Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sinclair Swinging the Axe

This could be a sign of things to come as we get closer to the Sinclair/Allbritton deal being finalized.... TV Spy reports Sinclair Broadcast Group eliminated 30 jobs at stations KOMO/Seattle and KATU/Portland. The two stations recently became a part of the Sinclair family.  A deal is pending between Allbritton and Sinclair for the purchase of Allbritton's TV stations...which includes KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock.

86 Comments:

At 1:36 PM, October 23, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here we go again. I am so thankful I don't have to deal with this any more.

 
At 11:33 AM, October 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey KATV news team this came to mind:

1, 2 they are coming for you......3, 4 go ahead and run out of the door....

 
At 3:28 PM, October 24, 2013, Anonymous Bob Williams said...

Hey 1133AM this came to mind:

YOU are a piece of S**T.
I have friends that work there.

 
At 3:39 PM, October 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i feel bad for anyone about to lose their job in these tough times

 
At 5:19 PM, October 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you plan to stay in broadcasting you better get use to these layoffs. There are more lay offs yet to come.

 
At 6:16 PM, October 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Daybreak is throwing money at viewers this sweeps.

 
At 6:28 PM, October 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That'll make em watch.

 
At 8:44 PM, October 24, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you aren't one of the numerous anchors they seem to have budgets for, you should be ok.

 
At 12:13 AM, October 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Automation. Here it comes. O ye of little faith. You will be replaced.

 
At 12:18 AM, October 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Big Money" may be the most trashy promotion they have. But it works.

Here's to buying your way out of getting spanked again.

 
At 7:18 AM, October 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please spank me!

 
At 8:03 AM, October 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It certainly goes after the lowest class viewer, but we all know the smart ones are watching cable news anyway.

 
At 8:13 AM, October 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think todd should be their num 1 met and let the rest of the weather team go bring in wes moore let reyes sully go give beth a raise to go back to mornings with courtney or move erin to mornings put kane on nights let munoz go put beth or erin in her place

 
At 8:21 AM, October 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No need for spankings. I smell self implosion at the rotting 4th and Main building. By the way, your new reporter dude has serious gay voice problems on air. He sounds like a talking glittered pink pony. But don't worry, I'm sure the super tolerant Arkansans will understand and accept him.

 
At 8:48 AM, October 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's true, growing up in the black Churches, we learn in Leviticus that it is wrong. We may not point fingers but we can always change the channel.

 
At 8:59 AM, October 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah in the black church we say Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve. Yall white folks just ignore the Word.

 
At 9:44 AM, October 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV must not be too worried about money seeing as they sent Erin to Africa for a sweeps story

 
At 10:44 AM, October 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not Pine Bluff or Memphis?

 
At 10:46 AM, October 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK is also promoting a big money giveaway during November - in conjunction with The Voice. Local TV newscasts are so bad and boring, stations have to find ways to make people watch.

 
At 1:00 PM, October 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's time for everyones favorite game show "Dialing for Viewers!!!" Anyone notice how this only seems to crank up during sweeps?

 
At 1:57 PM, October 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:44 - dam! lol

 
At 3:52 PM, October 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@1:00 You mean they actually try to lure viewers during sweeps? What a crazy idea.......

 
At 7:32 PM, October 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@9:44 are you sure they bought her a return ticket?

 
At 11:18 AM, October 26, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@1:00 KARK is not the only Nexstar station that does that.

 
At 8:14 PM, October 27, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone tell your weekend fill in girl to leave her Junior High lip gloss at home. This isn't a dress rehearsal.

 
At 8:46 PM, October 27, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

J, didn't we talk about blending?

 
At 10:27 AM, October 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That giving away money thing is kinda a good idea, at least 3 out of the four local stations think so. Must be THV folks that are bashing it. About normal for them.

 
At 10:39 AM, October 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look closely at KATV's trip to Africa. In the past they have all been paid for by Heifer International, so it's really just a paid promo for the group. Funny ho they never mention that. "If you send a news crew to cover all the great things we're doing, we'll pay for it" While I have no beef with the group, they do great work. I do believe full disclosure is in order.

 
At 12:55 PM, October 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Smart Ass. They aren't traveling with Heifer. Hope you watch real close to see how it's done.

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

It will happen, don't be blinded by the truth. The sales department will for sure be hit, they will come in and change the commissions and everyone will start making less money than they are used too. Master control will be on robot control. They will start a hub on every department they can. I feel sorry for them. Been there in another market when it happened there.

 
At 3:10 PM, October 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like KATV and I don't care why they do what they do or who pays for it. I am a viewer and I like it.

 
At 6:08 PM, October 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:39, Was that a pun? "I have no beef...."

 
At 9:48 PM, October 28, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did the axe get swung on Melinda? She's been MIA for a while

 
At 7:09 AM, October 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The World Series got me thinking... When Fox 16 News is forced to air at 10:00, is it actually recorded? KARK is doing its news at 10:00. Can't do both at the same time. Just wondering...

 
At 9:11 AM, October 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's probably taped because Razorback Nation on 4 HAS to be live. Maybe they can do a segment of the Razorback team actually watching the World Series as it happens. That would be riveting.

 
At 9:55 AM, October 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By January or February they will probably let go either Beth Hunt or Christina Munoz since they both do the exact same thing and then they will probably keep one of the weather guys and call him the chief meteorologist with a decent salary after that they will hire 2 new weather guys just out school and pay them next to nothing .

 
At 11:58 AM, October 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first head to roll will be Mark "I can't believe I kissed Dale's butt this long only to get canned by Sinclair" Rose.

Look at their history. Sinclair likes their people in charge of their stations. They start with the GM. From there it's a toss up whether other management stays.

 
At 5:45 PM, October 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOX16 is taped when there is a conflicted with KARK

 
At 7:17 PM, October 29, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the ratings spike with the World Series, wouldn't it make sense to record Channel 4 and put your energy into Fox?

 
At 7:20 AM, October 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox 16 is taped??? So much for the "Breaking News Leader." News should always be live! But of course, this is a Nexstar station.

 
At 7:45 AM, October 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one notices if news is taped, and every single package we air is previously recorded. Doing a live intro doesn't make it better.

 
At 7:46 AM, October 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if there is breaking news??? Jeez!

 
At 7:50 AM, October 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:46, you don't get it. Television news standards are MUCH lower today. Why not just tape all of them in bulk a week in advance?

 
At 9:40 AM, October 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nexstar I agree with the above poster. It looks bad that it is taped. Bad call. The picture quality is a little different as well. One would think having two stations they could make a smaller set in the newsroom or have a satellite studio like 7 does in the market. 16's could be put in a mall or Promenade.

 
At 11:36 AM, October 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scheduling conflicts are going to happen in a hub situation. One studio for two news stations, and one master control for 10 stations is asking for problems.
Even though they may look bad, canned newscasts, aka pre-recorded newscasts, are not that uncommon. Stations have been doing it for years. Including several of the stations Nexstar/Mission just acquired from ComCorp.

 
At 12:35 PM, October 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Internet has eliminated the importance of worrying about breaking news.

 
At 12:48 PM, October 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That attitude is why 16 and 4 are number 3 and 4 in the ratings and getting worse. I used to like KARK.

 
At 2:31 PM, October 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You poor thing. There is a 12 step program for that.

 
At 3:37 PM, October 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor KARK. They were great back in the days. Then they went tabloid sucked. Then, a few years ago, they seemed to recover. They were very good. Now they are crap again. I try to root for them but they make it challenging.

 
At 4:08 PM, October 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless their hearts.

 
At 4:53 PM, October 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless their hearts is right. Who the heck designed their new set? It looks horrible.

 
At 5:48 PM, October 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not an attitude. It's the truth. Twitter is how things break now. Get with it or get out of the business.

 
At 8:15 PM, October 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Getting out of the business is the way to go. Well, that is if you would like to make more money.

 
At 10:11 PM, October 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good thing KATV does their news live while the rest of us are watching the world series. I really hope no one turned away from the game to watch a report on tips for driving in the rain.

 
At 7:18 AM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just because there is Twitter and ther internet isn't an excuse to give up on television. That's where the money is, not the internet. Plus, a lot of people still watch the news on television. You don't have to pick one or the other. Newscasts should always be live.

 
At 7:42 AM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Viewers gave up television long ago.

 
At 7:54 AM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Viewers do not care about live shots or whether the show live at all. Viewers TiVo most of what they watch anyway. Plus most of a news program is prerecorded anyway. All packages and vosots are done previously. Weather is the only thing that is largely done live. Get over yourself.

 
At 8:37 AM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless you heart.

 
At 9:38 AM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who does this "bless you heart" person think she is talking to?

 
At 9:44 AM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

News is normally done live for no other reason than that's the way it always has been up until now. It is no longer necessary in most instances. When it is neccesary, we break in whether we are in a news block or not.

 
At 9:53 AM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I certainly hope you do not work in the news department. If you do, it must be at 4/16. Again, what if there is breaking news during that time period? Don't be lazy.

 
At 9:58 AM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your lazy attitude is why fewer people are watching "local" television news. It will be the death of the industry and you will wonder what happened.

 
At 10:26 AM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has nothing to do with lazyness. It's just reality.

Fewer people are watching local news because it is not convenient. And the content isn't interesting when they do tune in.

Wading through stories about driving tips in the rain to get to a story someone might not have laughed at is the problem. But hey, at least the reporter was live. That's what matters right?

 
At 1:34 PM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you. The content on local news has become a joke. That's because of laziness in newsrooms. I'm not saying that reporters should be live.. I'm saying newscasts should be live. As a viewer, I expect up to the minute news coverage. If a plane goes down, if there is a fire or explosion or something else. I want LIVE coverage. Newsrooms have become extremely inexperienced and lazy.

 
At 1:38 PM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For goodness sake. Channel 7's newsteam is doing funny videos posing as the Adams Family or the cast of "Friends." Don't you guys actually cover the news anymore????

 
At 6:32 PM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think about some of the true "celebrities" who have come through this town, and all of them would be appalled at how the no-names at 7 are acting. It's not about you and it never was. People don't think it's funny because outside of Ned they have no idea who you are, much less who you are pretending to be.

 
At 7:21 PM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you. Finally some sense on this blog.

 
At 8:22 PM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to local television news this week, I learned how to drive a car in the rain and superstitious ways to predict the weather!!

 
At 8:25 PM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coming up this weekend I'll be reminded to check my smoke detector!

 
At 10:21 PM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First we will debate the nutritional value of peaches.

 
At 11:35 PM, October 31, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The time is coming for the fat/hangerons/we pay you to do what to be trimmed at KATV. My $$ are on Ned, Barry, Pederson, Joan, Christina the cheese, Shapiro, at least not being on air, Melinda I'll take an online class to be a met to stay on air & ALYSON YES IM LOUD...

 
At 7:34 AM, November 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey the rain stopped! How do we drive on the dry pavement, KATV?

 
At 11:28 AM, November 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the world of "now," what we purport to want from our efforts to civilize, and this includes the Forth Estate, is to reveal what is true and what is right--virtuous goals unlikely to be fully achieved.
That said, as one small step away from the abyss, while we in our "profession" watch TV news devolve, please, in the interest of "truth," refrain from any implication that speculative content is "news" or real "journalism." And while you are at it, drop the pretense that much of that being served up as news content today is anything but garbage.
Maybe, should we ever apply the above standards to all of journalism, by whatever method of transmission, the Truth will ultimately prevail.
Then, perhaps, along with the Truth will come what is right.
True Journalists--including those dwindling numbers in TV news --will continue seeking the elusive path to the truth, or, as so many have done, die trying.
The rest of you shut up. Better yet, before you do that, reveal to your audience what you truly are--media whores. Then you can shut up. And go away.

 
At 3:30 PM, November 01, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it always sunny up there in your ivory tower?

 
At 7:42 AM, November 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations 11:28, that was the most convoluted, pretentious, nonsensical load of crap I've read in a long time.

 
At 9:46 AM, November 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK 7:24
I agree. Now that I have your attention with that deliberately "pretentious load of crap,” what I meant to do was state the obvious that few in the business like to talk about:

Local TV news is 90% sell-out bullshit manufactured by management, sales and consultants. Maybe 10% of what gets through is true journalism.
The "deciders" wouldn't be playing it that way if they didn't make more money than by telling the truth. That’s a lesson the tabloids learned a generation ago.
The few dedicated "hangers on" in local TV better stay in there. If they do, maybe things will finally swing the other way as the bullshit TV newscasts continue to lose viewers and real journalism and the truth will return to” Eyewitless, Action, Live Local and Latebreaking “ Coverage You Can’t Count On” because we are “ Investigators” who are always working hard to be “On YOUR Side”

 
At 1:04 PM, November 03, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Your Side? Coverage You Can Count On? Thanks for the op-ed Shreveport.

 
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