Originally signed on the air on May 30, 1949 as WFBM-TV, a primary CBS affiliate on VHF channel 6. It was founded by the Consolidated Television and Radio Broadcasters subsidiary of the Bitner Group, owners of radio station WFBM (1260 AM, now WNDE),
McGraw-Hill changed the callsign to the current WRTV on June 2, 1972, shortly after their purchase of channel 6 was complete.
Station ID (1987)
On June 1, 1979, WRTV swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate WTHR (VHF channel 13), as the high-rated network was looking for stronger stations to affiliate with.
This "Circle 6" is similar to what would Viasat 6 (Hungary) later use since 2008.
Alternate version with ABC logo
This "6" logo is similar to the one used by CBS affiliate WCPX-TV (now WKMG-TV) in Orlando, Florida.
"6 News HD" logo (2008–2012)
Alternate 6 News logo (2006–2012)
On October 3, 2011, The McGraw-Hill Companies announced that it would sell its seven-station broadcasting division, including WRTV, to The E.W. Scripps Company for $212 million. The sale received FCC approval on November 29, 2011, and was formally consummated on December 30.