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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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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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WRTV adds sports-talk host Grady to its staff

August 13, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Michael Grady, a radio sports-talk host on WFNI-AM 1070 and the public address announcer for the Pacers, will begin his job at WRTV on Aug. 22, the station announced Tuesday.
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CBS affiliation switch means major changes at WTTV

August 11, 2014
Anthony Schoetle
Those changes are coming in the wake of Monday's huge announcement that Chicago-based Tribune Broadcasting, parent to WTTV, has wrestled away the CBS-TV affiliation held by WISH-TV Channel 8 since 1956.
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Local CBS affiliate moving from WISH to WTTV

August 11, 2014
 IBJ Staff
WISH-TV Channel 8 is losing its affiliation with CBS-TV after nearly six decades, CBS Corp. announced Monday morning.
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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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WRTV Channel 6 parent grows in major media merger

July 31, 2014
Journal Communications Inc. and E.W. Scripps Co. have an agreement to merge broadcasting operations while spinning off newspaper holdings into a separate public entity, the companies announced late Wednesday.
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Indy Fuel inks broadcast agreement with WRTV

July 30, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The city's new professional hockey team, the Indy Fuel, said Wednesday that it has reached a broadcast agreement with WRTV Channel 6 to televise the team's 36 home games during the 2014-15 season.
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Feds putting Comcast-Time Warner deal under close scrutiny

July 11, 2014
Bloomberg News
The Justice Department has reached out to several major companies as it investigates whether the cable-industry merger is anticompetitive. The deal, if approved, would have big implications in central Indiana.
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Fox59 announces newsgathering deal with Indianapolis Star

June 23, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Star will team with Fox59 and its sister station WTTV-TV Channel 4 for coverage of "select breaking news, sports, weather, election and investigative stories," the media outlets said in a prepared statement.
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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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IndyCar's TV ratings gaining momentumRestricted Content

May 24, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
TV ratings for the IndyCar Series zoomed 44 percent this year for the races leading up to the Indianapolis 500, compared to the same period a year ago, buoyed in part by a strong showing for the new Grand Prix of Indianapolis. But overall viewership remains anemic—less than one-fourth the audience for most NASCAR races.
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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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Comcast spinoff names Insight co-founder Willner as CEO

May 15, 2014
Bloomberg News
Comcast is planning to spin off operations that serve about 2.5 million customers in Indiana, Alabama, Michigan and other states after completing the purchase of Time Warner Cable.
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USA Track & Field clears big hurdle with NBC dealRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
USA Track & Field is on the cusp of signing a multiyear deal with NBC, fulfilling its longtime wish of pulling all its programming onto one network while strengthening its finances.
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Baker's Edge founders to test 'Shark Tank' waters

May 8, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Carmel residents Matt and Emily Griffin can expect to see a big burst in sales of their innovative brownie pan after they appear in front of celebrity entrepreneurs on ABC-TV's hit show later this month.
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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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Nicole Pence lands at Fox59 as anchor of new newscast

April 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Nicole Pence, who abruptly left WTHR-TV Channel 13 late last year, has been hired by WXIN-TV Channel 59 as the station continues to expand its local programming with two additional weekday newscasts.
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Former Pacers coach Jack Ramsay dies at 89

April 28, 2014
Bloomberg News
Jack Ramsay, who won an NBA title with Portland and coached the Indiana Pacers from 1986 to 1988, died Monday in Naples, Fla., after battling cancer for more than 15 years, ESPN reported
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Comcast planning to exit central Indiana cable market

April 28, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
Stamford, Conn.-based Charter Communications said Monday that it has reached an agreement to take control of 3.9 million of Comcast's customers under a plan that will create a new cable-TV company in most of Indiana, including Indianapolis.
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WRTV scores big in broadcast awardsRestricted Content

April 26, 2014
The ABC affiliate has been on a roll since new owner E.W. Scripps began making desperately needed investments in news and other operations. Scripps bought WRTV and eight other McGraw Hill stations in 2011.
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WNDY-TV scores Indiana Fever broadcasts

April 25, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The deal gives the WNBA team a live, over-the-air broadcaster to supplement regional and national coverage on Fox Sports Indiana and ESPN2.
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Colbert to replace Letterman in late-night slot

April 10, 2014
Associated Press
The Comedy Central star will take over for the Indianapolis native on CBS, dumping his phony conservative persona for an approach with wider appeal.
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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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  1. 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.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. 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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