Gabe Bullard

Director of News and Editorial Strategy

Gabe Bullard joined WFPL in 2008 as a reporter on the city politics beat. Since then, he's reported, blogged, hosted and edited during elections, severe weather and the Fairdale Sasquatch scare of 2009. Before coming to Louisville, Gabe lived in St. Louis, which was his home base for years of growing up, studying and interning at various media outlets around the country. 

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Local News
3:18 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

WDRB Boss to Local Stations: You're Next

WDRB-TV in Louisville is currently without about half of its audience as negotiations continue with Time Warner Cable.

The talks are over how much Time Warner should pay WDRB to broadcast local content. Time Warner says it has offered a rate comparable to what Insight used to pay WDRB, but station officials say it won't cover the necessary costs to keep that station a Fox affiliate.

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Local News
2:19 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Courier-Journal Publisher Discusses New Online Paywall and Content Strategy

Courier-Journal publisher Wesley Jackson is in an odd position. He’s essentially the connection between a local institution (the paper) and a giant national corporation (C-J parent company Gannett) during an emotional and dramatic time for both.

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Local News
11:52 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Sheppard Square Demolition Begins

The Sheppard Square public housing development is coming down.

The city is using a $22 million Hope VI grant to demolish and redevelop the 16-acre site. When work is complete, the area will host a mixed-income neighborhood. This is the third redevelopment of a barracks-style public housing complex in Louisville.

The other redeveloped neighborhoods are Park Duvalle, which replaced Cotter-Lang development, and Liberty Green, which replaced the Clarksdale development. 

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Local News
10:58 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Without Cable Contract, WDRB Will Stream Newscasts

With the channel no longer available on Time Warner (formerly Insight) Cable, WDRB will put its local newscasts online.

The streaming will begin at 11:30 am Friday.

Response to the situation has been mixed. Comments on WDRB's website and Facebook page range from mournful—several say "I miss WDRB"—to angry, with commenters blaming either or both sides.

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Local News
12:22 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Time Warner Hits Off Button on WDRB

Update: WDRB is streaming its newscasts to accommodate cable viewers. 

After last minute negotiations fell through, Time Warner Cable has pulled the plug on WDRB and WMYO in Louisville.

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Local News
5:53 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Moody's Downgrades Arena Bonds

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Moody's credit rating agency has downgraded the bonds used to finance the KFC Yum Center, citing high operating costs and poor performance of businesses around the arena.

Part of the plan to pay off the bonds relies on tax increment financing. A TIF district was created in downtown Louisville so any development spurred by the facility would help pay the debt. The arena was supposed to give downtown development a boost, but Moody's says the TIF district may not be enough to support the arena.

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Local News
5:32 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Kentucky Will Change Lethal Injection Procedures

A judge has ordered the state of Kentucky to rethink the way it executes prisoners. 

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd previously ruled the lethal injection process that involves three drugs could no longer be allowed. The state appealed and lost.

The Kentucky Justice Cabinet filed notice Thursday that it will propose new regulations by July 24. The single-page motion does not say what changes will be made, but the move could open the door to a switch to a single-drug execution.

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Local News
4:33 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Courier-Journal Changes Website, Preps Smartphone App

The Courier-Journal's paywall is now up. 

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Local News
12:07 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Talks Continue Between WDRB and Time Warner

Yesterday, the talks between WDRB -TV and Time Warner Cable went public in a big way.

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Local News
5:34 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Talks Get Tough Between WDRB and Time Warner

WDRB General Manager Bill Lamb in a "Point of View" Editorial

The contract between Time Warner Cable and WDRB-TV in Louisville is on the verge of expiring.

Time Warner pays content providers such as local television stations to carry their programs on cable. Time Warner has reportedly offered WDRB and its sister station WMYO the same fees Insight Communications paid before Time Warner purchased the company. WDRB officials have refused the offer, and the WDRB newsroom posted a story detailing the talks.  

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