WRTV Indianapolis

Channel 6 Indiana

WRTV is an ABC affiliate and licensed to Indianapolis, IN and owned by E.W. Scripps Company. The channel is housed on Meridian Street in northwestern Indianapolis with a secondary office located at Momentum Circle in downtown Indianapolis. The tram sitter of WRTV can be find the city’s northwest side near Meridian Hills, Indiana. Charter Spectrum, AT&T U-verse and Comcast Xfinity on Ch 7, Ch 6, and Ch 5 broadcast the channel in Indianapolis market.

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WFBM-TV on May 30, 1949 went and was originally owned by Consolidated Television and Radio Broadcasters, a subsidiary of the Bitner Group. At its onset, the programs broadcasted by the channel included Indianapolis 500 and Crucible of Speed. It started to share ABC programs with NBC affiliate WTTV, however, both lost the network to WISH airing on Ch8 in July 1954. It also offered the programs from Paramount Television Network which included Hollywood Wresting, Hollywood Reel, Cowboy G-Men, Time for Beany and Dixie Showboat. Ch 6 acquired and FM sister in 1955 and became exclusive NBC affiliate in 1956 after dropping short-lived NTA Film Network.

In 1957, Bitner merged its operations with Time-Life and in mid-60s, its channel became the maiden service in Indiana to carry programs in color. In later Oct 1970, WFBM-AM-FM were released to McGraw-Hill in a group deal. To comply with FC regulations, McGraw-Hill was required to sell its radio stations in Denver, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis and San Diego to other companies.


It switched its affiliation to ABC on June 1, 1979 while WTHR shifted to NBC. In Process the channel 6 became the third channel in Indianapolis to get liked with ABC. The television was the first station in Indianapolis market to have its own web-portal in late 90s and then later on also emerged as the maiden station in the area to publish a mobile site. It was rebranded as RTV6 in 1998 however, adopted the on-air branding for newscasts to 6 News and retained it until 2001. It again returned to 6 News branding from 2006 to 2012 in a second stint. McGraw-Hill on Oct 3, 2011 announced to release all its assets to E.W. Scripps Company for USD 212mn. Federal Communications Commission gave green signal to the deal on Nov 29, 2011 and it concluded on Dec 30, 2011.

A secondary studio facility was inaugurated in June 2012 in downtown Indianapolis. Scripps updated the affiliation of its ABC stations on Dec 10, 2014 until 2019. Digital switch of the channel came on June 12, 2009.


Apart from offering ABC network broadcasts, Live with Kelly and Ryan, Judge Judy, and Right This Minute are the syndicated programs hosted by WRTV. WRTV airs 29.5 hours of locally produced news-bulletins per week with 5.5 hours on weekdays and 1 hour each on Sat and Sun. You can watch latest Indianapolis news, weather and sports updates, contests, videos, crime news, traffic reports and more. Follow the channel on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Here is the website: https://www.wrtv.com/