KTHV News Director Leaving For PR Gig

by Nate Hinkel  on Friday, Jul. 13, 2007 3:40 pm  

The second-largest player exploring the Fayetteville Shale Play has tapped into KTHV-TV, Channel 11, and taken away the CBS affiliate’s news director.
Mark Raines, Channel 11’s news director and a 10-year veteran at the station, resigned Friday to become the manager of public relations for Arkansas for Chesapeake Energy Corp. of Oklahoma City.
His last day at the station, according to general manager Larry Audas, will be July 27. Raines said he is tentatively scheduled to start with Chesapeake Aug. 6.
“I have nothing but thanks and kind words for Mark,” Audas said. “He’s helped lead us through a time of great success and we wish him nothing but the best.”
Raines joined KTHV as executive producer in 1997 and became news director in 2000. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock graduate also spent time at KARK-TV, Channel 4, and as a public relations and political consultant at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods.
"I believe in answering the door when opportunity knocks, and this looks to be a great for me and my family to try something new and exciting,” Raines said. “In this business you spend a lot of time around the folks you work with and get to develop some great bonds and passing that up was the toughest part about this decision.”
Raines said his first few months with Chesapeake will be learning the ins and outs of the Fayetteville Shale Play and the oil and gas business.
“It’ll be exciting to be a part of something that is contributing so much in the way of economic development and other benefits to the state of Arkansas,” he said. “I’m ready to hit the ground running.”
Audas said KTHV has various secondary roles in the newsroom, but he will temporarily be in charge until a transition team is put into place in the coming weeks.
“We will give this proper consideration and no doubt find just the right person to replace Mark and he or she will bring something fresh and new to us just as Mark did when he landed here a decade ago,” said Audas.



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