An Indianapolis television station that is losing its network affiliation is boosting its investment in local news. WISH-TV, owned by Texas-based LIN Media, says it will add 20 hours of news programming per week. CBS Corp. is moving its Indianapolis affiliation in January to Tribune Broadcasting-owned WTTV-TV. October 1, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – WISH-TV's President and General Manager Les Vann today announced significant investments in the expansion of WISH-TV's local news programming across all 24-Hour News 8 dayparts, beginning January 1, 2015.

“The investments we are making further enhance WISH-TV's 60-year commitment to localism and local news,” said Vann. “The additional 20 hours of news per week will allow us to deliver more breaking news, investigative journalism, sports and weather coverage, across all screens, and in new time periods for our viewers.”

24-Hour News 8's Daybreak will expand by two-hours, airing from 4:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 24-Hour News 8 at Noon will expand by 30-minutes to 1:00 p.m. 24-Hour News 8’s early newscast will expand by 30-minutes to 7:00 p.m. and WISH-TV’s late newscast will expand one additional hour, from 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.


24-Hour News 8’s Daybreak 4:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

24-Hour News 8 at Noon 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

24-Hour News 8 at 5PM 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

24-Hour News 8 at 6PM 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

24-Hour News 8 at 10PM 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

24-Hour News 8 at 11PM 11:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Recognized nationally for its groundbreaking coverage, 24-Hour News 8 is best known locally for its commitment to breaking news, in-depth storytelling, investigative journalism and weather coverage delivered around-the-clock through its newscasts, on and on its mobile platforms.

In April 2014, the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awarded WISH-TV with its top regional honor, the “Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence.” This was the second year in a row WISH-TV received this top award among all other Midwest news operations, including stations in Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis. The Murrow awards recognize work of the highest quality produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. 24-Hour News 8 has also been honored recently as having the Best Newscast (Society of Professional Journalists), Best Website (Indiana AP) and Best Investigative Coverage (SPJ and AP).

2014 marks WISH-TV's 60th year of serving Hoosier viewers and six-decades of revolutionizing local television news in Central Indiana. Since signing on the air, WISH-TV has been an industry leader, both locally and nationally.

“Today's announcement and these news expansions mark a new era for WISH-TV and the viewers we serve,” said Vann. “However, this is only the beginning of that era. We're looking forward to announcing, in the days to come, our new entertainment program line-up that complements these news expansions.”

Source: LIN Media, Indianapolis

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