WISH will also expand its Weekend Daybreak to 10:00 a.m., starting January 3rd.

WISH-TV 8 / Indianapolis (“WISH-TV 8”)

FIRST ON THE BLOG: By now, it should be no surprise to you to hear that WISH-TV 8 is losing CBS after 60 years and that once it goes Independent, WISH-TV 8 will have even more local news coverage while retaining all of its existing newscasts. While other people may not know about is that WISH-TV 8 is also expanding its news coverage on weekends. Here’s the details (with the scoop from Inside Indiana Business):

WISH-TV 8 will also expand its weekend editions of Daybreak to 10:00 a.m., starting Saturday January 3rd. Which means starting this date, 24-Hour News 8’s Daybreak will be on from 6:00-10:00 a.m. on weekend mornings, fully competing with WXIN 59’s weekend editions of the FOX 59 Morning News and also competing with long-time leader WTHR 13’s Eyewitness News Sunrise at 9:00 a.m. It’s also gonna compete with the Saturday edition of WRTV 6’s Good Morning Indiana at 9:00 a.m.

WISH-TV 8’s President and General Manager Les Vann:

“We’re excited to announce these additional hours of news along with a new schedule of popular programming that complements our award-winning news and delivers key audience demographics to our advertisers. We are in this to win and we’ve been given the support and investments to make it happen. They’re on-board (referring to the support from partners and advertisers) and ready to see us succeed.”

Here’s the full lineup on WISH-TV 8, along with the new syndicated programming, starting Thursday January 1st, 2015 and according to The Indianapolis Star, would last from January-September 2015:

  • 4:00-4:30 AM: TouchVision News (syndicated service from Milwaukee)
  • 4:30-5:00 AM: 24-Hour News 8’s Daybreak at 4:30 a.m. (remains unchanged)
  • 5:00-6:00 AM: 24-Hour News 8’s Daybreak at 5:00 a.m. (remains unchanged)
  • 6:00-7:00 AM: 24-Hour News 8’s Daybreak at 6:00 a.m. (remains unchanged)
  • 7:00-8:00 AM: 24-Hour News 8’s Daybreak at 7:00 a.m. (moves from its sister station, WNDY 23 MyNDY 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)
  • 9:00-10:00 AM: Indy Style (local lifestyle show; this program will remain in the same timeslot)
  • 10:00-11:00 AM: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (game show; 2 episodes with Terry Crews; moves from WNDY 23 at 8:30 a.m.)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM: Family Feud (game show; 2 episodes with Steve Harvey; moves from WNDY 23 at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.)
  • 12:00-1:00 PM: 24-Hour News 8 at Noon (expands from half-hour to a full hour)
  • 1:00-2:00 PM: The Real (talk show; with Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon, Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Jeannie Mai; moves from WNDY 23 at 3:00 p.m.)
  • 2:00-3:00 PM: The Wendy Williams Show (talk show; moves from WNDY 23 and remains in the same timeslot)
  • 3:00-4:00 PM: Rachael Ray (talk show/cooking show; will remain in the same timeslot)
  • 4:00-5:00 PM: Steve Harvey (talk show; will remain in the same timeslot)
  • 5:00-5:30 PM: 24-Hour News 8 at 5:00 (remains unchanged)
  • 5:30-6:00 PM: 24-Hour News 8 at 5:30 (remains unchanged)
  • 6:00-6:30 PM: 24-Hour News 8 at 6:00 (remains unchanged)
  • 6:30-7:00 PM: 24-Hour News 8 at 6:30 (a brand new newscast)
  • 7:00-7:30 PM: Inside Edition (newsmagazine; will remain in the same timeslot)
  • 7:30-8:00 PM: Entertainment TONIGHT (entertainment newsmagazine; will remain in the same timeslot)
  • 8:00-8:30 PM: Extra (entertainment newsmagazine; moves from WNDY 23 at 2:30 a.m.)
  • 8:30-9:00 PM: Access Hollywood (entertainment newsmagazine; moves from WNDY 23 at 11:00 p.m.)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM: How I Met Your Mother (comedy sitcom; 2 episodes; famously starring Neil Patrick Harris)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM: 24-Hour News 8 at 10:00 (moves from WNDY 23 and remains in the same timeslot)
  • 11:00-11:30 PM: 24-Hour News 8 at 11:00 (remains unchanged)
  • 11:30 PM-12:00 AM: Hot in Cleveland (comedy sitcom; famously starring Betty White; moves from WNDY 23 at 4:30 p.m., but also remains in the same timeslot)
  • 12:00-12:30 AM: Cougar Town (comedy sitcom; famously starring Courtney Cox; moves from WNDY 23 at 4:00 p.m.)
  • 12:30-1:00 AM: Entertainment TONIGHT (entertainment newsmagazine; repeat; moves from 1:30 a.m. on WISH-TV 8)
  • 1:00-2:00 AM: The Real (talk show; repeat)
  • 2:00-3:00 AM: The Doctors (talk show; repeat; will remain on WNDY 23 at 9:00 a.m.)
  • 3:00-4:00 AM: TBD

WISH-TV 8’s President and GM, Les Vann:

“This programming strategically attracts a younger, more female demographic, in addition to loyal 24-Hours News 8 viewers. The schedule also provides WISH-TV the independence and flexibility to continue to enhance our commitment to local news and local programming.”

WISH-TV 8 is ready for Independence, come Thursday January 1st, 2015.

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4 thoughts on “WISH will also expand its Weekend Daybreak to 10:00 a.m., starting January 3rd.

  1. WISH-8 Indianapolis is now in its final days as a major network affiliated station (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC), and will soon join the list of a few other former major network affiliated stations with news operations still intact.

    – KTVK-3 Phoenix – lost its ABC affiliation to KNXV-15 almost 20 years ago, and is independent to this day.
    – KRON-4 San Francisco – lost its NBC affiliation to KNTV-11 in late 2001, and was independent from January 2002 until September 2006, when KRON joined My-Network-TV. Media General acquired KRON and other former Young Broadcasting stations last year… and is in the final stages of acquiring WISH/WNDY-23 and other soon-to-be former LIN Media Group stations.
    – WJXT-4 Jacksonville – lost its CBS affiliation to WTEV-47 (now WJAX) in 2002, and is independent to this day.
    – XETV-6 San Diego – lost its Fox affiliation to KSWB-69 in 2008, and XETV picked up CW affiliation.
    – WCCB-18 Charlotte – lost its Fox affiliation to WJZY-46 last year, and WCCB picked up CW affiliation.

    Other than WISH losing its CBS affiliation at the end of this year… WMGM-40 in Atlantic City, New Jersey is losing its NBC affiliation. It’s unclear if WMGM will still have news broadcast operation intact after January 1, 2015. Example that would come to mind: WJKS-17 Jacksonville (then WJWB, now WCWJ) shuttered its news operation upon losing ABC affiliation to WJXX-25 in late 1996… WCWJ going on to WB and CW affiliations.

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    • Those stations (3TV – Ind., KRON 4 – MyTV, WJXT Channel 4 – Ind., San Diego 6 – The CW and WCCB, Charlotte’s CW) will also join KCAL 9 in Los Angeles, WFMZ 69 in Allentown – Philadelphia and KUSI 51 (Cable 9) in San Diego that are news-producing and intensive independent stations.

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  2. This just in: It looks like Tribune is canceling plans to move The CW to WTTV-4 sub-channel. In what could be summed up as an 11th hour deal, it looks like Media General will be affiliating WISH-8 with The CW instead of going independent on January 1. WISH joining the likes of other news intensive Independent, CW, and MyTV stations, upon ending its nearly 6-decade union with CBS.

    Broadcasting & Cable story: http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/local-tv/tribune-sells-indianapolis-cw-affiliation-media-general/136613

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