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At WISN, Holiday Sweaters and a Tearful Farewell for Marianne Lyles

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Morning anchor Marianne Lyles made her final appearance on Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN, and her sendoff was quite festive, with Lyles and fellow anchors wearing some pretty amazing holiday sweaters.

Lyles will be joining Indianapolis station WTTV, which picks up CBS affiliation in January. Lyles will be a morning and midday anchor for the station.

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Meteorologist John Dissauer Leaving Colorado Springs for Indianapolis

3e3c6f6Meteorologist John Dissauer is leaving NBC affiliate KOAA in Colorado Springs for soon-to-be CBS affiliate WTTV in Indianapolis.

Dissauer announced the news on Facebook and Twitter on Friday, writing:

BREAKING NEWS: Excited to announce I will be the weekend evening meteorologist for the new CBS 4 in Indianapolis. Newscasts begin January 1. After 15 years away from the Hoosier state I’m moving back home.

Prior to joining KOAA, Dissauer worked as a digital marketing product analyst at Scottrade, and formed his own meteorological consulting company called Sky Strategies LLC. His last meteorologist position before KOAA was at Indianapolis FOX affiliate WXIN in 2011.

Eboni Deon Joins WISH As Weekend Meteorologist

deon-eboniMeteorologist Eboni Deon has joined Indianapolis CBS affiliate (for now, the station will become an independent in January) WISH as weekend weather anchor. “I’m thrilled to be moving back to my home state and going to work for the station I grew up watching,” said Deon.

Full disclosure: Eboni and I co-anchored weekend mornings at Orlando ABC affiliate WFTV, and she is one of the nicest and most talented people in local television. One morning, she was forced to anchor the newscast and do weather when, let’s just say, my arrival at the station was somewhat unfortunately delayed. She’s good people and a great hire for WISH.

Deon, who anchored at CNN and The Weather Channel before moving to Central Florida, makes her debut this weekend. Congrats, Eboni!

About to Lose CBS, WISH Plans to Be ‘No. 1 Independent Television Station in the Country’

WISH_logoIn Indianapolis, for nearly sixty years, if you wanted CBS, you headed to WISH, Channel 8. That marriage ends December 31, after CBS decided to pull its programming and bring it to Tribune-owned WTTV. WISH general manager Les Vann, with plenty of hours to fill, tells the Indianapolis Star the first priority is to expand news programming–by four hours each weekday. “We want to ultimately be the No. 1 independent television station in the country,” Vann said. “With our rich heritage, we can build to that point. We’re not starting from scratch here. This has been a very good television station for six decades.”

The breakup comes amid a huge power shift in the relationships between stations and networks. “Networks decided that what they offer is the distinguishing product, other than local news, that attracts an audience,” Phil Bremen, associate professor of telecommunications at Ball State University, told the Star. “Les Moonves knew he was playing a winning hand. He knew he could extract maximum pound of flesh from the affiliates. Their affiliation was of enormous value.”

Danielle Dozier to Join WXIN

Sunday morning, Danielle Dozier announced she was leaving Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO.

Yesterday afternoon, she revealed she was heading to Indianapolis FOX affiliate WXIN.

WXIN news director Kerri Cavanaugh told TVSpy Dozier starts Monday December 1.

WRTV Anchor Marc Mullins Arrested

marcmullinsMarc Mullins, an anchor at Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV, was arrested early Saturday morning. The Indianapolis Star reports Mullins, who anchors the station’s “Good Morning Indiana” newscast, was pulled over by Indianapolis Metro police around 2 a.m. after making an illegal turn:

According to the report, the officer said that he “observed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage” on Mullins and coming from his vehicle.

Mullins, 38, was given an initial field breath test and registered a blood alcohol content of .072, the report said, slightly under the level of 0.08 at which a driver in Indiana is considered to be legally drunk.

WTTV Announces New Anchor Teams

WTTVWTTV, the soon-to-be CBS affiliate in Indianapolis, has a slew of new anchor announcements. Starting with Debby Knox, Bob Donaldson and meteorologist Chris Wright, who will anchor the 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. weekday newscasts.

Knox was previously an anchor at WISH, while Donaldson will continue to anchor the 10:00 p.m. weeknight newscast at FOX affiliate WXIN. Wright comes from NBC affiliate WTHR, where he was chief meteorologist.

“We listened to what local viewers told us they wanted in a news team and a newscast. The team we’ve built for WTTV will bring a high level of local knowledge and experience, as a viewer I can’t wait to see this new team on the air,” Paul Rennie, vice president and general manager, WXIN and WTTV, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Marianne Lyles, Tim Doty and meteorologist Lindsay Riley will anchor the 5:00 a.m. and noon weekday newscasts. Lyles joins WTTV from Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN, where she was the morning news anchor. Doty previously worked as an anchor at FOX affiliate WXMI in Grand Rapids, Mich. Riley joins from NBC-owned KXAS in Dallas, where she was a weekend morning anchor.

The new a.m. and p.m. newscasts will launch with the CBS station affiliation on January 1, 2015.

Sketch Released of Indianapolis News Crew Carjacking Suspect

fox59-carjacking-suspect-2A sketch of the man suspected of carjacking a WXIN news crew last month has been released.

The Indianapolis FOX affiliate reports a reporter and photographer were covering a prayer vigil on October 14 when they were held up at gunpoint.

A bag belonging to the FOX59 reporter was recovered from behind a dumpster in the 3900 block of N. Irvington Avenue. Police also found a BB gun, resembling a .45 pistol.  A gray shirt was also found near the street, possibly belonging to the suspect, said police.

The suspect is described to be approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall and 170-180 pounds. He was described to be wearing a gray hoodie, gray shirt, black jeans and was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

Thankfully, no one was injured in the incident.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.  A cash reward of up to $1,000 is available for anyone who has information, leading to the felony arrest of the suspect.

LIN Posts 3Q Loss As WISH Set to Lose CBS Affiliation

LIN Media GLIN Media, which operates 43 television stations, reported a third quarter loss of $20.4 million, the company announced Thursday.

The loss comes despite an increase in revenues, and was the result of LIN station WISH, the Indianapolis station that will lose its CBS affiliation next year–described in the 3Q statement as a “non-cash impairment charge” of $60.9 million:

Commenting on third quarter 2014 results, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer Vincent L. Sadusky said: “Continued growth and expansion of our digital media business, robust political advertising and increasing subscriber fees helped drive our strong results during the third, and likely final quarter before we close on our merger with Media General. This is an exciting time as we prepare to combine and create one of the largest broadcast companies in the U.S., with the largest and most diversified digital business in our industry. I have great confidence in our ability to successfully execute our integration plans and capitalize on numerous growth opportunities.”

WXIN News Crew Held at Gunpoint, Carjacked

WXIN logoA crew from Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN was held at gunpoint and carjacked Tuesday night while covering a prayer vigil for victims of a recent shooting. “A gunman approached a FOX59 crew and carjacked our vehicle,” the station reported via Twitter. “We’re happy to report everyone is safe and we’re working with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police.”

The Indianapolis Star reports the WXIN news vehicle was later recovered a few blocks away:

As the crew was getting ready to film a live shot in the 3700 block of Emerson Avenue, a male, armed with a black semi-automatic pistol and wearing dark clothing, approached the marked Fox59 SUV and told the crew to get out, said Diaz.

Police said a Fox59 camera man attempted to offer the man money, but he refused, and demanded that the crew get out of the vehicle. The suspect, who police said is possibly in his early twenties, then fled the scene in the SUV, taking the crew’s equipment with him.

The vehicle was found about 20 minutes later near 39th Street and Irvington Avenue, a few blocks away on the Northeastside, said Diaz. None of the camera equipment was stolen, and only a few personal items had gone missing.