The addition of CBS at WTTV-TV Channel 4 gives Tribune Broadcasting a rare one-two punch in the central Indiana market with sibling station Fox59, delivering more sports than any other local broadcaster by a wide margin.
The move will give Channel 8 network programming for its evening schedule after it loses its CBS affiliation at the end of the year.
The personnel changes continue at WISH-TV Channel 8, which will lose its CBS affiliation to WTTV-TV Channel 4 on Jan. 1.
CBS Corp. has agreed to renew affiliation agreements for 12 stations owned by Lin Media after it played hardball with the company and dropped its ties with WISH-TV in Indianapolis.
How much value did the CBS network affiliation bring to WISH-TV Channel 8? About $110 million, if you believe the parent company’s calculation.
The TV station has gone from a simple two-hour-a-day operation into a national affiliate within the span of a lifetime. Its early history is truly Hoosier: created with saved money, built with callused hands and managed by local folks.
Those changes are coming in the wake of Monday’s huge announcement that Chicago-based Tribune Broadcasting, parent to WTTV, has wrestled away the CBS-TV affiliation held by WISH-TV Channel 8 since 1956.
Bob Carter’s Sammy Terry character was a fixture of Indianapolis television from 1962 to 1989, beginning each episode of "Nightmare Theater" on WTTV-TV by climbing out of a coffin with a trademark fiendish chuckle, wearing a blood-red cape and skullcap, and green makeup on his face.
DirecTV subscribers in 19 U.S. markets, including Indianapolis, have regained access to a host of channels that had been blacked out since Sunday because of a contract impasse with Tribune Broadcasting.
Digital technology ushered in over the last five years allows television stations to squeeze four signals into the broadcast spectrum a single analog signal occupied.