LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- September 10, 2009 --With NBC launching it's new fall lineup starting with the prime time debut of The Jay Leno Show on September 14th, KARK 4 News is making major changes in the station's news department that will coincide with the launch.
KARK 4 Today, the morning newscast, will have a new face on the anchor desk. Mallory Hardin, former KARK 4 reporter, will co-anchor the two-hour newscast with Matt Mosler, Chief Meteorologist Mike Francis and Tracy Douglass.
"Mallory has such genuine personality, she's upbeat, fun, and just a wonderful person to be around, which makes her a perfect fit for our morning newscast," said News Director Rob Heverling. "One of the things that people can count on us (KARK 4 News) for is being very hyper-local, and Matt takes that to the next level with his community involvement."
KARK is also the only station in the market to put its Chief Meteorologist on the morning newscast. "We're putting Mike Francis, our Chief Meteorologist, on in the morning because getting an accurate forecast in the morning is so important to people as they start the day," Heverling said. "Mike will also be on the air anytime severe weather is threatening."
KARK 4 News has also made some other changes to its on-air talent lineup.
KARK 4 News at 5:00 will now be anchored by Jancey Sheats and Melissa Simas with Bob Clausen contributing in-depth news pieces. KARK 4 News at 6:00 will be anchored by Bob Clausen and Jancey Sheats with Melissa Simas contributing to the show with in-depth stories.
Meteorologist Brett Cummins returns to the station to do the weather forecasts during KARK 4 News at 5, 6, 7, and 10.
KARK 4 News at 7:00 on KARZ (KARK's sister station) will be anchored by Sonseeahray Tonsall and Brett Cummins.
The anchor team for KARK 4 News at 10:00 will be Bob Clausen and Melissa Simas.
Nexstar Senior Vice President and KARK 4 General Manager Rick Rogala said, "It's an exciting time to be at KARK 4. I love the enthusiasm this team has as we head into the fall. We've made a lot of positive changes lately, because in the end it all comes down to the viewers. We want them to be able to count on us to be their number one source of entertainment and information."
KARK-TV, Channel 4 is the NBC network affiliate station serving the Little Rock television market and central Arkansas. It is a sister station to the area's MyNetworkTV affiliate, KARZ, Channel 42. The stations are under the ownership of Nexstar Broadcasting. Their website is ArkansasMatters.com.
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Nexstar Broadcasting Group currently owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 63 television stations in 34 markets in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Texas, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, New York, Rhode Island, Utah and Florida. Nexstar's television station group includes affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW and reaches approximately 13 million viewers or approximately 11.5% of all U.S. television households.