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Terri Cope-Walton Named ND at WRTV

Terri Cope-Walton has been promoted to news director at WRTV, the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis.

Cope-Walton has worked at WRTV since 1998, most recently as assistant news director. She stepped into the role of interim news director in November 2012 after Kevin Finch parted ways with the station.

“After a nationwide search, I found the most qualified, natural leader for RTV6 News right here inside our station,” WRTV VP-GM Larry Blackerby said in a statement. “In just the past few weeks, Terri has done an outstanding job leading our team of journalists … Terri’s news judgment, passion and commitment to local coverage is outstanding.”

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Three Indianapolis Stations Are Without News Directors

Since August, three out of the four news directors in Indianapolis have exited their posts. The Indianapolis Business Journal takes a look at the unusual timing of the vacancies and talks to the one remaining news director, WXIN’s Lee Rosenthal, about the departures:

“I ran a TV news operation for 25 years, and I do not recall ever having seen a market, any market, that has had three news directors gone at one time,” said Mike Cavender, executive director of Radio Television Digital News Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association. “It will be interesting to see what impact these new hires will have coming on board around the same time.”

“It’s certainly an unusual situation, but it doesn’t totally surprise me,” said Dave Rust, the former director of broadcast and electronic media at Indiana University and a nine-year TV news veteran. “That job today is a pressure cooker.” Read more

Veteran Reporter Stacia Matthews Leaving WRTV

Stacia Matthews has announced she will be leaving Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV after 23 years as a reporter for the station.

Matthews confirmed with TVSpy she has taken a position as a public relations manager for the Indiana Spine Group.

The veteran reporter’s announcement comes one week after news director Kevin Finch‘s departure from WRTV.

Matthews started at the Indianapolis ABC affiliate in 1989.  She previously worked at WSET in Lynchburg, VA and WTVF in Nashville, TN.

[Indiana Business Journal]

News Director Kevin Finch Out at WRTV

News director Kevin Finch has parted ways with Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal:

A WRTV spokesman on Thursday confirmed that Finch was no longer with the station, but declined to provide details, citing station policy that prohibits commenting on personnel matters.

Finch was hired at WRTV in April 2011. Before joining the station as news director he produced documentaries for cable networks. He is also a former news director at rival WISH, the CBS affiliate.

Two stations in Indianapolis are now without news directors. Patti McGettigan parted ways with WISH in August.

Investigative Reporter Stephen Dean Lands at WRTV

Investigative reporter Stephen Dean is joining WRTV, the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis.

Dean spent 11 years as KPRC in Houston. He left in May to join WSYX, spending just three months at the station before submitting his resignation.

“My ethics have always been completely unbendable, when I feel I cannot do my job with those ethics, then I can’t do my job at that station,” Dean told Houston media blogger Mike McGuff about his departure from the station.

Dean joins WRTV in late October. Read more

Morning Anchor Chris Pisano Leaves WRTV

Morning anchor Chris Pisano has left WRTV after almost two years at the Indianapolis ABC-affiliate.

WRTV news director Kevin Finch told TVSpy Pisano resigned for family reasons. His last day was earlier this month.

Pisano was the weekday morning and noon anchor for the station. His replacement has not yet been announced, according to a post from morning co-anchor Grace Trahan on the WRTV website.

WRTV Misidentifies Lottery Winner, Airs Interview with His Estranged Wife

A story about an anonymous lottery winner in Shelbyville, IN, took a strange turn recently when the winner was incorrectly identified by WRTV, the ABC-affiliate in Indianapolis.

Several local news outlets, including WRTV and Fox-affiliate WXIN, identified the winner as James Prather. On February 24, WRTV interviewed Prather’s estranged wife, Ericka, who hired an attorney to stake her claim to half of the $34.5 million jackpot. She told WRTV’s Chris Proffitt that her husband called her and asked her for a divorce after he won the lottery.

“I was like, is it because you just hit the lottery?’” she said in the interview. “And he’s like, ‘huh?’ He tried to say he didn’t, but then he’s like, ‘Yeah, I did.’”

One problem: Prather may not be the lottery winner.

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WRTV Taps Indianapolis Veteran Kevin Finch to Lead News Department

Indianapolis’s WRTV has chosen Kevin Finch as its new news director. Previously, Finch held the ND post at rival station WISH, where he worked for six years.

“Kevin’s knowledge of the Indianapolis market, his journalistic skills, and his leadership abilities make him the perfect choice to lead the RTV 6 news department back to a position of strength,” said Larry Blackerby, WRTV’s (channel 6) vice president and general manager.

Before joining WISH, where he worked as assistant news director before being to promoted to ND in 2007, Finch spent 13 years at NBC-affiliate WTHR. Most recently, Finch has been working for Calamari Productions, a local production house that specializes in non-fiction cable shows.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity,” Finch said. “I look forward to working with Larry and his staff at this venerable station, as we move forward to bring central Indiana viewers the best possible coverage on TV and online.”