Communications

The Interview Issue: Karen Ferguson

September 27, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Karen Ferguson, formerly Crotchfelt, has helped steer the state’s largest daily newspaper through one of its most tumultuous periods.
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The Interview Issue: Matt Tully

September 27, 2014
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis Star political columnist Matt Tully has a desk at the newspaper’s downtown headquarters. But his office might as well be the handful of north-side coffee shops and cafés where he meets with politicians, civic leaders and business bigwigs who help inspire and shape his columns.
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New area code on tap for Indianapolis region

September 24, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The telecommunications industry wants to add a new area code for the parts of central Indiana covered by 317. The bottom line for all residents: 10-digit dialing would be required for local calls.
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Apple: iPhone 6 models break company sales record

September 22, 2014
Associated Press
Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the three days after the phones went on sale.
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Current to add Geist to growing newspaper stable

September 19, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Current Publishing LLC, a Carmel-based firm which publishes five weekly newspapers covering parts of Hamilton and Boone counties, continues to thrive as the print news industry as a whole lags.
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Pete the Planner uses humor, straight talk to become media sensation

September 13, 2014
Sam Stall
Peter Dunn, a prolific tweeter who appears on broadcast outlets as well as in The Indianapolis Star, hopes the release of six books in January further builds his profile.
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Former WIBC news anchor Simpson lands new gig

September 11, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Canned by WIBC in June, Steve Simpson will leave the Indianapolis market to anchor the morning news for Minneapolis' top news-talk station.
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Nuvo enters Bloomington market, eyes other college towns

September 6, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Nuvo has entered a long-abandoned market, Bloomington, and is eyeing other Indiana college towns, particularly Muncie and West Lafayette, for expansion. The alternative free weekly newspaper has been working on the plan for six months.
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Indy Star will be carrying lots of baggage to new home

September 6, 2014
Greg Andrews
Revenue for Gannett's newspapers may continue to drift lower after the company breaks into two next year.
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Infighting bogs down digital billboards

August 30, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Marion County is an untapped market for digital billboards despite years of lobbying by sign companies, and it’s not because of political opposition to the large, lighted signs. What’s holding back changes to the city code is industry feuding over the form of regulations that could determine their future market share.
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After WISH drama, CBS reaches deal with Lin for other affiliates

August 28, 2014
 Bloomberg News and IBJ Staff
CBS Corp. has agreed to renew affiliation agreements for 12 stations owned by Lin Media after it played hardball with the company and dropped its ties with WISH-TV in Indianapolis.
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Loss of CBS affiliation slices $110M from Indy station's value

August 26, 2014
Cory Schouten
How much value did the CBS network affiliation bring to WISH-TV Channel 8? About $110 million, if you believe the parent company’s calculation.
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Family-founded underdog WTTV hits broadcasting pinnacle

August 24, 2014
Associated Press
The TV station has gone from a simple two-hour-a-day operation into a national affiliate within the span of a lifetime. Its early history is truly Hoosier: created with saved money, built with callused hands and managed by local folks.
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Demise of Radio Disney causing static; local station in play

August 23, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Walt Disney Co. announced earlier this month that it would sell its 23 radio stations that target children ages 3 to 15. The only Radio Disney outpost on the FM dial, WRDZ-FM 98.3 in Indianapolis, could be particularly sought after if the stations are sold individually.
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Will spurned TV station launch ABC courtship?

August 16, 2014
Greg Andrews
Channel 6's affiliation agreement with ABC expires in January, but the station's owner, E.W. Scripps, has strong ties to the network and will be highly motivated to avoid a parting of ways.
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Emmis: Dynamic pricing will reshape many industriesRestricted Content

August 16, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. executives believe their latest acquisition, a local flexible-pricing software firm called Digonex Technologies, can revolutionize any number of businesses, including radio.
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Kravitz leaves Indy Star for job with WTHR

August 14, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
After 14 years as the Star's lead sports columnist and most recognized personality, Bob Kravitz resigned Thursday shortly after 3:30 p.m. “I agonized over this decision for days and days,” he said of joining Channel 13's sports staff.
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Tag Heuer signs sponsorship with IndyCar, SpeedwayRestricted Content

August 9, 2014
IndyCar Series officials announced a deal Aug. 6 making Switzerland-based TAG Heuer the official watch of the open-wheel series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Two Indianapolis-based tabloids up for sale

August 5, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Long-time local publisher Ted Fleischaker recently put his two print publications—The Word and Up Downtown—on the market. He says he's a motivated seller.
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New TV deals to provide huge cash infusion for Colts

August 2, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The NFL’s new contracts with CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN—which take effect this month—are set to deliver each of the league’s 32 teams a $27 million bump in national television revenue, according to sources familiar with the deals.
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Former newspaper editor now telling stories on screenRestricted Content

July 19, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Documentary filmmaker Ted Green recently completed production of “Bobby Slick Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier,” a 90-minute documentary that will debut at Bankers Life Fieldhouse July 29.
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HHGregg ditches ad campaign, returns to former agency

July 9, 2014
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based retailer is going back to Zimmerman Advertising a year after parting ways with the firm and just two months after unveiling a "brand transformation."
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Profit dips for Emmis despite boost from new stations

July 9, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The needle on radio revenue spiked in the first quarter for the Indianapolis broadcasting and publishing firm, but profit sank.
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Late Pacers slump didn't slow season-ticket renewalsRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The season-ticket renewal rate for next season is around 93 percent, and season-ticket sales are 15 percent ahead of last season, said Todd Taylor, the team’s chief marketing and sales officer.
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Angie's List Grand Prix sponsorship targets service providers

June 21, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
It was no surprise that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway approached the Indianapolis-based consumer-review service about sponsorship of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis before the inaugural event in May. But the first response from Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle was no.
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