Arkansas Business reports that four KARK employees have been fired and several others suspended for participating in joke videos — posted for a time on YouTube — that used the Channel 4 newsroom as a setting. In the video, reporter Pete Thompson laments the drudgery of ginning out reports for the evening newscast.
Here's the offending video. It has its moments.
Pete and Co: Care to film a sequel for us?
Rick Rogala, KARK's general manager, issued a statement:
"In a very unfortunate series of incidents, a number of KARK employees acted on their own accord to produce unauthorized, offensive and distasteful videos that were subsequently posted to the internet. I am personally shocked and saddened by the behavior of these employees. KARK has no tolerance for this type of behavior and messages that degrade and discredit our community and our employees.
"As a result, those involved have faced swift and appropriate disciplinary action. On behalf of the dedicated team members of KARK who take great pride in their community and profession, I would like to extend our sincerest apologies."
Live by the camera die by the camera: Among the others fired was Thompson's wife Courtney Collins. He proposed to her on-air in a surprise proposal. See below.