Perhaps it’s time to put the weather cams on a five-second delay? Yet another meteorologist has fallen prey to a seemingly giant insect suddenly popping up during the weather. This time, it’s Jennifer Ketchmark, who was doing the morning show at Indianapolis Fox affiliate WXIN. A bee–which seemed, for a moment, to be about four feet tall–briefly flitted by the camera, sending Ketchmark dashing off the set. “I’m gonna end up on some blooper reel,” she said.
CBS recently announced that it would move its affiliation in Indianapolis from WISH to WTTV. We reported that the switch resulted in a huge loss (as much as $100 million) for WISH’s parent company, LIN Media.
Now, it appears that WISH is making a major investment into local news programming, adding four more hours of news each weekday beginning in January 2015.
“Daybreak” will expand by two hours, airing from 4:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. News 8 at Noon will expand by 30 minutes to 1:00 p.m. The early newscast will be expanded by 30 minutes to 7:00 p.m., while the late newscast will expand one additional hour, from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
“The investments we are making further enhance WISH-TV’s 60-year commitment to localism and local news,” WISH general manager Les Vann said in a statement. “The additional 20 hours of news per week will allow us to deliver more breaking news, investigative journalism, sports and weather coverage, across all screens, and in new time periods for our viewers.”
Vann also announced that the station will debut a new entertainment program-line up in the coming months.
For Tribune, getting the CBS affiliation for its Indianapolis station WTTV was just the beginning of the story. Now there are things to buy, people to hire, and newscasts to build.
Tribune’s SVP of News Katherine Green, who was SVP and managing editor at HLN before coming to the station group in May, described the process of putting it all together for a January 1 launch as a “crazy science experiment.”
The station group announced yesterday it was hiring 80 people in Indianapolis and Green said she hoped to have everyone on board by mid to late November.
Led by GM Paul Rennie, the station group plans to have both FOX affiliate WXIN and new CBS affiliate WTTV under one roof. Green said Tribune plans to keep the news operations, studio and sales separate but will combine assignment desks. She said she hoped there would be some spirited competition between the two stations.
WTTV plans a full-plate of news with morning, Noon and evening newscasts. For equipment like news vans, cameras and studio gear, Green said the station group will invest in some new equipment and borrow from its other affiliates.
With all the buying and moving and hiring, Green seemed most excited by two things: the opportunity to challenge what she called the old news paradigm and give viewers what they want in a fresh new way and the opportunity to leverage the combined meteorological brain power of both WXIN and WTTV weather teams during weather emergencies.
Tribune Media announced today it’s looking for
to hire up to 60 people to fill out the newsroom at soon-to-be CBS affiliated station WTTV.
>UPDATE: Tribune told TVSpy it’s looking to fill 80 positions, though not all will be in news.
A Tribune spokesperson said Tribune Media is looking for everyone from a news director to on-air talent for the Indianapolis station. Some positions may also work for Tribune’s other Indianapolis station Fox59 WXIN.
If you’re interested in working there, click here to find the job postings on Tribune’s website. They even created a QR code for those interested. Check it out after the jump.
CBS announced earlier this month it would move its affiliation in Indianapolis from WISH to WTTV. That switch has resulted in a big loss–as much as $100 million–for WISH’s parent company, LIN Media, reports the Indianapolis Star.
The financial impact of CBS stripping its affiliation from WISH is so significant that it caused a re-valuation of the pending sale of the Indianapolis station’s owner LIN Media to Media General.
The two media companies said last week they amended their $1.6 billion merger in light of CBS’s Aug. 11 announcement that it will switch its Indianapolis affiliation from WISH to WTTV-4, owned by Tribune Broadcasting.
Doerr replaces Vann, who was the president and GM of the Savannah, GA, LIN owned ABC affiliate.
“Les has done a terrific job in Savannah, rebuilding and launching a new brand, transforming its news department and strengthening the station’s commitment to localism,”Jay Howell, LIN Media’s VP of Television said in a statement. “He brings a unique skill set to WISH-‐TV and WNDY-‐TV that will be very important to these stations’ growth and development.”
CBS recently announced it is switching its CBS affiliation from LIN Media’s WISH to Tribune’s WTTV, starting January 2015.
Before working for LIN, Vann had been GM of WKRC in Cincinnati and had managed stations in Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, South Carolina and New York. Doerr comes to LIN after working as VP and group manager, Northeast Region for Smith Media.
“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,” WTHR GM Larry Delia said in a statement.
The station said Kravitz will add his commentary to the station’s coverage of pro, college and high school sports during its newscasts. The station said he will also appear on the Pat McAfee Show and “additional projects in the works.”
“We are disappointed to see Bob leave the Star,” Ronnie Ramos, the Star‘s managing director of digital and sports said in a statement. “But realize the IndyStar’s stature as the top media outlet and strong commitment to grow and promote our talented staff will prompt competitors to come after some of our people.”
WTTV is the sister station to WXIN, the market’s Fox affiliate. Tribune has owned WTTV since 2002. It has been a CW affiliate since 2006; prior to that, it was an affiliate of The WB and, earlier, UPN. WTTV was the second station to go on the air in the market, in 1949, and was an NBC and ABC affiliate throughout the 1950s.
As part of the shift, Tribune will move the CW to digital channel 4.2, leaving WISH as an independent station as of January 1. WISH had been the CBS station in Indianapolis since 1956. Tribune already has plans to produce local newscasts for the new CBS affiliate. WXIN resources will likely be tapped to get the new WTTV newscasts on the air. Right now, WXIN produces 10.5 hours of news every day.
Tribune also announced it has renewed existing agreements with its other CBS affiliates: WREG in Memphis, WHNT in Huntsville, Ala., KFSM in Fort Smith, Ark., and WTVR in Richmond. CBS has also renewed its affiliation agreement with WTKR in Norfolk, which it operates under a shared service agreement.
“This comprehensive agreement further expands our strong partnership with CBS and allows us to provide an array of outstanding programming, including leading live sports, news and entertainment,” Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert said in a statement. “Through WTTV’s new affiliation, we look forward to significantly enhancing our sports offerings, local news coverage and commitment to the community.”
“Pat’s passion and enthusiasm for his team and community make him a perfect fit for our station, and we’re happy he’s chosen to make Channel 13 the new home for his show,” WTHR president and general manager Larry Delia said in a statement.
This isn’t McAfee’s first time on TV. He has guest hosted NFL Network’s NFL AM and was a special red carpet correspondent for the 2014 ESPN ESPYs.
The Pat McAfee Show premieres September 27th at 7:30 p.m.
After Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer Perry Renn was killed in the line of duty Saturday night, CBS affiliate WISH aired a story giving the alleged killer’s family time to give their thoughts about the shooting.
In the story, the family said when Major Davis, Jr., the alleged gunman, was young his father was killed by police. At the end of the story, reporter Jessica Smith told viewers, “The family did say it is sorry for Officer Renn’s family, but they said the tragedy may have been avoided if Officer Renn would’ve stayed at his car since he could see Davis had a gun.”
Viewers reacted to the story. On facebook, one viewer commented, “Unbelievable! I’ve been a long-time supporter of WISH TV, but this is completely unacceptable to me.”
Today, news director Steve Bray wrote on the station’s website in part, “As a news organization, we provide balanced coverage and both sides of the story. Our obligation to you is to cover every angle of a story.”
Bray went on to say, “We wanted to give insight into the mind of the people/family who were involved so there was some context and exposure for you into this world. For some, maybe it’s a world you are already familiar with; for others it may be something you cannot even comprehend. It was difficult for many of us to watch and understand — mostly for the reporter who did the story. Her father is a veteran of IMPD.” Read the full text of Bray’s comments after the jump. Read more