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Stations take news wars into wee hours

April 5, 2014
Chris O'Malley
WTHR-TV Channel 13 recently stole a page from WXIN-TV Channel 59’s winning playbook by adding a 4 a.m. newscast. WXIN pioneered the ultra-early trend locally in 2009. But with a second station now on at 4 a.m., who is watching television at that hour?
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Letterman surprises audience with retirement announcement

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis native David Letterman said he will step down in 2015, when his current contract with "The Late Show" on CBS-TV expires. The Ball State grad has hosted a national late-night show since 1982.
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Channel 6 to air children's hospital telethon with twist

April 1, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Don't expect song-and-dance routines or sob stories. And whether a certain former local celebrity will make an appearance is top-secret.
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Media General to buy WISH-TV parent in deal worth $1.6B

March 21, 2014
Associated Press
Media General is buying fellow TV broadcaster LIN Media in a deal worth about $1.6 billion in cash and stock, the companies announced Friday.
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Olympics, storms boost local newscast ratings

March 21, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis station enjoying the biggest bump was WTHR-TV Channel 13, whose network affiliate NBC and some of its own staff covered the games in Sochi.
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WTHR last of local affiliates to roll out robotic camerasRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Several production staffers at WTHR-TV Channel 13 could wind up looking for work in the months ahead as the NBC affiliate becomes the last of the local stations to extensively automate studio functions.
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Internet-based weather forecasters offer bolder, more detailed outlooks

February 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
A posse of Internet-based prognosticators is offering not just forecasts but sometimes even mounds of data left open to interpretation.
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Channel 13 to start morning news at 4 a.m.Restricted Content

February 8, 2014
Currently, the only local station airing a newscast that early is WXIN-TV Channel 59. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that WXIN’s former general manager, Larry Delia, is now WTHR’s president and general manager.
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WISH expands 10 p.m. news on Channel 23 to an hourRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
WISH-TV Channel 8 is squeezing more content out of its news operations by expanding the 10 p.m. newscast on sister station WNDY-TV Channel 23 to a full hour.
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Switch flipped on public station linkRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Eight PBS and nine NPR stations in Indiana have completed a fiber-optic connection that allows them to share programming more cost-effectively.
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First salvo fired in possible TV ad war on gay marriage

January 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Conservative-leaning Advance America has spent $20,600 for spots on WISH-TV and WTHR-TV, according to station records. Otherwise, supporters and opponents are keeping their powder dry for a possible November referendum.
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After football, weather coverage dominates local TV

January 7, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The weekend’s snow storm and cold blast dominated local media attention, with stations trying to find new ways to provide winter weather coverage.
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Indy Eleven soccer games to be locally televised this spring

December 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WNDY-TV Channel 23 will broadcast the club's inaugural campaign. One of its challenges will be to field a team of announcers who can provide authoritative play-by-play.
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WRTV co-anchor spot up for grabs with Kooi departure

December 24, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Jenna Kooi has decided to hang up the earpiece after initially taking maternity leave. The station has not yet named a replacement.
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Knox handing over WISH anchor desk to newcomer Wilson

November 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The North Central High School grad has big shoes to fill as Knox retires after nearly four decades at Channel 8.
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Weekend anchor Pence, producer out at WTHR

November 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Nicole Pence, a rising star at WTHR-TV Channel 13 and the niece of Gov. Mike Pence, reportedly has been fired from the station.
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WISH-TV blows away rivals in storm-coverage ratings

November 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Channel 8 earned bragging rights as the most-watched weather source during the tornado strikes on Sunday, although the Chicago Bears might have helped draw eyeballs.
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Faces changing on local TV newsRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Several new faces have been appearing on local television news broadcasts.
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Q&A: Local TV news legend Knox rewinds career

November 12, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Preparing to retire from the WISH-TV on Nov. 26, Debby Knox recounts the stories that made the biggest impact on her, and what would make her feel more optimistic about the future of TV news.
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Indiana contestants getting heavy airtime on 'Family Feud' game showRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
At least eight central Indiana families are contestants this season for the syndicated television show "Family Feud," according to WNDY-TV Channel 23, where the show airs locally. But that number belies the real interest in the show.
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Cox signing off at WRTV after 36 years covering city

October 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
At 65, bespectacled Statehouse reporter Norman Cox has covered seven Indiana governors and a slew of the biggest events in recent Indianapolis history.
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Colts' victory over Broncos reaps ratings bonanza in Indianapolis

October 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
At one point, about 80 percent of the households in Indy watching TV Sunday night were tuned to Peyton Manning's spoiled homecoming.
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Fox59 sportscaster Johnson leaving for new job

October 14, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WXIN-TV Fox59 waved goodbye this weekend to Jeremiah Johnson, who has covered sports at the Indianapolis station for nine years.
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WISH-TV anchor Knox to retire after 33 years

October 10, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Debby Knox, who has anchored the news at WISH-TV Channel 8 since 1980, plans to retire this fall, the station announced Thursday. Her last scheduled newscast is Nov. 26.
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Morning anchor Anchondo joins list of local news departures

September 24, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WXIN-TV Channel 59 is losing a television anchor, while WRTV-TV Channel 6 is bringing more talent to town to beef up its morning news staff.
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  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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