Thursday, July 05, 2012

KATV Looking for New Weekend Anchor/Reporter

A blog reader has pointed out KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has posted a job opening for Weekend anchor/reporter.  Where's Heather Crawford going?....hmmmmm....

106 Comments:

At 9:54 PM, July 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hopefully nowhere - heather is awesome & really cute

 
At 9:55 PM, July 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's gone after sweeps.

 
At 10:12 PM, July 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't Katherina next in line? She has been there the longest.

 
At 10:39 PM, July 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a reporter doesn't make you an anchor. Katherina as an anchor.. I would rather have pam smith back!

 
At 10:42 PM, July 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, she is next in line.

 
At 10:42 PM, July 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're gonna have a hard time filling that spot from within. I don't think anyone they have right now can step up.

 
At 10:48 PM, July 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would a reporter want to work at a station that doesn't promote from within? That would make 7 look like a bunch of jerks.

 
At 10:55 PM, July 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not about who's next in line. It's not about looking like jerks by not promoting from within. It's about putting the best product on air and right now I don't think they have anybody good enough on the desk that they could use. Maybe someone will step up and prove themselves while they are searching because I do agree that it would be best to put someone on that viewers know but putting someone on who is good at it is more important. Just look at THV to see wha happens when you put people on the desk just because they are already there.

 
At 11:10 PM, July 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is heather going?

 
At 11:10 PM, July 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is heather going?

 
At 11:14 PM, July 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

seems like the mistake other stations make - promoting from within, when they don't have the talent within to make a legitimate anchor (yeah that means you THV).

 
At 12:25 AM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

aren't they just advertising the spot that Simoni left? Just the option of having someone capable of doing both jobs, as she was.

 
At 6:17 AM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather's house is/was on the market so.......

 
At 7:46 AM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roger has been at 7 much longer than Katherina.

 
At 8:04 AM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roger refuses to sign a contract at Channel 7 so there is no way he will get it.

 
At 8:20 AM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV only has one anchor who is sitting behind the desk because she was just "there already." 7 is so proud of themselves right now, it's funny they don't have a strong enough reporter to make an anchor. Hmmm.

 
At 8:23 AM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring back SIMONI or put Roger on there

 
At 8:31 AM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like when Rodger fills in. He is funny! But he does look pretty young.

 
At 8:37 AM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Dunbar-Gates wants the gig. She already loves 7 more than 11.

 
At 8:42 AM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@8:20 There is a huge difference between anchoring and reporting. Just because you can report doesn't mean you can move to the desk. THV would be wise to remember that.

 
At 9:30 AM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who wants to be a career reporter- think it's funny 7 doesn't have even 1 reporter that can anchor.

 
At 10:52 AM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't watch much TV do you? All of 7 reporters have anchored shows, can the other stations say that? nope.

 
At 11:35 AM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't think Nick would hire Dunbar-Gates, he remembers her work ethic.

 
At 12:05 PM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@10:52 Yes, most of them have anchored. That's how we know no one is good enough.

 
At 4:02 PM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Lilley?

 
At 4:03 PM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joan Early?

 
At 6:17 PM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joan wouldn't want it...and I'm sorry I don't want to have to look at Janelle or listen to Katherina

 
At 6:37 PM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw this talk, where was Beth's wedding band?

Christina weekends, Beth weeknights

 
At 7:04 PM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous tichman said...

Heather's moving to Florida.

 
At 9:07 PM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where in Florida?

 
At 10:56 PM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about M. Rupp or M. Hardin?

 
At 11:17 PM, July 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michelle Rupp? Are you serious? She was the worst thing this market ever produced.

 
At 8:16 AM, July 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree on Rupp. Hafdin would be a good choice though if she's uunhappy at 4

 
At 9:51 AM, July 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved the video of the KATV crew singing to the One Direction song at the end of Saturday Daybreak.
Melinda has still got it. Ned and Rodger were funny and creepy,

 
At 10:43 AM, July 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree about the video! It seems like a fun place to work. Loved the part with Roger and Ned! Beth and Melinda both looked hot! I didn't enjoy Janelle though today. She talked over all the guests! She'll probably be better with a little more experience.

 
At 10:59 AM, July 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth definitely looked hot but Melinda is far from it. By far one of the least attractive women on LR tv. She's great at what she does, but can't say the same for her mug.

 
At 5:29 PM, July 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melinda hasn't aged well but I don't think she's horrible looking.

 
At 5:35 PM, July 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melinda is nearing 50 she looks good at a certain angle but she's old news. Beth Hunt=Hot!!!! I also noticed no ring!!!

 
At 6:35 PM, July 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katherina for anchor,please.

 
At 6:43 PM, July 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad things didn't work out with Heather, she is very talented and a really good anchor.

 
At 9:37 PM, July 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Agree 6 43 she Has the looks for Florida News and very good at her job

 
At 10:00 PM, July 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked the shot of ALLYSON dancing in her chair.

Melinda looks so much better in person. The camera does her no justice and that is not fair.

Is Janelle pregnant?

 
At 10:43 PM, July 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melinda looks even worse in person. Alyson is no looker either. The beauties at 7 are Beth, Heather and Joan.

 
At 5:56 AM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no line to the anchor desk, and nothing about this business is fair. That is never going to change.

 
At 7:15 AM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christina is the main female anchor, but Beth is the face of the station.

What's up with that?

 
At 8:12 AM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure why you think she is the face of the station, but if were playing news director, I'd have Beth anchor all main shows and move Munoz to weekends.

 
At 8:48 AM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That'd be a bad move. Munoz is probably the best female anchor in the market. Why would you want to shuffle your people around when everything is going great anyway? And besides, we don't even know if Beth would want those hours.

 
At 8:56 AM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best anchor in the market? Absolutely not. Maybe at KATV, but that's about it.

 
At 9:07 AM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw the video.
Is this KATV's way of saying
"We are number one!
We can't be number two!
Because we just whipped the s--- out of you!"
?

 
At 9:17 AM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@8:56 Since you brought it up, who's the best in he market? Heather leaving is a blow to KATV since they have the best all around anchor team. Christina and Beth are the best in town. Scott is great too. In my opinion no other anchors in town come close to what 7 has.

 
At 9:30 AM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does losing a weekend anchor equal a "blow" to KATV? Pam Smith was winning the weekends when she was on the desk.

 
At 9:36 AM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because they lose a good anchor, that's all I meant by that.

 
At 9:56 AM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditch Christina and promote Beth.

 
At 10:08 AM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why on earth would you want to do that?

 
At 10:21 AM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather's too hot to stay in a #56 market for very long.

And Saturday morning I had to turn the volume down because the recycling segment sounded like The View. Everyone was talking over each other. Hopefully they can recycle the burned-out microphones.

 
At 10:43 AM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't see what's so great about Christina either, sure she's ok, but I think viewers connect with Beth a little better.

That said, I doubt they will do any shuffling around with those positions. My money is on bringing in a fresh face. Roger is the only reporter who is ready for the desk, and as others have pointed out, it's not gonna happen unless he signs a contract.

 
At 11:56 AM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, don't see the appeal of Roger. Let him leave. He and his hair are not that good. It's a huge loss to lose Heather. Unlike Beth, she had some personality.

 
At 5:14 PM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth is the face of KATV. Who was in the mobile app spot with the laptop strategically placed in front of her cleavage?
Who starts and finishes this self-promotional video they shot?
Who did NOT get sent to Heber Springs to interview rednecks jumping into a lake?

 
At 5:40 PM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes its a shame that Beth is the face of KATV. Heather has personality, Beth has, well... You said it. I agree about the self indulgent video.

 
At 5:44 PM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lighten up about the video. It was fun! As for the weekends I think Roger would do a fine job and I'd rather watch him than Trager or the lousy Pam. That said, a lot of good people will apply for that job and good talent is easy to find. Especially on the weekends where chemistry is not a big factor.

 
At 6:24 PM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "self promotional" video wasn't planned out as much as you seem to think it was. Beth, quite simply was around with not much else to do when they shot it. Heck the interns probably have more face time than anyone...

 
At 7:46 PM, July 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly, It was shot in the morning and whoever was there was in it. People on this blog always think they know so much. It's really kind of pathetic. By the way, Beth will be doing a lake shoot as well. All the anchors are. Just another example of people not knowing what the hell they're talking about.

 
At 12:53 AM, July 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard they made Roger let Ned put makeup on him in that video as punishment for refusing to sign a contract.

 
At 3:10 AM, July 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I were Beth, I wouldn't want to change that schedule. The 11:30 and the 5? I mean really... that's the sweetest gig one can ask for.

 
At 6:18 AM, July 09, 2012, Anonymous RodentsInTheKATVBuilding said...

We enjoyed watching them make that video.

 
At 10:23 AM, July 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for whoever that was that anchored KAIT8's newscast last night. She's a bit of a fast talker, but easy on the eyes.

 
At 12:43 PM, July 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the reverse is true too. Some of the best anchors can be terrible when they attempt reporting.

One would think the best reporters would become anchors, but it doesn't seem to always be the case in this market.

 
At 1:00 PM, July 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katherina is the best choice. She has always wanted to anchor and was always under appreciated and overlooked at KTHV. She would bring ethnic divirsity, experience, and charm to the desk.

 
At 1:20 PM, July 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad she has no personality whatsoever in front of the camera.

 
At 3:26 PM, July 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good, I'm glad they are looking for someone. We could use a fresh face or two in this market.

 
At 4:06 PM, July 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@3:26 is right, but we need more then just one or two new faces.

 
At 5:46 PM, July 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 23 U Are Right Her Name Is Allison Munn She Has The Best Hair Ever

 
At 5:57 PM, July 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Katherina Yancey, no personality;you have got to be kidding.

 
At 7:30 PM, July 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In person, great. On air, not so much.

 
At 7:38 AM, July 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I truly wonder if 1:00pm is her mom. "Always wanted to anchor", as if that is some novel dream!

If so, I feel sorry that you have to read all these comments about Katherina, but the truth hurts. And this business is, was, and probably always will be thankless and unfair.

 
At 2:10 AM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lilley just is too excitable and nervous for Saturday Daybreak. She needs scripted material whereas Kat seems calmer and professional.. Toss a coin!!!

 
At 11:43 AM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kay wouldn't even know her own name without a prompter.

 
At 11:44 AM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kat I mean.

 
At 1:05 PM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Janelle on Saturday Daybreak, give her some time to calm down a little. However, her wardrobe is a distraction. Is she pregnant or not?

 
At 8:02 PM, July 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am willing to give Janelle time but she is terrible right now. She is way too excited and her clothing.....

 
At 9:23 PM, July 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather Crawford is too good to be working weekends in Little Rock. It's too bad THV couldn't have snagged her up. I always liked her. THV would have done well with her.

 
At 5:29 AM, July 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She shows that schedule so she could stay home with her baby.

 
At 12:46 AM, July 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No to Katherina - doesn't speak clearly
Heather Crawford doesn't connect to the audience. She just doesn't have it at the desk.
Christina has a problem connecting with the audience
Beth has it. Period.
Roger to weekends. He has potential.
Todd to the Morning Show
Barry Brandt to weekends. Still stumbles all over the place after all these years.

 
At 12:57 PM, July 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Heather, just needs to slow down. But I agree, Christina just doesn't have it.

 
At 10:07 PM, July 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed, Christina is average at best. How did she ever get that job to before with?

 
At 10:33 PM, July 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear 12:46,

You are right, Kat needs to develop some personality, but Sat daybreak isn't a bad place to do that.

Heather is gone anyway.

Yes, agreed, Christina doesn't have it. It's the big purple elephant in the room at KATV.

And yep, it should be Beth.

Roger won't sign a contract, so he is not being considered for any of it, even though he is the only one who is ready.

They aren't going to demote Barry after all these years... as a matter of fact, they are grooming him to replace Ned, who is probably on the verge of retirement. Then Todd can swoop in.

 
At 8:19 AM, July 15, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are really stretching now. Apparently Christina connects with enough people to help make them number one consistently. And if we're talking about the elephant in the room it has to be about a certain THV anchor not anyone at 7. Beth is good but not any better than Christina and nobody is grooming Barry. He wants the chief title but he'll never do those hours full time.

 
At 1:35 PM, July 15, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about any rooms with elephants, but I think it is fair to say 7 wins inspite of Christina. I'll plead no contest to accusation about the certain thv anchor.

 
At 1:39 PM, July 15, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The elephant is Liz.......figuratively and literally.

 
At 5:27 PM, July 15, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christina has almost a Katie Couric thing about her in the respect that for some reason she does not seem to be the person you want delivering the serous, hard news of the day to you. With that being said, that is the only thing she has in common with Katie Couric. Beth, however does connect with all audiences in delvering any news. Agree that Yakoubian should be a morning show guy & Kat needs to work on her delivery.

 
At 6:14 PM, July 15, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe she could just anchor the news for her new home town of Bald Knob. BTW channel 7 people, that was a great (albeit soft) series idea, right up until you made it weird with Christina's pretend hometown. Just my opinion, in my real hometown.

 
At 7:54 PM, July 15, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roger ready? Really? Seriously? Hmmm.....

 
At 11:58 PM, July 15, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutely think Roger is ready and I bet he would sign a contract. I thought he was very good filling in on Thursday morning.

 
At 12:56 AM, July 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roger is definitely stronger on the desk than Pam Baccam and she's been doing it for months!

 
At 6:00 AM, July 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roger may be ready, but he won't sign.

And 7 had a great November book while Christina was on maternity leave. So while I doubt it would happen, she should be sent to weekends.

 
At 8:10 AM, July 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And when she came back they had the best book ever. What's your point? They had a great fill in wIth Beth so why wouldn't they have a great book while Christina was gone. 7 wins the 5 o'clock with Beth as well. That's the point people, they have the best anchors in town hands down. No other station even comes close in matching what 7 has and that's why they are on top. KATV viewers are loyal, they're not going to turn away just because someone is on maternity leave. And recently it looks like they are attracting new and younger viewers as well. The other stations are obviously worried and frustrated as the posts here clearly show.

 
At 8:27 AM, July 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The point is it is not because of her. Rather, in spite of having her, 7 does really well. I think the Katie Couric analagy was spot on. You can tell she isn't really interested in this stuff. Certainly she pretends to be, but I get the feeling she would rather be discussing how someone's life was "touched by God" or something. Just my opinion, and from these posts it looks like I'm not alone.

 
At 1:23 PM, July 16, 2012, Anonymous TD said...

What did KATV show at 6:30pm before they started showing Wheel of Fortune?
Does anyone remember?
And what year did KATV pull this crazy, silly stunt where the lead weather person sat at a piano and played Christmas carols?
What year did the late, great Paul Eells join KATV?
How many evening ratings books have they lost since?
How many anchors has KATV had since then?
In this case, the anchor doesn't matter.

 
At 9:37 PM, July 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, in spite of her. She does not matter.

 
At 9:55 PM, July 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Janelle Lilly's clothing choices are awful. Cheap and poor taste.

As for weekends,who cares. The management doesn't watch and every station is poorly staffed on the weekends. Give people who deserve the opportunity a chance and move on people.

I pick Kat and Roger over Janelle on Saturday Daybreak. They were smother than Janelle and more attractive.

 
At 10:00 PM, July 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard a Jeanete Reyes was hired by KATV. Is she taking Heather Crawford's place?

 
At 7:37 AM, July 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Replace her? Heck no, she doesn't even have any experience.

 
At 8:07 PM, July 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some reporters dress awful. Like someone said about Janelle, you can see how cheap the clothing is.

To me the majority of the worst dressed are at 11 and that is probably because they get paid the least.

As a viewer I question why they don't put more emphasis on their look. It isn't being vain, it is an impression you leave with the audience.

Some of the best dressed reporters are Brittany Johnson, Kathrina Yancy and Lauren Scott.

I'd say the worst are Janelle Lilley, Lisa Hutson and Jessica Duff.

In my opinion, guys have it easy. All a guy has to do is wear a suit to pass.

 
At 8:22 PM, July 17, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who Is Jeanete Reyes?

 
At 11:35 PM, July 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The big purple elephant in the room at KATV is not Munoz.

It is three people who work in that newsroom and do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

On another subject: "Always wanted to be an anchor"
Whatever happened to "always wanted to be a great reporter/journalist?"

Can you name the people in your newsroom on-air and off who are true journalists and are there for that reason?

I'll bet your list will be interesting.

 
At 7:19 AM, July 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I'm really sure 3 people do "absolutely nothing". I don't know who you are talking about, but my guess is you have no idea what you are talking about. It's just like those idiots who say anchors do nothing. You probably think you do all the work, while others relax all day. You are probably a photog and probably a new one. Well guess what? Those people applied and got their job where they "get to do nothing". And you applied for yours. Worry about yourself and grow up.

I'll pass on your game.

 

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