Local CBS affiliate moving from WISH to WTTV

 IBJ Staff
August 11, 2014
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WISH-TV Channel 8 is losing its affiliation with CBS-TV after nearly six decades, CBS Corp. announced Monday morning.

The CBS affiliate in the Indianapolis area will move from LIN Media's WISH and begin broadcasting on Tribune Broadcasting’s WTTV-TV Channel 4 on Jan. 1, 2015, the company said.

WISH has been the local affiliate for CBS since 1956.

With the CBS affiliation, WTTV will become the new home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.

An update to this story may be found here.


  • Fox 8?
    I hope there could and might be a chance of WISH-TV affiliating with Fox... even if WISH has to go independent until 2016, when WXIN-TV's Fox affiliation agreement is due to expire. Hopefully Media General/LIN are successful in WISH hitching up with Fox, amid WISH's 58-year union with CBS coming to an end.
  • I can't think of any market that has 3 full power stations with 3 top 7 networks
    Around mid 90's they couldn't have 2 full power commercial stations in a market. Back then they had to sign a waiver for WTTK. Details on that in link below. WTTV may overlap with WLKY. It wouldn't surprise me if 1 of Indy locals don't claim unfair competition was to weaken 8 so there is a weak newscast at 10PM or no newscast to compete with WXIN. Not sure if WLKY could file a complaint on to much possible overlap signal between WTTV being a CBS station? I thought WISH had a good signal but some say it was not good enough. They could probable move WNDY DT to Indy to replace WISH signal, WISH signal would replace WNDY and move 17 translator between Marion and Muncie for WNDY. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WIPX-TV
  • Unwatchable
    News reporters often look like they are trying to win an Oscar rather than reporting the news. Whoever told them to tell a story with emotion instead of offering straight news should never work in the industry again. As for news, WISH was all about if it bleeds and fluff stories, ignoring stories of importance to Indy.
  • h8ers
    hope scot sander and the other news barbies land somewhere in indy. i do hope this is an opportunity for wolfsie to never pick up the mic again.
  • monopoly??
    How can the FCC allow Tribune to hold the franchise rights to 3 different networks for one market?
    • CBS Move
      Honestly, I don't care WHERE CBS lands, as long as my local Comcast provider STILL offers a CW channel! There's no proof ALL local providers will offer CW on its new channel! CW is about the only non-cable network I even watch regularly.
    • Nice solution to rising cable bills
      Assuming LIN can provide some decent programming throughout the day, this could end up being a brilliant business decision. Lots of people still watch over the air tv.
    • Sorry to lose WISH
      Wow, lots of news anchors, reports to probably lose their jobs, Maybe WISH can carry some of the new sub channels...Retro TV, Grit TV, Movies!, etc. MeTV is a great subchannel carried by WTHR.
    • Hm?
      Would love to know some specifics as to what Lizzy refers. Sounds like axe-grinding...?
    • Southern Indiana battleground
      This will drive the CBS affiliate (WLKY) in Louisville absolutely bonkers. WTTV's reach into southern Indiana is strong - and it will be VERY interesting to see how they respond to an Indianapolis based network station treading so deeply into their territory. This is a big win for Tribune.
    • Probably not
      It looks like the CW is moving to 4.2 according to the article in Variety. Time will tell I suppose, but it'll be interesting to see what becomes of WISH.
    • poor performance
      This is not surprising. 8 has consistently made bad decisions on what and who they cover. Ethical issues about their approach have been in question for years. Their investigative and negative high drama approach has resulted in fewer viewers and much less trust. karma?
      • 60 Mins
        Brilliant, Jose!
      • Babs
        Good for you, Babs. How times have changed. In the old (NTSC, pre Digital TV days), it was channel 4 that has issues reading the North suburbs. Now, the FCC assigned a high VHF broadcast channel for WISH. Sucked for them!
      • Tonite on 60 Minutes
        "I'm Morely Safer." "I'm Mike Wallace." "I'm Ed Bradley." "I'm Sammy Terry. All this and George the Spider: tonight on 60 Minutes."
        • Channel 4?
          When I was a kid we had to adjust the rabbit ears to get channel 4 so we could watch Sammy Terry' Nightmare Theater. Now it's going to be CBS?
        • WISH
          Will they get the CW network or just shut down?
          • WHAAA???
            Will Stan Wood still be there?
          • Good
            Now I'll be able to actually get CBS in my home without ridiculous antenna gymnastics that only sometimes work. Seriously, boost your signal, WISH.

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