On February 11, 2014, Quincy Newspapers agreed to purchase WPTA from the Malara Broadcast Group as part of a deal to purchase Granite Broadcasting's stations in four markets (the other stations were KBJR-TV in Superior, Wisconsin and its satellite KRII in Chisholm, Minnesota, WEEK-TV in Peoria, Illinois and WBNG-TV in Binghamton, New York). The WISE-TV license would be acquired by SagamoreHill Broadcasting; however, WPTA (which would be acquired by Quincy outright, making it the senior partner in the Fort Wayne duopoly) would operate WISE-TV through a shared services agreement. In a presentation submitted to the FCC in August 2014, Quincy said that the existing joint sales agreement would be terminated, allowing WISE-TV its own sales staff, and that it would spend $2 million on the construction of a new studio facility at the WPTA site, after which both stations would produce competing live newscasts.
Syndicated programming on the station includes: Dr. Phil, The Doctors, among others.
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WISE-TV carried NBC Weather Plus on virtual channel 33.3 before that network ceased operation on December 1, 2008. After the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, scheduled to take place on February 17, 2009, WISE-TV remained on its pre-transition channel number, 19. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers will display WISE-TV's virtual channels as 33. WISE-TV eventually moved to digital channel 18.
On December 3, 2008, it was announced that viewers in Grant County, Indiana would no longer be able to view WISE-TV and WPTA-TV on Bright House Networks in Marion, Gas City, and Jonesboro after December 31, 2008.
As a result of Granite acquiring WISE-TV, it moved the station to WPTA's facilities (even though WISE-TV is the senior partner in the agreement). Also, 57 employees of WISE-TV (including both on-air personalities and production staff) were fired. Granite kept longtime weeknight anchor Linda Jackson to help smooth over the transition. Viewers did not react favorably and much of the negative feedback was given in "The Rant" section of The News-Sentinel where readers voiced their opinions. Many people were upset about the breakup of the news team especially the firing of meteorologist Greg Shoup. However, he was quickly hired by WANE-TV where he is currently the weekday morning and weekday afternoon meteorologist. WISE-TV currently airs the 6 a.m. hour of WOWO (1190 AM and 92.3 FM)'s morning show, Fort Wayne's Morning News, as well as its own newscasts at 4, 6, and 11 p.m. The station does not air a midday or any weekend newscasts.
When Granite acquired WISE-TV in 2005, the station began airing a weeknight newscast at 7 which was the first and only one in the state of Indiana. On September 11, 2006, this newscast was replaced with an extra episode of Dr. Phil due to low ratings. Starting back on July 24, WISE-TV began airing a weeknight 10 o'clock newscast on its second digital subchannel that was an affiliate of NBC Weather Plus. With the addition of "My TV Fort Wayne" on its second digital subchannel and "Fort Wayne's CW" on WPTA's second digital subchannel, the newscast moved over to those stations. The combined productions of WISE-TV and WPTA have cost them ratings, with WANE-TV dominating in the ratings.
Additionally, there are local news and weather updates provided during the weekday morning editions of The Today Show on WISE-TV.