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News Partnerships

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.

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WFAA Partners With Fort Worth Star-Telegram

WFAAlogoDallas ABC affiliate WFAA has entered into a content partnership with the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, the two companies announced today.

“We’ve been admirers of WFAA’s news operation for decades,” Jim Witt, the executive editor of the Star-Telegram, said in a statement. “The opportunity to be partners with the station long recognized as being the best in the market is exciting for us.”

“The Star-Telegram is the dominant print and digital news provider in Tarrant County with a deep legacy in Fort Worth,” WFAA news director Carolyn Mungo said. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with the many professionals at the paper.”

KMGH Teams Up With The Denver Post

Denver ABC affiliate KMGH is joining forces with The Denver Post to bring viewers ” impactful reporting and investigative storytelling that will bring positive change in Colorado.”

“These newsrooms are a great match,” KMGH news director Jeff Harris said in a statement. “7NEWS and The Denver Post are the best at digging, investigating and reporting stories that will hold government accountable and make Colorado the best place possible. We have great plans for the partnership and they all revolve around finding and reporting stories that matter and reporting them on the biggest platform possible — the goal is impact.”

As part of the partnership, the newsrooms will work together on weather coverage and on providing additional Spanish-language content.

Hartford’s WTIC Partners With NESN For Red Sox, Bruins Coverage

NESN and WTIC, the Fox affiliate in Hartford, have announced a content-sharing partnership for coverage of the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins.

As part of the partnership, NESN’s analysts and announcers will do pre-grame reports for the Hartford station. WTIC sports director Rich Coppola will appear on NESN’s Red Sox pre-game shows, and the WTIC weather team — Joe Furey, Rachel Frank and Dan Amarante — will deliver the forecast for NESN’s pre- and post-game shows.

“This unique partnership allows two powerhouse organizations to come together to provide a unique experience for its audience,” WTIC general manager  Richard J. Graziano said in a statement. “Delivering FOX CT award-winning sports and weather coverage to the strong and loyal Red Sox and Bruins fans in Connecticut is a win-win situation for everyone.”

WCMH Launches Content-Sharing Partnership With Columbus Business First

Columbus NBC affiliate WCMH has launched a content-sharing partnership with Columbus Business First.

Don DePerro, the publisher of Business First, will appear weekly on the station’s 6 a.m. newscast to discuss the week’s business news.

“NBC4 is excited to share content with Central Ohio’s best source for local and regional business news. We know it is important content that our viewers are interested in and this partnership will help us deliver it to them,” WCMH president and general manager Dan Bradley said in a statement.

WHTM Sharing Content with Local Paper

WHTM, the ABC affiliate for Harrisburg, PA, has announced a content sharing agreement with Carlisle, PA newspaper The Sentinel beginning today.

WHTM will be the newspaper’s sole weather provider in print and online.  The Sentinel will help the TV station better cover the Harrisburg market.

“The Sentinel has reporters out there covering things we might miss. On the other hand, we cover Dauphin County, York, Franklin County and Lebanon County, so we’ll have things The Sentinel won’t (ordinarily have) and to put those together is pretty potent,” said WHTM president and general manager Joe Lewin. “There isn’t anything negative about this agreement that I can see. It’s hard to quantify how much of a benefit there is because there is no downside.”

After the jump you can watch WHTM’s story on the agreement. Read more

WFSB Partnering with Local Newspaper

WFSB announced this week that it is teaming up with local newspaper the Norwich Bulletin in an effort to bring viewers more news coverage from eastern Connecticut.

“Working together, we will only strengthen our commitment to our viewers and the towns in that region,” WFSB vice president and general manager Klarn DePalma said.  “Both of our staffs have a commitment to providing Norwich and neighboring communities with the best news, weather and sports coverage possible.”

The partnership, which will take effect sometime in March, will have WFSB and Bulletin staffers appearing on each other’s platforms. Read more