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Unconfirmed: Shreveport Reporter Skyrockets To Dallas

In CBS, Hirings, Louisiana, Shreveport on June 19, 2012 at 8:14 am

Erin Stevenson (Courtesy: Facebook)

Former KSLA-TV reporter Erin Stevenson will soon be starting at an unnamed Dallas, Texas television station.

That’s if information from an Arkansas TV blog is accurate, of course.

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Shreveport Forecaster Sues Former Employer For Discrimination; ND Leaves Abruptly

In Arkansas, Firings, Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Louisiana, NBC, Shreveport, Weather on May 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

Michael Fabac (Courtesy: TVSpy)

An Austin news director with Little Rock ties has left NBC affiliate KXAN after the station found itself in legal trouble earlier this month.

But it’s unclear whether or not Michael Fabac, who had also been ND at Little Rock’s KLRT, left voluntarily.

Two lawsuits filed against the station — one from a former weekend morning meteorologist — have sent shockwaves through the building.

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Shreveport Reporter’s New Texas Job Brings Him Full Circle In Career

In ABC, Hirings, Louisiana, Shreveport on May 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Gary Cooper, multimedia journalist at KTBS in Shreveport, La., has accepted a job in his hometown of San Antonio.

TVSpy reports Cooper will re-join KENS as a multimedia reporter next month.

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Nexstar Posts First Quarter Gains Of Almost 20 Percent

In Arkansas, Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Louisiana, NBC, Nexstar, Retransmission, Shreveport on May 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

Nexstar Broadcasting, which operates or owns 55 television stations across the U.S., has announced a 19.6 percent increase in net revenue for the first quarter of 2012 versus last year.

Two of those stations Nexstar owns are in the South TV News viewing area: KARK in Little Rock, Ark., and KTAL in Shreveport, La.

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Shreveport Anchor Gets Promoted To Mornings

In CBS, Louisiana, Promotions, Shreveport on February 22, 2012 at 2:02 am

Denise Middleton (Courtesy: KSLA)

Denise Middleton, an anchor with Shreveport, La., CBS affiliate KSLA, is being promoted to morning and noon anchor, her agency said this week.

TVNewser reports Middleton is represented by The NWT Group.

There’s no word yet on when the Texas native will make the shift.

Congratulations, Denise!

McKay Takes Top Tier Management Position at Shreveport NBC Affiliate

In Arkansas, Hirings, Louisiana, NBC, Shreveport on February 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Current KTAL logo

Mark McKay will be the new vice president and general manager for KTAL-TV, the NBC affiliate for the Shreveport, La.-Texarkana, Texas market, Nexstar Broadcasting announced today.

The hire brings McKay full circle, because he actually began his broadcasting career at KTAL in 1980 as a news anchor/reporter.

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Icy Roads Cause La. News Van Rollover

In ABC, Louisiana, Shreveport on February 12, 2011 at 1:39 am

Courtesy: Shelby County Today

Southeastern U.S. states have been bombarded by icy conditions in recent weeks. And despite the fact that local stations report the slippery situations as a way to help save lives (and gain viewers), it seems even the news vans themselves are not immune to the hazardous conditions.

Texas publication Shelby County Today reports a van/live truck from KTBS, the ABC affiliate for the Shreveport, La. area, was traveling south on Highway 96 when it lost control and slid across the highway’s northbound lanes and rolled over.

The driver was transported to a local hospital, but his injuries were not described in the publication, so there’s no indication if it was serious or not. State troopers are still investigating the accident.

Since winter still isn’t over yet, please remember: be careful on those roads. You don’t want to become part of the story.

KTAL Hires New News Director in Wake of Three-Week Vacancy

In Hirings, Layoffs, Louisiana, NBC, Shreveport on January 26, 2011 at 7:00 am

Current KTAL logo

Well, that didn’t take long.

The blog Arkansas TV News is reporting Chris Huston will be starting as KTAL’s news director next month.

The hire comes three weeks after Willy Walker was fired January 4 for undisclosed reasons.

Huston had previously been the news director at KIDK until a shared services agreement spelled management layoffs at the Pocatello-Idaho Falls CBS affiliate.

From MediaJobsDaily.com:

KIDK Channel 3 in Idaho Falls is entering into a shared services agreement with its competitor, the ABC affiliate KIFI, reports TVNewsCheck.

That means in English: 27 of KIDK’s 43 employees will be out of work.

KIDK General Manager Jim Wareham and News Director Chris Huston are both getting the axe [as well], presumably because one station doesn’t need two sheriffs, if you’ll permit the mixed metaphor.

Huston begins at KTAL on February 7, according to the blog.

Blog: Shreveport News Director Let Go

In Firings, Louisiana, NBC, Shreveport on January 5, 2011 at 8:18 am

Current KTAL logo

Though I’m not sure why exactly he was canned, a blog covering Arkansas-related television news posted this tidbit yesterday about the news director in Shreveport, La.:

A tipster says that Willy Walker, News Director at KTAL, Shreveport was fired today!

Personally, I’d lose the excitement that came across in that sentence, but that’s what we’re hearing. Can anybody confirm from KTAL?

Email us at southtvnewser@gmail.com.

Everything You Wanted To Know About Louisiana’s Broadcast Television Markets

In ABC, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, CBS, CW, FOX, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Monroe-El Dorado, MyTV, NBC, New Orleans, Shreveport on January 5, 2011 at 6:07 am

There are seven media markets within Louisiana’s state borders:

  • The biggest, of course, is New Orleans. Ranked 51st among U.S. media markets according to Nielsen Media, its stations include WWL (CBS), WDSU (NBC), WVUE (FOX), WGNO (ABC), WNOL (CW) and WUPL (MyTV). WWL has led Nielsen ratings in the city for nearly the last three decades. Only WVUE and WWL broadcast their newscasts in high definition; WDSU and WGNO broadcast their newscasts in widescreen standard definition.
  • Shreveport, market 83, is the second-largest in the state. Stations include KTBS (ABC), KTAL (NBC), KSLA (CBS), KPXJ (CW), KMSS (FOX) and KSHV (MyTV). All three news-producing stations in the market — KTBS, KSLA, and KTAL — broadcast newscasts in HD.
  • Next in line is Baton Rouge, market 93. Stations include: WBRZ (ABC), WAFB (CBS), WBXH (MyTV), WBRL (CW), WVLA (NBC) and WGMB (FOX).  WAFB remains first place in the ratings war. Currently, only WAFB, WBXH, and WBRZ broadcast their newscasts in high definition. WVLA’s newscasts are in 16:9 standard definition.
  • And then we have Lafayette, market 124. Stations include: KATC (ABC), KLFY (CBS), KADN (FOX) and KLAF-LP (MyTV). KATC is the market leader for the area. Only KLFY broadcasts local newscasts in high definition.
  • The Monroe-El Dorado market, #137, shares a good portion of its south Arkansas coverage area with northern Louisiana. Stations include: KNOE (CBS), KTVE (NBC), KMLU (ABC) and KARD (FOX). KNOE has been the market leader in news for more than 25 years; KNOE airs its newscasts in high definition. KTVE’s news operation is partial HD; studio cameras are not high definition, but their field cameras are.
  • Further down the market ladder, at #174, is Lake Charles, with two stations: KPLC (NBC) and KVHP (FOX). Only KPLC broadcasts newscasts in high definition.
  • The smallest market station in The Bayou State is Alexandria, at market 179. Stations include KALB (NBC/CBS), KLAX (ABC), KBCA (CW) and WNTZ (FOX). Though KLAX offers contributions from local reporters, its newscast is produced/anchored from Iowa. Only KALB produces and airs local news content in this market, and is easily the market leader as the first station in Alexandria. As such, only KALB broadcast newscasts in HD.
(Above was updated February 1, 2015)

That covers another one of several states we’ll be covering. If you work for one of these affiliates and have news about new hires, on-air graphic updates, HD overhauls, or anything that would be of interest to this local news blog, please let us know.. I’m not necessarily talking about station gossip, but that works, too. If someone uttered a profane word on-air, for example, that’d be something. Station sales, downsizing, things like that are also newsworthy. You can do so anonymously, of course, but have to prove you work for the station in question for credibility purposes by sending us an email to southtvnewser@gmail.com.