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WP_20141218_14_01_12_Pro 1It is the biggest shift in local television in Indianapolis in thirty-five years.  And it begins at the stroke of Midnight on New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015 precisely at  12 Midnight. That’s when programming of the CBS Television Network moves to WTTV/Channel 4.1 (and WTTK/Channel 29.1). The shift began when the CBS Network announced in August that they were moving their affiliation, the right to carry its programming, from WISH-TV/Channel 8 to Channel 4 in a deal that stunned the TV industry in Indianapolis and the nation. Along with CBS programs like NCIS, Price Is Right, 60 Minutes, NCAA Basketball and NFL Football, local news returns to Channel 4 for the first time in decades.  The station, which will be called CBS4 will feature newscasts with popular anchor Bob Donaldson, legendary anchor Debby Knox and the Indy’s most versatile meteorologist Chris Wright at 5pm, 6pm and 11pm.  Bob Donaldson and Chris Wright appeared live on Afternoons with Amos to talk about the upcoming programming indiana 4 logoswitch and the launch of news on the new CBS4.  cbs eye logoWright, who left WTHR/Channel 13 in July 2013 told Afternoons with Amos listeners that during his absence from Indianapolis TV he’d been a fill-in meteorologist for TV stations in the Midwest and South.  Debby Knox, who retired from Channel 8 in November 2013, is returning to Indianapolis TV news to join Chris and Bob Donaldson who will continue to be seen on WXIN/Fox 59 (Channel 59) on their 10pm newscast.  Donaldson told Amos and listeners that the new CBS4 is a reunion of sort as he and Chris Wright helped launch Fox 59 News in the 1990’s. Joining the new CBS 4, Chris Wright will hold the distinction of doing the weather on Channels 4, 8, 13 and 59 in his illustrious career.  Both Bob Donaldson and Chris Wright told Afternoons with Amos listeners and the community how excited they are to help launch CBS4 and how the addition of news along with CBS entertainment and sports programming will benefit viewers. Both veteran broadcasters know they’ll be confusion at first with viewers, but they’re confident viewers will find the new Indianapolis home of CBS programs like the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, Young and the Restless, CBS Sports and Face the Nation. Donaldson also told listeners the switchover will occur during a live Channel 4 broadcast from Georgia Street downtown in Indianapolis’ first New Years Eve civic celebration in several years.  Click the Media Player to Hear the Afternoons with Amos Interview with Bob Donaldson and Chris Wright on the new CBS4. Runs 21 Minutes. ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.