Monday, August 27, 2012

How Many Changes Can Be on the Way at THV?

With the release of the July Nielsen numbers the folks at KTHV/Channel 11 have to be thinking and coming up with some changes.  In September Matt Turner will take over the anchor desk and be paired with Dawn Scott but one has to think bigger changes are coming too.  KTHV hasn't seen such low numbers in the morning in years.  I'll admit I have not watched KARK mornings in a while but might check them out to see what they are doing now to surpass KTHV in the early mornings.  

KTHV GM Michael Caplan seems to blame the way the way viewers are being measured...here's what he told AB.com“It appears the recent challenges that the audience measuring service has experienced contributed to increased volatility in their ratings depiction,” KTHV General Manager and President Michael Caplan said in a statement. “The fluctuations seem inconsistent to viewing patterns and suggest caution in use.  We’re continuing to keep our focus on serving our customers and growing our product.”

76 Comments:

At 10:16 AM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's right. 11 is WAY behind 7, but the accurate measure of households shows 11 is still ahead of 4.

 
At 10:21 AM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get rid of Tom, he is a goober and kind of creepy with the two young chicks or get rid of the two young chicks and get some cougars on there. The cat needs to go too. We want news and weather not talking about how to glue ribbons onto a vase or crap like that.

 
At 10:25 AM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mornings are the least of 11's worries. Evenings have been in the gutter for a while now. Too many anchors on the desk! Cut the dead weight!

 
At 10:35 AM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is going to get ugly, in a hurry.

 
At 12:41 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean you think people will show a high level of professionalism and class and not post rude comments? That would never happen. You are supposed to be educated journalists. If you are truly secure with your situation then there is no need to care, right?

 
At 1:06 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV in the morning was #1 last July and the lineup was Tom and Ashley vs. Melinda, Alyson and Barry on 7. Should we give Chris Kane credit for turning that show around?

 
At 1:10 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris is our homerun.

 
At 1:16 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last July's book was a lucky fluke for THV. Tom Brannon is pathetic and a trainwreck on air. And he has the bad attitude to go along with it. I worked with him many years ago and his piss poor attitude makes him very difficult to work with.

 
At 1:20 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Tom is a fluke. His track record proves it. Sounds like a personal issue you need to work through.

 
At 1:23 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom is posting on the blog again.

 
At 1:27 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's been fun watching THV melt down right before our eyes on here. It's only going to get better now.

 
At 1:58 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I posted that comment and I am not Tom, nor do I know him. I work for an ad agency.

 
At 2:09 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing about Tom is no one besides Tom cares to defend Tom! He's not well liked in the LR tv biz. Maybe he's still bitter that KATV fired him all those years ago. That old man is bitter about something though.

 
At 2:10 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed that 11 seems to be the Tom show and not enough attention on the girls. Tom's humor is dry and awkward to say the least. Not any chemistry on the set. The girls are upbeat and like-able and easy on the eyes. I like Ashley's attitude and she is cute. Alyse is good on air but dresses like a church lady for some reason. With her body she should show a little more maybe.

 
At 2:35 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still don't understand why Craig O'Neal is joing the morning show...makes no sense to me.

 
At 3:24 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Craig could do some crank calls on air like the old radio days and call it "Dialing for Dummies". I might watch it then. He has a face for radio for sure.

 
At 4:23 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV needs to look at the people who are making the decisions, providing the leadership (or not) and establishing the direction for that train wreck. From what I've heard, Mr. Caplan is not afraid to make tough decisions and he really needs to determine where the problems are and make some quick adjustments - even if it means firing the news director, the EP, some anchors or whatever.

 
At 5:44 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many changes? I would guess not nearly enough to make a difference. Gannett "It's all within reach." Or something like that.

 
At 6:37 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks THV's problems aren't "talent" related is living in a dream world. Craig and Liz are distractingly unattractive. Meredith, Pam and Mark Edwards are shockingly bad. Ed is a total dork. Tom is disagreeable and seems so lost much of the time he appears to have early onset of alzheimers. Alyse comes off as unprepared and snotty.
Dawn is by far the best thing at THV. Ashley is pleasant and professional and Sara Fortner will be good with some experience.

 
At 7:09 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wes Moore was the only likable person on THV .

So what do they do got rid of Wes Moore for extra cash to pay Matt Turner . Thats the the way it looks like since they wouldnt keep Wes Moore. I would like to see how much Matt Turner got paid to leave KNWA. Matt Turner is decent but I dont know how he would fit Little Rock after working in laid back northwest Arkansas where his country humor worked with Nelie Jones, Dan Skof, and Aron Peters. That humor and chemistry will Probably not work so much with the negative Anchors at THV. Give him three months and he will want go back KNWA just like Tom Yazwinzkii did leaving KNWA for KARK only to be misralble and come back knwa!!!
Also is the hogzone usally on at
3pm weekdays on THV2 is that done? It hasnt been on since Wes Moore left.
Please bring back Wes Moore you freaken idiots THV!!!!!


 
At 7:22 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are delusional if you think Dawn, Ashley, and Sarah are the best things at THV! Dawn rarely shows up, Ashley is unwatchable because of her yellow picket fence teeth and tacky wardrobe, and Sarah can't seem to get out what she's trying to say! THV needs a clean slate to be competitive with KATV.

 
At 7:45 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@637: To say that Alyse comes off as unprepared and snotty is preposterous. She is one of the most personable, eloquent, and professional anchors in the market.

 
At 7:55 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem on the morning show is Tom and Management is aware of the issue. Let's just say Sarah Fortner was hired for a reason. Take it from someone who knows.

 
At 8:02 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@7:45 No.....She really isn't.

 
At 8:18 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sara Fortner has potential, but she has a ways to go. And I have to agree that Alyse and Dawn are two of the best not only at KTHV, but in the entire Central Arkansas market. Some people (blog trolls) like to come on here and try to degrade people on their skills, when they don't have the knowledge and skillset for that distinction.

 
At 11:43 PM, August 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you folks think LR television is bad, just check out this New Orleans station that is reporting on Isaac on DirecTV channel 349.

 
At 6:27 AM, August 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog is full of liars and backstabbers. If you honestly believe Sara was hired to replace Tom, you are an idiot. I know he signed a long term contract recently. And why would they bend over backwards to keep Wes when his wife works for the competition? Use your heads, people.

 
At 6:51 AM, August 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've thought that about Wes. When his wife left they had to know that it may cause a problem for him later. If I were in management, I wouldn't want a spouse at another station. Just making a statement. I have no ill will for Wes, Tom, Alyson,Alyse or anyone.

 
At 7:32 AM, August 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before November KTHV will announce the use of the new ratigns service Rentrak.

 
At 12:03 PM, August 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am laughing at the "take it from somebody who knows" comment about Sara hired to boot out Tom. I have bought media in this market for years. THV would never hire a kid with a mid western accent to replace a home grown Arkansan that has pulled ratings for so many years. Honestly, we could literally hear the sound of remotes clicking the channel. The problem is not Tom, it's bad marketing and putting 2 young girls on there without enough experience. The proof is in the ratings. He held is own with a hodgepodge of anchors until last fall. It's my understanding they are getting ready to turn the place upside down and when they do, we will be cheering on Tom and all the others who have been unjustly crucified by cowards on a blog. I mean no offense to any anchors with my comment.

 
At 12:20 PM, August 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! Tom was only liked because B.J. Sams would keep him inline and it was fun watching Tom get slapped around by B.J. for being a goober. Now that Tom is the old man on set, he is no longer liked and frankly a little creepy with the two younger chicks. Notice how many times he puts his hands in his pockets? What's he doing in there?

 
At 12:37 PM, August 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are disgusting and creepy, above poster. Get a life!!

 
At 12:39 PM, August 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously, somebody has a personal problem with Tom and is using this blog to lash out at him. Let's grow up shall we?

 
At 1:12 PM, August 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pulled his own? People watched the show for Robyn and BJ, not Tom. Fact.

 
At 1:15 PM, August 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nope, nothing personal, just a viewer observation. I am sure he is a good person, just no chemistry on the set. You are blind if you don't see it but then again most of you bloggers work in the industry so you can't relate to viewers.

 
At 1:32 PM, August 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ever notice how sensitive the media types are? They can't take criticism from outside viewers. How do you know what we want if you don't listen or ask us?

 
At 1:50 PM, August 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They don't come more sensitive than Tom, God love him.

 
At 2:34 PM, August 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A veiwer would never post Tom is creepy and whatever. BTW, Tom had ratings with the following people- Bj, Robin, Allison, Charlie, Melissa Dunbar, Ashley Blackstone. But I'm sure everyone watched for all those people BUT Tom. Do your homework before you post, oh yeah, and get a life.

 
At 2:41 PM, August 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a viewer and I just did. How can you distinguish ratings for individual people other than the show as a whole? Oh, and I have a life and it consist of watching your ratings plummet.
Bless your heart, you tried.

 
At 4:06 PM, August 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom's show was number two with Alyson and Charlie. Let facts be facts.Guess they didn't love Tom then either.

 
At 7:00 PM, August 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does THV have so many news anchors?! Ashley, Alyse, Stefanie, Dawn, Liz, Craig, Matt Turner, and Pam on weekends. 9?! Really?!

 
At 6:34 AM, August 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is what I would have done months ago if I ran THV.
Pam - reporter
Ashley - reporter
Stefanie - reporter
Matt - gone
The Laurens - gone
Aiyana - gone
Jessica - not on camera
Melissa - reporter
Mark - SD
Meredith - gone
Liz - weekends
Craig - mornings with Mr. Grumpy Pants
Daniel - gone
everyone not mentioned stays put
The next person who looks down to read a Facebook post live on the air - GONE!

 
At 6:53 AM, August 29, 2012, Anonymous T.D. said...

As a married, grumpy, 40-something male, I need to defend Tom.
You get up way before the buttcrack of dawn five days a week.
You work with two hot chicks.
You work with two hot chicks who are not married and have no children.
You have to be chummy on camera with the two hot chicks, but not too chummy.
You have to stand or sit in close proximity to the two hot chicks, but not too close.
You have two hours of live television.
You have guests who arrive late.
You have a cat that disrupts you.

And people wonder why there is no chemistry.

Tom does better with a Costello, Barney Fife or BJ Sams to balance him out.

As far as ratings are concerned, are women going to watch two hot chicks in the morning or Chris Kane? In my house, it is Chris Kane.

 
At 6:56 AM, August 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:34 a.m. -- add to your list - anyone who pets, holds, feeds Joey the cat on air. Enough with the cat. Oh... and their set is WAY TOO dark. That tends to pull the mood down as well.

 
At 7:21 AM, August 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former THV employee, my opinion is that it's not the on-air issues that are Channel 11's problems, but that it's a divisive and fractured place.

Gannett likes 11's moneymaking capability since they overpaid for the place originally so they will not dedicate money to infrstructure. All of the station's news budget is for evening anchor salaries which are very competitive but leave little for reporters, photogs and covering news. Except for only a few years in the late 90's and early 2000's, eleven's decision makers have always thought that appearance is more important than content. It is finally catching-up.

The newsroom is not a cohesive unit--just like the station but news is the only thing the public sess and they don't like it and like most stations 11 has been slow to change it.

Seven's strength is not in its on-air talent but their planning. They dedicate the money and time to plan. Kudos to them.

 
At 7:28 AM, August 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You would like to think that people are only captivated by looks for a little while and then start watching a local news anchor for his brains and insight, but clearly there's a long line of history at Channel Seven where that is not a concern. Chris Cane is of the Greg Hurst line where brains are not the important thing.

No one serious about being a newsperson would dance the Macerena or pronounce the next summer Olympic site as Rio de "Hanero."

LMAO

 
At 7:59 AM, August 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a morning show, and one that has twice as many viewers as yours. At least they show some personality unlike THV. A grumpy old man and two girls with almost no personality or chemistry on air.

 
At 12:51 PM, August 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

these shows are becoming the "let's read comments on our Facebook page" show. 11 really looks bad doing it. Use it but limit how much time you spend on it. If Ashley insists on reading Facebook all morning at least have the common courtesy to hold your tablet directly in front of your face.

 
At 5:17 PM, August 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree about limiting the social media stuff while on air but it's probably the only way ashley can tune out the two duds she's stuck with every morning.

 
At 5:52 PM, August 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oww guess the morning show has made Ashley's head bigger than her butt is!

 
At 11:59 PM, August 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woah!

 
At 2:43 PM, August 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I am gusessing that the hogzone that Wess Moore and also sometimes Mark Edwardsdid at 3pm each weakday on TVH2 is done . Because it hasnt been on since Wess moore left. Does anybody know what the deal is with the Hogzone on THV2 and also when is Wess Moore going to do his raido show he has been hinting about since late May.

 
At 3:08 PM, August 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a matter of time before THV has Alyse host the Hogzone as well.

 
At 3:46 PM, August 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that's funny........

 
At 5:17 PM, August 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea it is funny. When will people realize that not just anyone can do sports. Craig or Matt are the only two from THV that could pull it off.

 
At 6:05 PM, August 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Alyse can do anything....haven't you heard, she's going national any day now.

 
At 7:00 PM, August 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone has it out for this girl. It's getting old.

 
At 8:50 PM, August 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are probably 2 people who love Alyse on this blog and 2 that hate her and those 4 idiots make 90 percent of the posts...that's how it is with most topics on this blog. It's funny though that you haven't rushed to the aid of Liz Massey. There are a lot more negative posts about her.

 
At 9:38 PM, August 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Liz.

 
At 3:28 AM, September 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone else out there think Matt is doing sports? Just wondering...

 
At 6:37 AM, September 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do the weather guessers have to wade out in the water and do their report to show what flooding looks like?

And, just wondering what ever happened to that weather guesser that a few years ago put on some goggles and a scarf around his neck and stood out in a thunderstorm? Think he was at KARK.

 
At 3:02 PM, September 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Janelle Lilly is well spoken and has a cute personality. This morning Renee Shapiro said, "someone was sitting on my finger" and Janelle and Todd were able to keep a straight face (I couldn't have pulled it off).

 
At 11:37 PM, September 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your brand is dated
Your promotions department needs to be wiped clean and new young aggressive blood needs to come in.
Being hokey is soooo 1997
Why pay a woman that just handles PR for a freaking cat? I mean, really, what else does she contribute?
Liz to weekends
Get rid of Tom. Just too awkward
Noon show is so embarrassing
Get a new young aggressive Chief Meteorologist
Keep Dawn
Matt will do well for you.
Get rid of Craig. Ego and silliness still around since the 70's.
Get rid of Mark
Get rid of Ashley - please
Keep Alyse on mornings..she's not ready for primetime from a journalist standpoint
New reporters
New News Director.
More community involvement
More proof of performance once you have some something to show.
Hire some professionals...maybe look to other local stations and I really like the idea of Dan Skof/Jeff Baskin as a chief met.
David Ratcliff Sports
It's obvious major changes have to take place in order to compete in this market.

 
At 9:38 AM, September 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, get rid of everybody who has pulled ratings and keep Alyse who has never had any. Thanks, channel 7. Great plan!

 
At 9:42 AM, September 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ego, sillines and hokie is SO outdated. Chris Kane doing the macarena is true journalism at it's best.

 
At 10:56 AM, September 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, so outdated that he doubled your numbers.

 
At 12:49 PM, September 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with 11:37's list. Spot on. Clean house and take names.

 
At 12:53 PM, September 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:56, that was my point. The long list above says being silly and hokie is outdated. Well, it's working for Daybreak.

 
At 5:38 PM, September 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So here's the question. Is it more important to be a good journalist or to stunt for ratings? Would we rather be known for good journalism or big ratings? Thoughts?

 
At 5:49 PM, September 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: 6:37's comment.. "just wondering what ever happened to that weather guesser that a few years ago put on some goggles and a scarf around his neck and stood out in a thunderstorm? Think he was at KARK."

It was Mike Francis and he was wearing goggles during a hurricane, not a thunderstorm. Even Jim Cantore does that. He wasn't wearing a scarf. Anyway, he is now a chief meteorologist in Atlanta Georgia.

 
At 6:11 PM, September 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the latest THV status update on Facebook is any indication, it looks like the new guy will be joining Ed, Craig, Liz and Dawn.

I'm just a viewer but even I must say that's a lot of people. Could they not redistribute their resources somehow?

 
At 6:13 PM, September 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@5:38 It's a mornIng show. Not exactly a time that's known for hard hitting journalism.

 
At 10:10 PM, September 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

" Anonymous said...
Yeah, get rid of everybody who has pulled ratings and keep Alyse who has never had any. Thanks, channel 7. Great plan!

9:38 AM, September 02, 2012"

ummm, hello? Have you watched the decline in your ratings over the last few years? You can't stop the bleeding with the people you have in place....and for the love of God, get rid of Chris Olsen...I suppose he's responsible for the weather shack? why give so much free advertising to a minimally talented individual who can promote his business on the air -without paying!!

 
At 7:31 AM, September 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, you have fugly gay producer Barry, we've got Chris Olsen.

 
At 6:26 AM, August 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is wrong with Tom Brannon?? He is good at what he does. I don't know him so I can say whether he is a friendly kind of guy or not. I hate to see someone talk smack about a guy like Tom

 
At 11:55 AM, October 10, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

STILL waiting for Sarah Fortner to get experience. Her delivery is so stilted and choppy it is painful to watch.

 

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