WISH will shorten its 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. weekend newscasts on January 3rd.

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

FIRST ON THE BLOG: I thought XETV’s 4:00 p.m. addition would be the last post of the year for me. I guessed wrong. And I thought WISH would keep all retaining newscast times on weekends. I guess not apparently, which means a few disadvantages now for the station starting tomorrow.

WISH 8 will be shortening its 6:00 p.m. weekend newscast to a half-hour, starting this Saturday with the 6:30 p.m. half-hour being replaced by How I Met Your Mother. Also, the 10:00 p.m. weekend news on WISH 8 will be shortened to a half-hour as well. At 10:30 p.m., it will be replaced by Inside Edition Weekend on Saturdays and WISH 8’s highly popular sports show, SportsLocker on Sundays.

With the shortening of the 6:00 p.m. news to a half-hour, that means NOBODY in Indianapolis will be on for news on weekends at 6:30 p.m. and shortening the 10:00 p.m. news to a half-hour will also mean that WXIN 59 will now be home to the ONLY hour-long 10:00 p.m. newscast on weekends in the market.

I guess every advantage of being a CW or a supposed to be Independent station would have a disadvantage as well. Hmm… let’s see if this is the last post of the year.


2 thoughts on “WISH will shorten its 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. weekend newscasts on January 3rd.

  1. Indianapolis CBS/CW affiliation shake-up took a lot of us by surprise. WISH 8 ending the nearly 6-decade union with CBS at midnight on New Year’s Eve will mark the end of an era for Indianapolis TV… WTTV 4 taking CBS, and WISH getting CW over independence.

    Better scenario, IMO, would’ve been WISH assuming Fox, WXIN 59 going CW, and WTTV going CBS… or WXIN and WTTV flip-flopping Fox and CW, and WISH keeping CBS… those ideas would be very unlikely. With Indianapolis being an AFC football market (Colts), not sure if CBS desires an Indianapolis O&O… but would likely require CBS unloading some of its stand-alone CW stations (Seattle, Tampa Bay, Atlanta) and CBS stations in NFC markets (Twin Cities and Detroit)… I would say that idea would be doubtful, if not unlikely.


  2. With WTTV 4 switching to CBS, graphics package is described as a hybrid of current Scripps graphics and current CBS O&O graphics, to a certain extent… music: “Moving Forward” by 615 Music… set is said to be by Broadcast Design International.


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