Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What's in the Works on THV Mornings

An e-mailer sent in something very interesting...things I have even wondered about since the shakeup during the mornings at Channel 11. My thought is THV made a big mistake by hiring a "star" when they should've promoted from within and made Blackstone a part of the morning team and not even hired an outsider. Any how, here's an e-mailer's thoughts and observations:

Today's THV: Ashley Blackstone has been moved to mornings to help Melissa-Dunbar Gates with 3-hours of news. Pam Baccam now gets the Saturday anchor desk and Stephanie Bryant gets Sunday.

THV made the decision for Blackstone to help Gates, but will she stay when Alyse Eady arrives?

Eady can't help Gates read the news.

Is Faith going to stay as the live shot reporter when Eady arrives?

I thought Eady was going to be out and about. What is going on... or does THV not even know?

79 Comments:

At 1:48 AM, May 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This station needs to clean house. New ND, GM. Hire reporters that sound like they have a command of the English language. Do the weather indoors.

I can imagine Tom gawking at Eady all morning. People would not come down so hard on local TV if they didn't make so many clownish moves, as this surely is.

As long as they can sell commercials, expect TV news in places like LR to be treated like entertainment. Informing people? The news is just the shit the comes on before Entertainment Tonight or The Price is Right. That's how most news directors see it, anyway...

 
At 8:45 AM, May 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They intially said Pam B & Ashley B would split the AM duties unil Alyce gets there in Aug. I noticed yesterday that we haven't seen Pam in the AM lately. Probably a good thing. She was stiff as can be. Ashley seems to have a nice rapport with Tom & Melissa. Also glad to hear Tom comment that perhaps their shed was a little TOO rustic & that they will be making some adjustments. They need to. That thing looks like a disected double wide!

 
At 9:20 AM, May 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The show is in transition and yes they have a plan and no they will not share it on a blog.

 
At 9:28 AM, May 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Brannon was behind closed doors yesterday with Gannett corporate people.......

 
At 10:24 AM, May 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:20, you have no idea what you are talking about. thv morning has no clue what they are doing.

 
At 10:27 AM, May 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that show is a mess right and it's been slowly happening for the past two years. from a viewer's poing of view that watches everday. they use to do so much and have so many great people on. the interview segments are now at their worst and that is IF they even have interviews.

 
At 10:31 AM, May 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melissa Dunbar is GONE. Hope she's getting the hint

 
At 12:28 PM, May 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This girl is the real deal. She was at my kids school the other day and I was impressed with how personable, smart and engaging she was. I think she will suprise a lot of people. Tom, Ashley and Alyse will be a great team.

 
At 12:45 PM, May 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone needs to switch to KATV and wake up with Beth Hunt in the mornings!!

 
At 1:34 PM, May 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11's morning show use to be the best and it can again if it gets the right people on it. Melissa, ashley and tom are those people. I will not watch at all when the new gal starts and that basically leaves no where to watch in the mornings. KATV is too stale, no energy and just boring!

 
At 2:43 PM, May 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:45, that's right. Let's all watch KATV ND with '90s graphics and '70s technology. FAIL.

 
At 3:00 PM, May 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katv, fail? Not so fast, their ratings top 11s mornings. Not even the ugly set turns people off. Viewed watch for the people.

THV has one photog doing live shots in the morning, so will Easy and Tom be out? Where does that leave Faith?
Or Ashley for that matter.

That show is a cluster. I bet management doesn't even have an answer.

And why hire Easy when she won't be able to give the anchor a break like Ashley is doing now.

Im sure im leaving out a ton of questions too.

 
At 3:15 PM, May 12, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth Hunt is blah and boring. At least Eady is interesting. I think 11 knew exactly what was up. And I like Ashley too.

 
At 3:49 PM, May 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What DUD! The beauty queen just just doesn't fit in. 11 you are gonne sink like the titanic!

 
At 4:03 PM, May 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You wish.

 
At 7:02 PM, May 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I let out a laugh. As a viewer you don't realize something is wrong/odd until you see it. Today it was something as simple as the way she held the mic.lol.

She doesn't fit in.

JUST a pretty face doesn't make me watch.

There are pretty reporters at every station who earned their spots without their boss knowing how the look wearing bikinis and baby oil.

 
At 7:46 PM, May 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question. Is Alyse Easy taking Faiths job on the morning show or Ashleys?

If Easy is a 'host' and not reading, I assume she'll be doing live shots and that steps on Faith with the only a.m. photog and live truck.

 
At 7:57 PM, May 13, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bikini with oil will get the male viewers in the a.m. until their wives find out what they are watching. Hey, it's darned if you do, and darned if you don't. Put her in the garden shack and the show won't last two rating periods.

 
At 5:52 AM, May 14, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The worst thing she did was hold the mic wrong? Give me a break. 7 is definitely posting on here! I watched the show too and thought that she was charming yesterday. They needed some excitement and she has that. And she won't be holding a mic ehen she's sitting on the couch as co-anchor.

 
At 7:23 AM, May 14, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No kidding. I thought she was very warm and personable. Personally, I would rather watch her than anyone else on in the mornings right now. She is stunning in a classy way, not a washed up hooters waitress way.

 
At 1:27 PM, May 14, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Co-ANCHOR she wont be. She's a HOST. I've already flipped my channel off of 11 in the mornings. I guess I'm stuck with the weather channel.

 
At 4:36 PM, May 14, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She did great! I had never seen her before. I liked her interaction with Tom and the kids.

 
At 11:19 PM, May 14, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think she is a nice lady and is a credit to Arkansas and anything else she has a part in. As smart as she is she will learn how to do interviews and get used to the broadcast industry. Oh yes, I think she holds the mic very well and as a previous poster said if that's all that is wrong, then she's fine.

 
At 10:12 AM, May 15, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Mom.

 
At 11:36 AM, May 15, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her mom is a stroke victim and can't use a computer. It was in a magazine article in NWA. You shouldn't assume things.

 
At 8:48 PM, May 15, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lot's of Alyse defenders out there. She better get a thick skin.

 
At 9:21 PM, May 15, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elise is a good choice for the job. A little green though. I already like her better than Allison and my guess is that Ashley and her will share duties.

 
At 11:33 PM, May 15, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Thanks Mom.

10:12 AM, May 15, 2011"

To the "poster" that posted the above.

I am not her mother and I have never met her in person but I say that she is a nice person and just give her a chance. One thin wrong with this blog is too much downgrading. Everyone has talent in some way and we all have to start somewhere.

Just saying.

 
At 12:21 AM, May 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I assume the viewer who thought it was funny how she held the mic was trying to say she looks green.

My opinion, how hard is it to be a host? All you do is smile and have fun, no script to mess up. You ask questions anyone off the street would, who -what-when-where-why and back to you in the studio doing all the work.lol.

So anyone can do it and get away with it, but peoples problem with Alyse Eady is she didn't earn it.

It's a job that once you have worked your butt off then you get the cush job so to speak.

So who are they taking off the show? Faith, Melissa, Ashley?

Whether or not she does a good job, which she should.... she isn't worth flipping the channel to see. At the end of the day she is just a 20-something with a cute face.

 
At 9:47 AM, May 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But you don't start at the top unless you've got connections! Stars are made, they just don't pop up. Channel 11 got her cuz she's a beauty queen. A pretty face with nothing to offer. 11 stands a better chance of retaining viewers if they would leave Ashley, Melissa and Tom on the morning show rather than someone they will have to learn to like. BTW, seems KATV has been trying some different stuff on their morning programs. I bet Allyson is working behind the scenes to help them out. She knows all the weaknesses of THV!

 
At 11:16 AM, May 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV employees need to get back to work and stop spending so much time on here! Goodness! It's so obvious.

 
At 1:39 PM, May 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's obvious is that someone from THV appears jealous that so many former staffers have migrated to KATV. You don't have to be a journalist or a rocket scientist to see the meltdown that has occurred at THV. The mistakes that have been made in the past 6 months will continue to be felt for years to come.

 
At 3:10 PM, May 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am finally seeing constructive criticism on her and people are still trying to point that its people from the opposite station hating.

I see the comments as being well put and true and I don't work at either station.

 
At 4:24 PM, May 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you've left THV for the alleged greener pastures at KATV, why spend your day coming on here and making negative comments about Alyse Eady? Why do you CARE what THV does in the mornings, and whether Melissa stays or Ashley goes or whatever happens? Geez, you got out of there and you claim to be happier...why don't you face the front, keep your eyes on your own paper, and do your own work?

 
At 5:59 PM, May 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work for NeiTher station and that's how I feel. KTHV mornings is gonna be in the basement ratings wise.

 
At 10:22 PM, May 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I also commented and don't work at either station.

Someone at thv is a little cranky. Meh.

 
At 10:57 PM, May 16, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does 7 have no hd local content? Their newscasts look like it's 1995. 11 may not be happy town right now but 7 just looks bad.

 
At 12:40 AM, May 17, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm ready to see the next ratings book.

KATV kicked THV's booty, when THV was the only one in HD.... now KATV is the only station NOT HD.

Lets see if people notice or care or if they truly are loyal to their anchors.

 
At 9:50 AM, May 17, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eady will be fine on the AM show 90% of the time. But when it has to be a NEWS show they need MDG on the air.

 
At 4:50 PM, May 17, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love Alyse! Can't wait until she is on air full time.

 
At 9:23 PM, May 17, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV (rightfully) is craving the Robyn, Tom and BJ days of ratings and fun.

As long as the have 20year old producers who don't know how to stack or work a show and their putting their money on a 23year old girl, its a flop.

Robyn and Alyson were both attractive to (some) viewers but what made up for any short comings were their ability to go from being fun and silly to serious and great at reading and story telling and keeping your attention. That comes with time, years really. And Alyse will not help ratings.

 
At 6:43 AM, May 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The killer of local television newscasts especially in the mornings is consistency. For many years THV had the most consistent, likeable line-up with BJ, Robyn & Tom and were number 1 for roughly 10 years. Also what helped was that 7 and 4 were goning through many line-up changes and changes in behind the scenes personell. The opposit is occuring now. THV has had change after change after change over the last 3 plus years. Viewers tired of the constant change and began to switch the channels. & and 4 have been more consistent on and off the air with their line-up. However, change at 7 and at 4 are possible in the near future.

 
At 8:16 PM, May 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have watched the thv morning show for years. Recently they have had a different face on several times a week. I don't like it, they need stability.

 
At 8:23 PM, May 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think taking Beth off and putting on Allison will help 7? What's it called? Change?

 
At 11:20 PM, May 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're not "changing" alyson with beth, they're "adding"

 
At 11:48 PM, May 18, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an idea. Instead of giving management any ideas, let's let them figure it our for themselves. After all, they are the ones that are being paid the big bucks to know all this.

"There is nothing worse than being supervised by someone that does not know your job."

Does this statement point to anyone you know?

 
At 4:35 AM, May 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adding Alyson with Beth? Hmmm something suspicious here. How about removing Beth adding Alyson. THAT will happen!

 
At 6:56 AM, May 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see Allison and Beth together. That don't jive.

 
At 6:58 AM, May 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I won't see it b/c I'm not going to watch 7 anyway.

 
At 8:26 AM, May 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to Kenny Reynolds being named Assitant News Director at KATV! Another win for KATV. Another HUGE loss for THV. Thanks to Larry Audas!

 
At 2:30 PM, May 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for letting us know. I was wondering what had happened to Kenny. What a super guy and talented too!

What happened to him and others at KTHV is pitiful, but, I am thrilled to hear he has moved on to bigger and better things.

Congrats to you my friend!

 
At 12:46 AM, May 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did thv do to Kenny?

 
At 10:43 PM, May 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV doesn't appreciate anyone.

 
At 2:07 AM, May 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as they can sell commercials, expect TV news in places like LR to be treated like entertainment. Informing people? The news is just the shit the comes on before Entertainment Tonight or The Price is Right. That's how most news directors see it, anyway...

Yep, Sales rule and they are the fair haired of the company. Everything else is a necessary evil.

All this talk about "Investigative Reporting." Ha! What crimes have they solved?

 
At 8:51 AM, May 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's shallow, but it is true. Viewers don't know the anchors personally, so they are more judgemental about the way they look on air. Knowing this is true, I think anchors should take pride in the way they look and put a lot of effort into it whether it's loosing weight or otherwise. It's expected in that business.

 
At 10:32 AM, May 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree. I know it sounds bad, but it is your JOB to look good- and that includes not getting fat. Don't like it? Get a different job.

 
At 8:30 PM, May 23, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do they have a clause in the contract about gaining an excessive amount?

 
At 8:40 PM, May 23, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best female voice on LR TV: Melissa Dunbar-Gates

Best looking females on LR TV: Jessica Dean (from any camera angle)
Ashley Blackstone

Best weather teams: KTHV and KLRT

 
At 8:36 AM, May 24, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Ashley Blackstone is the best looking female on air right now. She is naturally pretty and has that "spark" I like to see in the morning. I think she was grossly underestimated and will become a very popular anchor in this market. That is- if THV will actually give her some promotion.

 
At 4:08 PM, May 24, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thought y'all said Ashley was unstable emotionally. Has that gotten better? Melissa has the personality on air of a doornob- which negates her being a "good reader.". As for Jessica, she might be more believable after she graduates high school.

 
At 8:11 AM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word is Allison Courtney is going on at KATV June 1st. So who's out?

 
At 10:52 AM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me preface this by stating that I am not in the business.

I really like Melissa Dunbar-Gates. She comes across as being normal and personable. I also appreciate that she tones down the perky. No offense but at 5 am, the 'Allison' effect is just a little too much.

 
At 3:45 PM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. The Allison Effect with the high-pitched voice sounded like scraping your nails on a chalkboard.

Perhaps the people at KATV will know this and not put her on the air. Certainly not as an anchor.

 
At 3:49 PM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

11's morning show use to be the best and it can again if it gets the right people on it. Melissa, ashley and tom are those people. I will not watch at all when the new gal starts and that basically leaves no where to watch in the mornings. KATV is too stale, no energy and just boring!

Well, when is this "new girl" going to start. They have been teasing this thing until people just don't care anymore. Whomever planned this ad campaign needs to look for another job.

 
At 4:17 PM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyse will start full time August 1st. She has to fullfill her Miss Arkansas duties before she can join full time. Until then she will make a few appearances. As for Alyson, she starts on KATV tomorrow morning live from Riverfest.

 
At 10:09 PM, May 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the warning about Alyson.

 
At 1:45 AM, May 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ashley isn't unstable, she would be but she hides it well.

She faked she is married because her religion. If you saw the divorces in the paper a few months ago, her husband is divorcing her.

Not so perky off air.

 
At 7:45 AM, May 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, people. I have no qualms with anyone weighing in with opinions about talent performance or the varying approaches from management.
It comes with the job.
However, there isn't one person on this blog/msg board with any knowledge of these people's personal lives.
As a personal courtesy to Ashley and her husband, Neil, stay out of it.
No one knows what's gone on between the two of them, and frankly, it's none of anyone's business.
Yes. They are both my friends. Yes. I care about both of them. No. Their issues don't affect your life at all.

 
At 8:34 AM, May 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leave people's personal lives out of it! Are you kidding me? Neil did her wrong in more ways than you can imagine. Good ridance for her. People, get a life and leave them both alone.

 
At 5:08 PM, May 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny that KATV is assuring viewers they are adding and not taking anybody away. How will the viewers feel when they find out they have been lied to?

 
At 5:15 PM, May 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've watched Tom Brannon forever. As long as he is on, I will watch.

 
At 8:33 AM, May 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And if that's why you're watching... Well... sorry to hear that.

 
At 10:08 AM, May 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's going to happen to the show when Gates leaves.

She's going to stay home with her kids and maybe do part time/fill in work for the station.

Will it just be Ashley and Tom for the summer?

 
At 9:08 AM, June 02, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The show will improve when Gates leaves. No personality and a very poor work ethic.

 
At 9:40 PM, June 03, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Eady's first real job and she is most likely getting paid a heck of a lot more than Ashley who has been with the station for 5 years. If THV hopes to keep loyal employees they better start paying Ashley what Eady is getting.

 
At 9:00 AM, June 04, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MDG no work ethic? Uhhhh she did her and Alyson's job for 3 months before they brought Ashley over.

Two young single girls and a cranky old weatherman is not a recipe many stations will be copying.

"Personality" wont be the problem with the new show. The problem is losing your credible news person.

 
At 7:21 AM, June 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MGD isn't credible. She has contributed NOTHING! Her job was the newsreader. When Alyson left, Ashley took over newsreader duties. She worked a whole 3 months? Wow that's a lot, well for her anyway. Ashley is a rising star. Melissa could be a decent anchor if she applied herself more.

 
At 8:28 PM, June 08, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth Hunt is going to 5 P M Starting Monday

 
At 6:41 AM, June 09, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Heather Crawford. Is she out after baby leave?

 

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