CW Shifts to Digital Channel in Indianapolis

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The move comes as part of a new deal between CBS Corp. and Tribune Broadcasting

The CW affiliate in Indianapolis is switching to a digital channel as part of a new deal between CBS Corp. and Tribune Broadcasting.

The new, long-term agreement — which renews affiliation agreements nationwide — will see the CBS affiliate in Indianapolis move from LIN Media's WISH-TV and begin broadcasting on WTTV on Jan. 1, 2015.

The move will effectively bump The CW, which currently airs on WTTV, to the station's multicast channel, WTTV 4.2.

The CBS affiliate's change means that WTTV becomes the new home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts beginning in 2015. The station also will broadcast other live sports, including NCAA football and basketball games.

"There's nothing more valuable to a local station than programming from the No. 1 television network, and Tribune Broadcasting has been a great partner in reaching this agreement," said Ray Hopkins, president of television networks distribution at CBS Corp. "We're very pleased that Tribune recognized the full value that CBS brings to their business and brands across all of their stations included in this deal."

Said Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert: "This comprehensive agreement further expands our strong partnership with CBS and allows us to provide an array of outstanding programming, including leading live sports, news and entertainment. Through WTTV's new affiliation, we look forward to significantly enhancing our sports offerings, local news coverage and commitment to the community."

The agreement also includes renewals for four Tribune Media-owned CBS affiliates: WREG-TV in Memphis, Tenn.; WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Ala; KFSM-TV in Ft. Smith, Ark.; and WTVR-TV in Richmond, Va.

CBS also renewed its affiliation deal with Dreamcatcher Broadcasting's WTKR in Norfolk, Va., which Tribune oversees under a shared services agreement.