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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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WRTV scores big in broadcast awardsRestricted Content

April 26, 2014
The ABC affiliate has been on a roll since new owner E.W. Scripps began making desperately needed investments in news and other operations. Scripps bought WRTV and eight other McGraw Hill stations in 2011.
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Channel 6 to air children's hospital telethon with twist

April 1, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Don't expect song-and-dance routines or sob stories. And whether a certain former local celebrity will make an appearance is top-secret.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stations switching weather lineups as Buchman nears return to air

April 20, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Local television stations are each preparing in their own way for the return to the air this fall of popular weathercaster Angela Buchman.
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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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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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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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Longtime WRTV news anchor Trahan leaving station

September 18, 2012
Grace Trahan, who has anchored the Indianapolis TV station's weekday morning and noon newscasts for the past 14 years, said she was resigning to spend more time with her family.
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Experts say Buchman's move to WTHR could lift station's ratings

June 15, 2012
Scott Olson
WTHR led in the ratings for its nightly newscasts during the May sweeps in the key 25-to-54-year-old demographic, but TV stations are rapidly losing these coveted viewers. The addition of popular meteorologist Angela Buchman could help Channel 13 staunch further losses.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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