Allbritton Sells KATV, Other Affiliates to Sinclair Broadcasting Group

My piece on today: Allbritton Communications of Arlington, Va., which owns KATV-TV, Channel 7, in Little Rock and other ABC affiliates, said Monday that it is selling those television stations to Sinclair Broadcast Group of Hunt Valley, Md., the country’s largest television station owner. According to Politico, which is also owned by Allbritton, the deal is […]

Blake Rutherford on de la Renta, First Lady Fashion

Blake Rutherford, the former chief of staff for Dustin McDaniel and now vice president of The McLarty Companies, writes in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today on fashion and politics, particularly as it relates to first ladies. The column keys off what was probably the biggest fashion event in Arkansas history: last week’s event celebrating the Oscar […]

Dale Nicholson Signs Off: Arkansas TV Legend Dies at 74

KATV: Long-Time General Manager Dale Nicholson Has Died: Dale Nicholson, who presided over one of Arkansas’ most influential television stations for 25 years as general manager, died at his Little Rock home on Saturday. He was 74. Little Rock ABC affiliate KATV-TV, Channel 7, where Nicholson spent nearly all of his professional career, announced Nicholson’s […]

Enhance! Enhance! Zoom! Enhance!

This ain’t “CSI.” NPR this morning on how investigators use technology to sift through digital photos and video for evidence in cases like the Boston Marathon bombing: In the nearly 17 years since Atlanta’s Olympic Park bombing, technology has transformed how large-scale investigations can work. Federal officials in Boston reportedly sifted through more than 10 […]

Funeral Today for Journalist Bob McCord

The funeral for journalist Robert McCord is set for today. Arkansas Business has details here, which includes an account of McCord’s work to establish the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, which, despite the state Legislature’s best efforts, remains among the strongest in the country. Above is how I first met McCord, on Little Rock CBS […]

The Onion Does It Again

The Onion, yesterday. A fake column by New York Post Editor Col Allan: And yet, there are still people—literally millions of them—who actually have to ask why we didn’t simply slow down and wait until the whole story came in so that we could run an accurate, fact-checked article that didn’t exaggerate the number of […]

I’m Moderating ‘Mind Your Business’ at the Arkansas Literary Festival on Saturday

I’m happy to once again being moderating a session at the Arkansas Literary Festival. You can read about my previous sessions here and here. This year, I’ll be overseeing a panel called “Mind Your Business,” which examines the business end of being an author, including using tools like Kickstarter to fund projects, building interactive books […]

In Which the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Tries to Bully Malco Theaters

Sour grapes much? At right, a real house that’s running in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in northwest Arkansas, where Malco Theaters has decided to stop running its movie listings in the daily newspaper because, well, THE INTERNET. And really, smartphones. Romenesko notes it here, asking, “Does anyone still use newspapers to check movie times?” The answer […]