DMAS 28 & 34

Tegna Completes Acquisition Of Dispatch Stations

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

Tegna Taps Larry Delia As SVP Media Operations

The Dispatch Broadcast Group executive will make the move once the sale of its stations to Tegna closes. He will be succeeded as president-GM of WTHR Indianapolis by Michael Brouder.

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.

DMA 28: INDIANAPOLIS

WTHR Names Jeff Rosetti News Director

Dispatch taps the broadcast and cable news veteran to lead its news and digital team at the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis.

DMA 28: INDIANAPOLIS

Veteran WTHR Anchor John Stehr To Retire

John Stehr, longtime anchor at Dispatch’s NBC affiliate WTHR Indianapolis (DMA 28) has announced his retirement. Stehr’s final day as weekday anchor of 13 Eyewitness News will be Dec. 21. “John has made a tremendous impact on our station and across Central Indiana,” says Larry Delia, WTHR president-GM and president of Dispatch Broadcast Group. “We […]

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.

DMA 28: INDIANAPOLIS

WTHR Lays Off Sports Commentator Bob Kravitz

DMA 28: INDIANAPOLIS

Veteran WTHR Anchor John Stehr To Retire

John Stehr, longtime anchor at Dispatch Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate in Indianapolis (DMA 28), announced that he will retire on June 20. “John has made a tremendous impact on our station and across Central Indiana,” says Larry Delia, WTHR president-GM and president of Dispatch Broadcast Group. “We cannot thank John enough for his contributions as […]

DMAS 28 & 188

Comcast Drops Indianapolis Affils In Lafayette

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.

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.

 

DMA 27: INDIANAPOLIS

WTHR’s Stehr Takes Leave For Heart Operation

DMA 27: INDIANAPOLIS

Man Who Attacked WTHR Reporter Convicted

Four TV Stations Among DuPont Winners

Four 2017 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards go to local television news investigations: KXAN in Austin, Texas, for documenting racial profiling, WVIT in West Hartford, Conn., for uncovering widespread faulty home construction, Indianapolis’ WTHRfor exposing a corrupt charity, and Atlanta’s WXIA for spotlighting problems with the 911 emergency system.

MARKET SHARE (DMA 27)

WTHR Dominates Indianapolis Election Coverage

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 27

WTHR Indianapolis Bucks Media Merger Trend

In television, size matters — and station operators nationwide are in a mad rush to get bigger faster. Every Indianapolis station except one — local leader WTHR. the NBC affiliate — has been touched by merger mania in the last five years. Now, some industry experts have begun to wonder if WTHR’s Tiny Tim-size parent, Columbus, Ohio-based Dispatch Broadcasting Group, can survive in this land of ever-growing giants.

DMA 27

CBS Shift Reorders Indianapolis TV Ratings

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.

SOCIAL SCORECARD

Videos Push WTHR To Top Social Spot

Dispatch-owned NBC affiliate WTHR has nearly lapped the social local media competition in Indianapolis (DMA 27) with over 10.4 million social actions in the last six months according to Shareablee data. Ramping up video posts has helped widen the lead, but Tribune-owned WXIN still edges the station out on fans/followers with nearly 564,000 in this week’s Social Scorecard.

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.”

 

MARKET SHARE (DMA 27)

WTHR Partners With Indianapolis For Signature Event

DMA 27 (INDIANAPOLIS)

WTHR Debuts New Set And Graphics

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

Investigation Drives WTHR’s Bob Segall

The award-winning reporter for Dispatch Broadcast Group’s Indianapolis NBC affiliate believes local TV can have a far greater impact on communities than network news. But, he emphasizes, stations have to make a commitment to investigative journalism “in good times and bad,” versus the more widespread practice of building I-Teams and the like only to dismantle them when money gets tight.

DMA 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

Indy Star Columnist Bob Kravitz Joins WTHR

Dispatch Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate WTHR Incianapolis (DMA 26) has hired outspoken Indianapolis Star writer Bob Kravitz. WTHR President-GM Larry Delia said: “Bob’s reputation and unique insight into Indiana sports at all levels will be a vital addition to our sports department, both online and on-air. We’re very pleased he’s making the move.” Kravitz joins […]

DMA 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

WTHR Adds Show With Colts Punter Pat McAfee

Dispatch Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate WTHR Indianapolis (DMA 26), announced today that Colts Punter Pat McAfee will be joining the station for The Pat McAfee Show beginning Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. In making the announcement WTHR President-GM Larry Delia said: “Pat’s passion and enthusiasm for his team and community make him a perfect fit […]

NEWS ANALYSIS BY AL TOMPKINS

Stations Investigate Football Helmet Safety

One of the benefits of my job is that as I travel around the country working with TV stations, I see story ideas that spread like kudzu from one market to the next. One station in one city finds some success with the story, others hear about it, copy the idea and localize it.  I find most of these cut and paste ideas pop up around “sweeps” months and most are awful.  Here’s one that isn’t. It is worth looking at where you are and it may keep some kid from getting hurt.

Eight Stations Land News & Doc Emmy Noms

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences unveiled nominations for the 35th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.Regional nominees are WTHR, WFAA, WISN, KXTX, WNBC, KING, KNXV and KXAS. PBS led networks with 43 nominations followed by CBS with 42. The awards will be presented Sept. 30 during a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center.

DMA 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

Pescovitz Named WTHR Weekend A.M. Anchor

Dispatch Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate WTHR Indianapolis (DMA 26), today named Naomi Pescovitz weekend morning anchor for 13 Eyewitness News Sunrise effective July 9. Pescovitz will anchor both the Saturday and Sunday editions of the newscast. In addition, she will serve as a 13 Eyewitness News reporter three days a week. Pescovitz comes to WTHR […]

DMA 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

WTHR Adds 30 Min. To Early News, To Start At 4

Dispatch Broadcast Group-owned NBC affiliate WTHR Indianapolis (DMA 26) announced today that beginning Monday Feb. 24, its 13 Eyewitness News Sunrise will begin weekdays at 4 a.m., one-half hour earlier than its current 4:30 a.m. start time. In making the announcement, Larry Delia,  president-GM, said: “Hoosiers wake up to Channel 13 and for those who […]

DMA 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

Weekend Anchor Pence, Producer Out At WTHR

DMA 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

Ratings Surge After Buchman Arrives At WTHR

DMA 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

WTHR To Boost Power After Signal Gripes

Dispatch Broadcast Group’s Indianapolis NBC affiliate wants to crank up its signal, saying it’s had more than 40 complaints about reception from over-the-air viewers since the conversion to digital broadcasting.

DMA 26

WTHR To Air Two Indianapolis Colts Games

Dispatch Broadcast Group-owned NBC affiliate WTHR Indianapolis (DMA 26) announced today that the station has secured local broadcast rights to air ESPN’s Monday Night Football contest between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Diego Chargers on Monday, Oct. 14, and the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football matchup between the Colts and Tennessee Titans on Thursday, […]

DMA 26

Dispatch Names Delia GM In Indianapolis

Larry Delia, the former head of Tribune’s Indy Fox-CW duo, is succeeding John Cardenas as head of NBC affiliate WTHR and Cozi TV station WALV-CD.

DMA 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

WTHR Tornado Relief Effort Now Over $60,000

Dispatch Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate WTHR Indianapolis (DMA 26) announced Tuesday that its WTHR Cares: Oklahoma Tornado Relief  effort has now raised more than $60,000 from viewers who donated through WTHR’s website or at designated locations across Central Indiana, with additional funds still being raised. Proceeds go directly to the American Red Cross for victims […]

DMA 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

WTHR Names Kathy Hostetter News Director

The former news director of WAVE Louisville, Ky., joins Dispatch’s Indianapolis NBC affiliate.

DMA 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

Ex-WTHR Employee Files Discrimination Suit

The former executive assistant to NBC affiliate WTHR President John Cardenas has filed an age- and sexual-discrimination lawsuit against the station and parent Dispatch Broadcasting Group. Debbie Wiley, 60, alleges her complaints about Cardenas were not adequately investigated and that she was fired last June in retaliation.

TVNEWSCHECK FOCUS ON NEW MEDIA

Are News Ratings Key To Monetizing Digital?

WTHR Indianapolis GM John Cardenas thinks so, having seen the news ratings at the NBC affiliate (and the related ad revenue) rise along with the usage of its digital offerings. WorldNow, WTHR’s digital technology provider, thinks so, too. It’s been preaching that a real commitment to digital will pay off at noon, 6 and 11, but not all its clients are entirely convinced.

AIR CHECK BY DIANA MARSZALEK

Looking For A Job? Indianapolis Needs 3 NDs

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.