Thursday, October 25, 2012

Begining of the End for KLRT News?.....

This from a tipster:

Nexstar came to the FOX 16 studios and gave employees the option to extend their medical benefits from mid-November through the end of the year - presumably "in the event" they are laid off. Looks like the end is near and the sale of Newport's stations will soon close. Employees were also given the "opportunity" to apply for jobs at KARK...too bad there are just a few available. I think most people are so bitter about this whole thing that they won't go that route, unless they truly love Little Rock and wish to call it home for the long term. Most will seek employment elsewhere. And for anyone who thinks it's "Mission Broadcasting" running the show, you're crazy - all talks to employees have been done by Nexstar, save one.

86 Comments:

At 2:15 PM, October 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mission Broadcasting is under a management agreement with Nexstar, so yeah...you're right about that. Shouldn't be surprised at all. Mission is in name only.
Imagine some will try for a job at KARK but there's only so much to go around. If folks were smart, they'd go back to school and get some sort of medical-skill, more money and waay less drama.

 
At 3:45 PM, October 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just as a viewer I find it sad that this is happening. Alot of times i found that 16 produced a product than the other 3. They covered stories that the others didn't and it seemed they spent a little more time telling it.

Will 4 put their shows on 16 as well. I really get tired of watching 4 because as a viewer it seems they repeat their content over and over. I find myself watching other channels because I don't want to feel like I am watching reruns of the news.

Maybe it is just me.

 
At 4:16 PM, October 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is this tipster who sent this? Where they in the same meeting I was? This is not at all what went down. When asked about the future of Fox 16 News, the Nexstar rep said: "Those newscasts are making money...why would I get rid of something that is making money?" I certainly can't speak for everyone in this building, but I for one came away from that meeting a lot more hopeful than I went in.

 
At 5:36 PM, October 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

infomercials make more money

 
At 9:08 PM, October 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever happens good luck to everyone at KLRT. If you have a chance to leave, or go into another field, go for it. As much as I love broadcasting I chose to get out, and I have not been this happy in years.

 
At 9:48 PM, October 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get out now if you are young. Sooner or later you will get the shaft in broadcasting unless you know someone or do a lot of brown nosing. Too many people out there that will work for peanuts.

 
At 2:23 AM, October 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOX 16 news and weather is excellent. The on-air folks deserve good pay and respect.

 
At 8:44 AM, October 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nexstar doesn't care about its people. Just squeezing out another penny.

 
At 8:56 AM, October 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes Fox16 can be a little overly dramatic and there are a few other minor issues but often i have found i like their news format and direction better than KARK channel 4.

I hope it is not going away.

 
At 10:00 AM, October 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Who is this tipster who sent this? Where they in the same meeting I was? This is not at all what went down. When asked about the future of Fox 16 News, the Nexstar rep said: "Those newscasts are making money...why would I get rid of something that is making money?" I certainly can't speak for everyone in this building, but I for one came away from that meeting a lot more hopeful than I went in"

That's EXACTLY what they want you to feel. After over 30 years in broadcasting and one after another takeover/sale/whatever I can promise you that it is in your best interest to bail out as quickly as possible.

THEY ARE LYING TO YOU.

Trust me, I've been there and done that WAY too many times.

 
At 12:15 PM, October 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there were any reports done this week on mammaw and pappaw showing up at War Memorial stadium in their RV, then those people should lose their job. The Road Hogs ARE NOT NEWS!

 
At 1:18 PM, October 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If KARK is smart they better try and keep KLRT weather guy around because that would be a major improvement to the guys they have now at KARK . If you watched the last two storms he was the most accurate compared to the other three main stations.

P.S what is the deal with KNWA's new station and HD format it looked like they took a step back to the early 1990's or late 1980's really bad background . I saw it during razorback nation and it looked like the two local stations from Fort smith that do ABC and CBS.

 
At 2:19 PM, October 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@10:00 AM You are dead on. I got out of broadcasting after 19 years, and I've never been happier.

 
At 3:31 PM, October 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donna T. is the worst....she's so loud and her banter between segments is cringeworthy.

 
At 4:53 PM, October 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donna T is smokin' hot! Donna and The Dean, now that would jack up the ratings.

 
At 4:59 PM, October 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Donna T's fake sighs narrowly edge out her forced cackles as most annoying habits by any broadcaster in the market.

 
At 6:42 PM, October 26, 2012, Anonymous David said...

I am sad about this. I LOVE Fox 16 news so much more than the other stations, they show real local stories that matter. Donna and Kevin are fantastic and the they have the best reporters.

 
At 7:33 PM, October 26, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever happens, can Donna please go?

 
At 11:38 AM, October 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you think the other stations will pick up some of these people? 7 needs a weekend anchor and THV has a few openings as well. If they get laid off, how does that effect a non-compete?

 
At 2:02 PM, October 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"P.S what is the deal with KNWA's new station and HD format it looked like they took a step back to the early 1990's or late 1980's really bad background . I saw it during razorback nation and it looked like the two local stations from Fort smith that do ABC and CBS."

They all have sets designed by some out-of-state company that makes cookie cutter sets for a bunch of stations around the country. 40/29's owners have a contract with one of them to do practically the same set at every one of their stations.

 
At 6:16 PM, October 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad its not KTHV. Everyone at 4 and 16 are better than anyone at 11.

 
At 6:41 PM, October 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How will this buyout effect Tracy Douglass' hair?

 
At 9:48 PM, October 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIF/layoffs/involuntary termination of contracts and employment negate the non-competitive clause. If not spelled out explicitly it should be a slam dunk to invalidate legally.

 
At 11:45 PM, October 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is just an afterthought at kark.

 
At 12:37 AM, October 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My question is how did Kelly Dudzik get permission to go on a right-wing tea party radio show every Thursday, get to make extremely Republican remarks and then go on the news like she's fair and unbiased? She goes on with a real bunch of wacko's, one of whom dropped the f-bomb n live radio.

 
At 12:44 AM, October 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

stop acting like a crybaby.

 
At 9:04 AM, October 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because they are right wing doesn't mean they are wackos. Sounds like you are the one who is biased.

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

People still listen to radio?
Seriously though, the other stations here can cherry pick who they want to hire, and with current openings there will not be very many. Since most of the station will not be here this time next year, better freshen up the ole resume and make a reservation with U-Haul.

 
At 10:17 AM, October 28, 2012, Anonymous Roger Ailes said...

If Dudzik works for a Fox affiliate, she was probably encouraged to go on a right-wing teabag radio show.

 
At 11:19 AM, October 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know Dudzik was a teabagger. I won't ever trust her judgment now.

 
At 4:11 PM, October 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

QUESTION: How do you tell when TV Management is lying to you?

ANSWER: Whenever their lips are moving.

May sound cynical but in my experience that has always been the case. Like in the Fox Files: Trust no one.

 
At 6:03 PM, October 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kelly Dudzik is the only reason I watch KLRT having to tolerate the annoying pipsqueak they pair her with on the weekends. Although the station's news product ranks just above THV they are sad to be part of Fox & FNC. ALWAYS Fair & Balanced unless you are a Democrat or liberal or radical

 
At 6:09 PM, October 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The newspaper declared THV the station of the year recently. Now why would that happen if they are so terrible?

 
At 6:10 PM, October 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The newspaper declared THV the station of the year recently. Now why would that happen if they are so terrible?

 
At 6:32 PM, October 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? They are partners, you twit.

 
At 6:41 PM, October 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, thanks. I didn't know. I'm a viewer and a twit. Thanks for the information. Thanks for the information on both counts.

 
At 6:50 PM, October 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They aren't partners. Anyone else notice that KARK wasn't nominated for anything? Not even any of their anchors.

 
At 6:57 PM, October 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tesCLen 321 rieelbleOkay, so are THV and the paper partners or not? I wouldn't know. I'm just a viewer who is a twit.

 
At 9:24 PM, October 28, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are. You probably are not a twit though.

 
At 6:01 AM, October 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you folks really want to work in LR and live anywhere close to it?

 
At 10:31 AM, October 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might as well if your going to live in Ark.

 
At 4:16 PM, October 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell, if the new GM at THV had any sense he would go after all of KLRT's talent. A total redo at 11 is needed badly.......

 
At 6:55 PM, October 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a total makeover at THV is needed and some of the weeknight KLRT talent is pretty good....no NOT you Donna. Although Donna would fit right in with the quality of talent THV already has.

 
At 7:30 PM, October 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV and Arkansas Business are partners. NOT the Democrat Gazette.

 
At 7:35 PM, October 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anchors at THV aren't the problem.

 
At 8:27 PM, October 29, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anchors/Main Talent are the biggest problem at THV. Plump, Bald, Lips, unable to speak correctly, weather shack, a woman who gets paid to promote a freakin' cat, grown man with an inferiority complex in the morning. It's some messed up sh&^. News judgment is that of market 190. A lead story is not having your main anchor on a swing set an an elementary school being attacked by mosquitos.

 
At 12:14 PM, October 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The key phrase is "We're keeping the newscast" that doesn't mean we're keeping the newscasters. Look for the KARK staff to show up on Fox 9 o'clock news.

 
At 2:35 PM, October 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the heck is up with NO ANCHORS or sports at THV? Last night Liz did News AND read the 3 sports stories. Duff the Puff cant even speak did the 6 pm "sports" GAG Fixing to quit watching. Sadly Matt Turner was what was going for them. RIP Matt Turner

 
At 9:34 PM, October 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the same thoughts. Duff cannot read. The whole newscast was like nobody showed up for work and camerapersons, engineers and custodians (no offense to these folks)were used to read the stories. Seems THV is in a quandary about talent or the lack of.

 
At 11:15 PM, October 30, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jessica reminds me of Dora the Explorer. I don't like listening to her....

 
At 1:35 PM, October 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People at FOX16 are starting to get pink slips. You will start to see those that aren't going to work for Nexstar go away.

 
At 2:38 PM, October 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@1:35 Already? Do you know who, or is this a rumor?

 
At 10:16 PM, October 31, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I got a pink slip from KARK I would count it a blessing and message from God to get out of broadcasting. It's just going to get worse.

 
At 2:09 AM, November 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate what is happening. Fox News was so much better that KARK. Fox usually had a reporter at the scene of whatever it was, whereas KARK just mentioned it on their newscast. KARK seems more interested in human interest stories rather than actual news.

 
At 10:44 PM, November 01, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My opinion is not worth much but I only watch the news on KATV and KLRT. The other two stations don't appeal to me as a viewer.

 
At 9:44 AM, November 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found it interesting that Channel 7 promotes its medical marijuana story a week in advance and then channel 4 just happens to do the same story the same night. By the way, I saw both and channel 7's was much better.

 
At 10:20 AM, November 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I would hope that with all the experience that Jason Peterson has his would be story better than Marci Manley. If not that than Jason would be in trouble.

And all stations jump the stories of other stations. I know two stations that are working on a story that Janelle Lilley has been working on. It's sweeps!

 
At 10:33 AM, November 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of that, could you media types quit giving those self appointed moral police a forum to spew their ignorant ideas.

 
At 11:48 AM, November 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

kark did their stories two days before katv did theirs.

 
At 12:36 PM, November 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because KARK did the story in advance, doesn't mean they didn't copy katv. channel 7 promoted what they were doing a week in advance. Just coincidence????

 
At 4:39 PM, November 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its our story. No, its our story! No,No, No, It was OUR STORY FIRST!!!! Yikes, you got scooped. Get over It.

 
At 6:16 PM, November 02, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think you know what getting "scooped" means. Pretty hard to get scooped when you had promos running for many days.

 
At 2:39 PM, November 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melinda looked great in the "bob" wig on the Halloween Daybreak show!!!! She ought to consider that change for real.... Except her regular color instead of the platinum blonde. It would be awesome!!!

 
At 5:23 PM, November 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing could make Melinda Mayo look "AWESOME" because she has a face like a dog.

 
At 7:15 PM, November 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While KARK and KATV sent their reporters to Denver to report on a story that has major implications for our state come Tuesday, what many of you are failing to realize is that KTHV has a sister (Gannett) station in Denver. Not only did THV fail to send a crew to report the story they didn't even ask for help from their sister station in Denver Terrible news judgement.

 
At 9:38 PM, November 03, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK needs to take notes from their sister station, KTAL. They really are improving and picking up viewers. KARK's newscasts are unwatchable.

 
At 3:31 AM, November 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:23pm sounds like they couldn't get a date to their own prom!!!!

 
At 2:24 PM, November 04, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure where 1:35 works but I haven't seen one employee get a pink slip as a result of the sale. As a matter of fact I haven't seen an employee get a pink slip at FOX in years.

 
At 10:21 AM, November 06, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nexstar continues to expand with money it doesn't have.

 
At 6:00 PM, November 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just heard that tomorrow is not going to be a happy day around the Metroplex.

 
At 7:33 PM, November 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooohhh......good tease. Can em all!!!!!

 
At 10:40 PM, November 07, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 5:23pm.

Roger that!

 
At 10:34 AM, November 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sale of KLRT/KASN to Nexstar/Mission has been protested to the FCC. Who knows now if or when it will go through. You can go to fcc.gov and it list every Newport station as being sold to Nexstar/Mission but KLRT/KASN is not on the list.

 
At 10:52 AM, November 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something big will happen when this does go through if you read JBurr tweets who works at KARK from 2 days ago hinting about being patient for the FOX tv station situation. Which leads me to think that everyone at that station will be gone except maybe for the weather guy which Kark needs one badly .

 
At 11:05 AM, November 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well if you walk the halls of kark, you would think the sale is a done deal..master control has put in commercial playout systems, they have renovated the business office to accommodate more people, and they are fixing to start renovating editing.

 
At 6:16 PM, November 08, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melinda Mayo may not be the prettiest woman on local television but she's better looking than most of the people on THV and she's got massive yabos.

 
At 9:16 AM, November 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People at FOX16 are getting sick of the bs. Newport keeps lying to us and thinks we are morons. We know there has been a protest filed over the sale because we have called the FCC ourselves

 
At 9:48 AM, November 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes there was a complaint filed back on 9/12/12 by an individual. There is no record of any other complaints.

 
At 10:42 AM, November 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with my 9:16 AM co-worker, however, I am certain this deal will go through. The FCC has become an irrelevant useless agency that needs to be reorganized, or dissolved all together.

 
At 11:05 AM, November 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know its radio but what do you people think about Bo Matingly leaving 103.7 the Buzz for 93.3 Fresh talk in central Arkansas.And also what is the deal with hogsports radio 95.3 up in Northwest Arkansas it went from being decent 2 years ago to the Manager Dan Storrs letting go of everyone like his best show Dave Barr and Jordan Stuckey for the past year that he just let go out of nowhere last April and also Ugly uncle show the year before that to having a bunch of crappy radios like Nick Mason and Yahoo Sports for the rest of the day. Fayetteville needs Dave Barr and Jordan Stucky back on local sports radio .

 
At 1:15 PM, November 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dud it's talk radio. Only 3 dozen people listen to it. No one cares. The same 6 people call in every day from their mom's basement.

 
At 5:54 PM, November 10, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work at FOX16 and agree with 9:16 and 10:42. People are tired of this and are starting to leave. Averaging nearly two to three resignations a week. The other three stations are starting to pick people off one by one. It's most assuredly the beginning of the end.

 
At 10:42 AM, November 11, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell me about it. It's not all sunshine and rainbows that is why I am one of the resignations you just mentioned.

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

I think the Bo will be sorry he left. That 93.3 station isn't doing well at all.

 
At 12:44 PM, November 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They don't need to do pink slips... the exodus is happening on its own.

 
At 2:12 PM, November 12, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might as well get out now before being forced out.

 

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