The frenzy of deal-making inevitably leads to speculation about the future of WTHR-TV Channel 13—which, incredibly, has been under the ownership of the same family—the Wolfes of Columbus, Ohio—since 1975.
The move by cable and satellite providers is meant at least in part to cover increasing costs for carrying networks and popular channels, but they risk exacerbating the trend of canceling service altogether.
As part of its $4.1 deal to acquire Tribune Media Co., Nexstar Media must sell TV stations in numerous markets to avoid regulatory problems. Those sales are almost certain to involve stations in Indianapolis.
Station officials confirmed that reporter Brittany Lewis is departing, and several industry sources told IBJ that anchor Lauren Lowrey—who has been on maternity leave since late August—also is leaving.