Monday, March 17, 2014

Trouble in Paradise?

This from the tip jar:

Regarding your post about Pat Simon and KSLA: A similar situation is unfolding at KATV with Christina Munoz. Reports from sources say KATV news director refuses to let Munoz out of her contract to take the job in PR at UCA in Conway. Munoz has reportedly hired a lawyer, so this could get ugly.

46 Comments:

At 9:21 PM, March 17, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

 
At 6:11 AM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has got to be coming from someone higher than the ND. Allbritton must be scared about the Sinclair deal.

 
At 7:26 AM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering why she didn't say goodbye on air.

 
At 7:41 AM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Show up for work. Cop an attitude. Do a lousy job. Have break down on air. They will probably relent on that contract.

 
At 7:57 AM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If people know that they may be gone because of layoffs to slash salaries, it makes sense for them to leave. Is some control freak upset that she beat them to the punch?

 
At 8:02 AM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This must be coming from DC. Nick and Mark are shockingly clueless about what is going on.

 
At 8:06 AM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This should help morale at 7. Hopefully viewers will realize how people are treated at these places! It takes a 7 and a 4 to equal 11!!!

 
At 8:43 AM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the spirit of arkansas ain't so great after all.

 
At 8:50 AM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they need a new brand.
" 7 on It's Side" as in Train wreck.

 
At 10:15 AM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how they didn't kick up any fuss when Pam Smith took a local PR job.

 
At 12:58 PM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would a business, in any industry, want to keep a person on staff that wants to quit? Especially if they are leaving said industry (they will not be a competitor.) Must be some "control issues" with 7's management, or jealousy that she found a good gig before they did as the ship begins taking on water/Sinclair.

 
At 1:08 PM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are just trying to scare the other people with contracts now that the exodus is in full swing. They know they can't win this, but not everyone can afford a lawyer to fight it like Munoz can.

 
At 4:52 PM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope she busts their chops. They shouldn't complain since they will likely replace her with someone making less.

 
At 6:10 PM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her bio is no longer on the KATV website.

 
At 7:52 PM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not paradise, it's more like fantasy island. I think the plane is leaving now.

 
At 10:12 PM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is getting the weekend gig. Kat?????

 
At 10:15 PM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one needs to get the weekend gig. They already have an anchor.

 
At 11:35 PM, March 18, 2014, Anonymous roger sues anon said...

Erin Hawley is the weekend anchor and a darn fine one at that.

 
At 5:16 AM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is katv going to pull the lever on Beth and Erin decision? Kat would be a great pick to replace Erinon weekends!!!!!

 
At 6:57 AM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me guess... Kat is also "next in line," right? Are you going to come on here and campaign for that every time someone leaves?

 
At 7:11 AM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone seen Erin do a weekday newscast? No? There's your decision.

 
At 8:07 AM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sinking ship. Advertisers dropping after Church updated the playback server, which now cuts off the beginning of the first commercial in each break, and his solution? Make all commercials 2 frames shorter. So many people have already left that we are hugely under staffed.

 
At 8:23 AM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ship will be fine. It will just have a different crew and captain.

 
At 8:48 AM, March 19, 2014, Blogger the oBserver said...

Since when is it wrong to expect someone to HONOR the contract that they signed!!????
You people need to get a clue.....

 
At 8:52 AM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Signing a contract to not appear on other television stations is one thing, extending that to not being able to work in another industry is quite another.

 
At 8:57 AM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arkansas is a right to work state so she'll get out of it pretty easy.

 
At 9:10 AM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course she can get out of it. 1:08 is correct that this is more about scaring the rank and file reporters who can't afford lawyers than pretending KATV can do anything about her decision.

 
At 9:20 AM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She started at UCA this week. I find it funny that here KATV Facbook profile is still active.

 
At 9:24 AM, March 19, 2014, Blogger the oBserver said...

A contract is a contract. Perhaps you folks in broadcasting should consider that. She was not forced to sign the contract or to accept the job. A deal is a deal. Apparently that does not apply to the people who work in your industry.

 
At 9:31 AM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Observer,
The laws of this state and country supersede any contract that a private company comes up with. If you buy a car, sign the contract, and then decide you don't want that car after all – you have a finite amount of time to bring it back without penalty. The dealership may not like it, but that is the law. The same is true with this type of contract. You are correct that no one forced her to sign it, but the law states that in this instance she cannot be held to it.

 
At 10:03 AM, March 19, 2014, Blogger the oBserver said...

931AM:
I had no idea that attorneys were now posting on this blog. If the contract was unenforceable, why are the parties hiring lawyers? The difference in this and your example is that the purchase contract for the car spells out the right to rescind. If Christina's contract contained a similar clause, there would be no argument.

 
At 10:06 AM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are going to look like jerkoffs if they push this issue very far. They need to just suck it up & move on. They have an opportunity to pay someone less - they should be thrilled. At the end of the day it's all about making the bean counters happy anyway.

 
At 10:28 AM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Observer,
The type of legal loophole that makes the contract unenforceable was not the point of that example. I simply was stating another type of it that you might be familiar with.

To go into further detail – I invite you research right-to-work and non-compete contract laws. I think you will find rather quickly that for them to be enforceable, the two companies must be direct competitors in most cases. In other words, if she had decided to take a position at KARK, KATV might have a valid argument that could hold up in court. (I say might because there are actually even more loopholes that prevent companies from forcing someone to work for them, but I digress). In this case, a university is in no way a direct competitor and even if there is language in her contract prohibiting her from taking that type of position, it would be easily dismissed in the eyes of the court.

I don't have to be a lawyer to understand these situations. This is not the first time something like this has happened.

 
At 10:37 AM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV remained #1 after Karen Fuller left. KATV remained #1 after Kate Sullivan left. KATV will remain #1 now that Christina Munoz has left. This is much ado about nothing. Doomsayers have been predicting Channel 7's demise for 15 years. There is not a Nostradamus among you.

 
At 10:48 AM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KATV might not remain #1 in the coming years, but it will not be because one person left.

 
At 4:44 PM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@10:37, that's because the domination has/had nothing to do with who is/was sitting in the chair, and everything to do with the Wheel. As the saying goes, "It's better to be lucky than good."

 
At 7:55 PM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really Katv are you for real? Your suppose to be the # 1 station and you got people leaving left and right. What does that say for Katv? People are fed up with the crap that goes on there. No one has to answer to anyone for anything they do there. Like tear up vehicles,etc..Katv suck it up!! No management at all. Free run station. Problem no one gives a crap other than money not the people or what there shots look like..Go with the flow KATV..Sinclair will clean clocks there.

 
At 10:06 PM, March 19, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@7:55 You may have valid points somewhere in there, but you write like a high school student. FYI, that makes a lot of people dismiss anything you have to say.

 
At 2:08 PM, March 20, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IMHO, if UCA was listed as a stock in the market it just got a big lift. Stay golden Christina!!

 
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At 3:25 PM, March 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing like an anchor leaving to make you realize how little they really do.

 
At 8:02 PM, March 22, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen. If a producer, photog, or editor is out,the world is at a stand still. If an anchor leaves, we can get by just fine.

 
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A lot of good that nuisance is doing.

 
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