70 Years Ago, Columbus Discovered Television

All three major Columbus, Ohio, stations debuted in 1949: WLWC (which became WCMH) in April, and WBNS and WTVN (later WSYX) in October. Looking back 70 years later, television’s impact is hard to overstate.

DMA 34: COLUMBUS, OH

WBNS Meteorologist Arrested On Child Porn Charges

DMA 34: COLUMBUS, OH

WBNS Columbus Anchor Jerry Revish To Retire

Tegna-owned CBS affiliate WBNS Columbus, Ohio (DMA 34) today said that news anchor Jerry Revish is retiring from his career in journalism, spanning more than four decades. He delivers the station’s nightly news at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. His last day on air will be Nov. 27. Revish said in a statement: “I’ve had […]

DMAS 28 & 34

Tegna Completes Acquisition Of Dispatch Stations

The $535 million deal for WTHR Indianapolis and WBNS-AM-FM-TV Columbus, Ohio, closes.

DMAS 28 & 34

Tegna Buying Dispatch’s WTHR, WBNS For $535M

In addition to the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis and CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, it’s also getting WBNS-AM-FM in Columbus.

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Three Stations Unite To Honor Chris Bradley

DMA 34: COLUMBUS, OH

Chris Bradley, WBNS Meteorologist, Dies At 53

MARKET SHARE | DMA 34: COLUMBUS, OH

Chris Bradley, WBNS Forecaster, Enters Hospice Care

DMAS 28 & 34

WBNS, WTHR Beef Up Political Commitment

The Dispatch Broadcast Group stations expand coverage leading up to the midterm elections by carrying debates, weekly political shows plus online offerings.

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300 Cars In WBNS Distracted Driving Event

DMA 34: COLUMBUS, OH

WBNS Names Steve Koles News Director

The news director of WWMT Kalamazoo, Mich., will take over at Dispatch’s Columbus CBS affiliate on Sept. 10. Koles has more than 20 years of experience in local television news

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Teen Suicide Prompts WBNS Bullying Special

MARKET SHARE | DMA 34: COLUMBUS, OH

WBNS Promo Addresses Facebook’s Change

Facebook is changing its news feed preferences to show more posts from family and friends. “News is going to be kind of buried at the bottom,” says Larry Watzman, creative services and marketing director at WBNS, the Dispatch-owned CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. “We need to do something.” What WBNS did was create a promo that walked Facebook users through the process of changing their setting.

RETRANS | DMAS 27 & 32

WTHR, WBNS Off Of DirecTV, U-Verse

Dispatch Broadcast Group’s WTHR Indianapolis (NBC) and WBNS Columbus, Ohio (CBS) are now off of DirecTV and AT&T U-verse. In a statement, Dispatch said that it “has completed numerous retransmission agreements in the past 12 months at fair market rates without any service interruption. Unfortunately, after offering an extension last Friday to hopefully reach a fair market deal, the deadline to reach a fair agreement with DirecTV and AT&T U-verse has passed, resulting in the interruption of service …. We will continue to work towards a fair agreement with DirecTV and AT&T U-verse and hope to resolve this situation as soon as possible.”

DMAS 27 & 32

Dispatch Stations Both On YouTube TV

WTHR Indianapolis and WBNS Columbus, Ohio, are now carried on the local live-streaming subscription TV service.

 

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Tech Management Jobs in DC, FL And OH

NBC’s O&O WRC Washington is searching for a senior manager engineering & IT.  WPEC (CBS) in West Palm Beach, Fla., needs a director of engineering. Dispatch Broadcasting is looking for a director of engineering for its CBS affiliate WBNS Columbus, Ohio. To see all job openings, visit our Media Job Center here.

DMA 36: CINCINNATI

WCPO’s Williams Retiring, Hartman To Replace Her

DMAS 27 & 31

Two Dispatch Stations Add ComScore Ratings

WTHR Indianapolis and WBNS Columbus, Ohio, are the station group’s latest to add the local ratings service.

 

DMA 32 (COLUMBUS, OH)

More News Staffers Leaving WBNS

SOCIAL SCORECARD (DMA 32: COLUMBUS, OH)

Weather, Questions Give WBNS Social Lead

Dispatch Broadcast Group-owned CBS affil WBNS leads the Columbus, Ohio, market in both social media actions and fans/followers, according to Shareablee data. The station says that lead is fueled by asking the right call-to-action questions, though it doesn’t hurt to have a wildly popular, Facebook-loving meteorologist in pocket, either. 

DMA 32

Anchor Scott Light Joining WBNS Columbus

DMA 32 (COLUMBUS, OH)

Former WBNS Weatherman Joe Holbrook Dies At 87

WTHR, WBNS Return To Dish Network

Owner Dispatch Broadcast Group and the satellite carrier reach a multi-year deal.

DMAS 27 & 32

Dish Could Lose WTHR, WBNS On Monday

Dispatch Broadcast Group’s NBC affil WTHR Indianapolis and CBS affil WBNS Columbus, Ohio, have posted alerts at their websites saying their current carriage deal with Dish expires on Monday, June 15, at 2 p.m. ET, and they “continue to work toward an agreement with Dish and hope to resolve this situation as soon as possible.”

 

DMA 32 (COLUMBUS, OH)

WBNS Adds Dejero Mobile Newsgathering Systems

Dispatch Broadcast Group’s CBS affiliate WBNS Columbus, Ohio (DMA 32) has expanded its deployment of Dejero‘s mobile newsgathering systems. The station has now deployed eight portable Dejero LIVE+ 20/20 transmitters to its mobile news crews, enabling them to provide live coverage from the source of breaking news. In addition, three-quarters of the WBNS news staff […]

DMA 32 (COLUMBUS, OH)

WBNS To Expand Sunday Morning Newscast

Dispatch Broadcast Group’s CBS affiliate WBNS Columbus, Ohio (DMA 32), announced today that it will expand its Sunday morning newscast. Beginning Nov. 30, 10TV News Weekend will begin broadcasting from 6:30 to 9 a.m., leading into CBS Sunday Morning. “This move creates a strong block of news programming on Sunday mornings,” said WBNS Director of […]

MARKET SHARE (DMA 32: COLUMBUS, OH)

The Power Of History In Local TV News Marketing

DMA 32 (COLUMBUS, OH)

Paul Ballinger Named WBNS Sales Director

The Dispatch Broadcasting Columbus, Ohio, CBS affil promotes veteran employee and local sales manager to the new position.

DMA 32

Columbus Stations ‘Unite to Fight Poverty’

WCMH, WSYX, WTTE, WBNS and WOSU, along with radio, newspaper, online and outdoor media are collaborating with business and labot to create a “roadblock” for a day-long effort to flood the market with United Way messaging and stories. 

DMA 32 (COLUMBUS, OH)

WBNS Expands High School Sports Coverage

Dispatch Broadcast Group’s CBS affiliate WBNS Columbus, Ohio (DMA 32), announced expanded high school sports coverage every Friday during the school year with the debut on Aug. 30 of First and 10 Friday. “High school sports are a huge part of our community,” said Director of News Elbert Tucker. “We are pleased to expand our […]

DMA 32

WBNS Columbus To Air Antenna TV On Subchannel

Dispatch Broadcast Group’s CBS affiliate WBNS Columbus, Ohio (DMA 32), will launch Antenna TV on its ch. 10.2 beginning June 12. Tribune Broadcasting’s Antenna TV features a variety of classic TV shows and movies from the 1930’s to the 1990’s. The station said that plans are being made to add local and storied WBNS favorites […]

DMA 32

John Cardenas New GM Of WBNS Columbus

The Dispatch Broadcast Group veteran is also named the group’s vice president of news.

DMA 32

WBNS Columbus GM Griesdorn To Retire

Tom Griesdorn, head of Dispatch’s CBS affiliate since 1999, says he will step down at the end of May.

DMA 32(COLUMBUS, OH)

WBNS Teams For Holiday Toy, Food Drive

For a second year, Dispatch-owned CBS affiliate WBNS Columbus, Ohio (DMA 32), is teaming up with The Salvation Army, Walmart and WCOL-FM for A Helping Hand for the Holidays, a campaign designed to provide toys and food for central Ohio families in need. A Helping Hand for the Holidays aims to grow The Salvation Army’s […]

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Columbus TV Set For A Long Election Night

With both the Obama and Romney campaigns in desperate need of Ohio’s 18 electoral votes, all eyes will be on the state tonight. And the three news-producing stations in the state capital — WBNS, WCMH and WSYX — will be tracking and analyzing returns from across the state, watching for problems at polling places and keeping tabs on Republican and Democratic headquarters. “We are preparing for a scenario where we might not know who the president is at 11 p.m. Tuesday night,” said WBNS ND Elbert Tucker.

DMA 32 (COLUMBUS, OH)

WBNS Sets Multiplatform Election Coverage

With an eye toward Election Day, Dispatch Broadcast Group’s CBS affiliate WBNS Columbus, Ohio (DMA 32) is offering free airtime to candidates in major races during broadcasts of 10TV News and making these segments available on demand through 10tv.com, the station’s website. Central Ohioans will have a new election resource with WBNS’ online voters guide […]

DMA 32

WBNS Columbus Debuts New Look

DMA 32

WBNS, Newspaper To Host Senatorial Debate

The 60-minute event will be televised live on Oct. 18 from Columbus and offered free to every station in Ohio. WBNS will also stream it live.

Dispatch, Dish Retrans Feud Goes Public

Having failed to reach a new retransmission consent agreement with Dispatch Broadcast Group, Dish had to drop its two stations today — WTHR (NBC) Indianaoplis and WBNS Columbus, Ohio (CBS). Dispatch is seeking “exorbitant” hikes in retrans fees, Dish says. Its demands are “fair and reasonable,” counters Dispatch.

DMA 32

WBNS Columbus Moves To A Temporary Set