Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. saw its bid to become a nationwide powerhouse collapse after its would-be partner, Tribune Media Co., withdrew from a planned $3.9 billion merger that drew the ire of regulators.
Local and national reporters clamored for interviews with Mayor Joe Hogsett about Indianapolis' chances, but city officials largely kept quiet while forwarding media to the Indy Chamber and influencing messaging behind the scenes.
WRTV-TV Channel 6, which expanded news programming to weekend mornings nearly five years ago, has called off the effort. The plan will reduce local news programming on the station by five hours per week.
Attorney General Curtis Hill, who is under fire over allegations that he inappropriately touched four women at a bar, has hired a former TV reporter and anchor who worked 26 years in the Indianapolis market.