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Demise of Radio Disney causing static; local station in playRestricted Content

August 23, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Walt Disney Co. announced earlier this month that it would sell its 23 radio stations that target children ages 3 to 15. The only Radio Disney outpost on the FM dial, WRZD-FM 98.3 in Indianapolis, could be particularly sought after if the stations are sold individually.
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Will spurned TV station launch ABC courtship?

August 16, 2014
Greg Andrews
Channel 6's affiliation agreement with ABC expires in January, but the station's owner, E.W. Scripps, has strong ties to the network and will be highly motivated to avoid a parting of ways.
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Emmis: Dynamic pricing will reshape many industriesRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. executives believe their latest acquisition, a local flexible-pricing software firm called Digonex Technologies, can revolutionize any number of businesses, including radio.
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Kravitz leaves Indy Star for job with WTHR

August 14, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
After 14 years as the Star's lead sports columnist and most recognized personality, Bob Kravitz resigned Thursday shortly after 3:30 p.m. “I agonized over this decision for days and days,” he said of joining Channel 13's sports staff.
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Tag Heuer signs sponsorship with IndyCar, SpeedwayRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
IndyCar Series officials announced a deal Aug. 6 making Switzerland-based TAG Heuer the official watch of the open-wheel series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Two Indianapolis-based tabloids up for sale

August 5, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Long-time local publisher Ted Fleischaker recently put his two print publications—The Word and Up Downtown—on the market. He says he's a motivated seller.
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New TV deals to provide huge cash infusion for Colts

August 2, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The NFL’s new contracts with CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN—which take effect this month—are set to deliver each of the league’s 32 teams a $27 million bump in national television revenue, according to sources familiar with the deals.
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Former newspaper editor now telling stories on screenRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Documentary filmmaker Ted Green recently completed production of “Bobby Slick Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier,” a 90-minute documentary that will debut at Bankers Life Fieldhouse July 29.
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HHGregg ditches ad campaign, returns to former agency

July 9, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based retailer is going back to Zimmerman Advertising a year after parting ways with the firm and just two months after unveiling a "brand transformation."
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Profit dips for Emmis despite boost from new stations

July 9, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The needle on radio revenue spiked in the first quarter for the Indianapolis broadcasting and publishing firm, but profit sank.
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Late Pacers slump didn't slow season-ticket renewalsRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The season-ticket renewal rate for next season is around 93 percent, and season-ticket sales are 15 percent ahead of last season, said Todd Taylor, the team’s chief marketing and sales officer.
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Angie's List Grand Prix sponsorship targets service providers

June 21, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
It was no surprise that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway approached the Indianapolis-based consumer-review service about sponsorship of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis before the inaugural event in May. But the first response from Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle was no.
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WIBC taking big risk by weaving news with opinionsRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The decision earlier this month by WIBC-FM 93.1 to part ways with longtime newsman and host Steve Simpson has many radio listeners and advertisers wondering if straight-up news radio is dead.
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Radio personality Vaughn files suit against WTLC parent

June 10, 2014
Mason King
Kelly Vaughn alleges in a federal discrimination lawsuit that Radio One showed preferential treatment to male co-worker Amos Brown by firing her but retaining him after they worked on an outside project.
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North Central grad returns to anchor WTHR weekend news

June 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Naomi Pescovitz will helm the Saturday and Sunday editions of "News Sunrise," beginning July 9.
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Author John Green sees earnings boost as movie debut nears

May 31, 2014
Lou Harry
Indianapolis author John Green has sold more than 10.7 million copies of his novel "The Fault in Our Stars," suggesting royalty earnings of more than $6 million, before the movie deal and merchandise sales.
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State courts to switch to e-filing system in 2015

May 22, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Officials soon will seek competitive bids for a single statewide e-filing manager. Paper records likely will be phased out so clerks won't be burdened with overseeing two filing methods.
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Lawyers fret over enforcement of advertising rules

May 21, 2014
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Indiana attorneys stay up at night worrying that their ads will run afoul of state rules that they consider unclear and unevenly enforced. But there's a solution in the works.
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Lilly's latest sales strategy: the soft sell

May 17, 2014
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. thinks it has a secret weapon to return to growth. No, it’s not a new blockbuster drug—although Lilly will most likely have several new products hit the market this year and next. Rather, it’s an unorthodox, softer approach put into play by its U.S. sales force.
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Angie’s List namesake extends company brand with nationwide how-to segments

May 17, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Chief Marketing Officer Angie Hicks-Bowman spends an hour and a half each month recording consumer-advice segments hat are downloaded by more than 100 television stations around the country and incorporated into their own consumer news segments.
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Sponsor logos creep into local TV newscasts

May 16, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The increasingly common move to help generate more revenue further lowers the traditional barrier between news and advertisers. Marketing experts say the value for sponsors is questionable.
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Small biz program to tackle lack of Web savvy

May 13, 2014
Dan Human
The program Fight for Small will teach Indiana business owners how to wield social networks, customer review websites and the rest of the Internet to their advantage.
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Chief of staffing company becomes Angie’s chairmanRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
John Chuang, co-founder and CEO of Boston-based Aquent LLC, fills the role of retiring Angie’s List director Keith J. Krach of California, who is CEO of DocuSign.
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Command center being built at WRTV will run 19 stations

May 3, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Media giant E.W. Scripps is building a multimillion-dollar master control facility at its WRTV-TV Channel 6 that will control all 19 of Scripps’ U.S. television stations. The control hub will bring about 10 additional jobs to WRTV’s 1330 N. Meridian St. campus.
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WXIN-TV ups ante in local news arms race

April 29, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Fox59 now faces the challenge of filling airtime for two new newscasts, and the question of whether viewers even notice or care about repetition across shows.
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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