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Hilary Hunt Joins Little Rock FOX Affiliate

hunt klrt croppedHilary Hunt has joined Little Rock, AR, FOX affiliate KLRT as a general assignment reporter.

KLRT news director Austin Kellerman told TVSpy Hunt joined the station Tuesday.

Hunt comes to KLRT from KNOE in Monroe, LA.

[Arkansas TV News]

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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

Viewers of Arkansas Station Lose Eight Minutes of Super Bowl Because of Transmitter

Viewers of Little Rock, AR, FOX affiliate KLRT lost eight minutes of what would normally be prime Super Bowl viewing when the station’s transmitter lost power.

The station told viewers on its facebook page, “We hope to have it restored ASAP. We sincerely apologize.”

The signal was restored just in time for viewers to watch Denver’s offense run two plays before Demaryius Thomas had the ball stripped out of his hands by the Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith.

The station explained what happened to its signal on its facebook page:

[Arkansas TV News]

Drew Petrimoulx Headed to Little Rock’s KARK-KLRT

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting Drew Petrimoulx will join Little Rock, AR, stations KARK and KLRT.

“One reason I’m going is because it’s the state capital, and I have the chance to report on politics,” Petrimoulx told the Sentinel. “The concentration on politics drew me there.”

Petrimoulx left Orlando’s ABC affiliate WFTV in January. He starts at KARK and KLRT in two weeks. “I really appreciated the opportunity that WFTV game me,” Petrimoulx said. “I grew up there. I’m going to miss the people and the relationships.” Read more

KLRT Gives David Raath A Touching and Awkward Goodbye

Viewers of Little Rock FOX affiliate KLRT witnessed a touching, yet awkward, goodbye to sportscaster David Raath Friday night.

Raath seemed surprised by the start of his sportscast which consisted of video highlights of his work spanning his nine year career at the station. “You know I put together a sportscast,” Raath told his co-anchors Kevin Kelly and Donna Terrell. “And it’s all for naught,”  Raath added, “You ambushed it.”

The heart-wrenching came between the awkward with Raath tearfully expressing his gratitude to viewers and co-workers for his time at the station. The first cringe-worthy moment came when Kelly began telling viewers Raath was moving on to better things. Raath was one of many station employees laid-off by Nexstar last week. The last awkward bit was when the trio thought they had said it all about Raath’s departure, but were informed they had one more minute to fill.

Layoffs Hit Little Rock’s KLRT and KARK

Nearly 30 employees have been laid off from both Nexstar managed Little Rock stations, KLRT and KARK, as part of a move to consolidate the two stations, according to Arkansas Business.

The layoffs come less than a month after Mission Broadcasting completed the purchase of FOX affiliate KLRT from Newport Television. Soon after the deal went through, Nexstar, who signed an outside services agreement with Mission, removed the station’s GM and promised more changes to come.

Arkansas Business quotes a KLRT insider who said at least 20 of the layoffs came from KLRT, including news director Ed Trauschke and sports anchor David Raath.  Another source said KARK, the Little Rock NBC affiliate, saw eight employees let go including on-air talent Wendy Suares, Adam Rodriguez and Jonathan Athens.

A Nexstar spokesperson told TVSpy the company does not comment on personnel matters.

[Arkansas Online]

Nexstar Ousts KLRT GM, Reveals Plans to Merge Facilities with KARK

Nexstar Broadcasting wasted little time in making changes to Mission Broadcasting’s newly acquired Little Rock stations KLRT (FOX) and KASN (CW).

KLRT general manager Chuck Spohn was let go the day the sale closed while Nexstar made public its plans to merge the stations facilities with its NBC affiliate KARK.

Spohn told TVSpy, “It has been a privilege and pleasure to have successfully managed the FOX16 team for the past 15+years. This team has produced a fantastic product – something we are all very proud of. I wish everyone there continued success as they move forward with this transition to new ownership.”

Mission Broadcasting closed Thursday on a $60 million deal to buy both KLRT and KASN from Newport Television. Nexstar Broadcasting entered into an outside services agreement with Mission, essentially giving Nexstar control of the stations. Nexstar also owns KARK. Read more

Mission Broadcasting, Nexstar Complete Purchase of KLRT, KSAN

Mission Broadcasting has completed the acquisition of two stations in Little Rock, Fox affiliate KLRT and CW affiliate KASN, from Newport Television for $60 million. Nexstar broadcasting will provide services to the two stations through an outsourcing agreement.

“This transaction is consistent with our core strategy to expand our operations and pursue financial and operating synergies to enhance free cash flow,” Nexstar chairman and CEO Perry A. Sook said in a statement. “We look forward to leveraging our knowledge of the Little Rock market, as we provide services to Mission, for the benefit of viewers of KLRT and KASN while creating an even stronger marketing platform for local area businesses.”

Nexstar to Acquire Newport Stations for $285M

Nexstar Broadcasting and Mission Broadcasting have announced plans to acquire 12 stations from Newport Television for $285.5 million.

In a statement, Nexstar said the acquisition “substantially broadens Nexstar’s local television broadcasting platform with stations that are geographically complementary to and diversify Nextar’s operating base.”

Nexstar will acquire 10 stations: KTVX and KUCW in Salt Lake City, WPTY and WLMT in Memphis, WYSR in Syracuse, WBGH and WIVT in Binghamton, NY, WETM in Elmira, NY, WJKT in Jackson, TN and WWTI in Watertown, NY. Mission Broadcasting will acquire KLRT and KASN in Little Rock.

Michael Fabac Out as KXAN News Director

Michael Fabac is out as news director at KXAN in Austin.

Although KXAN general manager Eric Lassberg was not immediately available for comment, Austin360 confirmed with newsroom staffers today that Fabac’s five-year tenure as the NBC-affiliate’s news director has come to an end.

Fabac’s departure comes a month after Austin media blogger Jim McNabb reported that newsroom morale was slipping amid the departures of a handful of reporters.

A tipster emailed this afternoon to report that “many in the newsroom are headed for celebratory drinks this evening.” Read more

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