TV

WISH-TV fills vacant anchor slot with Hoosier native

May 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Lori Wilson, an Indiana University graduate, was most recently an anchor in Philadelphia—a city she may have a hard time forgetting, according to various media reports.
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WRTV adding employees, expanding newscasts

May 1, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Lagging in the ratings, the local station is aiming for an uptick under new ownership with a morning news show on weekends.
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WTHR exec accused of discrimination lands new gig

April 24, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WTHR's John Cardenas, who was recently accused of sexual discrimination by his former executive assistant, has been named vice president of news for Dispatch Broadcast Group, the station's parent company.
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NBC extends Notre Dame football contract through 2025

April 18, 2013
Associated Press
Notre Dame and NBC said the extension would begin in 2016 and run through the 2025 season. Financial terms were not announced. The current five-year contract is reportedly worth $15 million annually.
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Gun control ads enrich local TV stations

April 12, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis television stations pocketed more than $332,000 in recent months by airing commercials from groups for and against Obama administration initiatives.
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WTHR's IRS investigation receives national honorRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
The station was honored for a six-month investigation into Internal Revenue Service mismanagement that resulted in fraudulent tax refunds for undocumented workers.
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Fox59 news chief to depart for San Francisco station

April 1, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Over his four-year tenure, Lee Rosenthal helped WXIN-TV Channel 59 more than double the airtime it devotes to news.
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WTHR hires former producer as news director

April 1, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The NBC affiliate in Indianapolis said Monday it has hired Kathy Hostetter, currently news director at WAVE-TV Channel 3 in Louisville, to fill a news director post that has been vacant since January.
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WISH-TV receives trio of awards from APRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Look for Channel 8 to trumpet its Outstanding News Operation, Best Newscast and Best Website awards from the Associated Press.
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Comcast gun-commercial ban hits Indiana gun stores

March 22, 2013
Associated Press
A decision by Comcast Corp. to ban commercials touting firearms and ammunition has left some Indiana gun store owners searching for new ways to advertise their products.
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Radio One to launch local Telemundo affiliate

March 8, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis will have a commercial Spanish-language television station again when Radio One Inc. launches a Telemundo affiliate March 11.
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WTHR meteorologist leaving for position in Texas

February 26, 2013
Cory Schouten
WTHR-TV Channel 13 Meteorologist Chikage Windler is scheduled to sign off the local air Tuesday afternoon before departing for a new position in Texas in the latest in a series of shakeups involving local weathercasters.
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WFYI adds art show to television lineup

February 18, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis public broadcaster WFYI aims will expose its popular “The Art of the Matter” radio show to television audiences beginning Tuesday. WFYI is scheduled to produce 20 episodes of the weekly TV show during its pilot season.
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Insurer tapping Super Bowl to continue ad campaign

January 30, 2013
Scott Olson
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance will unveil two new ads during game-day coverage Sunday as part of its successful "Stop Knocking on Wood" marketing effort.
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WRTV promotes from within to fill news director opening

January 9, 2013
Scott Olson
The local ABC affiliate named Terri Cope-Walton to fill the position that's been open since November. The station veteran had served as interim news director and previously was assistant news director.
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WRTV hires morning news anchors

December 11, 2012
Marc Mullins and Beth Vaughn, who come from NBC affiliates in Eugene, Ore., and Kansas City, Mo., respectively, will begin anchoring WRTV's morning newscasts in January.
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Timmy Global Health wins $250K at NBC awards show

December 10, 2012
Dan Human
Indianapolis not-for-profit Timmy Global Health received a $250,000 grant Saturday after finishing third in nationwide voting on the "American Giving Awards."
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Funding cuts may pull plug on school broadcasting

December 7, 2012
Associated Press
In August, Greenfield city officials decided to drastically slash funds for Greenfield-Central High School's broadcasting program. The future of the programs remains in a state of limbo for the 2013-14 school year and beyond.
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WISH-TV names veteran Bray news director

December 4, 2012
Steve Bray, who started at WISH-TV Channel 8 as a weatherman in 1995, has been promoted to news director. He replaces Patti McGettigan, who was ousted in August.
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TV news director departures shake up market

December 1, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Three of Indianapolis' four local TV news providers—WTHR-TV Channel 13, WISH-TV Channel 8 and WRTV-TV Channel 6—are looking for news directors.
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Small charity to use NBC show to boost visibility, vie for $1M prizeRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Dan Human
The efforts of Indianapolis-based Timmy Global Health to improve health in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa while exposing hundreds of students to the realities of the medical industry have earned it an appearance on network TV and a shot at a $1 million unrestricted grant.
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Anchor Pilgrim leaving Fox59 for East Coast job

November 27, 2012
Cory Schouten
WXIN-TV Fox 59 anchor and reporter Eva Pilgrim is leaving the local station for a similar position at the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia.
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Local NBC affiliate WTHR losing news director

November 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The departure of Keith Connors from WTHR-TV Channel 13 will leave three out of the four local network television stations without a news director.
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WRTV reporter leaving station after 23 years

November 19, 2012
Stacia Matthews said she is quitting the station to become public relations manager for the Indiana Spine Group. Matthews joined WRTV in 1989.
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News director Finch out at Channel 6

November 16, 2012
Scott Olson
Two of the four Indianapolis television stations are without news directors after WRTV-TV Channel 6 parted ways with industry veteran Kevin Finch, less than two years after hiring him.
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  1. I still don't understand how the FBI had any right whatsoever to investigate this elderly collector. Before the Antiquities Act it was completely legal to buy, trade or collect Native American artifacts. I used to see arrow heads, axes, bowls, corn grinders at antique shops and flea markets for sale and I bought them myself. But that was in the late 60's and early 70's. And I now know that people used to steal items from sites and sell them. I understand that is illegal. But we used to find arrow heads and even a corn grinder in our back yard when I was a child. And I still have those items today in my small collection.

  2. I lived in California and they had many of the things noted in the proposed suggestions from the "Blue Ribbon Panel". California is near financial collapse now. Let's not turn the great state of Indiana into a third world dump like California.

  3. The temporary closure of BR Avenue will get a lot of attention. But, one thing reported by the IndyStar really stands out to me, and is extraordinarily depressing: “Police also have agreed to crack down on noise violations, traffic violations and public intoxication.” In other words, the police have generously agreed to do their jobs (temporarily, at least), instead of just standing around waiting for someone to call 911. When is someone in this department going to get off their fat arse (looking at you, Chief), get their minds out of 1975-era policing and into 2014, and have his department engage in pro-active work instead of sitting around waiting for someone to be shot? Why in the hell does it take 7 people getting shot in one night in one of the city’s biggest tourist destinations, to convince the police (reluctantly, it would appear) that they actually need to do their f’n jobs? When is the Chief going to realize that there’s a huge, direct, proven correlation between enforcing the law (yes, all laws, especially those affecting quality of life) and preventing larger crimes from occurring? Is it racial BS? Is that what this extraordinary reluctance is all about? Is the department and the city terrified that if they do their jobs, they might offend someone? Whom, exactly? Will the victims of violence, murder, assault, rape, robbery, and theft be offended? Will the citizens who have to tolerate their deteriorating quality of life be offended? Will the businesses who see their customers flee be offended? Or, is it simple ignorance (maybe the Chief hasn’t heard about NYC’s success in fighting crime - it’s only the biggest g*&#am city in the country, after all)? Either way, Chief, if you don’t want to do your job, then step down. Let someone who actually wants the job take it.

  4. I thought Indiana had all the funding it needed for everything. That's why the state lottery and casino gambling were allowed, as the new tax revenue would take care of everything the state wanted to do.The recommendations sound like they came from California. Better think about that. What is the financial condition of that state?

  5. I was a fan of WIBC in the morning, Steve was the only WIBC host that I listened too, he gave the news with so much flare that I enjoyed listening to him on my way to work. Katz is no Steve. Sadly, I will not be listening to WIBC anymore.

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