Friday, August 22, 2014

Former Allbritton Exec Named Group Manager for Sinclair

Sinclair Broadcasting has named a group manager for the Little Rock/Tulsa/Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA markets.  The new owners of KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock has hired James Killen to oversee the operations in these markets and others to be determined.  In a news release Killen had this to say:

 β€œI am thrilled to join Sinclair as Group Managerfor these markets,” commented Mr. Killen. β€œIt will be an exciting new chapter for me, continuingto work with some of the best run stations in the country, while having the luxury of utilizing all of the new tools that Sinclair offers. It is refreshing to join a company that sees the long term value of our industry and is willing to invest in our stations to make sure we continue to be market leaders.” 

Killen was previously Vice President of Sales for Allbritton Communications.

41 Comments:

At 9:09 AM, August 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So when does Janelle get her big red butt kicked to the street taking Mershon, Mel, Ned, Barry,et al with her?????

 
At 9:39 AM, August 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why hasn't anyone mentioned that Sinclair owns Ring of Honor wrestling, which is televised mainly in the northeast? I was watching last Monday's Weatherbrains, the weather web show that originates from ABC 33/40 in Birmingham. James Spann, one of the most popular local meteorologists in the United States, is the host. They were joking about being reassigned to be wrestling commentators by Sinclair. ABC 33/40 is like KATV. It was once Albritton and is now Sinclair.

 
At 10:23 PM, August 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So a guy who does nothing continues to do nothing? Awesome.

 
At 11:55 PM, August 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

James Spann is the antithesis of Ned. Does Ned give weather presentations at schools? Does Ned take initiative to be a leader in social media weather information? Would Ned be able to relate to a Monroe County rowcropper?

The best cure for ignorance is to get informed before expressing opinions. YouTube meteorology lectures can be accessed easily.

 
At 9:38 PM, August 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 11:55p,

Love it!

 
At 10:19 PM, August 24, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would Ned need to relate to a Monroe county row cropper? Look, Ned's a fixture, not going anywhere soon and KATV's numbers aren't going down, in fact they have been growing for the past several years. July might be different, but that's the way it has been. What excuse would they have for changing anything? Get real.

 
At 7:55 AM, August 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:10 PM, when did you graduate from clown college?

 
At 7:55 AM, August 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:19

Love it!

 
At 8:11 AM, August 25, 2014, Blogger Alan Jones said...

What is with all the people that don't like Janelle. I don't know her, never met her, not even sure I have seen her out and about.

However in watching her on TV she always seems very professional, knowledgeable and much stronger than some others in the market.

I am posting with my real account to help show I am not just someone trying to hide behind "anonymous"

 
At 8:59 AM, August 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alan, it's probably people who work with her, work on the production crew, or worked alongside her while covering the capitol session. She can sometimes act like a know-it-all snot-nose brat. It's just easier to point her physical flaws than to explain all that.

 
At 10:03 AM, August 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the aggregate problems at KATV (individual personnel issues aside), the culmination of a number of factors may finally cut the powerhouse down. KATV will probably remain number one for a while, but the margin should decrease over the next year. Major talent changes, a piss-poor new owner, ever loosening ties to the Razorbacks, and the decline of news product standards will be felt in the marketplace.

Everyone at KATV points to Ned and the Wheel for salvation, but what about the rest of the staff? Weak reporters, weaker photogs, and forgettable co-anchors don't matter? If that's true, they should just do a half hour of weather and be done with the rest of it.

 
At 10:18 AM, August 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the weak social media presence? If it weren't for the third weather guy's tweets, I'm not sure I'd notice if KATV was gone.

 
At 1:52 PM, August 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think all of the stations have gotten worse in the last couple of years.

 
At 1:54 PM, August 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox 16 and KARK 4 have gotten really bad since they merged. I was never a big fan of Fox 16, but I used to think 4 was pretty good.

 
At 1:59 PM, August 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those Razorback ties are almost non-existent compared to the old days. KARK has a much closer finger to that button.

 
At 7:55 PM, August 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see where katv has a weekend anchor position open. Is Erin leaving or getting promoted?

 
At 8:46 PM, August 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully promoted to the 11 and 5 so my station will have a chance to win evenings. Erin is awful and hard to watch. Ice queen and fake. She could learn a lot from how genuine Beth is.

 
At 11:40 PM, August 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who would want it? "Live from the. SEC toilet...".

 
At 11:52 PM, August 25, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:52 has it right and so does 1:54. O don't know how much more I can stand of that Mickey Mouse "Because health matters/Because education matters/Because frogs matter..." drivel! Do they not understand how stupid that sounds? The whole thing is going to hell in a handcart.

 
At 12:06 AM, August 26, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, every story has two sides, but I agree with Alan. She comes across the airwaves as pleasant, professional and knowledgeable. Perhaps she really is surrounded by a bunch of nincompoops. I don't know. But as long as she's doing a good job then bully for her. And just a word on her supposed "physical flaws", I'm a red-blooded heterosexual male and I think she looks great.

 
At 12:18 AM, August 26, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And end up with what? Your insecure paranoid sociopathic narcissistic arse? My dear, there are clinics and medications for folks just like you. You should really seek out some professional help for your mania. If that fails, there's always the I-430 bridge. Just try not to land on a boat. Makes a big mess.

 
At 12:23 AM, August 26, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who said he/she graduated? Sounds like a dropout to me! :-)

 
At 5:38 AM, August 26, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@12:06, I must be watching someone else. I see Jannele flubbing her lines every time I see her on. I also see her snickering at her own dumb jokes and pronouncing her words with an awkward "valley girl" accent.

As for her looks, from the waist up she is sort of attractive, but every time they show her on that stage with a full body shot, gross! Maybe you're not much of a leg man?

 
At 10:18 PM, August 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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This says it all...

 
At 10:20 PM, August 27, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 1:00 PM, August 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is up with Chris Kane being in the sports department now....he over talks people on the morning set, maybe that is Alyson is always yelling, he thinks he is ESPN material(not). Sinclair needs to look at the Monday-Friday and Saturday early morning show they are losing viewers both shows seems like remakes(bad) of a children show. What happened to news...watching Chris Kane cook breakfast food was when I changed the channel.

 
At 2:09 PM, August 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ratings went way up when Chris joined the show and have pretty well stayed there ever since. And Chris started with the sports department.

 
At 2:14 PM, August 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris does a good job. I enjoy watching him.

 
At 10:24 PM, August 28, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ratings probably suffered with Erin and Janelle on the desk at 5,6 and 10. It's good to see Beth again. Maybe now Erin will stop acting like she owns the place.

 
At 7:09 AM, August 29, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@10:24, Seriously, you'd think Erin was the majority stockholder for Sinclair. I keep checking my pay stubs to see if Erin has signed them.

 
At 12:53 PM, August 29, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Au contraire mon frere. July numbers went up across the board for KATV. All at the expense of THV. KARK scored well too.

 
At 5:45 PM, August 29, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You were looking at some different numbers then. All stations flat and no growth for 7.

 
At 7:13 PM, August 29, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:45 is correct.

 
At 10:14 PM, August 29, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So nice to have Beth back & Erin back to weekends. Way too much Janelle overload. Back in the day KATV would never have considered a granny panty roster of Janelle, Marine, the new female reporter & Mershon on air...

 
At 11:14 PM, August 29, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Times they are a changing......

 
At 2:53 PM, August 30, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What numbers are you comparing? If July to July then 7, 4 and 16 moved theirs numbers up. If you compare since May then of course everyone is down.

 
At 7:32 AM, September 02, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK scored well? You must be kidding.

 
At 10:29 AM, September 03, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how ABusiness hasn't done anything on the May or July numbers. I guess their relationship with the new number 3 station is embarrassing.

 
At 6:49 AM, September 04, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New number 3? THV has been number 3 at 5 and 6 for years.

 
At 9:49 PM, September 06, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cant' think of any program I watch on ABC or 7 (actually UHF Channel 22) but they want to be remembered as Channel 7 for some reason.

 
At 8:23 AM, September 07, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does that statement even mean? How drunk are you?

 

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