Friday, May 31, 2013

Reporter Leaves the Rock

Karoline Whightman has left KLRT.  Her plans are not known. She joined KLRT in August 2010

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

NWA Reporter Can't Stand the Storm

A KHBS/KHOG/Fort Smith reporter quit his job last week following an assignment to cover storm damage.  FTV Live has the scoop on Jay Plyburn's abrupt resignation after being sent out to cover possible storm damage in the area following last week's storms.  In an email to coworkers Plyburn wrote, "Lightning was striking all around us. This was the single most frightening experience of my life."  "When the day was done and we finally got back to the station, it was business as usual. No managers had any sort of feedback...just a new list of things they wanted done."

Friday, May 24, 2013

NWA Arkansas Reporter Moving to Oklahoma

You know sweeps are over when main on air anchors start taking vacations...and when departure announcements begin.  With that said, KHBS/KHOG reporter Tony Russell has announced he will be departing the station.  Russell is set to join KOTV in Tulsa as a reporter.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

THV Hires Weekend Anchor/Reporter

This hire snuck up on me...KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock has hired a new weekend anchor/reporter.  Phil Buck joined the station this month.  According to his bio, Buck began his broadcasting career at the CBS affiliate in Missoula, Montana. He worked his way up from part-time camera operator to eventually become the station's Sports Director, doing play-by-play and hosting coach's shows for the University of Montana football and basketball teams. After taking a job in the sports department at the CBS affiliate in Seattle, where he had the opportunity to cover teams he grew up watching like the Seahawks, Mariners and Washington Huskies, Phil returned to his previous station in Montana to anchor the morning news. 

Buck replaces Pam Baccam who left the station earlier this year.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

No news is good news huh... Well we find ourselves in sweeps period once again.  As I've said before all the special investigations..exclusives...and contests never surprise me.  One thing can be said I can't see the stations doing anything new to gain viewers.  I often wonder if the stations have done any surveys themselves to find out what viewers want...or even potential viewers.  Do viewers tune it for a specific anchor?...Do they tune in specifically for the news, weather, sports?  Or do they tune to a station because that's one they've always watched?  OR to win a brand new iPAD?  One thing is for certain I always look forward to sweeps being over. Why not just do news like you do in non sweeps months.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

LR Reporter Returns to TV News

Lauren Scott has returned to KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock.  Scott left the station early this year.  Scott joined KTHV in August 2011 from KATV/Channel 7. 

For Sale: KATV ?

TV News Check reports KATV's parent company Allbritton is considering selling all its TV properties.  The article says  "its considering selling the group, among other "strategic alternatives.""  Allbritton owns:

WJLA Washington (DMA 8)
WCFT Birmingham, Ala. (DMA 42)
WHTM Harrisburg, Pa. (DMA 43)
KATV Little Rock, Ark. (DMA 56)
KTUL Tulsa, Okla. (DMA 59)
WSET Lynchburg, Va. (DMA 68)
WCIV Charleston, S.C. (DMA 98)