Fox59, IndyStar announce new media partnership

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INDIANAPOLIS, June 23, 2014 — Today, The Indianapolis Star and WXIN-TV/WTTV-TV announce a multi-year partnership to provide deeper local news coverage to better serve Central Indiana. The partnership, scheduled to launch Aug.1, 2014, will include joint coverage of select breaking news, sports, weather, election and investigative stories across IndyStar’s and FOX59’s on-air, digital, print and other multimedia outlets. Additional partnership opportunities include developing joint community events and offering expanded coverage of Indiana sports, including the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis 500.

“Over the past several years, FOX59 News has seen tremendous growth in terms of news hours and viewers we serve,’’ says Kerri Cavanaugh, WXIN-TV News Director. “We’re thrilled to announce this exciting partnership with IndyStar, as it continues to broaden the scope of the local stories we cover and connects viewers in Central Indiana with the news and information they want, when and how they want it.”

IndyStar Editor and Vice President Jeff Taylor adds, “We’re excited to combine the power of our two newsrooms to bring an unmatched level of coverage to Central Indiana. We’ll work together on select news stories and in our coverage of breaking news, sports, entertainment, elections and occasional investigative reports, and on joint community events and shows. You’ll see more coverage and will be more informed, engaged and connected with your community than ever before.’’

The IndyStar and FOX59 partnership will evolve in the coming months and will feature appearances of key reporters and journalists across the entities’ respective media outlets, including FOX59 chief meteorologist Brian Wilkes and award-winning IndyStar sports columnist Bob Kravitz. The partnership also includes plans to jointly develop philanthropic initiatives and other co-hosted, grassroots community efforts.

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WXIN-TV FOX59 is a top-performing FOX Broadcasting affiliate and one of the largest producers of live, local television news in the country, producing over 60 hours of news each week.WTTV-TV Channel 4 has a 60-plus year history, and is Indiana’s television home for top-rated syndicated programming. WTTV-TV is also the CW Network affiliate serving central Indiana and is regularly in the top 10 rated CW affiliates in the country.

TRIBUNE is one of the country’s leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in broadcasting, publishing, and interactive. The company’s broadcasting group owns or operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable, the national multicast network Antenna TV and Chicago’s WGN-AM. In publishing, Tribune’s leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune’s print and broadcast properties and extend the company’s nationwide audience.

The Indianapolis Star isthe largest and most respected news and information provider for Central Indiana reaching more than 700,000 people in print, digital and social media each week. IndyStar is owned subsidiary of Gannett Co., Inc., and began publishing The Indianapolis Star in print on June 6, 1903 and has won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting twice, in 1975 and 1991.

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international media and marketing solutions company that informs and engages more than 110 million people every month through its powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing properties. Our portfolio of trusted brands offers marketers unmatched local-to-national reach and customizable, innovative marketing solutions across any platform. Gannett is committed to connecting people – and the companies who want to reach them – with their interests and communities.