Friday, January 04, 2013

KLRT, KASN Soon to Merge Operations/Facilities With KARK

More and more information is coming out about the completed sale of KLRT and KASN to Mission Broadcasting/Nexstar.  As reported here KLRT/KASN General Manager Chuck Spohn was let go.  Arkansas Business.com reports the 15 year GM was told of the decision Thursday.  KARK GM Mike Vaughn is now in charge of KLRT/KASN.  

More changes on the way...Arkansas Business.com reports KLRT/KASN and KARK will be under one roof running from one location.  Nexstar will not elaborate further. 

35 Comments:

At 12:13 AM, January 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better go ahead and bend over now and get ready what's coming.

 
At 9:26 AM, January 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No marketing for KARK, KLRT, and KASN. This should make the folks at KATV and Yesterday's THV quite happy. It's a two horse race now in the Little Rock market.

 
At 10:06 AM, January 05, 2013, Anonymous J said...

i have friends at 4. a couple of them just started not too long ago. i sure hope they will get to keep their job.

 
At 10:32 AM, January 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This will be fun.

 
At 12:54 PM, January 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not for some. Get those resumes updated and program the U-Haul reservation number into your phone.

 
At 7:38 PM, January 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

History has proven that nexstar doesn't care about its employees. There are plenty of former workers that can testify to that.

 
At 7:52 PM, January 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This!

"Anonymous said...
History has proven that nexstar doesn't care about its employees. There are plenty of former workers that can testify to that"

 
At 10:08 PM, January 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the two above just said.

 
At 10:49 PM, January 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are plenty of former Newport employees that can testify to that as well.

 
At 11:33 PM, January 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So... what does this mean... will there just be a mass exodus from BOTH channels or will they, like, form a freaky Little Rock Voltron Force of the "best and most popular?"

 
At 11:59 PM, January 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, most likely.

 
At 1:05 PM, January 06, 2013, Anonymous The Wicked Sook of Irving said...

I'll get you my pretty! And your little job too!

 
At 6:46 PM, January 06, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope Jessica Dean And Trager and bob C keep their Jobs

 
At 9:19 PM, January 06, 2013, Anonymous TD said...

What do advertisers think about this?

 
At 9:53 PM, January 06, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just hope that they let the dudes/dudettes from KLRT light the news set and others.

Changes in engineering leadership at 4 could be coming too.

 
At 8:54 AM, January 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

someone told me that not long ago there was a mass exodus out of kark's creative services department. something like four people in almost 4 months quit...

 
At 11:18 AM, January 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adding KARZ to the mix, isn't owning/operating four of the six stations in the market a monopoly??

 
At 12:41 PM, January 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes it is, but that is why Nexstar has Mission as a shell company to get around that.

 
At 3:05 PM, January 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, the FCC relaxed its restrictions on how many stations a company can own in the same market decades ago. The NAB has a mighty powerful lobby in D.C. and they use it.

 
At 12:17 AM, January 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but Nexstar is well over their allowable market share so they have to put some of their stations under the Mission umbrella.

 
At 8:03 AM, January 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Currently Nexstar is the O&O or MSA of stations in 38 markets. Of those 38 markets, 18 are duopolies. 3 markets, Amarillo TX, Wichita Falls TX, and Utica NY, are tri-opolies. Now with Little Rock having a quad-oploy just seems to be a natural progression of the Nexstar strategy.

 
At 12:12 PM, January 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, there goes the neighborhood.

What a loss. Now we are going to have 4 loser stations instead of just 2.

Media has gone to hell in this country since deregulation.

When one has no competition, one can sit all their asses and do nothing and not worry about it.

For all we know, they will turn 16 into 24/7 reruns of I Love Lucy.

I stopped watching local TV years ago, it all sucks.

 
At 2:40 PM, January 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd have no issues with a 24/7 Lucy channel :) Maybe they could turn it into Antenna TV or Cozi TV.

 
At 1:12 AM, January 10, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watch rasslin on satellite and all those reality shows that aren't on ABC, CBS, NBC etc.

Watch very little local news. All they do is report all the murders, car wrecks. Too lazy to get out and find some real news.

 
At 7:29 AM, January 10, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that is all you watch then why are you on a local news blog?

 
At 9:27 AM, January 10, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What exactly is real news in your mind?

 
At 10:03 AM, January 10, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Murders, car wreaks, news units being ruined in flash floods are all news worthy.

 
At 9:16 PM, January 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear news hounds,

Find out when that lawyer with the yellow teeth (on 100x zoom) got his teeth bleached. He was talking to that truck then flashed his formerly golden grin - to reveal WHITE chompers.

I am still in optical shock.

 
At 11:11 PM, January 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think kark will use fox16 weather guy because he is a lot better than anybody on kark doing weather !

 
At 8:51 PM, January 12, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liz is genuine and real. She is a great wife, mother, friend, and anchor. And don't even bother saying it, I'm not Liz. I just know real from fake when I see it.

 
At 11:34 AM, January 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

^^^^^ Is that why she pretty much just got fired?

 
At 11:57 AM, January 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are you talking about-almost got fired.

 
At 9:43 PM, January 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't work at KARK if you believe that Texas calls the shots.

 
At 12:25 AM, January 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, where did that come from? Who said anything about Texas?

 
At 5:59 PM, January 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Companies in media have no hearts when it comes to personnel changes. Why should they when THEY are making the cuts?

 

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