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Arkansas Meteorologist Heads Home to Maine

southard kfsmTyler Southard is leaving Fort Smith, Arkansas CBS affiliate KFSM to work in his home state of Maine.

“At the end of November I will be ending my time at 5NEWS and moving back to my home state of Maine where I will be taking a Chief Meteorologist position,” Southard posted on his facebook page.

Southard told TVSpy he’s going to work for startup cable station VStv in Rockport, Maine.

Before working for KFSM, Southard worked at WGXA in Macon, Ga.

[Arkansas TV News]

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Ashley Beck Back at KFSM After Illness

beck_kfsm croppedAshley Beck is back on air at KFSM.

The anchor for the Fort Smith, Ark. CBS affiliate told viewers on facebook she was “in the hospital, focusing on my body and trying to get better after ignoring being sick for months. Glad to be back and HEALTHY!”

She told TVSpy, “I took some time off, and I’m glad to be back,” but didn’t reply when asked about the hospital stay she mentioned in her facebook post.

[Arkansas TV News]

Fred McClure Retires from KFSM After 45 years

Fred McClure is retiring today after 45 years at Fort Smith, Ark. CBS affiliate KFSM.

TVSpy knows every station has a Fred McClure who deserves a “thank you” for doing what they do best, working hard, making others look good.

News director Rick Bagley told TVSpy, McClure has worked as an editor, a photographer, a newscast producer, a special projects producer, assignment manager and news director.

“Fred is the kind of employee every manager wants in their shop,” Bagley told staffers. “There is nothing he can’t or won’t do.”

Bagley added, “Fred also quietly does the dirty dishes in the break room, takes out the election night pizza boxes and kills the occasional newsroom mouse. Fred’s retirement is our loss. Congratulations Fred. Best wishes on a new chapter of life and a well-deserved vacation.”

CBS Switching Affiliates in Indianapolis

CBSEyeCBS has announced it is switching affiliates — from WISH to WTTV — in the Indianapolis market. WTTV, currently the CW affiliate in Indianapolis, will be the CBS affiliate beginning January 1, 2015.

WTTV is the sister station to WXIN, the market’s Fox affiliate. Tribune has owned WTTV since 2002. It has been a CW affiliate since 2006; prior to that, it was an affiliate of The WB and, earlier, UPN. WTTV was the second station to go on the air in the market, in 1949, and was an NBC and ABC affiliate throughout the 1950s.

As part of the shift, Tribune will move the CW to digital channel 4.2, leaving WISH as an independent station as of January 1. WISH had been the CBS station in Indianapolis since 1956. Tribune already has plans to produce local newscasts for the new CBS affiliate. WXIN resources will likely be tapped to get the new WTTV newscasts on the air. Right now, WXIN produces 10.5 hours of news every day.

wttvTribune also announced it has renewed existing agreements with its other CBS affiliates: WREG in Memphis, WHNT in Huntsville, Ala., KFSM in Fort Smith, Ark., and WTVR in Richmond. CBS has also renewed its affiliation agreement with WTKR in Norfolk, which it operates under a shared service agreement.

“This comprehensive agreement further expands our strong partnership with CBS and allows us to provide an array of outstanding programming, including leading live sports, news and entertainment,” Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert said in a statement. “Through WTTV’s new affiliation, we look forward to significantly enhancing our sports offerings, local news coverage and commitment to the community.”

Arkansas Business Editor Raises Questions About Disclosures in KFSM Story

kfsm logoThe editor of Arkansas Business has penned an open letter to Rick Bagley, the news director at KFSM, the CBS affiliate in Fort Smith, Ark. At issue: a lengthy piece on the station’s website raising questions about the qualifications of the recently-appointed director of the University of Arkansas’ Center for Ethics in Journalism.

The editor, Gwen Moritz, says the article should have included a disclosure: it was written by KFSM managing editor Larry Henry, whose mother-in-law is a professor at the school who supported a different candidate for the job. Moritz exchanged several emails with Henry about the piece; in the open letter, she said Henry “insulted me personally and professionally and even offered some choice words for my husband for good measure.”

Moritz also reveals Henry has applied for jobs in the university’s journalism department twice, once as recently as last year. A Jim Romenesko reader points out when comments on the KFSM website started questioning some of the story’s problems, “the comments were mysteriously turned off.”

“If I were their news director, I would consider whether they are qualified to practice journalism at all,” Moritz writes in her letter to Bagley: Read more

Arkansas Anchor Arrested on Suspicion of DWI

reed_kfsmKFSM, the Ft. Smith, AR, CBS affiliate, is reporting weekend anchor Austin Reed has been arrested on suspicion of DWI.

The station is quoting the Washington County Sheriff’s website that says Reed faces charges of DWI, careless driving and violating the implied consent law.

He is scheduled to appear in Fayetteville District Court later today.

Reporter Cara Kumari Says Goodbye to WSMV

After six years at WSMV, reporter Cara Kumari is saying goodbye to the Nashville NBC affiliate.

“Cara has been part of our family for six years. And family… is the big reason for the change. Cara expressed to me her love of Channel 4 and of reporting, but also her need to shift her priorities as a new mom,” news director Matthew Hilk wrote in an email to staffers obtained by TVSpy. “We will miss her energy, passion, persistence, and political expertise.”

Kumari is WSMV’s state Capitol reporter. She has previously worked at KAKE in Wichita, KFSM in Fayetteville, Ark. and KOMU in Columbia, Mo.

Jay Plyburn Joins KFSM as Morning Co-Anchor

Jay Plyburn has joined KFSM, the CBS affiliate in Fort Smith, Ark.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity and very excited to be part of this team,” Plyburn told TVSpy in an email.

Plyburn most recently worked at rival KHBS-KHOG, where he was a reporter. FTVLive reports he left the station in March after an incident covering a lightning storm, which he called “the single most frightening experience of my life.”

At KFSM, Plyburn will co-anchor the morning newscast alongside Heather Lewis and meteorologist Joe Pennington.

KFSM Anchor Ashley Beck Arrested For DUI

KFSM anchor Ashley Beck was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

The Fort Smith, Ark. CBS affiliate reports Beck was stopped by a State Police trooper on Interstate 40 early Sunday morning. She was arrested and booked into the Crawford County Detention Center. She was later released after posting a cash bond.

Beck, who joined KFSM in 2009, anchors the station’s 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts. The station did not immediately respond to TVSpy’s request for comment.

Sportscasters Irwin and Engleman Out at KFSM

KFSM, the CBS-affiliate in Fort Smith, has parted ways with sports director John Engleman (pictured) and sportscaster Mike Irwin, Arkansas Online reports.

Irwin, who has worked at KFSM since 1975, was reportedly fired on Monday. Engleman was informed last week that his contract would not be renewed. He has been at KFSM since 2009.

“We are not ending sports coverage,” news director Rick Bagley said. “Our plan is to tell  better stories about all local sports, including the Arkansas Razorbacks. Sports is and will continue to be an important part of our product on-air and online.” Read more