read a prompter smoothly. Maybe she should be BEHIND THE CAMERA. Who ever put her there should be fired.

 
At 12:35 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck and Larry are going to have to pull out the big guns now! Allison had so much personality and you don't find that every day. Melissa is not that person for the couch. Her and Tom don't have good chemistry together. Melissa is boring and not funny. THV needs excitement and fun! That's why their viewers love watching them each morning.

 
At 1:35 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a loss for kthv. I took a look at their facebook page earlier and their viewers are taking notice for sure that all of their people of flying the coop. this is great news for the other stations in the area.

 
At 1:36 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone needs to get in touch with Larry's boss. You'd be surprised what they do and don't know.

 
At 1:42 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

trust me. larry's is coming. he was a bad anchor and now he is a bad gm.

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

Maybe larry wants to get rid of everyone so he can anchor again. But that wouldn't help lower the ratings too.

Screwed.

 
At 4:30 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, Morning Show calling Craig...Morning show calling Craig...

 
At 7:34 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom is an asshole, but Alyson made him look smart. First Charlie, now Alyson, great move! She must have pulled straws for that position.

 
At 11:30 PM, March 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Once again, Morning Show calling Craig...Morning show calling Craig..."

"Mornings in Partial High-Def With Craig and Joey" I can see it now.

Wow! Craig could come on and do the show in that weather garden shack an have guests like zoo people and vets and do a pet adoption public service spot every morning. It would put them back in the ratings.

 
At 1:10 PM, March 09, 2011, Anonymous Charlie Sheen said...

KATV - WINNING. Duh.

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

Here is the thing.

KATV did not go hunting down THV employees.

All of these people would have stayed if they felt respected and appreciated.

Instead during contract negotiations they were put in their place.
Even a fake smile and fake promises should have happened in order to get them to re-sign.

All say it wasn't a tough decision for them after that.

Alyson and Katherina still have family who work at THV and they have ties to Little Rock. They both want to further their TV career before leaving it completely so the best option was a station that treats them like the hard working people they are.

Katherina is looking so much better on KATV and she looks happy and comfortable and they promote her on every show. They are shinning her up.

Alyson will only make the shows she is on better. Hope they find some good projects for her to do because aside from anchoring she is a good writer.

They went and knocked on KATVs door, it was not the other way around.

 
At 2:24 PM, March 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV will tank if they keep hiring inexperinced girls who look like they're 15.

Lauren Clark makes me switch stations. She soulds like a valley girl and whether or not she is a smart wonderful person, it doesn't come of that way on tv.
Like O'my God, really!

I hate how THV leadership thinks the viewers are stupid and can't tell this is their first job.

Shame on THV. Lost respect.

 
At 2:56 PM, March 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm happy for alison. i hope she's is getting treated with respect. now if we could just rid of the newsroom management at thv......things would be better. some "managers" treat others with no respect. how these people have friends in the newsroom... ill never know. you can preach god all day but in the end you're still a bad person.

 
At 2:57 PM, March 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

put liz on the morning show and just let dawn stay for the 10. i heard that liz can't even adlib her own name but she's friendly. it might work.

 
At 3:16 PM, March 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

melissa? heck no. she doesn't even work a whole day. she doesn't even deserve to be sitting on the couch right now. put her back out with the mmjs and then let her "half day" butt go home.

 
At 2:58 PM, March 10, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is dawn the next to leave?

http://tvmamasdrama.blogspot.com/2011/03/moms-can-you-really-have-it-all.html?spref=fb

when is her contract up?

 
At 6:57 PM, March 10, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Between Tom's 'weather clicker' not working half the time and him talking about Joey the cat when he should be telling the weather, I'm suprised he is still there! Dawn & Liz are both great...

 
At 7:15 PM, March 10, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He won't be - he's next.

 
At 12:30 AM, March 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Craig is not going to do a hard news story, I mean, actually cover one, why is he even there? So long to build it up and torn apart so easily. Robyn, Anne, Andy, BJ, Alyson, Katherina, and those are just the on camera people that escaped when they had the chance and lots will follow. Bank on that and most if not all of your viewership. When you treat an alley cat better than your employees, you lose my respect and viewership

 
At 6:17 AM, March 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG--what the heck is going on this morning. These two ladies are making a mess of everything. They make me feel sorry for them. Obviously someone threw them together without thinking. This is PAINFUL. Please KTHV get it together--you're going to make me change the channel and I really don't want to do that.

 
At 9:45 AM, March 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Pam and Meredith did a great job together - both professional and prepared. I actually thought this a.m. show is a pleasure to watch again. Thought Melissa should have joined behind Robyn to begin with and really did hate to see Robyn go. It wasn't hard to see that behind the scenes managerial stuff was a problem. It often is. Culturally and socially indispenability and lack of loyalty from most employers has become a tolerated norm. As for Alysson I am so glad she left. I couldn't stand her blatant distaste for anything non-tech or older than her. Arrogant, self absorbed: liked her fine until she opened her mouth op-ed and let her character show.

 
At 10:40 AM, March 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom and Melissa are off, and then what do have? That's the problem. THV has a weak second line. If Tom ends up leaving too, the whole thing will go to hell in a handbasket. I agree, it was painful!

 
At 2:22 PM, March 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad to see Alyson Courtney leave the morning show. I had hoped all along that they would give her some speaking lessons. Waking up to her screeching and screaming every morning was just too much. Robyn was my all-time favorite, but if we can't have her back, please get someone less frenetic than Alyson.

 
At 10:33 PM, March 11, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watch every morning,but that will change if the one with the wall size teeth stays on in the morning.

 
At 9:04 AM, March 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyson is exciting and loves life. and she has no problem with showing it. get over it. robyn was boring.

 
At 4:57 AM, March 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright folks, get yer bets down. Who will be the next on-air personality to leave THV and from what department?

News Reader is 1 to 1
Reporter is 1 to 1
Weather is 3 to 1
Sports is 3 to 5

Get yer bets down . . .

 
At 6:06 AM, March 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Alyson in person for the first time at a social event a week before she left the show. I not so sure that her health might have also played a role in her departure in TodaysTHV Morning Show. The woman really needs to make a couple of trips to the buffet line; she looks way to skinny / unhealthy - not a flattering look at all for someone her age.

 
At 4:41 PM, March 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

some people are just made extremely thin... my guess.... you're just extremely fat. haa

 
At 7:14 PM, March 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is very thin. Yes she is made thin, couldn't tell you if she tries on top of that.

 
At 11:03 PM, May 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous, there will never be anyone like robin, wish they would hire someone more consertive, everyone on local t.v. is too liberal, we need one station more like the majority of us.

 
At 10:07 AM, May 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

is that what u think of when u turn on the news? is the anchor/reporter conservative or liberal? sounds like you are stuck in a fox news world. reporting the news has nothing to do with a political party!

 
At 7:45 AM, May 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive always been an "11" fan but have stopped watching the morning show due to the only news they have is whatever was aired the night before on the 10 o'clock news! Boring! Tom acts like he hasnt the foggiest idea of whats going on, the show has gone to shit since B.J. Left. He & Robyn had it goin on! At least 4 & 7 have updated news they report along with current traffic information which is VERY INPORTANT! I sure hate that the station has gone from being a news stationm to one concerned about decorating & cooking. Pitiful!! :(

 
At 7:47 AM, May 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched Alyson yesterday, she was sensational! It was like she had a burst of energy & was so vibrate, like a load lifted! Good Luck & you go girl! :)

 
At 8:02 AM, May 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss the old days when the newscasts were for the reporting of NEWS! Yes, a little fluff was a good thing, but now the newscasts are fluffcasts with a little news. NOT GOOD. The stations seem to have forgotten their original purpose--reporting news from across the state to keep people informed. They also seem to have forgotten that the majority of the news does not happen just in the LR/NLR area. I would like to see more hard-working, old school reporting from across the entire state! If you claim to be a station devoted to news coverage of the entire state of Arkansas, then report on more stories from places other than LR/NLR and surrounding areas.

 
At 7:33 PM, September 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard something about her leaving had something to do with a donation pledge she made. Something about for every person that "friended" thv's facebook in an hour or something she would donate x amount of her own money (not expecting what happened) and in less than an hour more than 1,000 people "friended" them. She couldn't cover the check her mouth wrote so thv bailed her out of it and payed for it. Then her options were wait until she got fired or beat them to it and quit.

 
At 1:48 AM, November 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pay Robyn what she was worth, she balanced the humor ,Tom Provided and children love him and do watch morn news. Add the professionalism of BJ. Get an older experienced person in the news, another with the compassion and energy of Robyn or Alyson,the chemistry of Tom, often reprimanded by BJ ,with the style that often seemed like he was balancing an era of rare distinguished once forgotten era, where respect was important and a touch of wisdom.Robyn keeping them focused and sometime interesting to watch how she would reel them in when they stepped out of line,gave the harmony that reached several viewers of various ages and backgrounds gave just the correct flavor to feel family.What has become very annoying is repeating the ten pm news on the morn news. Knock out the silly shows of gaudy decorative wanna be martha Stewart, is not news.However, brief FYI tips work . morn news needs to be a communication of
imp relevant issues . Inform the people of changes they can do to improve and give back to Arkansas.Feature the
average Arkansan and report more positive things on education in Arkansas, and positive opportunities available if you live in Arkansas.People are tired of the "what's wrong crap" rather than investigating on many obstacles overcome that led to unrecognized positives. No voice from media,parents,teachers,students,or the state supports public education that allows all students the opportunity to be mainstreamed. Our children know the unfairness of a one time chance test and what needs to be investigated is how the test discriminates,creates fear ,promotes low self esteem.The public does not even know the real facts of the ridiculous notion all students(disability,culture,hmlife,abuse,and various factors)make it impossible for a teacher concerned with the entire welfare,love.educational needs to be 100percent on level.Our news needs to investigate more issues that daily stream in our lives.Professional people with a magical chemistry can create more than profits for the management .Put there big profits in the pockets of those that generate viewers.It would also be be nice if once in a while when news implicates a negative,ther are laws that prohibit certain people to tell their side which may indeed hold the truth.

 
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