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Local market tunes in Pacers playoff in 'huge' numbers

May 21, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
On Sunday, the Indiana Pacers grabbed the attention of a big chunk of the local market, drawing nearly 10 times the television audience they did for their regular-season games.
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Emmis ends profitable year despite quarterly loss

May 10, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based media company lost $18.2 million in its fiscal fourth quarter but reported a profit of $79.5 million for the fiscal year largely due to the repurchase of company preferred stock.
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WRTV launches broadcast studio on Monument Circle

May 10, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis TV station will occasionally broadcast live from the WIBC-FM 93.1 studio as part of an agreement with the radio station's parent company, Emmis Communications Corp. WRTV is hoping to gain more exposure from the deal.
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Fox59 adding another hour of daily news programming

May 8, 2012
With the additional five hours of news, Fox 59 plans to add six employees at the television station, which will produce 60 hours of news programming each week.
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After years of 'pushing water uphill,' Emmis now nimbleRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis media company is on track to have less than $75 million in debt by this summer—down from $1.6 billion before it launched the divestiture of its TV stations seven years ago.
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Tribune Broadcasting and DirecTV reach 5-year deal

April 4, 2012
Associated Press
DirecTV subscribers in 19 U.S. markets, including Indianapolis, have regained access to a host of channels that had been blacked out since Sunday because of a contract impasse with Tribune Broadcasting.
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Tribune Broadcasting says no DirecTV deal

April 1, 2012
Associated Press
Tribune Broadcasting said there's been no settlement with DirecTV Inc. in their contract negotiations, which means DirecTV subscribers in 19 U.S. markets, including Indianapolis, have lost access to certain programming.
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'Repo Games' TV show to feature Indiana contestants

March 26, 2012
Associated Press
Anderson will be heavily featured in a game show that gives residents who are facing a repossession a chance to have their vehicle paid off on the spot by answering questions correctly.
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Local businesses open wallets for tornado relief

March 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Spurred by fundraising campaigns by local television stations, more than $1 million has been raised to help victims of last week's devastating tornadoes in southern Indiana. In addition to doing a good thing, the stations are getting a marketing boost from their efforts.
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Local PBS station warns of potential scam

February 22, 2012
Scott Olson
WFYI is alerting local organizations and corporate partners about a Florida-based company asking for $20,000-plus to produce programs on not-for-profits that likely would not air on public television, as promised.
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Super Bowl just misses major-market TV-rating record

February 6, 2012
Bloomberg News
The New York Giants’ 21-17 win over the New England Patriots in Sunday night’s Super Bowl narrowly missed drawing the highest major-market television rating in National Football League history.
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NBC spot focuses on city's Super Bowl legacy

February 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis’ shining moment in the Super Bowl spotlight came about four hours before kickoff, when NBC televised a short feature on 2012 host city.
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Lucas Oil gets brand boost from Super Bowl venue

February 5, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Any company with its name attached to the Super Bowl is about to score one of its biggest marketing bounces of the year. And none will realize a bigger victory than California-based Lucas Oil Co.
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ESPN pleased with Pan Am Plaza broadcast decision

February 3, 2012
Scott Olson
The sports network originally considered broadcasting from Monument Circle, but chose the plaza because the location has Lucas Oil Stadium as an ideal backdrop.
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WRTV names new anchor teams for evening newscasts

January 20, 2012
Jenna Kooi, a former anchor for Fox59 previously known as Jenna Maloney, will co-anchor the 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts for WRTV, and Erika Flye has been promoted to co-anchor the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.
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Indians sign deal to air all 72 home games on TVRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Deal with WRTV-Channel 6 will provide most extensive coverage in franchise history.
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City to host NFL awards event on eve of Super Bowl

January 3, 2012
Associated Press
The NFL will announce its annual league awards, including Most Valuable Player, in a two-hour prime-time special, "NFL Honors," to air on NBC on Super Bowl eve, Feb. 4.
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NBC sold out of advertising spots for Super Bowl

January 3, 2012
Associated Press
NBC has sold all the commercial airtime for the Feb. 5 game in Indianapolis and even has a waiting list of advertisers. The average cost for a 30-second spot this year was $3.5 million.
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WISH says reporter firing not due to downsizing

January 3, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Local CBS affiliate WISH-TV has fired award-winning field reporter Brad Edwards, but General Manager Jeff White said the station will soon hire a replacement, plus two additional reporters to grow its staff.
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NFL's new TV deals are big score for ColtsRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
The NFL's new broadcast agreements with CBS, Fox and NBC will make the league by far the richest in terms of professional sports broadcast pacts. The Colts will get close to $218.8 million a year from the deals starting in 2014.
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WRTV sold with eight other TV stations for $212M

October 3, 2011
Associated Press
Television station and newspaper owner The E.W. Scripps Co. said Monday that it will pay $212 million in cash for nine TV stations, including WRTV in Indianapolis, owned by The McGraw-Hill Cos.
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Comcast announces layoffs, hirings in Fishers

September 23, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Cable TV giant Comcast Corp. has notified the state of Indiana that it plans to eliminate 57 customer-retention employees in its Fishers office by the end of the year, but also plans to add 37 customer-service workers during the same time period.
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WRTV anchor Shepherd leaving for not-for-profit post

September 8, 2011
Cory Schouten
WRTV-TV Channel 6 anchor Trisha Shepherd is leaving the station at the end of the month to take a position with the Riley Children's Foundation.
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Ball State: Digital generation torching cable TVRestricted Content

August 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Ball State University’s Digital Policy Institute said there’s more behind the shrinkage in customers that cable TV companies have experienced than just a downturn in the economy.
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Locally produced adventure show reaches 95 million homesRestricted Content

August 13, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Eddie Brochin, a lifelong outdoorsman who began leading hunting and fishing expeditions in the late 1990s, now chronicles his adventures in his own TV show, "Ultimate Outdoors with Eddie Brochin."
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