In addition to the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis and CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, it’s also getting WBNS-AM-FM in Columbus.
Dispatch taps the broadcast and cable news veteran to lead its news and digital team at the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis.
The Dispatch Broadcast Group stations expand coverage leading up to the midterm elections by carrying debates, weekly political shows plus online offerings.
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.
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.”
WTHR Indianapolis and WBNS Columbus, Ohio, are now carried on the local live-streaming subscription TV service.