Wednesday, May 01, 2013

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)

220 Comments:

At 1:17 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not good for KATV.

The only two companies buying stations now are Sinclair and Nexstar.

If Sinclair can scratch together enough cash (amid their debt) for this job, I would see them doing it. Especially for WJLA seeing how they are based in Baltimore.

 
At 1:27 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sinclair! Let's get the deal done. Isn't that Perry Sook's buddy? Nexstar takes Tulsa and the PA property. Sinclair gets the rest. Love it!

 
At 1:28 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adios Pard.

 
At 1:28 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's quite a bit of fat over there. Jobs will be lost. Not good for KATV.

 
At 1:36 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Belo?

 
At 2:05 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a chance Belo comes to Little Rock. Belo wouldn't buy a top ranked station either. The only way to increase profit is to cut bodies. It's going to be someone looking to slim down the operations and cut costs.

RIP KATV 2013

 
At 2:24 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Dyslexic Borg said...

Nexstar has an ABC station in Memphis. Why not one in LR as well?
Remember, RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!!! You WILL escort the Nexstar Borg to sector zero zero one and prepare to be assiimilated!

 
At 2:41 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's going to be Sinclair.

 
At 3:50 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chances are it's going to be another equity group or a shell for an equity group...and we all know what that means? Cut, cut, cut, then another shuffle sell off. Get those resume reels updated...or just get out of this business altogether. There's no future in the news business.

 
At 4:08 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone mentioned Raycom on another thread. Just throwing it out there...

 
At 4:12 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever happens, this could possibly mean a "BIG" change for KATV. The station has been own by Allbritton for many years, since at least the '80s.

 
At 4:13 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Sinclair and Nexstar would rather expand in markets where duopolies already exist. I don't think Albritton owns any duopolies except in D.C.

 
At 5:23 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Dick Clark said...

Maybe we could actually see ABC programming in prime time. That would be a hoot.

 
At 5:36 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here we go again. Time for a serious job search. Thank god I listened to my parents. That double major is about to come in handy.

 
At 7:27 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Craig said...

A sale to Sinclair or Nexstar would be a dream to KTHV. Watch them become dominant in the ratings and become literally the station of record for Little Rock.

 
At 7:40 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like KATV is now?

 
At 10:14 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perme will have to give up his 6 figure salary...or forced to retire.

 
At 11:14 PM, May 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep he's gone.

 
At 7:03 AM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes this should work to THV's advantage. It won't happen overnight though.

 
At 7:09 AM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perme is great. I hope he doesn't go anywhere. He is an Arkansas institution. The other stations would love to have him. That's a fact!

 
At 7:18 AM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure about the Ned argument but there is some easy talent fat to cut. Beth Hunt is good, but they could make Alyson do Midday and Christina do the 5. Or move Beth to nightside and leave Christina out of the deal (I'm not advocating either). And they have a lot of reporters. They could eliminate a couple of those positions. No rhyme or reason there - probably just whoever is newest. Thats what I'd do if I bought the place.

 
At 7:28 AM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know KATV has a history of being the razorback station, but there is also a national trend to eliminate local sports or have news people cover it. With no major teams in Little Rock that would be an easy call.

 
At 8:16 AM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bear with me on this...take a look at Sinclair and Nexstar the Deathstar financials. Sinclair's debt to asset ratio is at 86.5, Nexstar debt to asset ratio is at 91.6.
Here's what those numbers mean: If creditors start demanding payment, those companies will tank. In a nutshell, Sinclair and Nexstar are highly leveraged. They don't have the assets or cash on hand to cover their debt. It's a bubble that is going to burst

 
At 8:34 AM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It won't be Sinclair who buys them, unless they get parted off. Sinclair can't afford the Washington station.

 
At 8:52 AM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will tell you everything is fine and not to look for work. THIS IS A LIE. Do not listen to that. It is much easier to unload the place if it looks like everything is operating normally. It is also much easier for new ownership to transition with your help and cut you when the dust settles.

 
At 8:57 AM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look for them to stop spending money. Jobs will not get filled, no new gear, etc. They will work to drive up their cash flow because stations are sold on multiples of their cash flow.

 
At 9:02 AM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bottom line here is this: Stay away from station groups that are owned by equity companies and those that are highly leveraged. These corporate con artists are running a Ponzi scheme in broadcasting the same way AIG, Goldman Sachs etc. ran their Wall Street scam when it comes to financial, insurance and real estate.

 
At 9:23 AM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any idea as to the value of the KATV alone -- minus the other Albritton properties?

 
At 10:01 AM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mandatory Staff meeting at KATV today. Has the sale been finalized?

 
At 10:09 AM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck in the meeting. No matter what they say in the meeting, keep a box in your truck to pack you desk with.

 
At 10:29 AM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will say not to worry that they are just putting it out there to see what interest they might get. Don't let it distract what you're doing because it won't effect you.

 
At 11:23 AM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember what they told the folks at KLRT: yes, we're up for sale but don't expect a sale to happen

 
At 12:57 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Raycom would be a good fit for KATV. Raycom already has KAIT (ABC) in Jonesboro and WMC (NBC) in Memphis.

 
At 1:58 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Craig said...

Raycom would have to sell ABC 33/40 (WBMA, WCFT, WJSU) and WCIV though, since they already have high-rated stations in those markets.

Other prospective owners may also have conflicts:

Gannett - would have to sell WJLA (probably to Disney/ABC as an O&O) and KATV (or keep them and sell KTHV)

Hearst - would have to sell WHTM (easy, since they have the ultra-dominant WGAL)

Scripps - would have to sell KTUL (or keep them and sell KJRH)

LIN Media - would have to sell ABC 33/40 (or keep them and sell WIAT) - lots of conflicts in Birmingham!

Among those who could fit the entire station groups in their portfolios: Belo, Meredith and Gray

 
At 4:34 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder if Death Star can get FCC to approve them or Mission to buy KATV?

 
At 4:38 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, there's not a chance in hell Deathstar can talk the FCC into it.

 
At 4:48 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sinclair and Nexstar the Deathstar are way over leveraged. They can't afford it. Allbritton, like others, are dumping their local tv stations while they can because local tv news is tanking.

 
At 5:05 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Local tv stations make 30-50% annual profit. It's called cash flow. That's not tanking.

 
At 6:54 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Newsblues:

The decision to sell the stations appears to have the backing of Allbritton’s mother, Barbara, 75, who has been a member of the company’s board since it was founded in 1974.

The announcement reflects not just a change of generations at the privately held Arlington company but tumult in the media business, which has been roiled for years by the shift to digital technology. TV stations have been losing viewers, advertisers, and value for several years. Alternatives, from cable to satellite to the internet, have siphoned off segments of the audience, especially young people.

At the same time, the recession has taken a deep bite out of advertising revenue. The most alarming losses have come in local TV newscasts, which can generate more than a third of a station’s revenues.

Also from Newsblues:

Sinclair Broadcast Group proudly announced this week that its net broadcast revenues rose 32.5% in the first quarter. What they didn't tell you is that profit dropped 42% in the same quarter, brought down by higher operating expenses.

TV stations are no longer cash cows. They are tanking. Whatever profits they make go into corporate coffers and to shareholders while the executives cut staff, cut employee salaries, cut benefits, etc.

 
At 8:28 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Knock knock! It the future of broadcasting, and there's no place in it for you.

 
At 10:45 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

as a viewer
I Would Retire Ned and Sully
Move Inman to Sports
Put Mayo on Midday
Have Beth at 5 Solo And 6 Move Christina to 6 and 10 solo
When they need a day off move Erin in
Put J Reyes on Weekends and Sat Morning Daybreak have Erin Back her up Erin would be my swiss army knife Give Todd the Num 1 Job trade Barry to 11 for Sarah Forter then i would hire Eric Fisher from the Weather Channel so the Ladies could have some eye candy

 
At 11:07 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you think Jeanette is ready for an anchor job you are sadly mistaken. Watching her stumble through a show filling in is painful enough! I'd be fine with her doing Saturday mornings though as I am not up time to watch that train wreck!

 
At 11:16 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@10:45 That might be the stupidest thing I've ever read on here. And THV'ers post all the time so I've read some really stupid things.

 
At 11:24 PM, May 02, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ladies and gentlemen...the only person who believes in Jeanette, Robert Burton.

 
At 8:22 AM, May 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes please do not ever say Reyes is ready for any desk job. It makes me throw up a little.

 
At 8:45 AM, May 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how that's the only thing that offends anyone enough reply about it. With outlandish ideas like trading Barry for Sarah...meh... Breaking up the nightside anchor team that has been dominating...pshhh... but giving Jeanette an anchor job? Please God No!!!!!!!!!

 
At 8:46 AM, May 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I repeat, from Newsblues:

"TV stations have been losing viewers, advertisers, and value for several years. Alternatives, from cable to satellite to the internet, have siphoned off segments of the audience, especially young people."

There is no future in local tv news.

 
At 9:06 AM, May 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The young people are going to be fine when they get cut. It's the older people with families this is going to hurt.

 
At 9:13 AM, May 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right. I'm more concerned with losing Pederson or Potter than the kid reporters. Those two positions are ones no one else in the market can afford anymore.

 
At 9:16 AM, May 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeanette would be an improvement over Janelle on Sat Daybreak & much easier on the eyes. Todd should be # 1 met, send Ned to pasture & he can take Melinda with him. Has anyone ever paid attention to a side profile shot of Melinda's face? Move both Inman & Kane to sports & more of Beth Hunt @ 6 & 10. Christina? Maybe use her like a Joan Early, Christina has no credibility delivering hard news just like Katie Curic didn't. Erin can be used @ 5 & I agree as a backup on other newscasts. That would put Allyson to Sat Daybreak & kink the obnoxious movie reviewer to the curb along with Ned & Melinda. Almost forgot about Barry, put him on weekends.

 
At 9:27 AM, May 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I figure they won't fill Matt's position and/or eliminate Reyes/Lewis's job. Perhaps force them both to mmj and see who is successful at it.

 
At 9:35 AM, May 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah you wouldn't even have to do that. New company, new contracts. Make them both sign new contracts for 3 more years making the joke money and one of em will bail on their own.

 
At 9:43 AM, May 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't have to force Ned out. Just do the same contract trick with him. Offer a more reasonable salary and he'll jump ship on his own too.

 
At 3:00 PM, May 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@9:16 I thought I read the stupidest thing ever on here yesterday but you're giving that post a run for its money.

 
At 4:05 PM, May 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of you people who keep calling for the movie reviewer's head make us 7 people laugh. Do you know she one of the most successful sales people we have? Get rid of her? I think they'd really get rid of Perme before that.

 
At 4:58 PM, May 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good sales person, horrible on air talent.

 
At 5:34 PM, May 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She needs to stay in sales & off air & maybe teach Ms Hilton about sales & keep her off air as well..,

 
At 6:19 PM, May 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do people make at katv? The reporters and anchors? I heard Beth makes in the 50's.

 
At 11:39 PM, May 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

More than you. Is that really any of your business?

 
At 12:39 AM, May 04, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reporters make about 25k. Anchors make whatever they can negotiate.

 
At 8:47 AM, May 04, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For what it's worth even the reporters on their first contract at KATV make more than 30...probably 32 or 33. Horrible pay....but not 25.

 
At 9:44 AM, May 04, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

25 is probably an older number. 30 is about right these days.

 
At 3:51 PM, May 04, 2013, Blogger Jason Wood said...

i was that guy who wrote the dumb post on may 2 at 10 45 PM i just want to say thanks for giveing me the inside scoop in the tv biz i really appreciate it i have no idea how news works and i am glad now i did not get into brocastling oh btw i have broke some news here over the last few years

 
At 7:42 PM, May 04, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tough spot to be in being ratings leader,do you cut talent and expenses to drive bottom line and revenue multiples for sale? Risks upsetting your balance and taking a ratings hit while station is being shopped. Or do you hold, keep your fingers crossed a quality broadcast company picks you up? After the sale- new owners have same quandary- cut excess talent and expenses & risk ratings or hold with minor tweaks to operation?

 
At 9:25 PM, May 04, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The operation could make cuts without risking ratings.

 
At 9:42 PM, May 04, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed, rationally there are cuts that can be made with little to no risk. My observation is more along the lines of psychological. Folks are leery of messing with the "secret sauce". Darn glad I'm out of the business.

 
At 9:16 AM, May 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On air staffing is an easy place to cut. There are several people who work just one show.

 
At 2:08 PM, May 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's true, but on air talent comes and goes. Most of the time management will choose to not fill, or eliminate a position when someone leaves when their contract expires. Non-on air, and non-sales staffing, have been taking a much hard hit in recent years. People in those positions are right to be worried.

 
At 2:58 PM, May 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLENTY of fat at this station, especially behind the scenes. 7 laid off a big group of staffers during the most recent recession, and even after that round of head-chopping they we're still over staffed. Wait until Sinclair or an equity group comes in--say goodbye to free coffee, open access to a color printer, and any job currently done by more than one person. Also, if your job can be done over the "interwebs," you better brush off that resume now. That's a tip to anyone in traffic, MC, business, and support staff (in sales, promotion/production, hell--even video editors can be replaced.) Seriously Peeps of 7--don't be the proverbial sheep being led to the slaughter: Get looking for your next job now before everyone you work with is dumped into the "job hunt" pool with you. In closing, 7, say goodbye to life as you've known it working for a privately-owned TV station group and hello to a publicly-traded corporation that will maximize it's bottom line...all on your ass.

Stay classy, local broadcast TV industry!

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

Everyone knows their job is questionable at this point. You are talking about real people's jobs. Please be kind and realize this is more than a chance for you to get your digs in.

 
At 8:11 PM, May 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand the last poster's comments but we should also remember what was said about 16 and 4. It's a wake up call for those who thought your mighty ship was unsinkable.

 
At 9:21 PM, May 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is this Ms. Hilton you people keep mentioning?

 
At 9:24 PM, May 05, 2013, Anonymous Mammaw said...

Don't mess with Ned or Vanna. It will make me irregular.

 
At 9:30 PM, May 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mammaw is right.

KATV has been #1 with Ned, Paul (now Sully) and Wheel no matter who was the anchor. They can cut the expenses in the news anchor and still be #1.

Loves me some Renee Shapiro.

 
At 9:39 PM, May 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:11 Anyone who made gleeful comments about the 11 and 4 merger is also classless....so I guess you have some company.

The 7 ship may still be unsinkable though, the icebergs out there don't seem all that intimidating (other than Joey the Cat).

 
At 9:40 PM, May 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should have said the 11 and 16 merger...I am getting old.

 
At 9:40 PM, May 05, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

or 4 and 16...yikes!

 
At 10:08 AM, May 06, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter if Allbritton sells the entire group, or station by station, there will be lay offs. That's the state of the industry and it's not about to change any time soon.

 
At 10:29 PM, May 06, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep the resume is updated already.

 
At 12:18 AM, May 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for you. Now send that resume everywhere you can as quickly as you can.

 
At 7:01 AM, May 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

News people are famous doomsday believers. People have been predicting the death of local TV for about 25 years.

The people at Sinclair and Nexstar are not stupid. They wouldn't pay tens of millions of dollars for properties that have no financial future.

What HAS changed is money is now the conduit--not "what is right" or what is fair, etc.

What really has no future in TV--and hasn't in this market in a long time (sorry Jason) is investigative and objective journalism.

 
At 8:57 AM, May 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd say this market is lucky to enjoy the shares that it has. Most others are dropping more and more every book. But viewers are getting their news in other ways more and more in this area too, and one has to figure this market is going to catch up with the national trend at some point.

When you look at it objectively, it really is surprising how much of our resources we put into a dying platform that people don't care for as much these days. It's no wonder the corporate folks want to see scale backs for newsroom personnel - most newsroom employees scoff at the idea that anything but "their job" is what they should be doing. Well if "your job" isn't the web or social media, your job is in jeapordy with that attitude - because you just aren't very necessary.

 
At 9:27 AM, May 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@7:01 AM

Journalism at the local level? I don't think so! NOt in smaller markets. We don't do investigative reports on companies since most of them are advertisers. This is not the rule in Top 10 and Top 20 markets. I have seen some outstanding investigative reports in those markets and many of them went national.

Now on this "doomsday" theory. Yes, people have been predicting the end of local TV for a long time. However, 25 years ago, pre-Michael Powell and his deregulation of FCC ownership rules, there weren't any lay offs in the in the industry. There were plenty of jobs at each station and you could work at the same station for 10, 20, or 30+ years. Not the 2 to 4 years like it is now.

The truth of the matter is that broadcasting is not safe career choice like it once was.

 
At 9:45 AM, May 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in broadcasting for 20 years and it has drastically changed over the past 6 to 8 years. So much so I chose to get out. My only regret is I didn't get out of broadcasting any sooner.

 
At 1:45 PM, May 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Millions of people are still searching for good (credible) information.

If you are focused solely on TV News then we may become extinct but I believe broadcast journalism (via many platforms)is certainly still profitable. Maybe not the same profit margins of the 80s and 90s but there's still money to be made. We may not have the same resources we used to have but technology operated by smart people can still turn great news content.

If you hate the business or don't believe there's a future in it then by all means get the hell out.

If you are still hungry and enjoy journalism then I believe there is still and will be opportunities.

It's your call. Bitch and moan and be miserable and try to take as many down with you or get busy being a relevant source of information.

 
At 2:00 PM, May 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck trying to be a relevant source of information when corporations such as Sinclair, Nextsar the Deathstar, etc., keep cheapening the product by cutting everything to the bone and lowering standards...all of which further exacerbates the trend of news consumers migrating to online/social media outlets.

 
At 3:19 PM, May 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the other poster said... quit bitching and moaning OR get the hell out.

It is what it is. Journalism has to adapt to the digital/web/social media world.

 
At 3:30 PM, May 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. It's easy to complain about Nexstar, Sinclair, Gannett, Allbritton... you can put a bunch of other media companies in this sentence too.

I know people who have left the biz and are happier. I know people who have left the biz but decided to come back.

I know people who have been in the biz for many years because they still love it.

At the moment the above companies are making money. Most of their recent quarterly reports show good profit. You might say at employee's expense. If you can't handle it or can't improve your compensation because of the value you the company assigns to you, then it's time for you to leave the business.

 
At 6:37 PM, May 07, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh even if you can handle it, my suggestion would be to leave the business and just let the people making the big money do all the work. You'll feel so much better.

 
At 12:32 AM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely. Being out of broadcasting is awesome, and I HIGHLY recommend it.

 
At 6:39 AM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My goodness watching Melinda in the mornings is not as pleasant as looking at Ginger Zee. Silly me, I thought Daybreak would be more bearable with Allyson not screaming at the top of her lungs!!!

 
At 8:09 AM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyson was probably a cheerleader. Yes it is unpleasant, but she probably can't help it.

 
At 8:39 AM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This business is full of haves and have nots. Unfortunately the haves are normally the people who do the least amount of work. Of course they are going to say things are fine and everyone just be happy or leave - it is in their financial and social interests for everything to remain the same.

Even if the have nots start out with a great attitude about it, the hard hours and low pay will get to anyone. And the worst thing is it starts to creap in your head that no one wants this to change but you - because as stated above - it's in their interests to keep you doing all the real work.

 
At 9:27 AM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one is going to change bottom-line outfits like Sinclair or Nexstar the Deathstar from within. Your best hope is to get in with a real broadcasting company and avoid these nickel-chiseling corporations as best you can.
As for the remark that journalism has to adapt to digital/social media, that's true... but journalism is failing to do so. Newspapers are collapsing and local tv stations are struggling to stay relevant.

 
At 9:28 AM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alyson's voice may have been cute when she was younger and a cheerleader, but she's no spring chicken anymore. Her wrinkles are coming thru and it looks more and more like the loud old lady we all hope will leave the room soon.

 
At 11:00 AM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real broadcast companies like ???

 
At 11:30 AM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not CNN. Their obsession with the Jodi Arias trial shows they care more about sensationalism than real news. I hope the local news casts stay far away from that circus production of a murder trial.

 
At 11:33 AM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Mammaw said...

I miss Beth in the mornings. I guess she doesn't miss the hours.

 
At 1:06 PM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Jethro said...

Who would miss those hours? Heck, that time of day is only good for milking cows and feeding chickens.

 
At 1:27 PM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real broadcast companies like???

 
At 1:51 PM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pard has lost his grip.

 
At 5:53 PM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real broadcast companies such as Belo, Hearst, EW Scripps, Meredith, Journal Broadcast Group, Griffin Communications, O&Os.

 
At 6:40 PM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should be so lucky. Are any of those groups buying?

 
At 7:40 PM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely disagree with your list. I have friends that work or have worked at all but one of those listed. Their stories sound just like the ones on here. They are told what to report or how to report. They had major cuts in resources and ask less people to do more. This is a grass is greener world.

 
At 8:49 PM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@7:40
if what you are saying is true about those broadcasters, then the hell with it. There's no point in local tv news or continuing to work in the industry. Then the news business is dead and journalism itself is dead, if what you are saying is true. So maybe we all ought to go work for PBS/NPR.

 
At 9:10 PM, May 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get out of broadcasting while you can.

 
At 8:26 AM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Been out for a while.Yep it's true it's much better out here. I wish I could speak to college grads and tell them what kind of mistake they are making.

 
At 8:30 AM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. I think half the reason I stayed as long as I did was simply because I didn't want to disappoint my parents! How stupid is that? Y'all if you are feeling that way, trust me they'd rather you be happy with money in your pocket.

 
At 9:23 AM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gawd, if it was soooo bad for you, then why do you stalk this site? Seriously? Go back to your cubicle, do your mundane, simple little job. No life loser.

 
At 10:01 AM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually my life is great. I just have a lot more money and free time on my hands to stalk this site. Tomorrow is Friday and I'll probably party with some of the hottest chicks in Little Rock, because I can afford to take them out and show them my nice house when the bars close.

 
At 10:13 AM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@10:01

Rock on!!!

 
At 10:24 AM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't sweat that hater, dude, he or she is just terrified that all the worker bees will vanish because of this sale. And he or she SHOULD BE!

 
At 10:43 AM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are the party animal. Hot chicks, taking back to your crib after closing time. Wow. That is a serious goal man. I wish I could be you. You are a rock star. Pathetic.

 
At 10:52 AM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You got that right. Like the 10:08 AM May 6, 2013 posts said "It doesn't matter if Allbritton sells the entire group, or station by station, there will be lay offs."

 
At 11:24 AM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if Allbritton doesn't sell out, the technology to replace some of us already exists, and is being used. For example, like KATV, KTBS in Shreveport is a privately owned station. A few years ago KTBS went to a automated system and got rid of their PA's. Now the director runs everything that used to take 7 people.
As we have seen with other companies, traffic and master control can and are being run from other locations. With all the reductions and consolidations we are seeing it is time for a serious evaluation to stay or to move on to something else.

 
At 3:06 PM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is everyone hatin' on Alyson? I think she is a beautiful woman! I like watching her and Melinda in the mornings.

 
At 3:28 PM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who uses ratings to buy spots for my clients, I can tell you only one station has increase their ratings for the past two years while the other two have lost viewers. You might not like Courtney, but since her move, KATV has grown significantly in the mornings while THV has fallen almost to third place.
KATV's Ten PM has separated from THV for several books in a row now.
KATV is a prize along with WJLA for anyone looking to buy the group. Why would a company come in and "clean house" when the station is delivering record numbers?

 
At 3:36 PM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A new group may not "clean house" in front of the camera, or in sales. But whomever buys the station, will most probably get rid of some individuals and/or entire departments which is the current standard.

 
At 5:09 PM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because market rank doesn't determine who is the most profitable.

 
At 8:26 PM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are some very interesting comments that were posted today.

 
At 9:32 PM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved allyson on thv. attempted to watch her on 7 but she is just too loud on there. she looks like a skinny chicken on 7 for some reason..and annoying..

 
At 9:50 PM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judging by today's KATV ad in "the" paper, someone needs to get out of the old tanning bed for a while and let his skin get some moisture into it and get rid of those crows feet.

 
At 10:17 PM, May 09, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget about the glow in the dark refrigerator white teeth.

 
At 3:33 AM, May 10, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am happy to see vultures come in and treat tv news people like a commodity....all of them are arrogant know it alls. Who needs news in high def. I mean I never inspect dog crap with a magnifying glass....so I why do I need to see crap local news in hi-def. The Jeffersons could get higher ratings than most local news.

 
At 12:38 PM, May 10, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go sleep it off 3:33 AM.

Has anyone at KATV left since this news broke?

 
At 1:57 PM, May 10, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A dentist told me that some people pay upwards of two-thousand dollars per tooth to get them whitened. Kinda looks false when you see them in an ad and their teeth are whiter than anything else in the picture. False-looking teeth, false people.

And there is still the weather guesser that continues to say nyune and nyews. Amateur.

 
At 2:09 PM, May 10, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, all this false/fake looking people are the standard. And it's not just in broadcasting. I have several friends and relatives with fake hair, fake eyes, fake teeth, fake breasts, and fake nails, but all of them are looking for a "real man."

 
At 3:15 PM, May 10, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know quite a few resume tapes have been sent out by KATV peeps. They are scared.

 
At 3:21 PM, May 10, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. If they are sending out tapes then they aren't real bright.

 
At 4:04 PM, May 10, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "real man" post is hilarious. It's good to see humor on here every once in a while.

 
At 9:29 PM, May 10, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're welcome. and it's so true isn't it?

 
At 12:00 AM, May 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good one 2:09. That is to funny!

 
At 7:19 AM, May 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loves me some Jessica Dean!

 
At 9:32 AM, May 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@3:15
The on-air talent shouldn't be scared. They're safe, as is sales. Everyone else it's open season.

 
At 10:25 AM, May 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ever happened to Bret Cumming?

 
At 10:51 AM, May 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI A new owner for KATV is going to cut staff on and off air to increase profit. If you think they will keep both Ned and Barry you are smoking crack.

They also will go with one female anchor for 5,6,10. Why will they pay two female anchors to anchor pm newscast? Now they might move Beth or Christina to a anchor report position.

They might also cut Scott from doing Razorback games. It will not be a homer company that will come in here. They will not give a crap about anything but profit.

And to the KATVers that laugh because we say get rid of Reene, she may be a top sales person but she has no business on air and that's what we are talking about.

 
At 10:57 AM, May 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pointless speculation. New owners are going to cut staffers, cheapen the product, the folks who get laid off will move on to another station or get out of the business. Same story. Same crap, different call letters. In short, it's the same soap opera, just different actors (and fewer of them),

 
At 12:45 PM, May 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spot on 10:57 AM. That's the reality, and the future, of broadcasting.

 
At 6:18 PM, May 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:51 is right on about the obnoxious sales/movie reviewer. Through in Kat, Big Red, Christina, Big Mel, Outdoor Voice Alyson & the hair boy out the door & viewers won't miss them. More Beth & Erin on the anchor desk I say!!!

 
At 8:53 PM, May 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is the hair boy?

 
At 8:59 PM, May 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roger the hair boy who can't keep is hands still on the unfortunate nights KATV let's him anchor

 
At 11:14 PM, May 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG, that 2:09 "real men" post is so funny!!!

 
At 9:34 PM, May 12, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so easy to tell who stalks this site. 8:59 answers a question 6 minutes after it's asked? Too funny. I hadn't noticed Roger's active hands--but I'll take them over the other jokers KATV throws out there on the weekend. Matt Johnson was great on the desk and should have gotten the weekend job!

 
At 10:42 PM, May 12, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I asked who hair boy is. I really didn't know. I didn't answer my own question and I have nothing against Roger or anyone else. To be honest, I thought they might be talking about Todd, but I couldn't figure out why they'd like to get rid of him. But then getting rid of Roger seems dumb to me too.

Sincerely,

A supportive friend to all

 
At 10:45 PM, May 12, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@9:34 you would take Johnson over Erin Hawley? You are either gay or smoking crack.

 
At 8:58 AM, May 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:53, I was not bashing you. I was making fun of the person who answered your question. I also wasn't sure who he was talking about when he said, "hair boy."

 
At 1:35 PM, May 13, 2013, Anonymous Former Broadcaster said...

I so don't miss any of this crap.

 
At 3:40 PM, May 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes you do and so does the same commenter that keeps talking about how bad TV news is. If you didn't, you wouldn't be on this site.

 
At 3:59 PM, May 13, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you had to choose between the two, which company would you rather work for: Sinclair or Nexstar? Please give your reasons as to why one or why not the other.

Sinclair looks like the better option between the two, IMO.

 
At 6:36 AM, May 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big Mel's a little overdressed this morning to read the weather, let alone to interview the plant man. Looks like she 's going to a formal tea party...

 
At 9:10 AM, May 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@3:40 PM

There are more then two former broadcasters posting on here.

 
At 9:45 AM, May 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are people starting to leave ahead of this buyout? There were several who did ahead of the recent FOX16 buyout.

 
At 10:31 AM, May 14, 2013, Anonymous J said...

No one is leaving Channel Seven. No need to.

 
At 1:16 PM, May 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yes there is.

 
At 1:33 PM, May 14, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure they won't be missed.

 
At 6:08 AM, May 16, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's better than waking up to Beth Hunt on KATV?? Erin Hawley instead!!! What a treat & break from posing Big Mel & I use my outdoor voice Alyson...

 
At 8:06 AM, May 16, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Alyson could do weekends until she learns to speak normally.

 
At 8:19 AM, May 16, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can someone over there tell Christina that the jumpsuit blouses she wears look like she's ready to pose for Rosy the Riveter photos? You are a girl Christina... dress like it!

 
At 8:30 AM, May 16, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

True!!! This is not a dress rehearsal, Christina.

 
At 8:40 AM, May 16, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm for moving Alyson to weekends until she can learn to lower her voice. #everyvotecounts

 
At 11:42 AM, May 17, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Been out of town for a week. Anything new on this possible buy out? Anyone leaving yet? What's going on?

 
At 2:19 PM, May 17, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of talk in the trades of ABC buying DC and front runner is Sinclair for the rest.

 
At 6:57 PM, May 17, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, so nothings changed then. Thanks for the update.

 
At 10:27 PM, May 17, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Christina wearing a blue jean jacket tonight smiling, laughing & reading the news?? Glad she had no hard news to read, just no credibility whatsoever in being considered a "journalist". Anyone can read the news...

 
At 9:38 AM, May 18, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

News readers are all we require now.

 
At 6:17 PM, May 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ABC is going to get WJLA. Newchannel 8 and everything else goes to Sinclair. Paper work filed with FCC.

 
At 7:12 PM, May 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That didn't take long.

 
At 7:49 PM, May 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scary if true.

 
At 8:55 PM, May 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Pard go with the rest of the stuff?

 
At 11:51 PM, May 20, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Just wow. That couldn't have gone worse.

 
At 12:15 AM, May 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know, right?

 
At 7:32 AM, May 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exit stage right.

 
At 8:55 AM, May 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So many of us left channel 4 for this?

 
At 11:09 AM, May 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Turn out the lights. The party's over. They say that all, good things must end. Turn out the lights. The party's over, and tomorrow starts the same old thing again."

 
At 3:29 PM, May 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

for the KATV rank and file the new owners will not be that different. For the bloated, self-important, dead weight at the top it will be a different story.

First you'll get a new GM who will bring in their own set of managers. Everyone below management should be okay unless the new owners want to centralize certain aspects of the operation.

 
At 7:34 PM, May 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still waiting on the evidence that this actually occured. Links? Anything? I'm not saying it's not true, but what are we going on here?

 
At 8:57 PM, May 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone else catch KARK's TWO RETRACTIONS online today? Reporting bad info like CNN, I bet they get their asses sued by that chick's mom. Embarrassing.

 
At 11:39 PM, May 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That chick's mom is most likely a crack whore. Doubt she wants to visit a courtroom on purpose.

 
At 11:59 PM, May 21, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a weird way to divert the attention on the impending explosion at 7. "Hey 4 had to to retract stuff!" Pathetic.

Well I am sorry that is happening to you all anyway. Seems like you had a great run as of late. Sinclair will change that. They do not understand the idea that quality and good people matter. All they know is it's easier to sell cheap airtime.

 
At 7:08 AM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

K A R K 4 has gotten B A D.It's really telling when a retraction isn't considered bad by those in the industry. Let alone 2 retractions.

 
At 7:13 AM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try to stir up stuff at 4. Good luck. We all know things are great. Good luck with the sale!

 
At 7:58 AM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll see how sanctimonious 7 people are when they have to deal the same kind of conditions. And if Pederson thinks Sinclair will put up with his ridiculously comfy position, he's sorely mistaken.

 
At 8:03 AM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep and kiss that "pine bluff bureau" goodbye too.

 
At 8:09 AM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 deep on morning producers? Bahahaha!!! That'll be laughed right out of the takeover meeting.

 
At 8:26 AM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No kidding! What kind of thumb twiddling does the 3rd producer do?

 
At 8:57 AM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess they just sit around and kick your ass.

 
At 10:17 AM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, so it's Sinclair after all? Just be thankful it's not Deathstar.

 
At 10:39 AM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What were the two retractions? i didn't see them on kark's website.

 
At 3:10 PM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 10:39 AM: The two retractions were on their coverage of the Verizon Arena shooting. You can see it here : http://arkansasmatters.com/fulltext?nxd_id=665212

 
At 3:14 PM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The third producer at KATV is their Saturday AM producer. From what I understand, he comes in just in time to essentially a PA for the weekday crew then hangs around later than the weekday producers to book guests for his own show.

 
At 3:18 PM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the good old days when a person would be on KATV, a few hours later we'd get a call wanting information about the guest. Funny thing is caller id would show KTHV.

 
At 4:12 PM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In developing situations, the info received from police changes. I'm just glad to see someone had the balls to post about a correction instead of covering up the fact the information was incorrect. Most of the time stations just ignore there was an issue.

 
At 4:43 PM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, it's ok to go with incorrect information, with no attribution to police ("witnesses" were the ones used as sources) as long as you have the balls to go back and put in the correct information later. What kind of journalism are we teaching? Don't let the facts get in the way of being "First"

 
At 5:40 PM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is hardly an impending implosion for KATV. An earlier poster who described this is probably dangerous for the GM & possibly top tier management (general sales manager, news director) is most in line with how things will likely go down.

Even outside of news, when there is a buyout, the new owners want their own people at the very top. It's just to be expected. Everyone else - especially when you've been dominating the market - will likely be fine.

Callbacks to layoffs at Fox16 after Nexstar/Mission bought out Newport are unnecessarily doomsday-esque. Layoffs that bad only happen during mergers. Since Nexstar now owns or "operates" four of the six full-powered stations in Little Rock, there's no way they will get KATV even if they do make a play for some of the other Allbritton stations. And Gannett isn't really in a place to be buying any more stations at this point. That means it will be a straight buy - not a merger. Again, cuts at the top are to be expected but the majority of KATV employees will be fine.

 
At 8:25 PM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ 5:40 PM

You'll be singing a different tune when you get paid off.

 
At 8:26 PM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Severance is AWESOME!

 
At 10:13 PM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:18,

That was probably your current News Director.

 
At 10:18 PM, May 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:40 brings up a valid point. There may not be a big lay off like there was with the recent FOX16 buy out. However, with all the buy outs, consolidations, and reductions in staffing over the past several year, we all know it is more likely we will face a lay off sometime in the near future. It is our choice to either continue on in broadcasting, or move on to another career field.

 
At 7:58 AM, May 23, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think there will be layoffs. I doubt it will be talent related, but talent will be asked to do things producers, photogs and editors have done in the past. Reporters can obviously shoot and edit their stories, and there's no reason anchors can't write their own scripts. Easy cuts.

I'm not in the biz anymore - so I don't have a horse in this race - but that's how it looks from afar. And that's the same perspective new owners have.

 
At 11:01 AM, May 23, 2013, Anonymous Joey the Garden Cat said...

Meow meow meow MEOW meow meow meow meow, purr!

Translated...

Can't wait for Pederson to rub the back of my neck!

 

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