New owners shake up television in the Indiana capital.
Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WRTV Indianapolis has added Megan Shinn to its Good Morning Indiana team. She joins Rafael Sánchez and Lauren Casey, along with meteorologist Todd Klaassen. The newscast airs weekdays from 4:30 to 7 a.m. on WRTV and WRTV.com and is streamed live on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV. Shinn’s first day at WRTV will be Dec. […]
Justin Welnack will join the Scripps ABC affiliate in Indianapolis in April, moving from WAPT Jackson, Miss., where he’s been CSD for four years.
The last of Indianapolis broadcast affiliates disappeared this week from Comcast’s station lineup in Lafayette, Ind., completing a purge of stations after Star City Broadcasting introduced its three network affiliates to the Lafayette market over the past two years.
Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WRTV Indianapolis (DMA 27) is canceling its Hometown Sports & News (HTSN) network on digital ch. 6.2 and is replacing it with Grit, a multicast network from Katz Broadcasting, effective Oct. 1. For five years, HTSN provided local sports to over-the-air audiences and viewers watching on Comcast and Brighthouse cable systems. Grit will deliver […]
The last year has been a tumultuous one for TV broadcasters in the 27th market. One local media buyer called the current picture “utter chaos.” When CBS moved its affiliation from WISH to WTTV, the latter added another 24.5 hours of local TV news to the market mix. And to fill the CBS hole, WISH increased its local news offering 42%, to 64.5 hours per week. WRTV also added newscasts, upping its weekly amount to 40 hours. WXIN, already a local TV news heavyweight, broadcasts a whopping 66 hours per week while local ratings king WTHR airs 38.5.
WRTV, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Indianapolis (DMA 27), debuted a new set, complete with wide video walls, multiple monitors and color-changing LED’s for peak flexibility. It was designed, installed and lit by FX Design Group of Ocoee, Fla. At the forefront is a modern weather center that showcases WRTV’s StormTeam 6. A giant monitor […]
The Scripps-owned ABC affiliate will introduce The Now, a one-hour local news broadcast, on April 20. The new show, says News Director Terri Cope-Walton, “will be a different kind of newscast for viewers in this market. It will be a little less buttoned-up than traditional newscasts.”
She has been interim news director since November when former ND Kevin Finch left the Scripps-owned Indianapolis ABC affiliate.
Three of the market’s four news-producing stations are without news directors. Industry watchers, including those with particular interest in the country’s 26th largest market, say they don’t believe there is any mystery behind the rash of departures, chalking it up mostly to coincidence — and the intense competition for news leadership there.
Kevin Finch has left the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Indianapolis. He’s been the ND there since April, 2011. Finch previously worked for two other Indianapolis stations, as ND for WISH and as a producer and EP/special projects for WTHR.
The four ABC affiliates in Denver, San Diego, Bakersfield, Calif., and Indianapolis and five low-power Azteca affiliates go for $212 million in cash. “We are energized by the addition of good people at good stations in good markets,” says Scripps SVP Brian Lawlor.
Mike McKinnon has put in a bid for the four stations, but is particularly interested in ABC affiliates KGTV San Diego, which he could pair with his KUSI independent, and KERO Bakersfield, Calif. The McGraw-Hill group also includes KMGH Denver and WRTV Indianapolis.
George Lilly’s SJL Holdings wants to add McGraw-Hill’s Indianapolis ABC affiliate to its growing portfolio of stations, but Lilly is not saying how much he’s offering.
Kevin Finch was named news director of McGraw-Hill ABC affiliate WRTV Indianapolis on Monday. He most recently was ND at WISH Indianapolis, a job he left in June, 2009. He’s been working on documentaries and freelancing since then