Since its founding in 1957, Central Indiana residents have relied on WTHR Channel 13, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis, as the leader in local coverage. On August 8, 2019 WTHR was purchased by TEGNA, Inc.
WTHR's broadcast facility, located at 1000 North Meridian Street, officially opened in May of 1982. It was one of the first buildings to become part of Mayor William H. Hudnut's revitalized North Meridian Street corridor. The station houses two broadcast studios that feature the latest in automated studio technologies, including state of the art augmented reality and virtual sets. These investments afford WTHR the ability to tell stories and showcase local productions in a way few stations in the country can.
WTHR's commitment to bring the best local news coverage is clearly visible everyday. Channel 13 Eyewitness News is Indiana's News Leader, with a commitment to engage and enrich the lives of the people in our community. WTHR’s exclusive Live Doppler 13 Radar gives residents precious extra minutes to know about the weather dangers around them. Additionally, the station’s award-winning investigative reporting brings to light issues that affect the wellbeing of our neighbors everyday. Further, WTHR’s coverage is available wherever and whenever people need it, whether online, on mobile devices, or even on popular streaming services. All of this is evidence of the station’s commitment to provide the best local coverage possible for its viewers.
WTHR Channel 13, home to 13 Eyewitness News, is among the most-honored stations in the country. Its wide range of work, from investigative stories to feature stories to excellence in producing live newscasts, WTHR is recognized with some of the most prestigious and coveted awards in broadcast journalism. Among them: a national Emmy award, national Edward R. Murrow awards, multiple George Foster Peabody awards, multiple Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards, plus many awards from Sigma Delta Chi/Society of Professional Journalists. In addition to these awards, 13 Eyewitness News has received hundreds of regional Emmy Awards in just the past few years-- more than any other station in the state of Indiana.WTHR is part of TEGNA, a publicly traded local media company dedicated to serving the greater good of our communities.
WTHR is owned and operated by TEGNA Inc., an innovative media company that serves the greater good of its communities. Across platforms, TEGNA delivers relevant and trusted content by telling empowering stories, conducting impactful investigations and providing innovative and unparalleled solutions for advertisers through TEGNA Marketing Solutions. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.
Mission and Coverage Priorities
TEGNA’s purpose is to serve the greater good of our communities.
We will provide the news and information that people need to function as effective citizens.
We will seek solutions as well as expose problems and wrongdoing.
We will provide editorial and community leadership.
We will seek to promote understanding of complex issues.
We will be advocates for our communities.
At TEGNA, you will find people from all backgrounds, interests and abilities, united by a common purpose to make a difference in our work, our company and our community.
We are committed to making editorial decisions with input from a variety of voices that reflect our community. We seek sufficient understanding of the communities, individuals and stories we cover to inform the public. We are persistent in pursuit of the whole story.
DIVERSITY STAFFING REPORT
At TEGNA, we believe that attracting a talented and diverse workforce is one of the keys to our success. We strive to create for our employees an environment which offers professional and intellectual challenges, which encourages innovation and creativity, and which rewards success and effective teamwork. Read our latest EEO Diversity Report.
Ethics, Standards and Practices
TEGNA is committed to the highest ethical standards and dedicated to the principles of truth, independence, fair play and integrity. These principles apply to everything we do, from gathering content to reporting and producing content. Read TEGNA’s Principles of Ethical Journalism.
TEGNA journalists observe the following principles:
We will remain free of outside interests, investments, business relationships or personal relationships that may compromise the credibility of our news reports.
We will seek to avoid potential conflicts of interest and promptly disclose any that arise.
We do not accept gifts, meals or entertainment from any individuals or organizations that may be covered by our stations.
We do not allow sponsors of news to determine, change or restrict content.
We do not make political contributions, participate in political advocacy or publicly share political views.
We are transparent about paid or sponsored content.
We clearly identify and differentiate commentary from news.
We will explain our journalistic processes to our audience.
We will uphold and defend the First Amendment.
We will be vigilant watchdogs of government and institutions that affect the public.
We will fight to insure the public’s business is conducted in public.
We will treat people with dignity, respect and compassion.
We will be fair with people unaccustomed to dealing with the media. (*)
We will seek all sides relevant to a story.
(Also diverse voices)
We will act honorably, transparently and ethically in dealing with news sources, the public and our colleagues.
We will obey the law.
We will not skew facts, distort reality or sensationalize events (ETHICS).
We will not manipulate images or sound in misleading ways.
We will not present images that are reenacted without informing the audience.
We will use hidden cameras or similar techniques only if there is no other way to tell a significant story effectively, and only with news management approval.
We will respect the copyrights of others.
VERIFICATION & FACT-CHECKING
We report the news accurately, thoroughly and in context on all platforms. We vet sources, verify facts and challenge assumptions before reporting news. We hold factual information on all platforms to the same standards of accuracy.
We are honest. We do not mislead sources, story subjects or the public.
We attribute information received from others, and we are transparent with sourcing. We do not plagiarize.
We do not misstate our identity or intentions. We keep our word.
We do not intentionally slant the news.
We value being right over being fast.
We will use unnamed sources as the sole basis for reporting only as a last resort when it best serves the public’s right to know, and only with prior news management approval.
We will make corrections promptly and proportionate to the original reporting.
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We value feedback from our community, including story ideas as well as comments and corrections on our coverage. Click on the appropriate link below to route your feedback to the correct team in our newsroom.
NEWSROOM CONTACT INFORMATION
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I e-mail a member of the WTHR staff?
WTHR has a contacts web page. Click here to visit the page.
Q: Where can I find a broadcast schedule?
WTHR has a TV Schedule page. Click here to visit the page.
Q: How do I find WTHR/NBC and WALV/MeTV on cable and satellite?
WTHR NBC is available over the air on Channel 13.1 and WALV, which carries MeTV programming, is on Channel 13.3. If you are a cable or satellite subscriber, you can find our programming in your channel lineup by using these links: WTHR/NBC and WALV/MeTV.
Q: How do I find DABL on cable?
DABL is available on the following cable systems: Charter/Spectrum: Ch. 60; Comcast: Ch. 250/1182; NineStar: Ch. 27; Metronet: Ch. 109; Endeavor Communications: Ch. 112; Skitter TV: Ch. 14; Swayzee Communications : Ch. 15.
Q: Can I watch WTHR on my phone or connected TV?
We have a list of all the ways you can watch Eyewitness News. We also partner with a number of other video providers that might work with your device. Click here to see the list.
Q: How do I get a waiver so I can receive WTHR on my satellite dish?
WTHR NBC Channel 13 is available via satellite on both DISH Network and DirecTV with NO PERMISSION OR ‘WAIVER’ NEEDED for subscribers in the following Indiana counties: Bartholomew, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Brown, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Decatur, Delaware, Fayette, Fountain, Grant, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Miami, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Putnam, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Tipton and White. It is DISH Network and DirecTV policy to offer Indianapolis stations including WTHR NBC 13 only to subscribers who live in one Indiana counties listed above and all you need to do to receive WTHR NBC 13 is to order the "Indianapolis local station package" from your satellite provider. WTHR has offered permission to both DISH Network and DirecTV to provide service from WTHR NBC 13 to Central Indiana subscribers who live outside of the above counties. As of this time, both DISH and DirecTV have refused our offer of permission, so NBC service via satellite is not available to Central Indiana subscribers outside of these counties. If you do not live in one of the above listed counties and wish to receive NBC service via satellite, you should contact your satellite provider and ask that they accept our permission and provide you NBC service from WTHR NBC 13 Indianapolis, including the local news, sports, severe weather warnings and local school closing information that only your local NBC station, WTHR NBC 13, provides.
If you feel that you have reason to submit a request for a satellite ‘waiver’, the following information is provided:
Satellite ‘waiver’ requests are not handled by local TV stations.
The Law governing satellite home viewing, the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act (SHVIA), requires that waiver requests only be submitted directly to the satellite company. So, you will have to send your waiver request directly to your satellite company. The following contact information is provided for you to use to submit your waiver request to your satellite company:
DISH Network Customer Service P.O. Box 33577 Northglenn, Colorado 80233
DirecTV Customer Service P.O Box 92600 Los Angeles, California 90009
If your satellite company is not listed here, you will have to call your satellite company and ask for their address for satellite waiver requests.
Q: When will I be able to receive the audio from WTHR on my radio?
The audio for Channel 13's regular programming is not on the radio. The audio frequencies for all television stations are not near the FM or AM spectrum, and therefore those radios cannot pick up those T.V. audio signals.
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