Friday, August 19, 2011

New Head of Channel 11 Named

Source: Gannett Gannett’s Broadcasting Division has named Michael Caplan president and general manager at KTHV-TV (Today’s THV) in Little Rock, AR. Caplan most recently served as Group Leader for Media General’s multimedia operations in Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC. In that role, he had management oversight for multiple operating units, including TV, print and web properties. Caplan succeeds Larry Audas, who was named president and general manager of Gannett’s WFMY-TV in Greensboro, NC.

"Michael brings significant and proven multi-media experience to the team at Today'sTHV," said Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting. "His talents, combined with his passion for excellence make him the ideal leader of KTHV's award-winning service to the people of Central Arkansas."

Caplan joined Media General in 1998 as general sales manager at KALB-TV in Alexandria, LA. In 2002, he was named general sales manager at WBTW-TV in Myrtle Beach/Florence, later vice president and general manager for the station. Then in 2009, Caplan also was named group leader for Media General’s multimedia operations in the market. Prior to joining Media General, Caplan worked in sales management at KTVE-TV in Monroe, LA; in sales at KLAX-TV in Alexandria, LA; and as assistant general manager of the Alexandria (LA) Aces Professional Baseball Club.

45 Comments:

At 3:56 PM, August 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope he wasn't watching THV's coverage....

 
At 4:24 PM, August 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I missed it. What went wrong with their coverage?

 
At 5:49 PM, August 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WMBF was a brand new station that entered the market and quickly skyrocketed to number one. This guy might be able to make KTHV the best and top-rated news station for central Arkansas.

 
At 6:37 PM, August 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Already is.

 
At 7:15 PM, August 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@5:49PM

WMBF is a Raycom station, not a Media General station.

 
At 9:53 PM, August 19, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His "passion for excellence" needs to start with fixing the "Weather Garden" problems.

Felt sorry for the hosts on the KTHV morning show this morning (Friday). It was like a ship without a rudder. New people trying to do their best; at times awkward.

 
At 8:17 AM, August 20, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really? I thought they did a good job. Enjoyed the interviews and I thought Faith was pretty good on the couch. And Elyse is fun to watch. I like that she shows personality. Where was Ashley Blackstone?

 
At 8:39 AM, August 20, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They needed a GM that was local and familiar with the LR tv market, but at least he is from the south! What works in the mid west does not work here! Let's see if he makes any big changes.

 
At 10:01 AM, August 20, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@8:17 Ashley was in Jonesboro covering the WM3 trail.

 
At 10:04 AM, August 20, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that thv was unwatchable on friday morning and im usually a big fan. faith is awful. I switched to 7 and was pleasantly surpriised. chris kane filled in and was pretty good. the new set is a big upgrade over that blue mess too.

 
At 11:08 AM, August 20, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:04 you must really not watch much 7. that was roger not chris on friday. plus that "blue mess" isnt going anywhere. they showed on air that they are just remodeling the morning set right now.

 
At 11:36 AM, August 20, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like shoveling **** against the tide.

 
At 12:32 PM, August 20, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

agreed. the daybreak set is awful. they should just use the main set. all of the anchors looked much better there on friday morning.

 
At 6:34 PM, August 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brittney Johnson can take the place of any anchor on KARK. I just watched her on the Sunday 5pm news and she was flawless in her delivery, poise and intractability with others on the set. Need to move her to a weekday anchor position soon. Yeah, she's new, but she's good, very good.

 
At 9:24 PM, August 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no you can't Brittney.

 
At 11:09 PM, August 21, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the same show and thought Britney was less than mediocre. She's getting better at reporting but she's not ready for the desk...but it was an optimistic suggestion Britney!

 
At 5:16 AM, August 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know how hard it must be for you that a newcomer can out perform the talent so quickly. She never made a mistake and was anything but stiff and can actually read a teleprompter without screwing up. That's a first for that station. I have money that says if asked to she can do the sports and weather just as well with a little practice.

 
At 8:02 AM, August 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must be her boyfriend, parent, or someone not connected with the business. Rarely does someone do the news, sports, and weather in television. Pick one. Also, what in the heck does "intractability" with the other anchors mean?? Do you mean interaction?

 
At 8:43 AM, August 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

these two posts have to have been made by britney or a friend or relative. why else would someone post somethibg that bashes britney's station but praises her...a random person who dislikes kark would not be watching saturday evening.

 
At 2:26 PM, August 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Rarely does someone do the news, sports, and weather in television."

And who are you? Are you a talent coordinator or something? Geesh. An authority on television we have here.

 
At 8:25 PM, August 22, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bad move Gannett. You should have hired from within. After Mike drives KTHV into the ground, which is the Media General way, perhaps you'll see the error in your ways.

To my THV friends, you had a good run.

 
At 4:51 PM, August 23, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:26, I don't know what a "talent coordinator" is, either. But I do know that in television journalism, a person generally does new, or weather, or sports. As a general rule, one doesn't bounce from one to the other. But then--since you are either Brittney or her parents or her boyfriend, I wouldn't expect you to know that.

 
At 9:35 PM, August 23, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new GM has to do something about these green reporters. They did an entire story on the chase for kidnapping suspects today while everyone else reported that they had already been arrested. Shameful.

 
At 4:13 AM, August 24, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As a general rule, one doesn't bounce from one to the other. But then--since you are either Brittney or her parents or her boyfriend, I wouldn't expect you to know that."

So sad that there are so many jealous females in the business. If she is your competition, I would recommend that you practice a bunch.

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

Why even watch KTHV when you can watch Beth Hunt on KATV and Kelly Dudzik on KLRT?

 
At 4:25 PM, August 24, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTHV has a great morning show, but I don't care for the green reporters and female anchors who have passed their prime in the evenings.

 
At 5:14 PM, August 24, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are you talking about? Liz? Because she looks frightful now.

 
At 10:19 PM, August 24, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV is simply trying to save the environment. "Go Green!"

 
At 1:18 AM, August 25, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone has a bad day whether its hair, makeup, tongue tied the list continues. I agree, liz is looking especially awful and its become a daily look. Im sure it will be the only look if a manager doesnt sit her down.

Its august, its hot and at 10 tonight anchor liz and met meredith wore sweaters. because both took the lazy way out of getting ready, put their hair back and wore sweaters, it stuck out and looked acquired.

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

Liz is great at what she does, plain and simply great. Perhaps she does have the "mommy look" and is not as sophisticated as she used to be, but she is a great mother. In this business, a polished look is important, but it is not the only important requirement. You can be beautiful and polished and not very good on the desk, but Liz is great at delivering the news and isn't the news and not the glamour look what it is all about. After all, Candy Crowley of CNN is hardly a glamour puss, but she is good at what she does. Give Liz a break.

 
At 9:44 PM, August 25, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Liz

 
At 1:49 AM, August 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Brittney Johnson did a great job Sunday night.

 
At 2:41 AM, August 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the thv morning show the day ash was at wm3. Too many green people on the couch, alyse and yes faith.

Faith doesnt even turn daily, weekly packages. If she was not turned into a live shot reporter, she couldnt make it in the business.

Ebone told us (competitor) she wasnt good at shooting, editing or making time slot, and thats some of the answer she got when she asked for that new position.

I guess there is someone at every station who gets promoted rather than fired for not meeting job obligations.

 
At 1:20 PM, August 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV is unwatchable, I prefer to be bored with Melinda "Cornbread & Butterbeans" Mayo & Barry "I have nothing else better to do" Brandt on KATV each morning. KATV is the home of Beth Hunt you know.

 
At 1:34 PM, August 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why should we care about Beth Hunt? The hotties are on the morning shows at 4 and 11.

 
At 6:19 PM, August 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:49 I could not disagree with you more on Britney. She is awful and reminds me of Alyson Courtney with the way she shouts the news. but all of this is subjective I guess.

 
At 11:56 PM, August 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a problem with Britney's lips.

Every lady wants a nice pair which she has, but when she talks, she puckers as she talks and drives me crazy.

 
At 10:58 AM, August 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drives you crazy like how? Are you a female? Hmmmmmmmm.

 
At 11:04 AM, August 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Britney doesnt have a great face for the camera. Her nose is kind of piglike. but I really dont think she is anything like alyson courtney. weird comparison there.

 
At 8:58 PM, August 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I think someone is jealous of Brittney. She is moving up while someone else is left behind.

 
At 8:05 PM, August 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3'S ON YOUR SIDE WOKING HARD T KEEP YOU CHANNEL 3

FOR GOD'S SAKE TWO MALE ANCHORS I MEAN I KNEW 3 WAS THE RAINBOW NETWORK AND I KNOW JERI IS NOT THAT WAY BUT HE BTTER WACTH HIS A$$ SERIOUS WATCH YOUR A$$ IT'S A MEAT MARKET ON KINGS HWY

 
At 9:44 PM, August 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What.

 
At 10:53 PM, August 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where???

 
At 12:08 AM, September 01, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brittney is a good choice for 4 to promote. Love to watch her.

 
At 1:31 PM, September 03, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like britney but not on the desk.

 

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