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.

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Stations Uncover Scary, Dangerous, Nasty

Here’s another small sampling of the investigative reporting being done at stations. The stories turned up breaches of airport security in Nashville; abbreviated prison sentences in Indiana; industrial pollution in North Birmingham, Ala.; and uncertified, previously owned mattresses in Detroit.

DMA 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

News Director Keith Connors Leaving WTHR

Connors told the staff of the Dispatch-owned NBC affiliate in Indianapolis Tuesday that he’ll be leaving the station to pursue other options when his contract expires in a few weeks, citing both family and professional reasons.

WFAA, WTHR Take Top News Emmy Honors

The 33rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were handed out in New York City. and the regional reporting awards went to WFAA Dallas and WTHR Indianapolis. Among the networks, PBS had the most wins with nine, followed by ABC and CBS with seven; NBC got three awards.

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 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

WTHR Debuts Spanish-Language Webcast

Dispatch Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate WTHR Indianapolis (DMA 26) will launch a local Spanish-language news webcast on today. The webcast, 13 Eyewitness News en Español, is recorded in the WTHR News studios and provides news updates, weather and sports in Spanish every weekday, available at WTHR.com. The news webcast will be co-anchored by Marco Dominguez […]

DMA 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

Buchman’s Move To WTHR Could Lift Ratings

DMAS 64 (LEXINGTON, KY) & 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

WLEX’s Nicole Pence Leaving For WTHR

DMA 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

WTHR Raises Over $500K For Tornado Relief

The Dispatch Indianapolis NBC affil coordinated efforts among a number of partners to generate funds for the American Red Cross to aid victims of Indiana’s devastating tornadoes.

DMA 26 (INDIANAPOLIS)

WTHR, Bright House Reach Retrans Deal

Last-minute negotiations have resulted in a new contract that keeps the Dispatch-owned NBC affiliate in Indianapolis available to Indiana cable customers of Bright House Networks.

DMA 32 (COLUMBUS, OH)

WBNS, Time Warner Cable Sign Retrans Pact

The deal covers carriage of Dispatch Broadcast’s Columbus, Ohio, CBS affiliate and the Ohio News Network plus Dispatch’s WTHR Indianapolis on Bright House Cable.

UPDATED – DIGITAL DMAS

Social Media Boosts Fortunes At WTHR

A concerted investment in social media and a new website have helped Dispatch Broadcast Group’s WTHR increase its audience and enhance its profile in the Indianapolis digital scene. Harder news reigns at the market’s online leader The Indianapolis Star, where computer assisted reporting is deepening content.

DMAS 17 & 26

Me-TV Adds Denver And Indianapolis Affiliates

Me-TV on Wednesday signed affiliation agreements with Gannett-owned KTVD Denver (DMA 17) and Dispatch Broadcast Group’s WTHR Indianapolis (DMA 26). Both affiliates will launch on Jan. 1, 2012. KTVD will carry Me-TV over the air on ch. 20.2, as well as on Comcast cable channel 250. WTHR will carry Me-TV over the air on ch. […]

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WTHR Sets Itself Apart With Serious News

The Dispatch Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate in Indianapolis has a clear goal — to be the best station in the country — and a strong strategy to accomplish it: a total commitment to enterprise and investigative reporting. It’s working as its RTDNA, DuPont-Columbia and Peabody awards this year attest. And it’s No. 1 in the ratings, too.

Grossniklaus Is SBE’s Engineer Of The Year

Al Grossniklaus, WTHR Indianapolis director of engineering, is chosen by the Society of Broadcast Engineers to receive its Broadcast Engineer of the Year Award at SBE’s annual meeting on Sept. 28.

DMA 27

WTHR Using QueManger To Manage News Graphics