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WXIN Adds Nicole Pence, Expands Evening Newscasts

nicole penceIndianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN is launching 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts this year, vice president and general manager Paul Rennie has announced.

Nicole Pence, who left rival WTHR in November, will join the station as anchor of the 11 p.m. newscast, “NewsPoint.” The station says the newscast will be “a concise wrap-up of the day’s events” with “a distinct look and feel from the rest of FOX59’s newscasts seen throughout the day.” It will debut at the end of June.

“Nicole brings to NewsPoint instant credibility and familiarity for 11pm news viewers,” Rennie said. “We couldn’t be happier that she is part of the FOX59 News team.”

Bob Donaldson and Fanchon Stinger, who anchor the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, will add the 7 p.m. newscast to their anchor duties when it debuts later this fall.

“Over the past several years, FOX59 News has seen tremendous growth in terms of news hours and viewers. The addition of the FOX59 News at 7 and NewsPoint at 11pm is the next logical step in our expansion,” Rennie said in a statement. “We’re excited to bring viewers in Central Indiana more options to watch news when and how they want it.”

 

 

 

WISH Doubles Size of Investigative Unit

i-team-8-650x300Indianapolis CBS affiliate WISH has announced it has doubled the size of its investigative team with three new additions.

News director Steve Bray announced Karen Hensel has been named chief investigative reporter while adding WISH producer Doug Moon and photojournalist/editor Brett Bensley to the investigative team. The station also announced the hiring of investigative reporter Bennett Haeberle from WDRB in Louisville, KY.

“I-Team 8 has a long history of getting results, alerting viewers to issues impacting their family and uncovering information needed to keep them safe,” said Bray in a statement.  “We have a 52-week commitment to this to in-depth, detailed-style, investigative journalism.  It’s not only a strategy for our long term projects, but part of our daily editorial and content decisions.”

WTHR Expands Morning Newscast

WTHR_NBC_13Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR is expanding its weekday morning newscast by 30 minutes beginning next month.

“Hoosiers wake up to Channel 13 and for those who need to get up extra early we’re pleased that they will be able to watch their favorite morning show and favorite morning team a half hour earlier,” general manager Larry Delia said in a statement.

Beginning February 24, the morning newscast will begin at 4 a.m. instead of 4:30 a.m. WTHR is moving NBC’s “Early Today,” which currently airs at 4 a.m., to COZI-TV.

WTHR Anchor Speaks to Daughter Live by Phone During Purdue University Lockdown

payton_swan_wthrBefore Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR had any official information about the shooting at Purdue University that left one man dead, WTHR anchor Scott Swan spoke to his 20-year-old daughter Payton live by phone at around 12:38 p.m.

Swan, who is a nursing student at Purdue, told her father she heard reports from “various people that a TA was shot in the middle of class in Electrical Engineering.” Swan also said students were told to shelter in place.

“We’re just all really shaken up,” she told her father. She added students didn’t have any information from police.

She said her sorority sisters told her professors had locked and barricaded themselves in their classrooms and the whole campus was on lockdown.

Swan ended the phone call by telling his daughter, “Thanks for talking to your dad and making me feel a little better about how things are going.”

WISH Expands Sister Station’s 10PM

WISH_logoIndianapolis CBS affiliate WISH has announced it’s adding to the 10:00 p.m. newscast it produces for sister station WNDY.

Beginning tonight, the show will run from 10:00 to 11:00 p.m. on the MyNetwork affiliate.

“We’re providing expanded coverage and more content at a time desired by Central Indiana viewers,” Steve Bray, WISH-TV news director said in a statement.

The 10:00 p.m. news is anchored by Eric Halvorson, Brooke Martin, meteorologist Robb Ellis and sports director Anthony Calhoun.

Evening Anchor Jenna Kooi Leaving WRTV

jenna kooiWRTV anchor Jenna Kooi has decided not to return to the station after her maternity leave, the Indianapolis Business Journal reports.

Kooi, who joined the Indianapolis ABC affiliate last year, co-anchored the 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Todd Connor. News director Terri Cope-Walton told the Indianapolis Business Journal that a replacement for Kooi has yet to be announced.

Before joining WRTV, Kooi worked at another Indianapolis station, Fox affiliate WXIN, as well as at stations in Baltimore, Phoenix and Columbus, Ga.

Indianapolis Station Makes Two Anchor Moves

martin_wilsonWISH has announced starting tomorrow, Lori Wilson (pictured right) will co-anchor the Indianapolis CBS affiliate’s 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news and Brooke Martin (pictured left) will co-anchor the 5:30 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

Wilson replaces the retiring Debby Knox. She currently anchors the stations 5:00 p.m. news and reports live for the 10:00 and 11:00 pm. shows. Martin currently anchors the weekend news and also reports for the weekday 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. news.

“I’m thrilled and humbled to receive this incredible opportunity,” Wilson said in a statement. “WISH-TV has a long history of excellence in news reporting and weather coverage.  I am honored and look forward to continuing that tradition Central Indiana viewers have come to expect from 24 Hour News 8.” Read more

Weekend Anchor and Morning Producer Reportedly Out at WTHR

wthr_croppedThe Indianapolis Business Journal reports WTHR weekend morning anchor Nicole Pence and morning producer Brian Fetting are no longer with the Indianapolis NBC station.

According to the IBJ, Pence, the Indiana Governor’s niece, “abruptly departed from the station this week.” Her bio has been taken down from the station website.

>UPDATE: Matthew Kingsley, Pence’s agent told TVSPY, “Nicole Pence has turned this over to her legal counsel, John Taylor at Faegre Baker Daniels. Mr. Taylor is handling it and is also working alongside Pence’s media agent, Matthew Kingsley, with 3 Kings Entertainment.”

Kingsley would only refer to the statement when TVSpy asked for clarification.

Separately, a TVSpy tipster told us Fetting left the station earlier this week following a story about Donald Trump‘s wife Melania. She had testified in an Indianapolis courtroom about a lawsuit involving her skincare company. Trump reportedly was critical of a story on WTHR’s morning show.

Pence had been with WTHR for about a year and half. She came to the station from WLEX in Lexington, KY.

TVSpy has asked a station spokesperson for comment but has yet to hear back.

Indianapolis TV Station Trolled with Doctored Photo of Tornado, a UFO and Bigfoot

WTHR appears to have been trolled during its coverage of the storms that rumbled across the state when an image of a fake tornado that included a UFO and bigfoot was uploaded to its viewer photo iwitness site.

Jim Romenesko reported that Indianapolis Star reporter Eric Weddle found the mistake and tweeted about it,

You can see the original and doctored image in the tweet above. Weddle told TVSpy the photo has been making the social media rounds with students of nearby Purdue University and residents of Lafayette, IN.

>UPDATE: WTHR news director Kathy Hostetter told TVSpy, “The photo was published to the wthr.com photo gallery by someone outside our building.  At the height of the storm and in the aftermath of it, we received a lot of viewer photographs & video, and this one slipped through our verification protocols.  We have since removed the photo from our gallery, and we’re reviewing our internal processes to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

The UFO is in the photo’s top right. If you look down at the sidewalk right of center you’ll also see bigfoot walking towards the street.

Retiring Indianapolis Anchor Says Consultants Make All TV Stations Look the Same

WISH_knox_WISH anchor Debby Knox told the Indianapolis Business Journal she thinks consultants aren’t helping the local TV industry.

“I’ll tell you what would encourage me more is less reliance on consultants that come in and give you advice,” said Knox, who is set to retire from the Indianapolis CBS affiliate on November 26. “What I think they’ve done, and we’ve understood now, is they can homogenize news. They can make us all look the same. If you do research and you find out what viewers think, they’ll sometimes have difficulty distinguishing between news channels. I really kind of blame these companies that come in and give the same advice.”

In the piece, the IBJ asks her to look back on her career and give advice for those thinking about a career in TV news, “If you’re not curious about the world,” Knox told the IBJ. “And if you’re not curious about politics and if you’re not curious about science and the world around you, then you probably ought not be in journalism.”

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