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Little Rock Reporter Moves to Sales Department

lewis cropped katvKATV reporter Justin Lewis has announced he will become an account executive for the Little Rock ABC affiliate.

“In June, I will be stepping away from the television camera, but not leaving KATV,” Lewis wrote on his facebook page. “I’ve enjoyed my two years at Channel 7, but have decided I want different things out of my work and life in general.”

Lewis started at KATV in June 2012. His first job in local TV was with WTVA in Tupelo, MS.

[Arkansas TV News]

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FAA Looking Into Drone Footage of Arkansas Tornado Damage

The FAA is looking into a KATV photographer’s use of a drone to shoot footage of tornado damage in Arkansas, Mashable’s Jason Abbruzzese reports. The photographer, Brian Emfinger, tweeted a link to the YouTube video of the drone footage he shot in the aftermath of a tornado in Mayflower, Ark.

Emfinger’s video was a topic of discussion during a panel discussion on drones at yesterday’s TVNewser Show (if you missed the video of the drone demonstration, see it here). During the talk, C. Andrew Keisner, an intellectual property and litigation attorney, predicted the FAA would start cracking down on drone usage by journalists: “According to the FAA, it’s illegal,” he said.

Not All Little Rock Stations Agree on Drone Use for News

drone_AP_304Arkansas Business reports about the emerging use of drones in the Little Rock market.

Local drone pilot Tim Trieschmann told AB he owns three remote helicopters and uses them to shoot video for NBC affiliate KARK, CBS affiliate KTHV, and FOX affiliate KLRT. Trieschmann said he sees it as a cheaper alternative to using a helicopter.

In our TVNewser Show on April 29th, we will be discussing the increasing use of drones in journalism.

Austin Kellerman, news director for KARK-KLRT, said he agreed with Trieschmann. “sometimes the quality of video and perspective isn’t all that great. It can be almost distracting; depending on the setup, the camera might shake and the video would not necessarily be that clean.”

ABC affiliate KATV told AB it uses a drone owned by a station photographer to shoot stories. But not all stations agree on using the unmanned vehicles for news purposes.

“We’re not utilizing drones,” said Michael Caplan, general manager of KTHV.

Trieschmann’s work for that station has been for promotional videos only, not for news coverage.

Caplan said one reason the station isn’t using Trieschmann or other drone operators for breaking news is because of uncertain regulation surrounding the tech. Read more

KATV Anchor Leaving TV for University Job

munoz_katv croppedKATV anchor Christina Munoz is leaving the Little Rock ABC affiliate to work as associate VP of Communications, PR, and Marketing at the University of Central Arkansas, according to Arkansas Business.

“She is trusted and respected by her peers and widely recognized as one of the best communicators of our time,” UCA president Tom Courtway said in a statement. ”Her professionalism, expertise and reputation are unmatched in the communications field.”

Munoz has worked at KATV for almost 10 years. Before working at KATV, she was a reporter and fill-in anchor at KDLH in Duluth, MN. She will be going by Madsen, her married name, at the university.

Sunday Political Show Jumping Little Rock Stations

KATV304Little Rock political show “Talk Business & Politics” and host Roby Brock are moving from NBC affiliate KARK to ABC affiliate KATV Sunday.

“Roby has built a strong following in Arkansas with his in-depth coverage of local business and politics,” said KATV news director Nick Genty in a statement. “We welcome him to our team and know that our strong coverage with ‘KATV’s Election Central’ will get even stronger as a result on the air and online at KATV.com.”

The show will air at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning following ABC’s “This Week.” KATV anchor Scott Inman and reporter Janelle Lilley will join the show.

Brock will also appear on KATV’s newscasts as a regular political commentator and analyst.

KATV Meteorologist Apologizes for Bad Forecast

yakoubian katv croppedKATV meteorologist Todd Yakoubian apologized to viewers on his blog and his facebook page after he said he blew a recent forecast.

“I don’t think anyone takes it as bad as I do when it comes to busting a forecast. I’m very sorry,” Yakoubian wrote on his facebook page. “For the longest time, there really appeared to be a winter weather threat, but the first clue nothing would materialize happened last Sunday night. I remember seeing the afternoon and evening model runs really cut back on the precipitation and that’s when I should have bailed on the snow forecast.”

As of this writing, 2,681 people liked his facebook post. For perspective, the Little Rock DMA has about 571,000 households.

[Arkansas TV News]

Little Rock Station Dedicates Studio to Former General Manager


KATV, the ABC affiliate for Little Rock, AR, has named its news studio in honor of Dale Nicholson.

Current general manager Mark Rose announced the dedication of the studio in honor of Nicholson who had worked at KATV for more than 50 years, 30 of those spent as general manager.

Nicholson is credited with influencing the careers of many in the industry, “They’re working in Philadelphia, they’ve worked in New York, they’ve worked in LA,” said Rose. “His knowledge of the news side really was influential in their lives and getting them on the right path and he has just touched so many people, he really has.”

The station’s owners, the Allbritton’s donated $5000.00 to the newly created “Dale Nicholson Scholarship.”

[Arkansas TV News]

KATV Brings On Elicia Dover as Reporter

Little Rock, AR, ABC affiliate KATV has hired Elicia Dover as a reporter.

“We are extremely excited to have Elicia in the KATV family,” KATV news director Nick Genty told TVSpy. “She’s a bright, professional, solid reporter that will fit right in at KATV.  She grew up just south of Little Rock in Bryant, Arkansas, so this is coming back home for her.”

Dover, who is currently a digital journalist at ABC News, starts in September. She tweeted about the move saying, “Excited to announce I’m going to be a reporter for the Little Rock #Arkansas @ABC affiliate @KATVNews starting in September.”

Roger Susanin Leaving Little Rock For Nashville

Roger Susanin has announced his departure from KATV, the ABC affiliate in Little Rock, Ark.

“After 4 great years in Little Rock, I am leaving Channel 7. I have accepted a position as a reporter at a station in Nashville,” Susanin wrote on KATV’s Facebook page. “I am very excited but also overwhelmed about leaving a place that I love.”

Susanin, a general assignment reporter at KATV, signs off today.

Former KATV GM Dale Nicholson Dies

Dale Nicholson, former general manager of Little Rock, AR, ABC affiliate KATV has died.

The station announced his death on its facebook page, “We have some sad news to pass along…we’re saying goodbye to an old friend of KATV’s tonight. Our Chairman and former General Manager Dale Nicholson died at his home in Little Rock last night. He was 74.”

Nicholson retired from KATV after 34 years as GM in October 2009. Read more

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