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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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