Tuesday, September 18, 2012

There's a News Director Opening in Little Rock......

This from a tipster: Chuck Maulden out as KTHV news director. 


Maulden came to Channel 11 in October 2007. Before that he had been news director at KSDK-TV in St. Louis Mo.

84 Comments:

At 11:23 PM, September 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Several need to follow him out the door also!!!!!

 
At 11:29 PM, September 18, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Start with Michael Caplan.... Idiot!

 
At 9:27 AM, September 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caplan is not going anywhere. The whole news room management better get their tapes together because this is just the first shake up. Liz's contract hasn't been renewed and it will not. Dawn might want to show up to work before 3pm and read scripts before going on air. Dawn be a leader!

 
At 9:36 AM, September 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maulden wasn't ND at KSDK. I think he was Operations Manager. Before that he spent several years at KARK as a photographer. Nice guy. I wish him the best.

 
At 10:24 AM, September 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck is a really nice person. But he was ill-equipped to be a news director. I wish him the best.

 
At 10:29 AM, September 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:24 is right. Good luck Chuck!

 
At 10:51 AM, September 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Chism you're next!

 
At 11:04 AM, September 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't stop with Michael. Keep going.

 
At 12:48 PM, September 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why isnt there anything on this blog about the new weather on KARK Has anybody noticed how bad the weather girl on THV has gotten over the last couple days with ED Bunker being on vacation and she keeps getting worse on air doing her scripted weather forecasts .

 
At 2:38 PM, September 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor decision maker. Bad manager. Terrible eye for talent. How did he last 5 years? Just consider all the experienced and talented people who left 11 on his watch.

Good guy? I don't know about that.
Awful ND? Absolutely.

 
At 3:14 PM, September 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The weather guy on KARK is a temporary until they find a replacement for Darby.

 
At 3:31 PM, September 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An advertising agency perspective: The next news director is really gonna have his/her work cut off for him/her. The news department appears to lack direction and an identity. Some of that is Maulden's fault but upper management -- all the way to Gannett -- also shares responsibility for allowing it to persist. (The previous GM was allowed to dismantle all the good things that station had done.)

The station seems to have fallen back to pre-2000 levels before it rose from a distant third to number one. It can be done again with the right people and vision in place.

 
At 3:36 PM, September 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck does not have the drive that is needed in a newsroom. He's too nice of a guy. No sense for news or talent either. The time has come for a swift and forceful broom. Good luck Chuck.

 
At 9:14 AM, September 20, 2012, Anonymous TD said...

From a viewer's perpective...
We don't care what time Dawn shows up for work. She can show up at 4:59, leave at 5:31, split a pint and calzone at Vino's with Liz and discuss how horrible the reporters are, show up at 5:59, leave at 6:31, take care of her motherly duties, come back at 9:59 and go home for the night at 10:31.
We the viewers don't care what happens behind the scenes.
The problems are not with the anchors; the problems are the amateur reporters.
I hope Liz doesn't get the Acx; however if she does, another station in town will hire her. She is down to earth, likeable, and PROFESSIONAL on the air.

 
At 2:18 PM, September 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah but Liz is overweight, and boring but has the perfect radio face.

 
At 2:18 PM, September 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

c'mon Liz, it's so obvious when you post....yes you should get the ax. You're a hot mess.

 
At 9:06 PM, September 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Sarah is doing just fine with the weather. Nice on the eyes also. I'd rather see her than Buckner any day. Or those Mitchell teeth.

 
At 11:25 PM, September 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah needs to attend a broadcast school for some tutoring. In a few years she will be ready for tv but not now. Worse than Meridith when she started.

 
At 11:27 PM, September 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could someone please make these "Prove you're not a robot" thingies a little harder to read.

 
At 1:19 AM, September 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever problems KARK had with Darby must have been off camera. He sure seemed nice enough and had a good personality. Steve Adamson drives me up the wall with his constant pacing back and forth in front ot the weather map.

 
At 9:06 AM, September 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

kark's problems with darby can be traced back to the former marketing director...he hated him and did everything he could to get him out

 
At 9:39 AM, September 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously it wasn't just the former marketing director. he isn't there anymore.

 
At 10:42 AM, September 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no he wasnt the one who ultimately pulled the trigger but he played a bit part in it

 
At 12:07 PM, September 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It only takes 7 or 8 tries to post to this board now with the "prove you're not a robot" crap. It never works on the first try.

 
At 1:00 PM, September 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah is improving, Meredith has not improved. She still seems nervous on camera.
By the way, Meredith is a beautiful woman in person, but something about the dim lighting, her blonde hair, and the green screen don't go well together.

 
At 1:27 PM, September 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will THV look in house or across the street? Fox ND is looking for a gig.

 
At 1:52 PM, September 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They can't look in house. There is nobody in house that could do it. They need somebody local that is familiar with the Little Rock market. If they bring somebody in from out of state, they will shoot themselves in the foot. Surely they know that.

 
At 2:50 PM, September 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear Sandubrae is back in town

 
At 3:48 PM, September 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about former KATV Assistant Alan Faulkner who kept KATV afloat while Dixon almost ran it into the ground.

 
At 4:09 PM, September 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG! Not Sandubrae, Dixon, Steele, or Faulkner!

 
At 4:43 PM, September 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raines?

 
At 4:44 PM, September 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't Raines a news director at THV once before?

 
At 4:51 PM, September 24, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever 11 hires needs bring some common sense and stability back to the newsroom. Some of the recent decisions are head-scratchers. And, you never know which anchors you'll see on a particular newscast.

I agree that the news director should have local historical knowledge.

It's doubtful Raines would want to go back - so why not spend the money and lure Nick Genty back over from 7.

 
At 5:28 PM, September 24, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kiddin? Why would Nick want to return to THV when he's already the news director for the Number 1 station in the market? THV is a rebuilding project.

 
At 5:45 PM, September 24, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Cappy was smart, he'd reach out across the street to see if he was interested.

 
At 7:40 PM, September 24, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7 was a much easier fix than THV will be. At 7, all you needed was someone to pay attention.

 
At 9:29 AM, September 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick is not leaving KATV, period. He's working for an ownership group that will actually invest in the product as opposed to Gannett which sucks it dry. THV had its chance to make Nick news director when Raines left a few years ago but didn't do so.

 
At 11:29 AM, September 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't like Albritton is putting to much money in KATV. That set look awful.

So the word on the streets is Michelle Chism is going to be fire this week.

 
At 12:15 PM, September 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chism needs to go. The assignment desk needs to be restaffed as well. Chuck was not well- served by his newsroom supervisors.

 
At 1:28 PM, September 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't think of her name but the girl on the assignment desk that used to produce is gone too

 
At 2:36 PM, September 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's gonna be a pretty rough November book for THV. No leadership. They need to hire a news director ASAP in hopes of trying to salvage what they can and, at the very least, stop the bleeding in November or - more likely - February.

 
At 3:53 PM, September 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dawn is going to anchor 5,6 and 10. She is also going to have to show up at 2pm. If not she will be fired.

 
At 4:10 PM, September 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any thoughts on who will take the ND role? All I have seen on here is who will not take it.

 
At 4:53 PM, September 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new ND at THV will be someone that is not at the station. There will be no one left from the current news management team.

I hope they are getting their resumes and tapes ready

 
At 5:13 PM, September 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before they even think about firing Dawn they should try hiring at least one other person who isn't absolutely awful. Dawn is the only decent personality they have at any hour.

 
At 7:05 PM, September 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was excited to hear THV was getting a new anchor. But after watching Matt Turner, I have to say, I dont like him.

This is my opinion. H

He has odd shadows on his face, no lips, an arched eyebrow anchor man issue, fidgets too much, looks uncomfortable in two shots, I can go on...

The fact that he has been an anchor for years doesnt mean he is good or appealing to the audience.

He will not help ratings.

 
At 10:26 PM, September 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As few as 10 years ago, Little Rock was on par with markets like Memphis, Nashville and even Saint Louis. Nowadays, the news product across the board has been watered down so much by beancounting GMs and NDs, that Little Rock now looks more like Fort Smith or Jonesboro.

KTHV, by far, has the worst on-air product in the market. I don't know if Maulden was having a contest with the other NDs in town to see who could hire the worst on-air talent, but if he was, he won a long time ago. How many anchors are on their evening newscasts, 12? And this new guy they hired to anchor? He has the personality of a doorknob and the natural movement of a robot.

In fact, none of 11's anchors are anything to brag about.

LR used to be a big time market you had to work your way up to; now you've got folks who should be in Jonesboro doing the news in Little Rock. And the sad part? It doesn't seem like any of the old timers at 11 are mentoring or grooming these ultra-green reporters.

I heard reporters at 11 not only have to shoot and edit all their stuff, but have to sign 3 year contracts. Who would bind themselves to a station like that? Who's that desperate to be on TV?

Meanwhile, Fox 16, which produces a quality newscast, gets the lowest ratings. I guess LR people are so used to mediocrity that they don't know what good news looks like anymore.

 
At 7:26 AM, September 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@7:05.... I was thinking he had an odd shadow too. He kinda reads slow too.... Zzzzzzzz

 
At 9:52 AM, September 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lower quality news in little rock centers around:

Sales getting involved in news.

Less news time. commercials breaks run 3:00 or longer now. ten years ago, breaks were only 1:30.

Despite more commercials, news budgets continue to be cut.

Corporate pushes for younger, cheaper, inexperienced reporters/anchors and smaller staff size.

General managers that don't care about news or understand it.

I wish there was still a media writer at the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that would bring these crucial issues to its readers. Quality journalism plays an important role in society and we are losing it fast!

 
At 9:56 AM, September 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I admire the quality journalists that still fight for what is right. It just seems to be a losing battle. Ratings and credibility will continue to fall and general managers and corporate will wonder who killed the golden goose. All they will have to do is look in mirror.

 
At 12:19 PM, September 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's not forget that FOX16 is going away at the first of the year. The Deathstar folks are here cutting as I write

 
At 12:22 PM, September 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nexstar will be cutting jobs at channels 4 and 16.

 
At 1:27 PM, September 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow add more news and have less people do it....Sounds like the Deathstar model

 
At 2:17 PM, September 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've got to have millions of commercials. Or should I say the same few commercials over & over.

Either the "lose that fat" guy dressed like a granny. The "cool" Asian kid selling furniture. Or the lawyer with the yellow teeth - zoomed in for super close-up.

I can't find the remote to switch away fast enough.

 
At 5:21 PM, September 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt is awful! Why oh why oh why did they add him to the mix? He brings nothing to the table except awkwardness and stiffness.

 
At 7:49 PM, September 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone has an agenda. Matt is doing well but a couple folks don't seem to be on board because they see change and worry they will be gone soon.

 
At 8:33 PM, September 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Matt

 
At 9:55 PM, September 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt's not that bad, especially for thv

 
At 1:22 PM, September 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt is to good for THV. Great guy too. People keep leaving at FOX16....so far 4 photogs and 1 reporter gone since the sell annoucement.

 
At 1:33 PM, September 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too good? Either you are good friends with him, are him, or haven't been watching him on the news. What a disappointing move for THV when they could have waited for the right person to come along. They either got him cheap or were desperate.

 
At 6:59 PM, September 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha @2:17 that fat loss center commercial is the most unprofessional thing I've ever seen in my life. It makes me cringe when it comes on (which is about six times an hour).

 
At 9:42 PM, September 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's on all channels so who cares.

 
At 9:12 AM, September 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the best promos Allen Snyder at KARK can do it get people that worked for him at KLRT to act like a viewer....NICE Allen.

 
At 9:13 AM, September 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the best promos Allen Snyder at KARK can do is get people that worked for him at KLRT to act like a viewer....NICE Allen.

 
At 10:06 AM, September 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The most unprofessional one is the yellow teeth lawyer. Who in their right mind allowed the super close-up shot at the end? He probably insisted on it - but someone should have given him a reality check. Or fake the funk & put some liquid paper on those tombstones as a quick fix. Good grief.

 
At 3:24 PM, September 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

did those two women work with allan at fox?

 
At 8:48 PM, September 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 6:59.

It's makin' bucks for the man who did it and for the Fat Loss Center. Laughing all the way to the bank while you "cringe."

 
At 7:15 PM, September 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@8:48 must be actor john hudgens defending his awful work in that ill-conceived, terribly executed fat loss commercial. It's really something when a commercial is so bad it generates hate mail and an article in Arkansas Business.

 
At 11:41 AM, October 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully the rubber chicken one has run its course. Haven't seen much of that one lately & I am glad.

 
At 4:47 PM, October 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did we get off the subject?

 
At 6:24 PM, October 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What subject?

 
At 10:33 PM, October 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

loSOO I guess THV tonight has no sports? The Anchors just read a lil bit about Hogs. UMMM excuse me there are more teams in Arkansas besides the Razorbacks to fill a show. I do not like the 10 anchors per show. Very disrupting! I do like Matt Turner.

 
At 7:53 AM, October 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So any word on who should or has applied for KTHV's news director position? That is what we are supposed to discuss right?

 
At 8:44 AM, October 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Supposed to discuss? Apparently if we go off topic, we will be sent to the principal's office. Call 911 - we have a topic emergency.

 
At 9:26 AM, October 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One woman worked for Snyder at KLRT that appears in his promo .

 
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At 8:57 AM, October 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumor on the street is a THV is in talks with someone in the market already. Stay tuned...

 
At 11:44 AM, October 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt Turner actually was not hired on a dicount but quite expensive considering that it took almost a month disputing the salary . Also Matt Turner did pretty well on KNWA up in Fayetteville but for whatever reason he isnt the same person down here. Watch the interview with Jeff Long that Matt Turner did a back in June he was alot better. One thing I remember about him on KWNA was that he had alot shorter headlines to read and then sent to the taped package up in KNWA compared THV where I notice he has to speak alot more do some awkward addlibing after the headlines . Maybe its the bad habits that he has formed being in a layed back market up in northwest Arkansas where nobody really cares who the news anchors are as long as they have pretty good weather guy and people that are experts on Razorback sports .

 
At 1:22 PM, October 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever that local person THV may be talking to, I hope it's not an internal candidate. We need a person to provide leadership and direction for our news product. We're like a bunch of ants right now -- everyone going in their own direction. I've eavesdropped on the anchors talking among themselves, and I think there is someone in particular that they support though I don't know who.

 
At 6:19 PM, October 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The local person they are talking to is not anyone at KTHV. The person is from Arkansas and has worked in the market for awhile. They approached the person to get their take on KTHV from someone on the outside

 
At 8:52 PM, October 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is NO WAY they will hire Raines. So he should stop posting on here alluding to that.

 
At 9:17 AM, October 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not Mark Raines....The person works at a LR station right now.

 
At 7:06 PM, October 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Caplan will hire a smart ND to put the right people on morning and evening shifts. The anchors are all great in their own way and will shine if given the best opportunity. I like Dawn, Matt, Liz, Ed and Craig. I also enjoy Brannon but cannot say the same for other talent. 11 needs a management overhaul beginning with Chism.

 
At 12:04 PM, October 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who plays the little lady on the commercial?

 

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