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TV stations prepare to unleash Super Bowl blitz

Local TV news operations have built temporary studios downtown, budgeted thousands for overtime, assigned special Super Bowl beats to field reporters, and will broadcast hours of extra news coverage between now and Feb. 6, the day after Super Bowl XLVI.

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WTHR maintains ratings lead in local news

WTHR-TV Channel 13 retained its position during the May sweeps period as the most-watched station for news in central Indiana, earning top ratings among the four local television newscasters during eight of the 10 time slots in which it airs local news.

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WTHR hires news director

Television news veteran Keith Connors will join WTHR-TV Channel 13 as news director Jan. 12, the local station announced Friday.

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WTHR winner during November sweeps period

Channel 13 received a huge ratings boost at 11 p.m., enabling it to surpass WISH-TV Channel 8 as the most-watched newscast during that time. WTHR’s newscast retained its lead in several other time slots, although audience numbers dipped, enabling competitors to close the gap.

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WTHR names new general manager

John Cardenas, news director at WBNS-TV Channel 10 in Columbus, Ohio, will assume his new job at WTHR June 1. He'll take
over for Jim Tellus, who died suddenly in early March.

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NBC’s Jay Leno failure puts pinch on WTHR

With its 11 p.m. news ratings declining and its network partner, NBC, struggling to plug the 10 p.m. programming slot crucial
to those ratings, WTHR-TV Channel 13 finds itself at a precarious crossroads.

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WTHR, WISH in dog fight for 11 p.m. news ratings

The disappointing debut of “The Jay Leno Show” at 10 p.m. on NBC has hammered ratings for the 11 p.m. newscast
of local affiliate WTHR-TV Channel 13, cutting its average audience by nearly half. But the Indianapolis NBC affiliate says
it will rebound in the fight with its CBS rival because the Leno show has fresh programming year around.

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Slumping NBC could drag down Channel 13

Early ratings from the all-important May sweeps suggest WTHR-TV Channel 13’s 15-year reign as king of local television news
is secure for now. But the big test will come this fall when NBC’s weakening prime-time lineup is expected to put the ratings
crown in play.

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WTHR general manager departure a stunner

Neither side is talking, but one thing is certain: The removal of the 13-year WTHR veteran known for a sometimes-testy temperament
comes at a crucial time for the local television station.

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