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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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Indiana-born coat-checking firm gains steam after 'Shark Tank' appearanceRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Dan Human
Derek Pacqué, who started CoatChex in 2010, appeared a year ago on the ABC show in which entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to prominent investors. Billionaire Mark Cuban offered to invest but wanted a large ownership stake. Pacqué said no, and has since grown his company. But really, he said, the company is doing just fine without the billionaire.More

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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Pet show barking to audiences in six states; more markets on tap

November 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis-based pets TV show now seen in six states is galloping off in search of new territory—much like a fearless puppy.
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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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Controversial TV streamer planning to launch in IndyRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A digital streaming service that television broadcasters deem so threatening they recently petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for help plans to enter Indianapolis next year.
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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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Ratings surge after Buchman arrives at WTHR

October 12, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The debut of popular meteorologist Angela Buchman at WTHR-TV Channel 13 last month coincides with its newscast ratings' soaring like a cumulonimbus cloud on a hot afternoon.
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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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Rupert turns Rod Serling in spooky anthology series

September 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Locally-based Adrenaline Motion Pictures LLC has high hopes for a new TV and Internet series it's producing, called “Rupert Boneham’s Frightmares: Seriously Scary Stories.”
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Spitler's animal show lands spot on WISHRestricted Content

September 14, 2013
The show airs on nine television stations in seven states, including WKYI-TV in Louisville and KNVA-TV in Austin, Texas.
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Fox59 takes jab at Buchman's return in billboard ads

September 12, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WXIN-TV responds to the hype over Angela Buchman's arrival at WTHR-TV with a billboard ad touting the clout of its Angela Ganote.
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TV stations bring more morning news to air

September 4, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WRTV-TV Channel 6 is leading the charge with morning shows on Saturdays and Sundays, while WISH-TV Channel 8 plans to start its weekday offerings even earlier.
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WISH-TV canceling Ahern talk show after 2-year run

August 29, 2013
Chris O'Malley
"Mike Ahern: One on One," which featured in-depth interviews with Indiana newsmakers, will be replaced by "Access Hollywood."
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Fox59 hires Seattle executive to fill GM position

August 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Paul Rennie, who will fill the top management spot at WXIN and WTTV, worked at WRTV-TV Channel 6 from 2001 to 2003.
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Constitutional referendum on marriage could yield media bonanzaRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Television and radio stations have grown fond of income from “issue ads” in recent years on everything from right-to-work legislation to immigration reform.
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WTHR to boost tower power on signal gripes

August 17, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The city’s top-rated news station wants to crank up its signal, saying it’s had more than 40 complaints about reception from over-the-air viewers since the conversion to all-digital broadcasting.
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Public broadcasters find cheaper, faster way to share content

July 31, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The state's eight public TV stations are building an Internet-based video streaming service that could expand their offerings and turbo-charge collaborations. Public radio stations also would benefit.
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Former 59 news chief tangled in Asiana-pilot name blunderRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Lee Rosenthal's California station reported incorrect—and racially insensitive—names of the plane’s flight crew. In a graphic, Rosenthal’s station listed names that actually were crude phonetic jokes.
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Fox59 hopes for ratings bump in Hoosier Lottery drawing deal

July 17, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Lottery ping-pong balls will be flying this fall at the studios of WXIN-TV Channel 59, which has secured a contract to air live drawings for the Daily 3 and Daily 4 games.
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NewsBlues blog takes dig at former news chief at WXINRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Lee Rosenthal's new TV station in San Francisco was breathlessly promotional about its coverage of the Asiana Airlines crash.
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