TV

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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WRTV widening local content streaming to devicesRestricted Content

July 13, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WRTV-TV Channel 6 plans to begin broadcasting high school sporting events over a streaming service for smartphones and tablets.
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Sharper minds coming to TV production truck?Restricted Content

July 6, 2013
Ball State University next month will launch what’s believed to be the nation’s first-ever digital sports production major.
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Kokomo eatery featured on 'Restaurant Impossible'

July 2, 2013
Associated Press
Ducky's Family Restaurant had been a staple in Kokomo for 50-plus years, but recent struggles earned it a spot on the Food Network's "Restaurant Impossible."
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Actor who played ghoulish TV host Sammy Terry dies

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
Bob Carter's Sammy Terry character was a fixture of Indianapolis television from 1962 to 1989, beginning each episode of "Nightmare Theater" on WTTV-TV by climbing out of a coffin with a trademark fiendish chuckle, wearing a blood-red cape and skullcap, and green makeup on his face.
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Weatherman Wright feels wronged, leaving WTHR, report says

June 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Channel 13's chief meteorologist and 10-time Emmy winner reportedly was offered a pay cut and lesser role to make room for Angela Buchman.
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Head-swap performed on WTHR general managerRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Someone apparently forgot to tell Pablo Pereira, the weatherman at Fox affiliate KTTV-TV Channel 11 in Los Angeles, that he’d been promoted to president and general manager of WTHR-TV Channel 13 in Indianapolis.
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Former TV news king WRTV seeking comeback under new owner

June 8, 2013
Chris O'Malley
WRTV-TV Channel 6 is making big changes, many tailored to capturing viewers through digital outlets, in an effort to stage a comeback after a two-decade slide.
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WTHR lures new chief exec from another Indy station

June 7, 2013
Mason King
The owner of WTHR-TV Channel 13 has reached into its broadcasting backyard to poach a new president and general manager for the station, hiring Larry Delia from WXIN-TV Fox59.
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Fox59 losing anchor to Texas station

June 3, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Square-jawed news veteran Walt Maciborski will step down from the 5 p.m. newscast on Friday to take a similar gig in his adopted hometown of Austin, Texas.
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TV ratings droop near all-time low for Indy 500

May 28, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
ABC-TV's telecast of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday earned a 3.7 rating nationwide, one of the race's worst ratings performances in recent history.
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ESPN counting on story lines to sell Indy 500

May 21, 2013
Associated Press
There is no shortage of compelling story lines accompanying Sunday's race, leaving television executives feeling confident about another bump in viewership this year.
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Fox59 lands news director from Grand Rapids

May 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Kerri Cavanaugh will replace Lee Rosenthal, who oversaw a major expansion of Fox59's news programming.
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WRTV adds Avon native to its weather team

May 13, 2013
 IBJ Staff
WRTV Channel 6 has hired central Indiana native Kyle Mounce as its newest meteorologist, the Indianapolis TV station announced Monday night.
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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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