Ben Hill, who has co-anchored WTHR-TV Channel 13’s morning weekday news since 2016, is leaving Indianapolis for an anchor job in Nashville, Tennessee, WTHR announced Tuesday.
Kevin Rader, a fixture at WTHR-TV Channel 13 since 1990, said he would remain in Indiana but would be leaving television news in July.
WTHR-TV Channel 13 said it would no longer use a dedicated person for traffic coverage as part of a strategic shift.
TV news veteran Karen Campbell announced on social media Thursday that she will join WTHR-TV Channel 13 beginning Aug. 5. In addition, WTHR is adding multimedia journalist Sarah Jones in September.
NBC mainstays Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker were joined by Tom Hanks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of a live broadcast honoring caregivers to U.S. military veterans.
WTHR-TV Channel 13 has filled its open news director position, which was vacated late last year when Kathy Hostetter left the local NBC affiliate.
John Stehr, 60, held off on leaving for several months but will finally take his last lap this week with a number of tributes to his four-decade career.
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.
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.
A source told IBJ on Tuesday that Kravitz had been laid off with several others at the top-rated local TV station.
WISH-TV and WTHR have invested heavily in technology to make their news sets grab viewers, but their methods of operation vary widely.
John Stehr, 59, took a leave of absence from anchoring duties last year after undergoing heart surgery for an aneurysm but he returned in October.
Local subscribers to the services lost access to the channel’s programming in early September as the parties negotiated on a contract.
Naomi Pescovitz, a North Central High School graduate, will help to launch a 7 p.m. newscast at KMSP-Fox 9, which she said will “give me my weekends back and I’ll be able to turn off that 1:30 a.m. alarm clock.”
The executive director of the prestigious national broadcasting awards calls WTHR’s feat “highly, highly unusual.” The local station’s competition included reporting from CNN, HBO and CBS.
After stints with three local stations and a recent maternity leave, Nicole Pence made her retirement from TV news official on Wednesday.