Indianapolis Business Journal

FEBRUARY 15-21, 2016

Indianapolis TV stations have been thrown for a loop on two fronts: the addition of a fifth broadcaster with a full plate of news programming, and a new ratings system that has confused advertisers. Anthony Schoettle takes stock of the shifting TV landscape. Also in this week’s issue, John Russell checks in on the Harding Street Station as it burns its last nuggets of coal. And in A&E Etc., Lou Harry appreciates an Asian staple at Ramen Ray.

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CBS shift in 2015 rejiggers TV ratings

When CBS jumped from WISH Channel 8 to WTTV-TV Channel 4 last year, the latter added another 24.5 hours. That move, plus a new ratings system, led to a tumultuous year for local TV broadcasters.

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Angie’s List fate hazy if HomeAdvisor merger occurs

Angie’s List Inc. and rival HomeAdvisor both connect consumers and service providers, but their business models are very different. That adds a complicating wrinkle as speculation intensifies that HomeAdvisor’s parent will take another run at acquiring Angie’s List.

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Steak n Shake ups ante in cheap-food strategy

The burger chain in November announced that it recorded a 3 percent increase in same-store sales in the third quarter. It was the 27th quarter in a row in which same-store sales rose compared with the same period a year earlier—a stunning run of success in the topsy-turvy world of restaurants.

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INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE: Colleges won’t let go of donation tax credit

State Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, didn’t mince words during a public hearing on tax issues last month. “I hate this credit,” he said bluntly. He was talking about the state college contribution tax credit, which rewards Hoosiers who donate money to Indiana colleges and universities. Hershman authored Senate Bill 309, legislation that—as introduced—would have […]

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Tindley Schools CEO Marcus Robinson has resigned

Robinson had served at Tindley for 12 years and helped grow it from one school to six schools. But more recently, he had been under fire for using a company credit card to pay for top-tier hotels and first-class flights.

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Dems object but Holcomb should be easily confirmed

Republicans don’t need Democrats’ help to confirm Eric Holcomb as lieutenant governor. They hold a huge majority in the Legislature—and it appears they support the governor’s choice to replace Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.

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Hogsett deserves praise for halting Covanta deal

The decision to suspend the trash/recycling deal with Covanta shows the mayor is dedicated to responding to his constituents, doing business in the public view and doing what’s best for the long-term interests of the city.

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