It looks like WISH-TV 8 will not discontinue its news operations after December 31st, 2014 after all.
Starting January 1st, 2015, WISH-TV 8 will expand its news operation by 20 hours a week. For those who live in Indianapolis, you will still see David Barras, Eric Halvorson, Lori Wilson, Brooke Martin, Randy Ollis, Robb Ellis and more. Here’s a list of the following newscast schedule starting January 1st:
- 4:30-7:00 AM: 24-Hour News 8’s Daybreak (will remain on WISH-TV 8)
- 7:00-8:00 AM: 24-Hour News 8’s Daybreak at 7:00 a.m. (moves from WNDY My INDY TV to WISH-TV 8)
- 8:00-9:00 AM: 24-Hour News 8’s Daybreak at 8:00 a.m. (a brand NEW hour on WISH-TV 8)
- 12:00-1:00 PM: 24-Hour News 8 at Noon (expands from 30 minutes to an hour on WISH-TV 8)
- 5:00-5:30 PM: 24-Hour News 8 at 5:00 (will remain on WISH-TV 8)
- 5:30-6:00 PM: 24-Hour News 8 at 5:30 (will remain on WISH-TV 8)
- 6:00-6:30 PM: 24-Hour News 8 at 6:00 (will remain on WISH-TV 8)
- 6:30-7:00 PM: 24-Hour News 8 at 6:30 (a brand NEW half-hour newscast for WISH-TV 8)
- 10:00-11:00 PM: 24-Hour News 8 at 10:00 (moves from WNDY My INDY TV to WISH-TV 8 and remains an hour-long newscast)
- 11:00-11:35 PM: 24-Hour News 8 at 11:00 (will remain on WISH-TV 8)
4 more hours of local news will be added for weekday news coverage. No idea if the station will expand its weekend news coverage. This is happening due to WISH-TV 8 losing its CBS affiliation at the end of the year and with the station acquiring Independent status starting January 1st, 2015. WTTV 4 will acquire the CBS affiliation in the market and will start a local news operation, independent of its sister station WXIN 59. Also with this expansion, WNDY 23 will no longer air any news programming from WISH-TV 8, unless if WISH 8 wants to add news for WNDY 23 in timeslots that no other stations broadcast in.
I called this would happen since it would lose the affiliation. And now, its a reality. Just like KCAL 9 in Los Angeles, WFMZ 69 in Allentown, KTVK 3 in Phoenix, KUSI 51 in San Diego, WJXT 4 in Jacksonville and other news-intensive independent stations, WISH-TV 8 could be a force to reckon with in the future in the Indy market.