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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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Command center being built at WRTV will run 19 stations

May 3, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Media giant E.W. Scripps is building a multimillion-dollar master control facility at its WRTV-TV Channel 6 that will control all 19 of Scripps’ U.S. television stations. The control hub will bring about 10 additional jobs to WRTV’s 1330 N. Meridian St. campus.
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WXIN-TV ups ante in local news arms race

April 29, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Fox59 now faces the challenge of filling airtime for two new newscasts, and the question of whether viewers even notice or care about repetition across shows.
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WNDY-TV scores Indiana Fever broadcasts

April 25, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The deal gives the WNBA team a live, over-the-air broadcaster to supplement regional and national coverage on Fox Sports Indiana and ESPN2.
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Colbert to replace Letterman in late-night slot

April 10, 2014
Associated Press
The Comedy Central star will take over for the Indianapolis native on CBS, dumping his phony conservative persona for an approach with wider appeal.
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Stations take news wars into wee hours

April 5, 2014
Chris O'Malley
WTHR-TV Channel 13 recently stole a page from WXIN-TV Channel 59’s winning playbook by adding a 4 a.m. newscast. WXIN pioneered the ultra-early trend locally in 2009. But with a second station now on at 4 a.m., who is watching television at that hour?
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WISH assessing impact of parent’s acquisitionRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
WISH-TV Channel 8 appears to be on solid ground going into a merger of its parent, LIN Media, with Media General Inc.
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Letterman surprises audience with retirement announcement

April 3, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis native David Letterman said he will step down in 2015, when his current contract with "The Late Show" on CBS-TV expires. The Ball State grad has hosted a national late-night show since 1982.
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Media General to buy WISH-TV parent in deal worth $1.6B

March 21, 2014
Associated Press
Media General is buying fellow TV broadcaster LIN Media in a deal worth about $1.6 billion in cash and stock, the companies announced Friday.
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WISH expands 10 p.m. news on Channel 23 to an hourRestricted Content

January 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
WISH-TV Channel 8 is squeezing more content out of its news operations by expanding the 10 p.m. newscast on sister station WNDY-TV Channel 23 to a full hour.
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First salvo fired in possible TV ad war on gay marriage

January 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Conservative-leaning Advance America has spent $20,600 for spots on WISH-TV and WTHR-TV, according to station records. Otherwise, supporters and opponents are keeping their powder dry for a possible November referendum.
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After football, weather coverage dominates local TV

January 7, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The weekend’s snow storm and cold blast dominated local media attention, with stations trying to find new ways to provide winter weather coverage.
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Pet show marks new territoryRestricted Content

January 4, 2014
Indianapolis-based “Pet Pals TV” will be seen on three additional television stations, bringing the total to 14.
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WRTV co-anchor spot up for grabs with Kooi departure

December 24, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Jenna Kooi has decided to hang up the earpiece after initially taking maternity leave. The station has not yet named a replacement.
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Knox handing over WISH anchor desk to newcomer Wilson

November 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The North Central High School grad has big shoes to fill as Knox retires after nearly four decades at Channel 8.
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Weekend anchor Pence, producer out at WTHR

November 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Nicole Pence, a rising star at WTHR-TV Channel 13 and the niece of Gov. Mike Pence, reportedly has been fired from the station.
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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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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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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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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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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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  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

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  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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