Anchor Go Round Weekends Continue at 7
Seems KATV is having a difficult time finding a replacement for former weekend anchor Heather Crawford. Since Crawford's departure in mid August it seems every reporter and weekday anchor has popped up as the weekend anchor. I would bet it's difficult to find a quality anchor just for the weekend as with quality you have to pay well.
Shreveport Station Bringing in New Anchors/Reporters
This from the tip jar:
KTAL is getting several new staff members. In this week are Stephanie
Claytor and Kimberly Rusely. In coming weeks Dan and Jacque Jovic (a
husband and wife team) will be in to coanchor the morning show and 10 pm
weekday shows. Lots of changes to go along with the new HD set and all
in time for sweeps.
Stephanie Claytor comes to KTAL from KTVO in Kirksville, MO where she was a weekend anchor
Dan and Jacque Jovic come to KTAL from WJW, FOX 8 in Cleveland, Ohio. In his goodbye video for FOX 8 Dan says he will be morning anchor and provide occasional reporting both on-air, and online.
Also in the video Jacgue Jovic says she will be KTAL's evening anchor.
More Signal Issues with 4 on Directv
Seems KARK is having more issues with its signal over Directv systems. The station posted on facebook it is sorry and is working with Direct to fix the issue:
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.
KSLA Airs Bogus Story About Storm Victims; Scammers Arrested
A Louisiana couple claiming to have lost everything in Hurricane Isaac used Channel 12/KSLA to lure donations. According to KSLA, it all started when they got an email from a citizen telling them about Maston and Amanda Humphries who supposedly lost everything in the recent storm. Well, it was all a scam. BUT it took the airing of the story for the truth to come out. The couple were arrested Friday night in the KSLA Lobby. Read the complete story HERE.
Shreveport Station Has No Luck With Lottery
This from a tipster
The Louisiana Lottery
recently left KTAL and returned to their original station KTBS/KPXJ.
Three weeks in and KPXJ is having daily problems airing the show.
Parents of Slain Little Rock Reporter/Anchor Presses for Lawsuit to be Reinstated
The parents of Anne Pressly are pressing the Arkansas Supreme Court to reinstate their lawsuit against St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center and three people who snooped at the medical records of the Little Rock anchor.
The Arkansas Democrat/Gazette reports," Pressly’s parents, Guy and Patti Cannady, contend they should have been
allowed to pursue a claim of outrage in Pulaski County Circuit Court
because of the emotional harm they experienced upon learning that a
doctor and two hospital workers, none of whom had any connection to
Pressly’s case, illegally accessed her medical records simply to satisfy
their personal curiosity.
KATV Exec Moves Up
Arkansas Business.com reports KATV senior vice president and general manager Mark Rose has been to promoted to president of the top rated channel. Rose began work on channel 7 in 1988 as an account executive and was promoted to general manager three years ago.
Yea this is old news but just came across this today.....KARK news crews were out and about covering storm damage around the first of month when out of no where a naked man came out of the woods. The news crew continued to film. The hardened criminal, 22-year-old Nathaniel Koba, was later arrested and charged with public intoxication and indecent exposure. Watch the video HERE.
Former LR Weather Guesser Sued
Former KARK weather guesser Bret Cummins is being sued my the parents of man who died in a hot tub with the former weather forecaster. Arkansas Democrat/Gazette reports the parents of Dexter Williams is accusing Cummings of sexual abuse, saying in the lawsuit that Cummins had been using drugs and drinking
alcohol with Williams and was “negligent in promoting an environment of
performing physical acts which inflicted pain and caused injury to an
impaired person, as well as promoting and participating in deviate
sexual activity, contact or intercourse with a mentally incapacitated or
The ADG says Cummins no longer lives in Arkansas. No criminal charges were filed in the case.
Northwest Arkansas Weather Guesser Dumped
This from the tip box:
Morning show weatherman jason adams' (kfsm) contract was not renewed. he will be leaving soon.
NFL Fans Upset Over Direct TV Glitch With LR TV Station
Seems some Cowboys/Giants fans who subscribe to Direct TV are having an issue seeing the game on KARK. KARK has made several posts on its Facebook page stating the problem is on Direct TV's end as things are ok on their end. The problem seems to be the folks at Direct TV are pointing the finger at Channel 4. The station says the signal is fine via antenna, cable, and U-Verse
Anchor-Go-Round Continues at 11
One can only wonder what the thinking is behind KTHV's/Channel 11 anchor go round. Matt Turner officially began at the station as the main anchor for 5,6, and 10..along with Dawn Scott. Ever since then it's been a guessing game on who viewers will find at the anchor desk. Just like today it's Liz and Dawn and Ed in the studio with Matt out and about being a reporter. Now we ask where is Craig! For the station's sake we hope this doesn't continue. I think 11 realizes it has too many anchors and doesn't want to rock the boat in getting rid of someone.
New Anchor Line up at THV Spurs More Questions Than Answers
Hmmm, so from what I can gather the new anchor team is Matt, Dawn, Ed and Mark. BUT like some viewers are pointing out where is Craig and Liz? Where do they fit in the picture. I didn't catch the evening newscasts but will the 10pm program. Still a lot of questions rather than answers at this point but I guess we will all find out what happens to Craig and Liz.
UPDATE: Matt Turner just said Liz and Craig are "off tonight".
THV Rolls Out the Welcome Matt
Matt Turner officially joins the team at Today's THV/Channel 11 on Monday. Turner will be anchoring the 5, 6 and 10 newscasts with Dawn Scott. All promos feature the current anchors along with Matt. Will the anchor desk be too busy with too many anchors? I guess we will have to wait and see.