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WRTV adding employees, expanding newscasts

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WRTV-TV Channel 6 will expand its news staff and join its local rivals in offering extended news programming on Saturday and Sunday mornings, starting Sept. 7.

The ABC affiliate said its weekday “Good Morning Indiana” program will air on Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and on Sundays from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. The station will add eight new employees as part of the weekend news lineup.

“This is a major investment in talent and resources for RTV6. Users on all of our platforms will benefit,” news director Terri Cope-Walton said in a statement.

The station has yet to announce who will anchor the weekend morning newscasts.

In 2011, WRTV was purchased by Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps Co. as part of a nine-station sale by New York-based McGraw-Hill Cos. totaling $212 million.

Once a ratings leader, WRTV saw ratings ebb under McGraw-Hill ownership.

There also have been a number of changes in on-air talent. Longtime anchor Grace Trahan left in September. In January, the station debuted new morning anchors Marc Mullins and Beth Vaughn. Another change made by the station: adding two meteorologists during morning newscasts.

“With the growth of our newly reformatted Monday through Friday edition of ‘Good Morning Indiana,’ we felt the time was right to expand to weekend mornings,” general manager Larry Blackerby said in a statement.
 

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  • Exclusive at 11;00
    Besides the constant irritating weather reports, the lead stories only available at 11:00 drive me crazy. I'm watching your news at 6:00 and want the news now. You already have the story, give it to us now. I don't watch your 11:00 newscast.
  • I stopped watching a year ago
    About a year ago I stopped watching local news. I'm 53 so not your typical demographic of young people that don't watch at all and I used to be a very loyal local news watcher. I didn't make the decision to suddenly stop watching, but it happened over time. I was bored with it, get my news from national cable companies and I can get quick local news from the net and view exactly what I'm interested in without having to view a 30 minute to an hour program. I won't say local news is dead because theirs an audience for everything, but I suspect like me many more older local news supporters are not watching anymore. It doesn't matter what they do to their programming or who they add although a pretty weathergirl will get me to watch occasionally!
  • NEWS = Misnomer
    Breaking News - Breaking News, Local TV Newscasts are no longer newsworthy. At best, they are glorified weather reports or Nanny World updates. There is a very good reason why real local news is lacking - LAWYERS. So instead, we are treated with murder details involving a whole lot of "allegeds" and not much else. The rest is a regurgitation of national stories. Wise up advertisers - you control the content. What's relevant?
  • tv weather
    All the tv stations go overboard with weather, even when there's nothing going on. There's really no need for "two meterologists" in the morning. The weather forecast could usually be done in about 30 seconds, but they stretch it to 2 minutes. WXIN's 6 hour morning news block isn't bad, but it would be better with less weather, and less use of the word "guys". The weather people also don't need to constantly throw in the name of the news people while talking.
  • Keep it fun
    RTV6 keeps it for the older crowd. Make it fun like Fox59 and you'd get a bunch more viewers. We can get the news anywhere anytime anymore. Give us something to watch for, and Weather is weather, it doesn't need to consume 20% of the show, we just want to know what it's going to be like.
  • Good moves
    Just wanted to comment that Marc Mullins has been a great addition to the morning format. Nice to see some additional diversity along with more than ample talent for the job. Also glad they got rid of the woman who used to do the morning traffic reports - the one whose voice was so grating that I had to hit the mute button every time she came on. Still trying to get used to Shea Goodpasture - sort of the "country boy" sound.

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