Wednesday, December 12, 2012

KATV Parent Company Founder Passes Away

Source: Broadcasting and Cable  Allbritton Communications founder Joe Allbritton died Wednesday, according to WJLA Washington. He was 87 years old.

The company owns eight ABC-affiliated TV stations, including WJLA/Washington DC, and KATV/Little ROCK along with co-owned cable news channel, News Channel 8, and political newspaper/news site, Politico.

Allbritton, who made his fortune in banking, bought the Washington Star and its broadcast properties in 1974. He sold the newspaper in 1978 -- it eventually folded -- but expanded his broadcast holdings. He was born in D'lo, Miss., and raised in Houston. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

"Joe Allbritton was a larger than life figure in business, in media and in philanthropy," said National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith. "His contributions to local television are reflected every day in the programming excellence on display at WJLA-TV in Washington and seven other Allbritton-owned ABC affiliates across America. NAB salutes a visionary media entrepreneur for a life well lived."

Allbritton is survived by his wife, Barbara; son Robert, who launched Politico; and two grandchildren.

48 Comments:

At 7:53 AM, December 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Modern day robber baron. Rest in hell.

 
At 8:48 AM, December 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it true that Beth Hunt wanted a "talent" or "appearance" fee for singing in the 103.7 Christmas Celebrity Karaoke Contest? That is what I thought I heard as reported by David Bazzel this morning. Doesn't the proceeds go to charity from this event? If this is so, it is shameful. Beth is the least talented of all the news anchors in this market. She doesn't hold a candle to Jessica Dean, Christina Munoz, Dawn Scott, etc., etc.

 
At 9:21 AM, December 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth less talented than Christina? You must be joking. I've got bras more talented than Christina.

 
At 9:34 AM, December 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Beth, you are just not that good, only your bras really support you.

 
At 10:16 AM, December 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of katv people. Whatever happened with the Robert Burton/Jeannette Reyes romance?

 
At 12:16 PM, December 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:16 who cares? No one knows who Jeanette Reyes is anyway.

 
At 12:31 PM, December 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad that Beth Hunt thinks so much of herself that she would deserve a fee. What a selfish egomaniac.

 
At 12:55 PM, December 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why didn't the article mention the fines and rulings against Joe due to his bank laundering money for Pinochet?

 
At 5:48 PM, December 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Egomaniac? Are you kidding? Maybe she just doesn't want to do it and wants to be paid to do things she isn't interested in doing for free.

 
At 6:11 PM, December 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like Beth is getting a little too big for her britches. She would be a nothing in any other market. The only thing she has going for her here is that she's a hometown girl.

 
At 7:57 PM, December 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If she jdidn't want to do it she should have just politely declined. Charging a fee when it involves a charity is unconscionable! And it takes a pretty big ego to think they are worth that fee.

 
At 8:51 PM, December 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meant to say : it takes a Pretty big ego to think SHE IS worth that fee.

 
At 9:50 PM, December 13, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

None of you people must listen to the BuZz and David Bazzel, he is always saying stuff that is not true just to mess with the girls at all the stations. He really gets it going during this time of the year and when they do the babe bracket in March. You peole have nothing better to do but to bash every anchor and reporter in the Little Rock market, what a life.

 
At 6:26 AM, December 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear he still had part of the first dollar he ever made.

 
At 9:51 AM, December 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't channel 7 used to have hot chicks? Watching the "celebrity" karaoke with their all girl number drove one thing home - the hot ones are gone. With the exception of A.C. maybe.

 
At 10:25 AM, December 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is A.C?

 
At 11:17 AM, December 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I figure the poster is referring to Alyson Courtney. Yeah. I agree she's got some body bang if you like the slender figures.

In Melinda's defence, she's held it together for a long time. But age catches up with everyone.

The rest have no real excuse. That's just how they look

 
At 1:51 PM, December 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christina M. is way hot to me - she has the best smile in the biz

 
At 2:19 PM, December 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Munoz, Reyes, Kat, Alyson, the red head all look better than anyone at the competition. KATV still rocks. As TSWNN stated, KATV is the SEC of broadcast news.

 
At 2:38 PM, December 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@2:19 hahaha give me a break!

 
At 10:47 PM, December 14, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like a break too!

 
At 12:07 AM, December 16, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work at the Buzz (not on air) and I can say that some of the posters on here are COMPLETE MORONS. Bazzel was obviously kidding about the talent fee. Beth just didn't participate this year (a choice that most of the on-air people made).

 
At 8:14 AM, December 19, 2012, Anonymous J said...

http://www.katv.com/category/247360/morning-rewind

Check it...this is why Channel 7 rules

 
At 8:36 AM, December 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may want to check the ratings for Novemeber before you make statements about Daybreak ruling.

 
At 11:35 AM, December 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh please. You make a little progress in the 5 and 6am hours and you're gonna jump on here and start crowing about the ratings? You guys are not exactly ruling the mornings yet. Congrats on the small bump though.

 
At 1:37 PM, December 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Novemeber?

 
At 3:02 PM, December 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good book for most of 4 and 11's shows surprisingly. 7 lost some ground this time around. I hope they'll consider moving some folks around before February.

 
At 3:29 PM, December 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great book for KARK. KATV wins all demos and HH's at Ten. THV slips at ten, again. KARK quickly becoming number 2 in all shows in the market.

 
At 4:14 PM, December 19, 2012, Anonymous J said...

Okay Channel 7 doesn't rule ;j If we had some Beats by Dre then we would rule! With the passing of Joe it should free up some cash flow with which the heads can go to the sto', by the Beats and improve the show by improving our mojo!

 
At 4:16 PM, December 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THV morning show was #1 at 5am and a close #2 at 6am. Daybreak was down 30% from November to November. THV won demos at 6am. Funny you didn't mention that. Those are facts, not insults. Next posts will probably be insults or excuses. Stay classy.

 
At 10:04 PM, December 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No insults or excuses, just a slight correction. THV tied at the 5 a.m. hour with KATV. Not really a win, but a good job nonetheless.

 
At 8:07 AM, December 20, 2012, Anonymous J said...

YAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWNNNNNNNNNNNNNN....this book stuff is waayyyy boring...let the sales people fight about it. Let's talk about sex "baby. Let's talk about you and me..."

What about viewer phone calls? Those are always a hoot! Talk about red ass...I'll hang up and listen....

 
At 3:05 PM, December 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not true. THV had a slightly higher rating and share at 5am. I have the numbers in front of me. I don't work for either station. I would consider that a #1.

 
At 6:23 PM, December 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woo Hoo......We won one hour!!!!! Break out the bubbly!

 
At 9:14 AM, December 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did the evening numbers 5,6, and 10, shake out for THV? Are Craig and Dawn keeping the other stations at bay?

 
At 9:18 AM, December 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the dance party isn't such a good idea after all?

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

What do you mean by "keeping the other stations at bay"? They're not even in the running anymore.

 
At 12:10 PM, December 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Not even in the running" do you mean the other stations or Dawn and Craig?

 
At 2:03 PM, December 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You think THV is number one?

 
At 2:28 PM, December 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They Aren'T?

 
At 2:36 PM, December 21, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um.....No, not even close.

 
At 12:10 PM, December 22, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a THVer. I just wish that our indecisive GM would finally hire us a news director. Multi-million dollar a year football coaches are hired within a 48-hour time frame to lead organizations responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars. Our GM has had three months, has interviewed numerous candidates, and we're on the verge of going into 2013 with no leadership. What the hell?

 
At 11:03 PM, December 22, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

End of year rate time.. You have to list 1-4 so that no one just votes for themselves. Here are categories and add if you see fit.

GM
ND
Assistant ND
Anchor Female
Anchor Male
Weather
Sports
Reporter
Producer

 
At 8:43 AM, December 23, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever......desperate attempt to make yoursves seem relevant because you suck in the ratings.

 
At 12:10 PM, December 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see the new chick Reyes is anchoring the Christmas shows. Is she still getting it on with Robert Burton on the side?

 
At 1:01 PM, December 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's hard to watch. But I guess it doesn't matter since they're bringing in the new weekend anchor. Hope it was fun while it lasted for all the fill ins!

 
At 2:50 PM, December 25, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best weather person is Ed Buckner. Let's not forget his team: Tom Brannon, Sara Fortner, and Meredith Mitchell. THV has had our backs today, the day when all true professionals want to be with their families not their TV families. Thanks, Mr. Caplan. Job well done.

 
At 7:50 AM, December 27, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, best weather folks 11's Ed and Tom.

 

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