Saturday, May 28, 2011

No Compete Doesn't Hold Water for Former KTHV Anchor.....



This was left in the tip jar early Friday morning:


I guess Alyson Courtney's non-compete claus didn't hold up in court, it just delayed her from getting on the air after leaving Today's THV when her contract was up. Channel Seven started promos, she starts today 4:30 a.m. - 7 a.m.

The story is the THV News Director Chuck Maulden dropped the ball and forgot to offer her a new contract and somewhere in there she got a better offer at Channel Seven.

75 Comments:

At 4:40 PM, May 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't hold up in court? Nobody has been to "court."

 
At 4:54 PM, May 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ultimately its on Larry, he was the one who signed the contracts, he was afterall the GM. Besides, Gannett doesn't provide a written offers, only verbal ones. So who knows for sure if Alyson was or wasn't offered a contract? Well, Chuck may know and Alyson may know and well, the lawyers on both sides. It's time to move move forward, and let viewers decide what they prefer.

 
At 7:57 PM, May 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screeeeeech.

 
At 8:46 PM, May 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it wasn't like she was lighting the world on fire over at 11. Genty brought her over and he's super pumped by nobody else cares! Also, 7's news content sucks... Their promotions stuff is NOT GOOD either! Enjoy Alison! Hell, put her on now!!! Nick, again, No one cares man, ... remember this my friend... Your luck will always run dry, just like the talent you keep bringing over from 11. There is a reason 11 sucks so bad right now... Have fun turning 7 into 11. I guess 4 and 16 will benifit from that.

 
At 3:12 AM, May 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick didn't hire Alyson. She was in talks with ch7 before he was hired. Nick was one of the latest ch7 hires. The only one he hired was Kenny Reynolds.

 
At 7:31 AM, May 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the bigger question here is the non-compete, and IF it will hold water at any station. Let's discuss the "Right to Work" status in this state. Katarina, Alyson and Neil Sommerlate all had non-competes, all left 11 and went across the street to a competing station and went on-air well before the non-compete time period expired. I'd like to hear from an expert on contract law if a non-compete holds water? Can you be prevented from making a living elsewhere in the same market IF the current situation isn't going to pay you a respectable wage? Can you cherry-pick who gets up-help in a non-compete?

 
At 11:45 AM, May 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 8:46 - I disagree about KATV's promotions. If it's not THE best, it is certainly right up there. The reason 11 sucks right now is that they have run off many of their most talented staffers, and have treated the rest like step-children. Sounds like all of this hit a little too close to home for you...

 
At 2:54 PM, May 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you can't beat 'em - buy 'em! One stations trash is another stations treasure for sure!

 
At 3:02 PM, May 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last time 7 ran a promo they were the #1 rated morning show, they came in third the very next book. They may be wiping egg off their face again by the end of the year. But that's Ch. 7- arrogant and presumptious.

 
At 4:51 PM, May 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From someone on the inside at 11, more are leaving.

Including the last reporter, ebone monet's last day is in may. She doesn't even have a job lined up.

And katherinas husband dave is very vocal about how he applied at 7 and his in talks with them.

That's not all, more are planning their exit.

 
At 4:58 PM, May 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Davey will not leave 11 - especially if his dad is named GM. If he does leave it'll be to esablish his own business.

 
At 9:22 PM, May 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth now has some serious competition at her own station on her own morning show now

 
At 9:57 PM, May 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Davey has made it clear he wants to be at katv with his wife.

What is he going to do, be loyal and work where his dad is GM but get paid peanuts OR get on the same work schedule with his wife and get paid a lot more. No brainer to me.

He will never be promoted at channel 11 and if there is an opening, it would look bad on his dads part to promote him. It's a weird situation.

Just like all photogs, he is fed up with the issues.

Davey has told people he is working on getting hired at 7 also because he and his wife will have the same schedule and can work on their production company together.

 
At 10:48 PM, May 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would alison and beth be competing? They both do a good job, they're friends and im sure they'll figure out a way to split the morning and noon show between them.

If anything, barry and Melinda should be competing, two meteorologist on one show? Really?

Regardless, I think all the morning shows are cramped right now.

I understand 7 had to jump on the opportunity to take an anchor from another station. We'll just have to see how it works in the long run.

What is coming up for channel 11s morning show?

Do you think because alison got a several month start on alyse eady, it helped pull morning show kthv viewers?

 
At 11:43 PM, May 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't quite understand why people think they know what someone wants to do. Dave is a photographer and editor and I understand that KATV has no photog positions available so why would he want to go there when I know he loves shooting. Also, his Dad is a 11 that would be real tough because it would not just hurt 11 but reflect horribly on his father i would think.

But who knows, local television is crap anyways. If anything if I were Dave I would just look for an option to get out into something else rather than going to another station. As the saying goes the grass is not always greener.

 
At 10:16 AM, May 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just saw the daybreak promo. allyson is so out of place. she's full of energy while all the others are so dead. beth hunt this morning acted like it hurt her to read the news. hell beth, ur sitting on your ass all morning how much lazier can you get!

 
At 12:57 PM, May 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the heck does that mean? Nick has worked very hard, is great at what he does, and is well-liked by employees and bosses alike. I worked with Nick way before he ever came to Little Rock and this has always been the case. Now he's earned the top news spot at the top station in the market. Nick doesn't need your unsolicited advice. He's doing very well.

 
At 1:00 PM, May 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The above post is in response to this:

"Nick, again, No one cares man, ... remember this my friend... Your luck will always run dry, "

 
At 7:12 PM, May 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave is very well liked at katv. Now that his wife works there he has become a fixture, bringing her lunch, sitting by her while she works, hanging in nicks office.

The photogs have even come to him with questions.

Some co workers saw him pick kat up for lunch and saw him chat with former kthv employee kenny reynolds his first day at katv.

Just like katv found a spot for alyson, they'll find a spot for a hard worker like dave, if he wants it.

 
At 7:17 PM, May 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, a big thank you to Larry Audas for ruining Today's THV!

 
At 8:16 PM, May 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These comments about THV employees hanging in KATVs newsroom is hilarious. Goes to show how ridiculous people can get with rumors. There is no truth at all about KTHV employees ever being in KATVs newsroom or sitting at a reporters desk. You people need to try and do something else besides spreading lies and gossip even though they make me laugh and give me entertainment.

 
At 11:02 PM, May 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

of course Dave visits his wife. He has been in the lounge with her eating.

He isn't shy about going in. One day he walked in as everyone was walking out of an afternoon meeting and he went in and talked with Nick.

He is very welcomed.

 
At 11:14 PM, May 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV doesn't hire photographers anymore. So if Davey leaves, it would ruin operations.

Fox, 4 and 7 have between 8-12 photographers.

THV has JY, Stokes, Oran and Dave and Chris Ross is on call. Steve Payne is part time.

And for the past 3-years when a photog leaves they fill it with an MMJ. There are already too many of them in the newsroom.

 
At 11:19 PM, May 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTHV has a job opening for a photographer, as I type this,on their website.

 
At 11:57 PM, May 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick, no loss. Kenny, a loss. Alyson, a loss. Larry K, a loss. Katarina, no loss. Davey, going to be a no loss. Ebony, going to be a no loss. Still others would be a no loss too. But then there wouldn't be enough folks left to be even a 16 hour news department. May have to cut it back to just 8, and run the same stories 16 times. Wait....

 
At 1:54 AM, May 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't realize 7 had two morning mets. Do they take turns during the 2 hour morning news. That's odd, especially since mets on average make the better salaries, that's a lot of $$

Sounds like 7 is turning into Noah's Ark.
2 mets, 2 anchors etc.
The good thing is 7, like 4 seems to realize getting hard workers (who are not green) cost a little more than starting pay.

and who cares if a guy goes and visits his wife and happens to say hi to former coworkers, more power to 7 for being nice to the guy.

I wouldn't think Alyson would be a big loss to THV, other than the girl, and I do mean 'girl' they have some what replacing her is not a good replacement.

The sad part for everyone who isn't Alyse Eady is, she is probably gettting a damn good pay check too. Everyone else working their way up getting 20k and she walks in and well... you get it.

It will take more that one or two rating books to see how it all works out, but I won't be watching.

 
At 3:21 AM, May 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Katv have plans we don't know about with this sudden crowd of anchors? Is Heather Crawford returning after maternity leave?

 
At 8:28 AM, May 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went through this when I was in radio. Because Arkansas is a right to work state you can not be denied the ability to support yourself with your given trade or field of expertise.

I'll also say I wish all the TV stations in the market the best! As someone who put in many years in television, and still have friends at all stations in the market, I have seen first hand how the industry has changed over the years with shrinking budgets and staff cutbacks. Yet you are expected to deliver more with less. It's not just happening at one station. Belt tightening is happening at all TV stations across the country, and I don't expect it to get any better. Let's face it, television is evolving. And there's no telling what it will become in another 5 years. But in the mean time what do you say we keep the attitude here on a positive note. If you want to slam a station, do it in the ratings!

Your friend,
David W. Jones

 
At 8:44 AM, May 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have heard that crawford is thinking about not coming back after maternity leave. beth is supposedly going to start doing midday and the five until it is determined if heather will be back.

 
At 11:40 AM, May 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently she wasn't given a contract extension?

 
At 3:58 PM, May 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know how someone can say that Nick was not a loss to THV. Someone who works as hard as he did for 20 years, and who knew the market and the people in it as well as he does...that is a major loss. And KATV's gain.

 
At 4:17 PM, May 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone who left and who you say may be leaving were very hard workers. May be low on the totem poll, but very missed in the newsroom.

 
At 12:06 AM, June 01, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every morning show has too many people.

FOUR has
2 women
1 man
1 meteorologist

SEVEN has
3 women
1 meteorologist

ELEVEN has
2 women
1 meteorologist
1 live shot reporter
(1) and now add Eady
THAT'S 5 PEOPLE. (TOO MANY!)

 
At 12:09 AM, June 01, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much do the morning anchors make on each station? Can't be too much.

 
At 7:28 AM, June 01, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And there's no telling what it will become in another 5 years. But in the mean time what do you say we keep the attitude here on a positive note. If you want to slam a station, do it in the ratings!

Here is a positive note for ya. Within five years, most stations will be remoting everything at the station. This started with remoting the transmitters 20 or more years ago and continues today with remote or automated switchboard operations and cameras. This replacing humans with robotics and automation will continue because it is a manager's dream. Low budget operations are the thing and upper management could give a rat's butt what the worker bees think. What I heard this morning on local shows were distorted audio from on-the-street reporters. Does management care about this? No, not as long as the average viewer will tune in and boost the ratings. Quality television broadcasting has gone down the crapper.

Folks, if you are in broadcasting and can't see this coming . . .

 
At 1:59 AM, June 02, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyson looks like she has aged ten years. Good thing KATV is not HD yet.

 
At 6:33 AM, June 02, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Kenny Reynolds hire was questionable to say the least. The main thing Kenny has been passionate about for the last five years is his band. No managerial experience or skills that I know of other than how to keep the band in 3/4 time.
He's the best 11 has had in the photog department in a while nut that's not saying a lot. Good luck trying to tell people how to shoot and do their jobs who were working at 7 when you were in kindergarten.
Nick-- no more 11 people. They sucked for a reason.

 
At 2:18 PM, June 02, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kenny didn't "suck" by any standards. Good luck at 11 with have your team being green.

While both station employees keep bickering, 4 and 16 are going to move in.

 
At 2:20 PM, June 02, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse me, half (rather than have)

 
At 9:01 PM, June 02, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Barry Brandt on vacation or did he get squeezed off of Daybreak and more onto Midday Arkansas?

 
At 9:15 PM, June 02, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I assume he's on vaca because I heard beth will fill in for heather at 5.

 
At 1:58 PM, June 03, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One can only hope Beth can read the teleprompter better at 5pm than 5am.

 
At 1:03 PM, June 04, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Beth's new hair cut. Looks much more professional.

 
At 3:07 AM, June 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have not seen Beth's new haircut yet, but I bet it is more of a very light trim, and not very notiicible. I will be watching Monday morn.

 
At 3:11 AM, June 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope she cut off that distracting curl !!!!

 
At 3:14 AM, June 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Munoz needs to get a more professional hairstyle herself

 
At 2:07 PM, June 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth got bobbed..... It's about time!!!!!

 
At 6:02 PM, June 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently she took heed to our advice on here and did something with her hair. If more personalities would listen to us "off air" people and our guidance, they will succeed.

 
At 8:27 PM, June 05, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, munozs needs another hair style, I don't know what, but any change will be good. Don't get me wrong, she looks good, but can look more refreshed.

I see a lot of people on here always talking about short hair dos. They're fine and look good on most the on camera talent that has short hair, but they're not for everyone.

And it would look ridiculous if eveyone had shoulder length or ear or bobbed hair.

That's all. I just hate how some people scream for everyone to have short hair.

No one that I can think of has unprofessional long college or kid length hair, like Holly Sonders did.

 
At 9:04 AM, June 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Beth had short hair, she would look like Mika Brezhenski of MSNBC. That would be awesome..... Any thoughts?

 
At 7:01 PM, June 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth Hunt did, until she got it cut.

 
At 11:35 PM, June 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved the length of beths hair, she just needed to change it up. The roll on the side that didn't move made her look cold and stiff.

Now that its short I think if she was a bit more bold and cut it shorter, it may make her look perkier.

 
At 11:57 PM, June 06, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Curly means perky. Let's see it curly and see some perky.

 
At 8:54 AM, June 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her hair isn't short....She just had an inch or two trimmed off. Beth could really look great with a short do and look more professional as well if she takes over at Five.

 
At 9:00 AM, June 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her hair still doesn't move. Short and bouncy is the key. It shows energy and will add to her watchability.

 
At 12:41 PM, June 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica Dean is still the hottest of the local news babes. Her HD makeover put her in another league.

 
At 4:51 PM, June 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Met JEssica once in person. very rude and stuck up. Melissa Simas is much more beautiful, inside and out.

 
At 5:40 PM, June 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica Dean is my favorite anchor in the local market.

 
At 6:48 PM, June 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't like dean.

I see baccam now on weekends, guess they don't have a talent pool if she's the best they've got.

 
At 6:57 PM, June 07, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear I'm not the only one who doesn't care for Dean. Rubs me the wrong way. My wife said it best. She's simply "irritating." Baccam is getting stronger. Still has a ways to go, but she'll get there. Overall, weekend anchor talent pool lacks.

 
At 12:42 AM, June 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poster posted:
Met JEssica once in person. very rude and stuck up. Melissa Simas is much more beautiful, inside and out.

MS can't pronounce the words news and Noon correctly.

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

Jessica Dean vs Beth Hunt in looks?

You gotta be kidding. Dean is the best looking female on Arkansas television. She's Fox News quality.

 
At 10:04 AM, June 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I expect to see her on one of the national networks some day.

 
At 10:35 AM, June 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JDean looks like a 16 year old high school cheerleader instead of a professional journalist. She needs to update her look!

 
At 11:08 AM, June 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, what's wrong with her look. I would say that there are a LOT of female news readers and anchorettes in the LR market that would love to look as nice as she does. Profile is outstanding.

 
At 5:09 PM, June 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her "profile"? Um, ok sparky. If that's what revs your engine. Girl needs to fix her jaw. When she talks, she shows every single one of her bottom teeth. It's distracting and not attractive.

 
At 5:44 PM, June 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't watch ashley blackstone in hd on weekends. She showed all her bottom teeth and they were crooked. So distracting.

 
At 8:14 PM, June 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@5:44-I noticed that as well.

Today's THV First it HD hard at work.

 
At 8:18 PM, June 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the hottest woman in LR are 4 Melissa Simas 7 Beth Hunt 11 Dawn Scott

 
At 6:14 AM, June 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 has all the hottest ladies now. Period.

 
At 5:51 PM, June 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only attractive on camera talent at 11 are dawn and wess. The reporters are not that attractive and their work makes them less attractive.

But BJ dresses and has good presence.

 
At 6:54 PM, June 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of reporters at kthv, lisa Hutson takes the metal for the worst dressed reporter Ever, in this market.

Sure people have their bad days or buy a trend that doesn't look good but for Lisa Hutson it is a daily occurrence. People when you hire someone off the street who wasn't a professional, that's what you get.

She's what my daughter calls a hot mess.

 
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At 12:34 PM, February 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You people need to get a life! They are local news people not celebrities! Although most of them think they are. Who cares what they do.

 

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