What Time is it in Indiana?
And what time it should be.

What Will Broadcasters Do ...
Did you know? Indiana Broadcasters in the Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and most in the Terre Haute television markets do something strange. They DELAY prime time programming every summer so programs air at the same time year round. (People in the South Bend, Evansville, Louisville, Cincinatti and Dayton television market get the true feed of primetime programs, at the same time as the networks send them year round.) This delay requires additional equipment (especially as stations convert to HDTV). If Indiana moves to Central Time should broadcasters continue to delay programs year round? A better question would be "will they"? [The answer I am hearing from the stations is NO. This is the last year for delayed prime time.]

Perhaps the action's of these stations have made being on 'Chicago Time' during the summer months too easy for their viewers. (Even though in Chicago primetime airs on the correct "Central Time" schedule, an hour before Indianapolis airs those programs from April to October.)

Indiana Television Markets

The image to the right shows how Indiana is divided into television markets.

In the Northwest corner are five counties in the Chicago TV Market, these counties are closely tied to Chicago and all counties in this market are already on Central Time (CST/CDT).

The area in dark blue is the South Bend TV Market. This market also includes two Michigan counties.

To the Northeast is the Fort Wayne TV Market. Stations in this market follow the lead of the Indianapolis TV Market and time delay their summer programs one hour, making prime time 9pm-Midnight for their Ohio viewers.

In Central Indiana is the Indianapolis TV Market. In order to use the 7pm hour for local syndicated programs broadcasters have delayed programming for one hour during the summer. (The light blue counties to the NorthWest are the Lafayette TV Market with only two full power TV stations.)

In the Terre Haute TV Market (in cyan) programs have also been delayed - despite the effect on Illinois viewers.

To the Southwest is Evansville. Five of the eight counties in the Evansville TV market are already in Central Time. Programs air 'live' on Central Time.

To the South and Southeast are the Louisville and Cincinatti TV markets. The five counties separated with the dashed line were specifically mentioned in SB127 as staying in Eastern Time (EST/EDT) and their residents have been observing 'fast time' for years (although unofficially).

The right choice for Indiana is Eastern Time.
Email: est@indianaeasterntime.com