NWA Reporter to Weather the Storm Again
Well it's true, the reporter who quit KHBS/KHOG/Fort Smith after being assigned to cover the aftermath of severe storms has been hired at KFSM/Fort Smith. Jay Plyburn stormed out at KHBS/KHOG after not being appreciated for and/or being assigned a dangerous story. Not sure what he will be doing at KFSM..but please don't let him outside he just might quit!
Gannett Announces Purchase of Belo
Source: KTHV Gannett Co., the owner of THV 11 and other newspaper and television
properties across the USA and United Kingdom, announced Thursday that it
is entering into a definitive merger agreement with Belo Corp.,
catapulting Gannett into the nation's fourth-largest owner of major
network affiliates reaching nearly a third of U.S. households.
Belo owns and operates 20 TV stations -nine in the top 25 markets - and their associated websites.
acquisition nearly doubles Gannett's current broadcast portfolio from
23 to 43 stations, including stations to be serviced by Gannett through
shared services or similar sharing arrangements.
acquire all outstanding shares of Belo for $13.75 per share in cash, or
approximately $1.5 billion, plus assume $715 million in existing debt
for an enterprise value of approximately $2.2 billion. The transaction,
which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both
companies, represents a 28.1% premium to the closing price of Belo
common stock on June 12, 2013.
President and Chief Executive
Officer Gracia Martore of Gannett, said, "We are thrilled to bring
together two highly respected media companies with rich histories of
award-winning journalism, operational excellence and strong brand
Belo's President and Chief Executive Officer Dunia
Shive said, "This is an outstanding and financially compelling
transaction for our shareholders. It is also a testament to the
tremendous value our employees have created over Belo's long history and
to the strength of our brand in the media industry."
More New Faces at 11
A number of new faces have popped at KTHV/Channel 11/Little Rock. At least 2 new reporters have been hired at the station. They include:
Kevin Trager from KCWY-TV, the NBC affiliate in Casper, WY.
and Marlisa Goldsmith from KRBC in Abilene, Texas. Her bio states she's been with 11 since April but I don't remember seeing her until lately.
Meanwhile their jobs page still lists numerous openings...including openings for an evening news anchor...and numerous producer openings.
Former Little Rock Managing Editor Headed to Atlanta
Former KLRT managing editor Shane Deitert has joined CNN in Atlanta, GA. Here's the announcement:
Shane Deitert will be joining the CNN/ACC on Monday, July 8th. Shane is a
seasoned assignment editor with a passion for news. Previously, Shane
worked as the Managing Editor at KLRT in Little Rock. Shane has also
worked at a plethora of CNN affiliates including WCIA (Champaign), KOAT
(Albuquerque), KXAN (Austin) and KCEN (Waco). Little known fact about
Shane is he worked as a communications specialist with the U.S. Navy in
Newport, Rhode Island.
Shreveport Anchor Leaving
Long time Shreveport anchor Ed Walsh is leaving KTBS/Channel 3. He announced his plans on his facebook page:
To my Facebook friends, this is one of the hardest things I've had to
write since joining many, many years ago. But this afternoon, I tendered
my resignation from KTBS 3. After 10 and a half years. I have been
offered the most incredible opportunity to handle public
relations/community relations for Caesars Entertainment. I'll be
working out of the Horseshoe and Harrah's Louisiana Downs in Bossier
City. Words cannot describe what I'm feeling right now. I have loved
every minute of every morning show. But there comes a time in your life
when you have to assess what is right for you. I have chosen to start
the trek down a new path. I want to thank you for your support,
encouragement and love. The show must and will go on without me. Wendi
and Brian will do a wonderful job, until Chrissi can return from her
maternity leave. Thank you once again.
KATV Making Some Changes in the Newsroom
KATV/Channel 7/Little Rock is in the process of renovating its newsroom. The station posted a pic of the construction area on its facebook page. KATV is still for sale as its parent company, Allbritton Communications is looking to get out of the tv business. No buyer has been found for some of the properties...including KATV.