Saturday, August 04, 2012

Nexstar Already Making Plans for Consolidation of News Rooms?

Are Nexstar and Mission Broadcasting already making plans of consolidating the newsrooms of KARK and KLRT following channel 16's sale to Mission Broadcasting?....This was in the tip box:

I don't think this is out yet, but this is crazy. KARK and FOX16 will share news studios in the future. KARK's studio will be used for newscasts, while FOX16's will be modified to produce special features / report videos. No idea what this means for staff of both channels, I don't understand why they're doing it.

62 Comments:

At 1:17 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hunker down people. This is only the beginning.

 
At 2:55 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course they're gonna share and not only newsrooms. Look at the history of how these deals have gone down in the past. There are going to be a lot of people without jobs real soon.

 
At 3:14 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's just see what happens...

 
At 3:23 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We already know whats going to happen. Half the workforce is going to be laid off. That is what happened when two of my previous stations were consolidated.

 
At 3:26 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the source of this info?

 
At 3:29 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever happens, I still think after the switch their will still be news on KLRT. I believe the Fox Network requires its affiliates to have at least an evening newscast on its channels.

 
At 3:33 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't seen any press release. I think this is just rumors.

 
At 3:41 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, there will be news on fox. It'll just be the same newscast as KARK.

 
At 3:51 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The two newscast in Ft. Smith are completely different, I think you're wrong.

 
At 3:53 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Dyslexic Brog said...

"Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated. Your station, as it has been - is over. From this time forward, you will service - us."

Locutus of Nexstar

 
At 6:52 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HA! Good one Dyslexic Borg. LMAO!

 
At 7:22 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Me to 6:52PM. We seem to be the only ones who get that reference.

 
At 7:24 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got it. I think it's funny as hell... and true.

 
At 8:41 PM, August 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for those who get laid off, but enjoy it and use it as excuse to get out

 
At 12:09 AM, August 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone assumes that Fox 16 will lose employees. who is to say the axe won't fall at KARK?

 
At 9:27 AM, August 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The impression I get is the KLRT pays less to most of the people and they work more shifts. So it would only make sense to fire the KARK people and save more money.

If they truly going to fire people to consolidate and save money.

 
At 10:34 AM, August 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see you reasoning but unfortunately it does not work that way. Two of my previous stations were consolidated. Both times all of the jobs eliminated were with the newly acquired station. Only a couple of jobs by the acquiring station were eliminated. Now that does not mean everyone at the newly acquired station was fired. Most of the on-air, production, and sales stayed. Everyone else was laid off.

 
At 2:18 PM, August 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've looked at several of the markets that have multiple stations and it appears that each one is set up a little different. Where did the original poster get the info? I agree that it sounds like just rumors at this point.

 
At 6:34 PM, August 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heather Crawford Is Leaving 1 Week from Today to Work in Jacksonville Fla on their ABC/NBC Staion

 
At 6:46 PM, August 05, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um yeah, We all know that. Your point?

 
At 9:04 AM, August 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who knows what will happened. Also hear that there are going to be some protest filed with the FCC over the sale so it could take awhile for the sale to go through.

 
At 6:24 PM, August 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There should be protests. No matter how they try to skirt the "ownership" issue. This deal will leave Nexstar with way to much market share.

 
At 7:50 PM, August 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly. Besides Nexstar already owns and/or manages way to many stations in this state to begin with.

 
At 8:07 PM, August 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are laundering the deal by partnering with Newport. The same deals have worked in other markets. If it wouldn't go through, they would have passed on the deal

 
At 8:28 PM, August 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:24 and 7:50 are the same person right? Who uses the expression "way to"? It's "too". Stop posting and answering your own comments, Donna T. We know it's you. I've seen your copy before, luckily you aren't in the newspaper business.

 
At 10:17 PM, August 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll find out Wednesday if this is true. Newport CEO coming to talk to KLRT staff.

 
At 10:57 PM, August 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I know, KARK is already doing station breaks and programming for at least 3 other stations; some in another state. Watch for KARK to takeover Master Control operations at KLRT and increase the work load on the KARK folks.

 
At 10:59 PM, August 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I have heard, KARK is already doing station breaks and handling programming for at least three other TV stations; one or more are out of state. Watch for KARK to takeover MC operations from KLRT and double the workload on the KARK operators.

 
At 11:26 PM, August 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well so far I'm not too concerned. I never have met a stressed MC Op

 
At 7:56 AM, August 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you "never have met a stressed MC Op" you have never been in MC.

 
At 8:35 AM, August 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will most likely consolidate the business office, master control, and traffic first. Those departments have been consolidated from the various other stations KARK already runs.

 
At 11:53 AM, August 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's kind of ballsy for the Newport owners to come visit.
What do they think we are going to do...Thanks for screw us over. Jackasses!

Nexstar gets around the ownership rules by having a shell company called Mission Broadcasting. The owner of the company husband used to work with Perry Sook and passed away. This is Perry's way to keep giving her money and owning more stations in the same market.

 
At 3:08 PM, August 07, 2012, Anonymous Ausnates said...

KARK operates 8 stations. KARK, KARZ(Little Rock), KNWA, KFTA (NW ARK), KTAL (Shreveport), KBTV (Beaumont, TX), KTVE and KARD (Monroe, La.). In addition, they operate Bounce TV as a subchannel on KARZ, KBTV, and KARD.

 
At 3:50 PM, August 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The MCO's at my station have more then enough work with one station. Dealing with eight stations is crazy.

 
At 12:37 PM, August 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crazy, yes, but cost efficient which is what management wants and craves. If you are going to stay in broadcast, study electronics or learn to be a salesperson.

"Talking Heads" are a dime-a-dozen.

 
At 4:39 PM, August 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You underpaid reporters in Little
Rock might want to contact SAG-AFTRA about joining the union. It seems to me since you have the fifth worst job in the country and make near poverty level wages, you need some good representation to negotiate with the corporate bean- counting vultures. The LR SAG-AFTRA info can be found on the WWW.

 
At 5:18 PM, August 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And as soon as you do that you're job prospects and chance for advancement go to practically zero. Most reporters don't have contracts in this market anyway. The most an agent or representation will get you anyway is just about enough to cover their fees so you're right back where you started or worse. And it's not unheard of for someone who has an agent or union to not even be considered for a position just because they do. Bigger markets are a different story of course but here it'll never be worth it.

 
At 6:18 PM, August 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another reason to move away.

 
At 9:12 PM, August 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I strongly advise getting out of Little Rock. Yes I do miss my family who are still there, but the financial, personal, and professional opportunities on this section of I-30 are amazing.

 
At 10:14 AM, August 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:18, :9:18 and 9:12 are right,but nothing will stop it from getting worse until the current crop of "Journalists" grows a pair.

There are still a few medium (about the size of LR) and very small markets where news personnel are members of SAG-AFTRA.
#44 Albuquerque
#52 New Orleans
(#56 Little Rock) Not represented but SAG-AFTRA local available.
#92Tri Cities TN
#116 Peoria
#154Rochester MN
The list of small and medium sized markets represented by unions was much longer in the last half of the 20th century, but owners began busting the unions using backroom tactics and unfulfilled promises to employees.
At my station, the reporters had no union but photogs and engineers were represented by IBEW. Being somewhat naive, as a reporter, I resented union rules that prohibited me from doing my own shooting or -moan-bands and multimedia fok)
Like Arkansas, it was a right to work state and the owners convinced the union members that it was stupid to pay dues to the union and get little in return. The photogs left the union and it wasn’t long before IBEW gave up on TV news employees in that market.
At the time photogs were pulling in about 20 grand annually. I was making $12000 a year as a weekend anchor/reporter. Soon after the union busting, photogs were being hired at $8000 a year. In 1977, a beginning photog made about. $8000 a year. Today he would have to make $30,000 to attain the same standard of living. An $18,000 annual salary in 1977 (like my photog union buddy) equals $67,000 in 2010. y
And my paltry $12000 1n 1977? If I’m doing the same job today, I should be making about $50000 a year.
It is true that many unions in this country dug their own graves with ridiculous demands.
It is also a fact that greedy employees did not consider the consequences of continuing to increase unsustainable benefits that any ordinary worker would consider manna from heaven.
So it has come full circle. Like the sweat shops of the 19th and 20th centuries, tv news enmployees are paid slave wages and threatened at every turn if corporate even “smells"union.

Maybe it is time for some “secret underground meetings” of mistreated news people.
Maybe it’s time for the employees of this godforsaken profession to kick some corporate ass-- before true tv journalism disappears altogether.

 
At 1:32 PM, August 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK is also reaching out to talent at other stations. They contacted my station more than once but no one is interested in going there. we hear it's not a very good work environment.

 
At 3:14 PM, August 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:14, how damn old are you? Seriously? Surprised you understand this internets thing.

 
At 5:50 PM, August 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't bring us into your bickering,as toucan tell by the lack of negative comments on here, we are happier than ever over here at KARK.

 
At 6:25 PM, August 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, that's great! Glad you love it at KARK. Unfortunately, some of us did not have the same experience. It's nice to know things have changed.

 
At 6:33 PM, August 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks and sorry about your experience.

 
At 7:07 PM, August 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate that, but there is nothing to be sorry for. It's just the way it was.

 
At 8:55 PM, August 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

u talking about the sandubrae days???

 
At 9:51 PM, August 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:50, i'm glad you are enjoying your time at KARK, but I have also heard from more than one person that it's not all that great.

 
At 10:03 PM, August 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry youre not going to suck us in. I notice you don't say "who" said that. Probably you or someone else that doesn't work here anymore.

 
At 10:42 PM, August 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No i don't work at kark. It was one of our photogs that mentioned it. Im not sure if it was a kark photog or reporter that told him. Just going by what they said. don't take it so personally. it's just what i heard.

 
At 11:48 PM, August 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not taking it that way but just proud of how far we have come with our environment.

 
At 10:05 AM, August 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:14 pm.

I'm 70. Surprised you took the time to read anything that ran more than 20 seconds. Or did you?

Your magical writing tablet does frighten old cave man journalist.

Hey...how old are you? Seriously.

I have to eat my gruel and go back to my room now. Nurse Crachet is suspicious.

 
At 10:47 AM, August 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care who you are. That's funny right there.

 
At 1:29 PM, August 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in Waco recently and saw the same female FOX newscaster who's on the Shreveport FOX station.

 
At 2:17 PM, August 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's amazing.

 
At 3:12 PM, August 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not a Nexstar station is it?

 
At 3:33 PM, August 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No it's not a Nexstar station. The FOX stations in Waco, Tyler, and Shreveport are owned by ComCorp of Texas in Lafayette Louisiana. The FOX station in Tyler produces a 9:00 PM newscast for all their stations.

 
At 5:25 PM, August 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a pre-recorded canned newscasts that is seen on their stations in several markets. Just a cheap way out for ComCorp to satisfy FOX without having to invest in newsrooms and studios at each station.

 
At 3:58 PM, August 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ComCorp sounds like a sketchy operation with a poor quality newscast.

 
At 6:35 PM, August 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a perfect fit for Nexstar.

 
At 7:00 PM, August 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good one 6:35. LMAO!

 
At 8:39 PM, August 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those ComCorp hillbillies wouldn't spend a dime if their lives depended on it. Just ask anybody who has worked at one of their properties. There's a helluva thread about some operational/management horror stories. The link is about KTBS Sports MIA but scroll down quite a bit and you'll get more about ComCorp.
http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=9824194&postID=4971047983087746585

 

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