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WXIN Partners With The Indianapolis Star

wxin logoWXIN-WTTV, Tribune Broadcasting’s duopoly in Indianapolis, is teaming up with The Indianapolis Star for a multi-year newsgathering partnership.

“Over the past several years, FOX59 News has seen tremendous growth in terms of news hours and viewers we serve,’’ WXIN news director Kerri Cavanaugh said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to announce this exciting partnership with IndyStar, as it continues to broaden the scope of the local stories we cover and connects viewers in Central Indiana with the news and information they want, when and how they want it.”

The partnership, launching August 1, includes joint coverage of news, sports, weather, politics and investigative stories, according to WXIN. The development of joint community events and expanded sports coverage are also in the works, the station says.

Naomi Pescovitz to Anchor Weekend Mornings at WTHR

NaomiPescovitz300WTHR has announced Naomi Pescovitz will join the Indianapolis NBC affiliate as weekend morning anchor on July 9.

“Naomi is no stranger to Central Indiana and is a perfect fit our team,” said news director Kathy Hostetter in a statement. “She grew up in Indiana and went to high school right here in Indianapolis.”

Pescovitz is a reporter and fill-in anchor at KSTP in Minneapolis-St. Paul. She has also worked at KVOA in Tucson, AZ, WIBW in Topeka, KS, and KULR in Billings, MT.

Jeff White Out as WISH GM

white wishJeff White is no longer GM of Indianapolis CBS affiliate WISH, according to a LIN company spokesperson.

His LinkedIn profile says White was GSM at WISH in 1998, station manager in 2003 and was named GM in 2005.

LIN wouldn’t say why White was gone.

WXIN-WTTV Names Sarah Jacobs General Sales Manager

WXIN logoSarah Jacobs has been named general sales manager at WXIN-WTTV, Tribune’s Fox and CW affiliates in Indianapolis. She will begin on May 2 and report to Paul Rennie, the stations’ vice president and general manager.

“I’m extremely happy to have Sarah lead the sales effort for our outstanding duopoly stations,” Rennie said in a statement. “Both FOX59 and Channel 4 are leaders in the market in terms of ratings as well as revenue, and I’m confident Sarah’s energy and leadership will continue to build on that momentum.”

Jacobs comes from Sinclair Broadcast Group, where she has been the local sales manager at WKRC in Cincinnati since 2008.

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.

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