Communications

Constitutional referendum on marriage could yield media bonanzaRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Television and radio stations have grown fond of income from “issue ads” in recent years on everything from right-to-work legislation to immigration reform.
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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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Local Publicis office awaiting merger falloutRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
One of the city’s top ad agencies is still waiting to see how a merger between French parent Publicis Groupe and New York-based Omnicom affects the local operation.
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Trio of women now owns Borshoff, city’s biggest ad firm

August 10, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Founding principal of 29-year-old Borshoff advertising agency, Myra Borshoff Cook, 65, and senior principal Erik Johnson, 62, have sold their ownership interest in recent years to three top executives at the firm, all of them women.
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State sues AT&T for suspending injured workers

August 5, 2013
Dan Human
The lawsuit alleges AT&T's Indiana subsidiary “has a practice and policy” of suspending employees for at least one day after they report work-related injuries.
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Movie maker endured hardship in quest to capture ancient art of falconry

August 3, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Eddie Brochin is only the second person to ever film the ancient hunting techniques of Mongolia's eagle masters.
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Regulators approve new area code for southern Indiana

July 31, 2013
Associated Press
The IURC said Wednesday the new 930 area code will be an overlay inside the existing 812 area code. Customers seeking new land lines or wireless numbers in that area will get the new 930 area code.
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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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String of EEOC complaints dogs WTHR

July 27, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A case brought early this year by the executive assistant to WTHR-TV Channel 13’s former president was the seventh since 2005 by a woman alleging sex discrimination at the NBC affiliate
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Indiana tourism spending is fraction of nearby states'

July 27, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
As Indiana slashed its tourism budget, Michigan increased its widespread Pure Michigan ad campaign from $17 million to $27.4 million. Illinois, where budget problems have earned the state the nation’s worst credit rating—A3 by Moody’s Investors Service—spends more than twice as much as Michigan.
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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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Emmis sees coupons as next frontier for radio appsRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An app that would allow smartphones to receive FM radio signals like a transistor radio has been hailed as a way to help stations recapture listeners who fled to Web-based music streaming services.
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Newspaper for college Greeks in rush to hire

July 18, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Fast-growing Olympia Media Group plans to hire at least 15 more employees in the next two months—the majority in the next two weeks—as it expands into new markets and rebuilds its strategy for digital content.
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Phone company lays off hundreds amid inquiry

July 15, 2013
Dan Human
A subsidized phone service provider under scrutiny from Indiana regulators is laying off hundreds of salespeople across the country amid inquiries into its sales tactics.
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IndyCar racing to line up sponsors to replace Izod

July 13, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The IndyCar Series’ quest to find a presenting sponsor that could eventually replace Izod as title sponsor—a task series officials earlier this year called their top sales priority—has taken a blow.
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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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Star negotiating HQ move to former Nordstrom at Circle Centre

July 10, 2013
Scott Olson
The newspaper's publisher confirmed it's closing in on a deal to occupy the space after IBJ reported earlier Wednesday that the Star was considering a move to Circle Centre mall.
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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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Salesforce entices ExactTarget execs with $20M in awards

July 3, 2013
Dan Human
Salesforce.com has extended job offers to ExactTarget Inc.'s top brass—and sweetened the pot by dangling awards of restricted stock topping $20 million.
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MCL enlists star power for TV commercialsRestricted Content

June 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Last month, Los Angeles-based film producer/director Steve Zukerman filmed commercials inside an MCL Restaurant and Bakery at Allisonville Road and 86th Street and in the Carmel Arts & Design District.
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David and Marilyn Shank are survivors in PR industry

June 29, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Over the last quarter century, the husband-wife duo has outlived a number of bigger and slicker competitors, even as the Great Recession decimated some bigger PR and advertising shops.
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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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IBJ collects 8 national awards for print, online journalism

June 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Honored work included Cory Schouten's investigation of problems at the Indy Land Bank, Anthony Schoettle's scoop on the ouster of IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard and Greg Andrews' Behind the News columns.
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Live, call-in radio show focuses on Hoosier historyRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Chris O'Malley
"Hoosier History Live!" is believed to be the nation’s only live, call-in show about a state’s history. The 5-year-old show has only an estimated 1,000 listeners, but they tend to be those who are passionate about all things Hoosier heritage.
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