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Rob Youngblood Joins Portland’s KATU

Rob Youngblood was introduced as the new morning anchor at KATU in Portland, Ore. yesterday. Youngblood is a former television actor who has previously anchored at WCSC in Charleston and WISH in Indianapolis.

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WISH Responds to Viewer Complaints Over Story About Alleged Cop Killer


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

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.

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.”

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.

Indianapolis Station Makes Two Anchor Moves

martin_wilsonWISH has announced starting tomorrow, Lori Wilson (pictured right) will co-anchor the Indianapolis CBS affiliate’s 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news and Brooke Martin (pictured left) will co-anchor the 5:30 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts.

Wilson replaces the retiring Debby Knox. She currently anchors the stations 5:00 p.m. news and reports live for the 10:00 and 11:00 pm. shows. Martin currently anchors the weekend news and also reports for the weekday 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. news.

“I’m thrilled and humbled to receive this incredible opportunity,” Wilson said in a statement. “WISH-TV has a long history of excellence in news reporting and weather coverage.  I am honored and look forward to continuing that tradition Central Indiana viewers have come to expect from 24 Hour News 8.” Read more

Matt Kummer Named News Director at WBAY

wbay logo_304x200Matt Kummer will be promoted to news director at Green Bay ABC affiliate WBAY after Tom McCarey retires at the end of the year, TVSpy has confirmed.

“Matt’s unique combination of experiences at WBAY, other Green Bay market stations, major markets, news management and social media evangelism made him the choice for a seamless transition to the Post McCarey Era at WBAY News,” WBAY general manager Don Carmichael wrote in a note to station staffers. “Congratulate Matt and help him in every way possible to continue the great tradition of Local News Leadership at WBAY’s Action 2 News.”

Kummer has been the station’s assistant news director since 2011. He has also worked at WCCO in Minneapolis, WISH in Indianapolis and WLUK in Green Bay.

Retiring Indianapolis Anchor Says Consultants Make All TV Stations Look the Same

WISH_knox_WISH anchor Debby Knox told the Indianapolis Business Journal she thinks consultants aren’t helping the local TV industry.

“I’ll tell you what would encourage me more is less reliance on consultants that come in and give you advice,” said Knox, who is set to retire from the Indianapolis CBS affiliate on November 26. “What I think they’ve done, and we’ve understood now, is they can homogenize news. They can make us all look the same. If you do research and you find out what viewers think, they’ll sometimes have difficulty distinguishing between news channels. I really kind of blame these companies that come in and give the same advice.”

In the piece, the IBJ asks her to look back on her career and give advice for those thinking about a career in TV news, “If you’re not curious about the world,” Knox told the IBJ. “And if you’re not curious about politics and if you’re not curious about science and the world around you, then you probably ought not be in journalism.”

You can read the entire article by clicking here.

WISH Announces Addition of Two Reporters

kylie-jeffWISH announced the hiring of reporters Kylie Conway and Jeff Wagner, who started at the Indianapolis CBS affiliate Friday.

“Kylie brings a wealth of experience, drive, compassion and talent as a reporter,” said WISH news director Steve Bray. “Likewise, we are thrilled to add someone with the skill set that Jeff brings to the table.”

“I’m excited to call Central Indiana home once again and looking forward to covering stories about my fellow Hoosiers and news that impacts their daily lives,” Conway said in a statement.

Conway, who once interned at WISH, started her career at WKAG in Hopkinsville, KY. She has also worked at WNWO in Toledo, OH, WKEF-WRGT in Dayton, OH, and KTVX in Salt Lake City where she was an evening anchor.

“The Midwest has been a great place to both grow up and grow my career,” said Wagner. “I look forward to starting this new chapter in my life here in Central Indiana.”

Wagner comes to WISH from WCIA in Champaign, IL, where he was the weekend anchor and reporter.

WISH Anchor Debby Knox Announces Retirement

WISH_knox_Debby Knox, anchor for Indianapolis CBS affiliate WISH, has announced her retirement after more than 33 years on air in Indiana.

“It’s been a wonderful opportunity to be part of the community as well as an incredible journey to cover the important events and people over my career at WISH-TV,” Knox said in a statement.

Knox started her career in the South Bend-Ekhart, IN market. According to WISH, she is the “longest running female news anchor in Central Indiana” and is eclipsed for the overall title by former WISH anchor Mike Ahern who retired in 2004.

“It is with mixed emotions that we say so long,” Jeff White, WISH president and general manager, said in a statement. “While we’re sad to see her retire, we’re happy for the next chapter in her life and the additional time she’ll have to spend with her family.”

Knox currently anchors the 6:00, 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. newscasts. The Emmy award winning anchor started anchoring the station’s noon show in 1980. Her last newscast will be November 26.

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