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.
It will end a tradition that is just as much part of the Indy 500 fabric as the Borg-Warner Trophy, the yard of bricks, the celebratory milk in victory lane and the singing of "(Back Home Again in) Indiana."
The deal with NBC Sports Group will dramatically increase IndyCar's exposure next season and move the Indianapolis 500 to a different network for the first time since 1965. It won't end the live local blackout of the Indy 500.