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WTTV Announces New Anchor Teams

WTTVWTTV, the soon-to-be CBS affiliate in Indianapolis, has a slew of new anchor announcements. Starting with Debby Knox, Bob Donaldson and meteorologist Chris Wright, who will anchor the 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. weekday newscasts.

Knox was previously an anchor at WISH, while Donaldson will continue to anchor the 10:00 p.m. weeknight newscast at FOX affiliate WXIN. Wright comes from NBC affiliate WTHR, where he was chief meteorologist.

“We listened to what local viewers told us they wanted in a news team and a newscast. The team we’ve built for WTTV will bring a high level of local knowledge and experience, as a viewer I can’t wait to see this new team on the air,” Paul Rennie, vice president and general manager, WXIN and WTTV, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Marianne Lyles, Tim Doty and meteorologist Lindsay Riley will anchor the 5:00 a.m. and noon weekday newscasts. Lyles joins WTTV from Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN, where she was the morning news anchor. Doty previously worked as an anchor at FOX affiliate WXMI in Grand Rapids, Mich. Riley joins from NBC-owned KXAS in Dallas, where she was a weekend morning anchor.

The new a.m. and p.m. newscasts will launch with the CBS station affiliation on January 1, 2015.

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Tribune Readies for Launch of Indianapolis CBS Affiliate

TribuneMedia_CMYK_pri_LrgTypeFor 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.

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.”

 

 

 

Paul Rennie Named GM of WXIN-WTTV

Paul Rennie has been named vice president and general manager of WXIN-WTTV, the Fox and CW affiliates in Indianapolis. It is a move within Tribune for Rennie, who has been general sales manager of KCPQ-KZJO in Seattle since 2004.

“Paul brings significant industry experience, including time spent in Indy, and he understands the variety of opportunities and challenges generated by a major-market duopoly,” Tribune president of broadcast media Larry Wert said in a statement.  “He is a strategic and innovative thinker whom people trust and enjoy—Paul is the perfect fit for Indy.”

Before joining Tribune, Rennie oversaw the sales department for WRTV, the ABC affiliate in Indianapolis. At WXIN, he replaces Larry Delia, who joined rival WTHR earlier this year.

“I’m happy to be returning to Indianapolis, which is a great market that offers a lot of opportunity,” Rennie said. More in Tribune’s official announcement after the jump. Read more