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Emmis to delay shareholder vote until judge rules

August 1, 2012
Bloomberg News
Emmis Communications Corp. told a U.S. judge it will delay a scheduled Aug. 14 shareholder vote that could wipe out $34 million in unpaid preferred stockholder dividends until after she rules on a bid to block the balloting.
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WTHR launching Spanish news webcast

June 25, 2012
The webcast will be recorded in the Channel 13 studios and will provide news updates, weather and sports in Spanish each weekday. It will be co-anchored by Marco Dominguez and Rossina Lazaneo.
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Experts say Buchman's move to WTHR could lift station's ratings

June 15, 2012
Scott Olson
WTHR led in the ratings for its nightly newscasts during the May sweeps in the key 25-to-54-year-old demographic, but TV stations are rapidly losing these coveted viewers. The addition of popular meteorologist Angela Buchman could help Channel 13 staunch further losses.
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WISH meteorologist Buchman leaving for rival WTHR

June 13, 2012
Scott Olson
Several local broadcast television sources say Angela Buchman will leave Channel 8 when her contract expires this summer. A non-compete clause likely would keep her from appearing on-air for Channel 13 until next year.
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Local market tunes in Pacers playoff in 'huge' numbers

May 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
On Sunday, the Indiana Pacers grabbed the attention of a big chunk of the local market, drawing nearly 10 times the television audience they did for their regular-season games.
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WRTV launches broadcast studio on Monument Circle

May 10, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis TV station will occasionally broadcast live from the WIBC-FM 93.1 studio as part of an agreement with the radio station's parent company, Emmis Communications Corp. WRTV is hoping to gain more exposure from the deal.
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Fox59 adding another hour of daily news programming

May 8, 2012
With the additional five hours of news, Fox 59 plans to add six employees at the television station, which will produce 60 hours of news programming each week.
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As commercial stations sputter, WFYI hits the gasRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The city’s public radio and television stations are more than holding their own, even as their commercial brethren continue to suffer from a now-5-year-old economic swoon.
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Tribune Broadcasting and DirecTV reach 5-year deal

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
DirecTV subscribers in 19 U.S. markets, including Indianapolis, have regained access to a host of channels that had been blacked out since Sunday because of a contract impasse with Tribune Broadcasting.
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Tribune Broadcasting says no DirecTV deal

April 1, 2012
Associated Press
Tribune Broadcasting said there's been no settlement with DirecTV Inc. in their contract negotiations, which means DirecTV subscribers in 19 U.S. markets, including Indianapolis, have lost access to certain programming.
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Local PBS station warns of potential scam

February 22, 2012
Scott Olson
WFYI is alerting local organizations and corporate partners about a Florida-based company asking for $20,000-plus to produce programs on not-for-profits that likely would not air on public television, as promised.
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TV stations prepare to unleash Super Bowl blitz

January 28, 2012
Cory Schouten
Local TV news operations have built temporary studios downtown, budgeted thousands for overtime, assigned special Super Bowl beats to field reporters, and will broadcast hours of extra news coverage between now and Feb. 6, the day after Super Bowl XLVI.
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WRTV names new anchor teams for evening newscasts

January 20, 2012
Jenna Kooi, a former anchor for Fox59 previously known as Jenna Maloney, will co-anchor the 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts for WRTV, and Erika Flye has been promoted to co-anchor the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.
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Indians sign deal to air all 72 home games on TVRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Deal with WRTV-Channel 6 will provide most extensive coverage in franchise history.
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WISH says reporter firing not due to downsizing

January 3, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Local CBS affiliate WISH-TV has fired award-winning field reporter Brad Edwards, but General Manager Jeff White said the station will soon hire a replacement, plus two additional reporters to grow its staff.
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WRTV sold with eight other TV stations for $212M

October 3, 2011
Associated Press
Television station and newspaper owner The E.W. Scripps Co. said Monday that it will pay $212 million in cash for nine TV stations, including WRTV in Indianapolis, owned by The McGraw-Hill Cos.
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WRTV anchor Shepherd leaving for not-for-profit post

September 8, 2011
Cory Schouten
WRTV-TV Channel 6 anchor Trisha Shepherd is leaving the station at the end of the month to take a position with the Riley Children's Foundation.
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TV broadcasters push to get side channels into homesRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Digital technology ushered in over the last five years allows television stations to squeeze four signals into the broadcast spectrum a single analog signal occupied.
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IndyCar extends deal to keep races on ABC

August 10, 2011
Terms of the agreement call for the network to televise five races each year through 2018, including the Indianapolis 500.
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Caldwell honored with Emmy for 50 years in local television marketRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The retired WRTV-TV anchor is one of only six to receive award in 42 years.
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WTTV Channel 4 nabs national award

July 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
WTTV-TV Channel 4 and Tribune Creative Group were recently recognized with a Silver Award at the 2011 Promax/BDA Promotion, Marketing and Design North America Awards Show.
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WRTV up for sale

June 14, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Station owner McGraw-Hill plans to sell its nine television stations, including the Indianapolis ABC affiliate. The impact on local operations is unclear.
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WTHR maintains ratings lead in local newsRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
WTHR-TV Channel 13 retained its position during the May sweeps period as the most-watched station for news in central Indiana, earning top ratings among the four local television newscasters during eight of the 10 time slots in which it airs local news.
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Long-time anchor Ahern coming back to local TV

April 27, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Former WISH-TV Channel 8 anchorman starts hosting new interview show May 12.
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Changes to sports coverage part of strategy to revive WRTVRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Larry Blackerby, the new general manager at WRTV-TV Channel 6, has replaced the station's news director and sales manager as first steps in his bid to elevate the perennial ratings loser.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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