Media & Marketing

The Interview Issue: Jeff Smulyan

September 27, 2014
Norm Heikens
Smulyan, a Democrat whose Emmis Communications Corp. owns radio stations relying on talk formats, has arrived at a principled acceptance of the phenomenon.
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The Interview Issue: Karen Ferguson

September 27, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Karen Ferguson, formerly Crotchfelt, has helped steer the state’s largest daily newspaper through one of its most tumultuous periods.
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The Interview Issue: Matt Tully

September 27, 2014
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis Star political columnist Matt Tully has a desk at the newspaper’s downtown headquarters. But his office might as well be the handful of north-side coffee shops and cafés where he meets with politicians, civic leaders and business bigwigs who help inspire and shape his columns.
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When will corporate travel come back?

September 26, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
An industry coalition is launching an attack on the ‘AIG effect’ in the hope of restoring a lucrative niche.
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Current to add Geist to growing newspaper stable

September 19, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Current Publishing LLC, a Carmel-based firm which publishes five weekly newspapers covering parts of Hamilton and Boone counties, continues to thrive as the print news industry as a whole lags.
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Traffic reporter, sales chief leave WISH ahead of CBS pullout

September 16, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The loss of Julie Patterson and Julie Zoumbaris comes as Channel 8 prepares for life without its CBS affiliation and tries to make long-term deals with advertisers.
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Pete the Planner uses humor, straight talk to become media sensation

September 13, 2014
Sam Stall
Peter Dunn, a prolific tweeter who appears on broadcast outlets as well as in The Indianapolis Star, hopes the release of six books in January further builds his profile.
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Indy Star loses bevy of sports veterans

September 13, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The Indianapolis Star sports department in one month has lost four reporters and a columnist with a combined 123 years of experience at the paper.
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Former WIBC news anchor Simpson lands new gig

September 11, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Canned by WIBC in June, Steve Simpson will leave the Indianapolis market to anchor the morning news for Minneapolis' top news-talk station.
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Veteran Colts beat writer Chappell joining WRTV

September 9, 2014
Jeff Newman
Mike Chappell, who spent 30 years as a sportswriter with The Indianapolis Star before resigning Monday, has joined WRTV-TV Channel 6 as a writer and commentator, the station announced Tuesday morning.
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Nuvo enters Bloomington market, eyes other college towns

September 6, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Nuvo has entered a long-abandoned market, Bloomington, and is eyeing other Indiana college towns, particularly Muncie and West Lafayette, for expansion. The alternative free weekly newspaper has been working on the plan for six months.
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Indy Star will be carrying lots of baggage to new home

September 6, 2014
Greg Andrews
Revenue for Gannett's newspapers may continue to drift lower after the company breaks into two next year.
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WTHR-TV ends fee dispute with DirecTV

September 4, 2014
 IBJ Staff
WTHR-TV Channel 13 was available to DirecTV subscribers again late Thursday night after the Indianapolis station and the satellite-TV provider reached an agreement in their dispute over fees.
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Ex-Indiana Secretary of State White gets Internet show

September 4, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White might have been convicted of voter fraud, but he's getting his own Internet radio talk show.
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WTHR-TV, DirecTV fail to reach fee agreement

September 1, 2014
 IBJ Staff
WTHR-TV Channel 13 was no longer available to DirecTV customers on Monday after the Indianapolis station and the satellite-TV provider failed to reach an agreement in their ongoing dispute over fees.
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Infighting bogs down digital billboards

August 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County is an untapped market for digital billboards despite years of lobbying by sign companies, and it’s not because of political opposition to the large, lighted signs. What’s holding back changes to the city code is industry feuding over the form of regulations that could determine their future market share.
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After WISH drama, CBS reaches deal with Lin for other affiliates

August 28, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
CBS Corp. has agreed to renew affiliation agreements for 12 stations owned by Lin Media after it played hardball with the company and dropped its ties with WISH-TV in Indianapolis.
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Ex-Indiana elections chief starts political blog

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White has been stripped of office and he doesn't have a job, so he's turning to the Internet.
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Time Warner Cable says major outages largely resolved

August 27, 2014
Associated Press
Time Warner Cable said Wednesday that service was largely restored after a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours.
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Loss of CBS affiliation slices $110M from Indy station's value

August 26, 2014
Cory Schouten
How much value did the CBS network affiliation bring to WISH-TV Channel 8? About $110 million, if you believe the parent company’s calculation.
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WISH, WNDY owner appoints new general manager

August 25, 2014
Jeff Newman
The owner of WISH-TV Channel 8 has named a well-traveled industry veteran to lead the Indianapolis station through what could be the biggest transition in its history.
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Social media campaign publicizes lifeline law

August 25, 2014
Associated Press
Students at 13 Indiana college campuses will receive social media messages about the state law that allows minors who have been drinking to report a medical emergency or a crime without getting in trouble.
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Purdue balks at use of its brand in panned film

August 25, 2014
Associated Press
Purdue University officials are asking their legal counsel to look into a new movie that makes frequent references to the school despite its refusal to grant permission to use official trademarks and logos.
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Family-founded underdog WTTV hits broadcasting pinnacle

August 24, 2014
Associated Press
The TV station has gone from a simple two-hour-a-day operation into a national affiliate within the span of a lifetime. Its early history is truly Hoosier: created with saved money, built with callused hands and managed by local folks.
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Demise of Radio Disney causing static; local station in play

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, WRDZ-FM 98.3 in Indianapolis, could be particularly sought after if the stations are sold individually.
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