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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.

Local ABC Meteorologists Match Wits To Aid ‘Sandy’ Victims

Four meteorologists from ABC affiliates around the country will go head to head on the game show “Let’s Ask America” in order to benefit the American Red Cross.

(Pictured from left to right) Denis Phillips, chief meteorologist for Tampa Bay’s WFTS, Lisa Hidalgo, morning news meteorologist for Denver’s KMGH, Ashley Brown, meteorologist for Indianapolis’ WRTV, and Steve Raleigh, chief meteorologist for Cincinnati’s WCPO, won’t have to travel far to appear on the show which allows viewers to call in from anywhere via Skype.

The following description from the show’s websitetells what the forecasters can expect,

The game is simple: “Let’s Ask America” polls America about fun and irreverent topics to find out what people are thinking (e.g. Which of these shows did a group of prison inmates say they would choose to watch in their cell for an entire year? a) “Dr. Phil,” b) “Days of Our Lives,” c) “The View”). Then, all the contestants have to do is correctly predict the answer. The prize money increases with each question. There are three rounds and at the end of each round, the contestant with the lowest cash total is eliminated from the game.

The “Let’s Ask America” sweeps special benefits the American Red Cross to help out Hurricane Sandy victims and airs this Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  For a listing of cities where you can catch the show click here.

[cincinnati.com]

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

Dan Spehler Joins WXIN as Weekend Anchor

Dan Spehler is joining WXIN, the Fox affiliate in Indianapolis, as a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter.

It is a return to Indianapolis for Spehler, who worked as a reporter and anchor at ABC affiliate WRTV from 2005-10. Since 2010, he has been a reporter and fill-in anchor at WKRC, the CBS affiliate in Cincinnati.

Spehler begins Monday at WXIN. He will anchor the weekend evening newscasts.

Anchor Grace Trahan Leaving WRTV After 18 Years

Grace Trahan is leaving WRTV after 18 years at the Indianapolis ABC affiliate, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal. Her last broadcast will be Friday.

“After much thought and consideration, I have decided that my family time is suffering and I cannot be the kind of mom I want to be to my three children,” Trahan said in a statement to IBJ. “While I have enjoyed 23 wonderful years in the news business (18 of those right here at RTV6), I have decided it is time to put my family first.”

Trahan joined the station in 1994 as a general assignment reporter. She has been the station’s morning and noon anchor since 1998. According to IBJ, Tanya Spencer, a WRTV general assignment reporter, will anchor the morning and noon newscasts until Trahan’s permanent replacement is named.

WRTV Opening Street-Level Studio in Downtown Indianapolis

WRTV now has what no other station in Indianapolis has: a permanent street-level studio.

The ABC-affiliate announced today plans to open a permanent, glass-enclosed studio in downtown Indianapolis.

The space, located on Monument Circle in the center of the city, is in the Emmis Communications building, the home of local news/talk radio station WIBC.  Last November, WRTV and WIBC launched a news-gathering partnership.

“We are very pleased to take our partnership with WIBC to the next level,” WRTV vice president and general manager Larry Blackerby said, announcing the plans for the studio. 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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Indianapolis Meteorologist Cliff Nicholson Dies at 62

Cliff Nicholson, a veteran meteorologist with more than 20 years of forecasting Indianapolis weather, died Friday morning. He was 62.

Nicholson was most recently a meteorologist at NBC-affiliate WTHR. He joined the station in 1998 and worked full-time for six years, occasionally returning on a freelance basis after he left in 2004. He also worked at CBS-affiliate WISH and ABC-affiliate WRTV.

WTHR chief meteorologist Chris Wright remembers Nicholson as “just a real nice guy,” according to a statement on the station’s website.

WRTV Names New Anchors for Evening Newscasts

Indianapolis ABC-affiliate WRTV is shuffling talent on the evening newscasts.

According to the Indianapolis Business Journal, WRTV has tapped Jenna Kooi (previously known as Jenna Maloney), who has been working at the station as a freelance reporter, to anchor the 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts alongside Todd Connor.

Erika Flye, who currently serves as Connor’s 5 p.m. co-anchor, will expand her duties to also include the 6 p.m. newscast.

Until last fall, Connor’s co-anchor for the 6, 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts was Trisha Shepherd, who left in September for a position at the Riley Children’s Foundation.

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