Monday, December 26, 2011

7 Tops in the Rock Across the Board...Credits Social Media

Arkansas Business.com reports KATV, Channel 7 clearly was the news leader during the November ratings period. AB.com reports it was at the top of every newscast. KATV credits the use of social media in its newscasts as the key. Read the complete article HERE.

66 Comments:

At 5:14 AM, December 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be more convinced of their dominance if this were a metered market.
While this does prove they're at least in the top two, I don't think any station can really claim #1 status unless they have MAJOR leads over the competition like 7 traditionally has at 5PM & 6PM.
Battles in the morning, noon & 10 are still very much up for grabs, in my opinion.

 
At 5:04 PM, December 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh it's the metered market excuse. Nice pick!

 
At 9:51 PM, December 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello management. Nobody really cares except the sales department, oh, excuse me, I meant the Account Executives. After all they are the "bread and butter" of broadcasting and everything else is a necessary evil.

 
At 10:13 PM, December 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you would have won you would have cared.

 
At 11:07 PM, December 27, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@10:13 I DID win. Anything else?

 
At 8:21 AM, December 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, so you work at 7. It's obvious you have something against the sales department. My guess would be you are behind the scenes, jealous of everyone who makes more than you, including sales people obviously, and anyone on air. About time to take that tired act down to an occupy camp and hang out with all the other losers who think this world owes them something.
You wouldn't have a job without sales and they wouldn't have a job without you. It's time to grow up and realize that it's not all about you, everyone works together to make it run.

 
At 10:15 AM, December 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the important thing is the trend. how are the stations trending?

 
At 1:25 PM, December 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did I read it right? KATV doesn't win the noon show time? I don't think they have a noon show do they? Aren't mornings and the 10pm the most coveted shows?

 
At 2:00 PM, December 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They tried to spin it with the noon shows. No, KATV did not win the noon time slot. They don't have a local show at that time. It's like Fox comparing their 9 time slot with the locals at 10. It just doesn't work that way.

 
At 11:35 PM, December 28, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@1:25p

Noon shows are mostly sustaining except the "Noon" show on KARK in which 1/2 or the second 30 minutes is filled with "Paid Program" material. So, they just only have a 30-minute show. So there ya go . . .

 
At 6:09 PM, December 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica Dean do something with your hair! It looks AWFUL! No shape, no style and too long.

 
At 9:17 PM, December 29, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica Dean is hot! I wouldn't change a thing about her.

 
At 7:33 AM, December 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The dog ate my ratings book.

 
At 7:50 AM, December 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth Hunt = Ratings for KATV

 
At 8:57 AM, December 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AB just reporting facts and somebody gets bent out of shape for reporting the fact that the THV noon show had the highest ratings. If you don't care then why even comment?

 
At 10:45 AM, December 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AB twisted the facts. Did they even disclose their relationship with thv? Of course they want it to look like anyone cares about the noon show. that is where they have a segment.

 
At 11:13 AM, December 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Jessica Dean, I watched 4 last night was so unimpressed with her. Her delivery is just okay and her appearance is unprofessional and unkept looking.

 
At 11:41 AM, December 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's mid day news, people. It doesn't matter what time it runs. I am cracking up that 7 is mad that AB reported another station had higher ratings on their mid day news. Seriously, who cares? PA LEEZ, get over yourselves before you have to eat crow for dinner and humble pie for dessert.

 
At 11:48 AM, December 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will have to say I caught myself watching 7's evening/night newscasts because of the smooth delivery of Beth Hunt. Now that she will hardly be on i'll have to switch back to 11.

 
At 1:02 PM, December 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't work at 7 but I will admit that AB focusing on the midday shows was a little strange. Everyone knows that they are not really emphasized, and I am sure they have hardly been mentioned in other AB stories about ratings books. It's true 7 people are complaining but it's equally true that AB spun the story to put THV in the best light they could after an abysmal book overall.

 
At 1:20 AM, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good grief! I have never seen such clipped out cameras and poor (low) audio than on the 6 Friday night on KTHV. What has happened to the video and audio quality we have come to like on KTHV. It's almost like there are no camera people anymore in the studio or in the field. It may be in HD but the quality is more like SD and Pure dee bad. Oh, well, it's the Gannett way. It's all within reach or so the saying goes.

 
At 6:55 PM, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess you really do get what you pay for.

 
At 7:32 PM, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV has a big problem with lighting the weather garden. Was it ever a big problem before they remodeled it? I'm having trouble remembering.

 
At 11:36 PM, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an observer, it's impressive the change 7 has made since installing a new news director. Always liked Genty at 11, but think he might have what it takes to keep 7 relevant. Id sure buy stock in Beth hunt if I were him. Found myself watching 7 again and certainly after 4 lost their way as weather authority when Mike left and Brett. Word to 11...if 7 goes with Beth...Dawn is your meal ticket.

 
At 10:10 AM, January 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to watch 11 but I have switched over to 7. They have much better reporters and video quality. 7 used to always have a bunch of technical errors but they seem to have cleaned that up. I still like 11s anchors but many of their reporters are unwatchable.

 
At 12:54 AM, January 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"THV has a big problem with lighting the weather garden. Was it ever a big problem before they remodeled it? I'm having trouble remembering."

Well, let's see. First they had the Weather Garden and did a key in front of just a board that rolled down. That was good. Then, they remodeled the garden to look like a rock-floored backyard and the key was done of a wall with "Weather Garden" on top and some kind of evergreens on each side that kept causing shadowed edges on the wall. Lighting was terrible and they were unable to get rid of the weather guesser's shadow so that was abandoned due to lighting. So, yes, they have had a lighting problem in the garden and still have. Using a camera that looks like it's 10 feet off the floor, the person sitting in the Weather Shack is probably getting a crick in their neck from looking up. Ridiculous.

If I were management, I would scrap that shack that looks like a reject from some mobile home company and just go with maybe a table and chairs, like on a patio.

Lighting on the street when doing a stand up is pitiful. Usually clipped out and the audio is either too high and distorted or too low. Someone needs to start teaching their new cameramen/camerawomen how to set video and audio levels before they start to do a standup or on-the-street interview. Just saying.

 
At 7:36 PM, January 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Audio levels at thv have been problematic for several months. It needs to be corrected.

 
At 9:46 PM, January 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their levels on commercials will have to be corrected by this time next year. The FCC has said hey have had so many complaints (nation wide) they have given all stations, nation-wide, a year to correct the problems. I guess they are going to have to hire someone to ride gain on the commercials. As far as on-the-street levels, good luck with that from people who are not camera persons or engineers that really care. Does KTHV even have a chief engineer anymore? 15 years ago these problems weren't there.

 
At 12:36 PM, January 04, 2012, Anonymous Loud Ness said...

It shouldn't be too difficult to add compression to the end of the audio chain. Nothing beyond a preset loudness would get through. No need for a slider-rider. TV's are available now with circuits that levels out volume also.

It's an easy fix, stations just haven't done it because they don't want to. Good riddance - WE BUY IT!!!

 
At 11:48 PM, January 04, 2012, Anonymous Brainiac said...

Compression amplifiers are at best only going to control about 82% of RMS peaks. Anything more than that will lead to distortion. The only accurate way of controlling the audio at a comfortable listening level is to have a person, sitting at an audio board or console and listening to OFF THE AIR audio. Compression amps only modify the envelope BEFORE it goes to the STL and to the transmitter. I don't know of any station in the LR market that monitors OFF THE AIR or OVER THE AIR via antenna, satellite or cable. This accounts for sometimes when a station has audio or video problems the MC operator does not know about it until a viewer calls the newsroom and advises them to tell the button punchers that they have a problem. I don't have time to teach a lesson in Good Engineering Practices but I suggest the management of all broadcast stations adhere to the FCC's warning that they will not put up with these uncontrolled audio fluctuations and they have given stations adequate warning to fix it. Can't wait to see how many citations the FCC will hand out the first week for a violation of this new requirement by trusting an electronic device that is not as reliable as a human at this task.

 
At 10:18 AM, January 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Techo geeks have struck.

 
At 10:56 AM, January 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone turn down Munoz's makeup? The Ke$ha style isn't working.

 
At 10:58 AM, January 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was up with the Laura Huckabee experiment last week on KARK?
When will Keri O' Hara return?

 
At 2:42 PM, January 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can we see actual numbers? not some fluff piece a reporter took from the KATV press release

 
At 12:21 AM, January 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 10:18 am

If it weren't for "Techno Geeks" no body would have a job in broadcasting. We are usually the highest paid, non-on-the-air or sales people in the stations.

So . . .

 
At 1:14 PM, January 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

most techno geeks at the station now a days are packers and shippers. Camera having issues, we'll send it off. And saying you're the highest paid non news and sales is not saying much. That's like being the skinniest kid at fat camp.

 
At 12:56 AM, January 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:42 if you think Arkansas Business rehashes Channel 7 press releases you are sadly mistaken. They rehash KTHV press releases. 7 doesn't even send out releases when they have a good book...because at this point it is just what is expected.

 
At 10:57 PM, January 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"most techno geeks at the station now a days are packers and shippers. Camera having issues, we'll send it off. And saying you're the highest paid non news and sales is not saying much. That's like being the skinniest kid at fat camp."

In other words there is no engineer or technician at your place that is capable of repairing a piece of equipment that is more than likely moduled (they are are modules)in nature. Folks, that is shameful. I could guess at the station where this is happening.

 
At 10:57 PM, January 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"most techno geeks at the station now a days are packers and shippers. Camera having issues, we'll send it off. And saying you're the highest paid non news and sales is not saying much. That's like being the skinniest kid at fat camp."

In other words there is no technician at your place that is capable of repairing a piece of equipment that is more than likely moduled (they are are modules)in nature. Folks, that is shameful. I could guess at the station where this is happening.

 
At 7:22 AM, January 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Techno geeks. I like that. And you are correct, packers and shippers nowadays. I am an engineer, was in radio and TV for thirty years, first phone, all of it. Got tired of the bean counters saying "we just can't spend the money to get parts". Bailing wire and J/B Weld can do wonders but come on.....
I might add that 7 has been looking for an engineer type for about 8 months now???

 
At 12:28 PM, January 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:22 AM, I thought 7 fired their well respected and knowledgeable engineer sometime back to save money... you you saying they now are hurting?

 
At 10:31 PM, January 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 7:22a.

I, too, worked in television and was an engineer (First Class Radiotelephone with Ship Radar endorsement circa 1963) for the better part of 15 years. Got tired of management wanting to scrimp and save on equipment we needed and like you said, having to use bailing wire and duct tape.

Took my Gannett retirement, packed my gear and got completely out of the broadcasting business. That is when they were giving their stock away to employees each month. Wonder if they are doing that now.

 
At 7:22 AM, January 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to the previous poster, yes, 7 still has the position listed on their website. Been there since last June. Maybe they just forgot to take it down after they hired someone, if they did hire someone.
My son-in-law still works for THV after 15 years, things gone way downhill over there too. Thanks to the corporations.

 
At 7:56 PM, January 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad, but true. The people in broadcasting today don't have any idea how much fun it was 30 years ago before management started wanting to make a lot of money and corporations could only own one media per market. Now, so much money has been pumped into the FCC (now a group of lawyers) that the broadcast companies can do just about anything they want and get away with it. I think the people in broadcasting today do a good job with what they have to work with.

 
At 11:46 AM, January 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. I have great respect for the little guys that keep the operations going. Technology has made great strides and made doing things much easier, but has it made for "dumbing" things down? i.e., backpack reporters, one man bands, etc.? The good memories stay alive in my head and I have to admit my ride was sweet.

 
At 12:24 AM, January 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The broadcast stations have less than a year to comply with the FCC's latest regulation on commercials that are too loud. Most professionally done commercials audio is enhanced and has a music bed and will sound louder even though it does not register more on the VU meter. Well, looks like a human person is going to have to monitor the audio (just like in the 50's, 60's and 70's) and turn the gain down when it sounds too loud. Compression amps and Stay-Levels just can't do that. Oh, my. Management is going to have to pay someone. Better get those "Account Executives" to burning the shoe leather.

 
At 7:48 PM, January 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn! How can a stations that's "last in HD" beat out everyone else?
I guess it must be the old geezers & oh yeah & the metered market excuse....LMAO

 
At 8:29 AM, January 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like 7 has installed a compressor inline with the attack and release set wrongly as it is really pumping lately. I think a transparent limiter would have been a better choice. But hey, as soon as Church can make it happen master control operators will disappear at 7 like the other stations.

 
At 8:55 PM, January 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It sounds like 7 has installed a compressor inline with the attack and release set wrongly as it is really pumping lately"

I put one of those in my truck and now I get really good gas mileage.

 
At 9:15 AM, January 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey THV, love the Alice thing. So do your facebookers. Keep it up.

Love,
KARK
KATV
Fox 16

 
At 11:42 AM, January 18, 2012, Anonymous Billy Mays said...

If they have put in a compressor it is a move in the right direction. Maybe sometime soon I can actually leave the TV on at night without being jarred awake by Sham Wows, that stupid rubber chicken or the weee-yelling pig commercials.

 
At 3:15 PM, January 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I don't think the whole Alice/THV partnership worked out the way they expected. Their Facebook fan page gets daily comments saying the show is too silly now. Wonder if they'll pull the plug on it soon? Do they have to send a live truck out there every day? Or is there one set up at the Alice station?

 
At 4:35 PM, January 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've watched it, it struggles. It does a lot more for Alice than it does THV.

 
At 7:01 AM, January 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friday morning 6:50am...just saw the stupidest thing on Daybreak. I tune in to be informed when I start my day, not to watch KATV employees dancing! If I wanted to watch stupid YouTube dancing videos I would pull up YouTube, not turn on channel 7. And something else that is really bad... The traffic dude doing.. It's finely a Fridayyyy! Has Daybreak become a vaudeville show? Who's running the show there now, 14 year olds?

 
At 10:08 AM, January 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the traffic guy has been doing that for years....

 
At 3:04 PM, January 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, somebody likes it I guess. They are number 1 for the first time in a while. And by the way, get over yourself, it's a morning show. Being silly and fun has been the norm for morning shows for years, local and national. There are plenty of news segments and serious interviews to go along with the fluff. But then again you're probably the type of person to complain about a MORNING SHOW being fun but has no problem with a clown like THV has trying to be a serious anchor.

 
At 1:59 PM, January 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Todd Y.,
Did you really need to read that last Facebook post on SaTURDay Dayreak this morning? Completely awkward and unnecessary. Good save by your co-hosts.

 
At 9:51 PM, January 22, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV lost a ton of money today while off the air. Sunday is a big money day for TV stations

 
At 9:54 PM, January 22, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 3:04

Know what you mean about a misplaced clown trying to be a serious news person. He was great on radio but not on TV. What a joke.

 
At 11:54 PM, January 23, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV might have lost money this past Sunday, but how much did they really lose?
What did viewers miss?
The NFC Championship Game? No
The AFC Championship Game? No
It was a good day to be off the air.

 
At 1:01 AM, January 24, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you mean to tell us that KATV didn't miss running any television preachers on Sunday. Man, they are missing out on big money there.

Of course they have no professional football, baseball, basketball, but they got the Hogs sometimes and that's all that matters, right?

 
At 1:01 AM, January 24, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you mean to tell us that KATV didn't miss running any television preachers on Sunday. Man, they are missing out on big money there.

Of course they have no professional football, baseball, basketball, but they got the Hogs sometimes and that's all that matters, right?

 
At 6:21 AM, January 24, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we go back to the geeks? O)nly this one is in front of the camera.
I'd like to petition that a "Best of Hubert Tate" page be started.
Let's go to the opening line from the Breaking News Leader: Hubert Tate is live on the scene! Hubert?
"Donna, and whatever-your-name-is, a family played Yahtzee here. This used to be someone's home."

Some quality writing there. I'm sure the family wonders WHERE they're going to be able to play Yahtzee now... '
Oh, the humanity! What a maroon!

 
At 12:52 PM, January 24, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the Little Rock morning shows:
Please stop reading Facebook posts on the air. There is no continuity, you aren't looking at the camera, and I really don't care what Mary Jo Bobbie Sue from Roosterpoot thinks while she is sitting on the pot.
When you do this, then you are allowing yourself to be replaced by a second grader.

 
At 1:57 AM, January 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The entire LR market is going downhill fast. Sending reporters out to do their on camera work is idiotic. Quality suffers but management will make more money and the big dogs will get raises and continue to hire untrained people to tote a camera and notebook around to gather all the news of the shootings and car wrecks. Man, that's reporting the news!

 
At 8:27 AM, January 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:52 PM-Agree

 

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