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Monroe-El Dorado

Man Arrested After Attacking KTVE-KARD Reporter

An Arksansas man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and commercial burglary after he allegedly attacked KTVE-KARD reporter Brea Douglas.

Douglas was leaving the stations’ El Dorado newsroom Sunday when the suspect, Demetrian McElroy, “forced Douglas back into the Main Street newsroom, held her down and showed a knife,” according to KTVE-KARD.

McElroy ran off after two people heard Douglas’ screams and came to help. Douglas was able to identify McElroy on Tuesday. He is currently in jail on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

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Bob Walters Joins KNOE as News Director

There’s a new news director at KNOE, according to Jake’s DTV Blog: Bob Walters began at the CBS affiliate in Monroe, La. this week.

Walters joined the station, which is Hoak Media operates as part of a duopoly with KAQY, Parker Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate, on Monday. He spent more than 10 years as news director of WTVW in Evansville, becoming news director of WEHT when the stations merged last year. He was cut from the stations in June.

As Jake’s DTV Blog notes, he will be competing with his former employer, Nexstar Broadcasting, in his new role. Nexstar owns Fox-affiliated KARD and operates NBC-affiliated KTVE.

Veteran Monroe Anchor John Denison Leaving KNOE

John Denison, a longtime anchor at Monroe CBS-affiliate KNOE, is leaving the station at the end of this month.

“I’ve been doing this a long time, but there are many things I want to do and can do while I’m able,” Denison told the News Star. “I’ve wanted to do some long-form writing, volunteering and travel, and that’s what I plan to do.”

Denison joined KNOE in 1981 and worked at the station for 11 years before joining rival KTVE. He rejoined KNOE in 2003 after a three-year sabbatical from television. His last broadcast will be February 29.

In addition to anchoring the station’s weekday primetime newscasts, Denison is managing editor of KNOE.

KNOE Not Liable For Suicide In Louisiana Sexual Assault Case, Court Rules

A state appeals court in Louisiana has ruled that KNOE, the CBS-affiliate in Monroe, is not liable for a suicide that occurred while the station was reporting on a sexual assault in Ruston, LA.

In 2007, Gina Koons, a student at Lousiana Center for the Blind, reported that she had been sexually assaulted on campus. She reported the incident to police and contacted KNOE, who assigned Mike McDaniel to report on the story. (McDaniel has since joined WLBT in Jackson.) In his report, which aired on the station’s 10 p.m. newscast, McDaniel identified Samuel Johnston Jr. as the alleged attacker.

Johnston killed himself after the story aired. In March 2008, Johnston’s surviving family — his wife and two daughters — sued the station for defamation and false light invasion of privacy. Read more

Ed Ortelli Named GM at KNOE-KAQY Duopoly

Ed Ortelli, who has worked for 28 years in television sales and general management roles, has been named president and general manager of KNOE-KAQY, the Hoak Media-operated duopoly serving Monroe, LA and El Dorado, AR.

Ortelli will take the helm at the two stations — which also operate the CW affiliate, NNOE, on a digital subchannel of KNOE — on September 19. He will report to Rich Adams, the chief operating officer of Hoak Media.

“I know our employees look forward to Ed’s leadership and vision, and we are confident that his broad skills will help grow this legacy television operation for the benefit of our advertisers and viewers alike,” Hoak Media CEO Eric Van den Branden said in a statement.

According to Broadcasting & Cable, Ortelli’s past positions include general sales manager at KPRC in Houston and station manager at KVOA in Tucson.

John Walton Becomes Latest KARD-KTVE News Director

John Walton, who most recently served as an executive producer at regional cable news station Central Florida News 13, has been named news director of KARD-KTVE, a Nexstar-owned duopoly serving the Monroe, LA-El Dorado, AR market.

“John began his career in Louisiana and was looking for an opportunity to return to his home state. I believe he is the right fit for our team,” said  said general manager Jerry Jones in announcing the hiring. “He has all the tools to take these two stations to the next level of in-depth, substantive news coverage. We’re proud to have him in the Nexstar family.”

A Louisiana native, Walton attended Southern University in Baton Rouge and worked as a producer at nearby WAFB early in his career. Read more